Saturday, July 02, 2016

Financial Issues and Stress in Farm Communities Topics of Meeting July 11 in Springfield

Contact: Wesley Tucker, agriculture business specialist
Headquartered in Polk County
Tel: (417) 326-4916

BOLIVAR, Mo. –  Financial issues and stress in farm communities at the topics of a  public meeting held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., July 11 at the Springfield Livestock Marketing Center, 6821 West Independence (Exit 70 off of I-44), Springfield, Mo.

“The purpose of the meeting is to gather information rather than just tell economic outlooks,” said Wesley Tucker, ag business specialist with University of Missouri Extension.

The Missouri Department of Agriculture and MU Extension are joining in talks this summer with agricultural stakeholders. Farmers, agribusiness leaders and farm organization members are urged to attend the free meeting.

Volatile prices for crops, livestock, and inputs can hurt farm income and rural communities.  Information gathered can inform local leaders and guide educational and follow-up action.

The meeting agenda will open with statements from leaders with the Missouri Department of Agriculture and MU Extension. The main part of the meeting will be a locally selected panel of farmers, agribusinesses, organizations and state and federal agencies.  Participants will be asked “What are the next steps.”

Regional weather impacts will also be discussed as the season has started with volatile weather patterns.  Topics include declining crop and livestock prices, lower land values, and broad-issue impacts on local areas.

“The overriding issue will be the financial stresses in rural economies. Participants will be asked to address risk management help needed,” said Tucker.

To register to attend please call 417-326-4916 or email


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