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Schmitt forms coalition to reach out to farmers

ROLLA, Mo. – Sen. Eric Schmitt, R-Glendale, announced a new grassroots outreach program geared towards the rural community. He says he launched his Missouri Agriculture Coalition to better hear the concerns and ideas of Missouri’s farmers.

“Agriculture is vital to Missouri’s economy and the state treasurer has a role to play in ensuring our farm families have the resources they need to strengthen and grow their farming operations and Missouri’s farm communities,” Sen. Schmitt said. “Thank you to the members of our Missouri Agriculture Coalition for your work in the agriculture sector and for your advocacy for issues important to farmers and ranchers in our state.”

Schmitt supported the controversial Right to Farm Amendment, and he has supported other agriculture based bills in his time in the legislature.

This is the second such coalition Schmitt has formed. He has also has a “Pro-Second Amendment Coalition” to promote his support of gun rights.

The members of Schmitt’s agriculture coalition are listed below:

  • Charles Bassett – Pulaski County, Missouri Farm Bureau State Board Member
  • Barry Bean – Dunklin County, Missouri Farm Bureau State Board Member
  • Joe Brockhaus – Johnson County, Family Farmer
  • Justin Brown – Phelps County, Phelps County Farm Bureau Member
  • Bill Cook – Cass County, Seed Producer
  • Glen Cope – Lawrence County, Missouri Cattleman Association Member
  • Violet Corbett – Johnson County, Johnson County Farm Bureau Member
  • Eugene Franklin – Johnson County, Family Farmer
  • Mark Garges – Clinton County, Missouri Cattleman Association Member
  • Tony Harbison – Iron County, Missouri Farm Bureau Forestry Chair
  • Matt Hardecke – St. Louis County, Missouri Cattleman Association Member
  • Ron Hardecke – Gasconade County, Gasconade County Farm Bureau Member
  • Andy Jackson – Adair County, Adair County Farm Bureau Member
  • Sonya Murray-Anderson – Greene County, State Representative and Horse Rancher
  • Bill Reiboldt – Newton County, State Representative and House Agriculture Chairman
  • Andrea Rice – Chariton County, Chariton County Farm Bureau Member
  • Timothy Smith – Johnson County, Family Farmer
  • Warren Stemme – St. Louis County, Missouri Soybean Association State Board Member
  • Karen Strange – Miller County, Animal Owners Advocate
  • Roger Sutter – Marion County, Marion County Farm Bureau Member
  • Richard Thomas – Monroe County, Family Farmer
  • Fred Walter – Clay County, Soybean and Corn Producer
  • Craig Westfall – Polk County, Dairy and Beef Farmer
  • Barb York – Vernon County, Pet Breeder Advocate