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Missouri Farm Bureau President Garrett Hawkins lays out ag agenda

Courtesy of Missouri Farm Bureau
Missouri Farm Bureau President Garrett Hawkins

Missouri Farm Bureau President Garrett Hawkins is the latest guest on Politically Speaking. The head of one of Missouri’s most powerful and enduring agricultural groups talked with St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum, Jonathan Ahl and Sarah Kellogg about his organization’s agenda for 2022.

Here’s what Hawkins discussed:

  • What the Missouri Farm Bureau is and what it stands for, as well as what his group would like to see the Missouri General Assembly do in the 2022 session.
  • Ongoing efforts to alter the state’s eminent domain laws. That’s become a perennial issue in the Missouri legislaturebecause of the Grain Belt Express utility line.
  • Where the state should spend coronavirus relief money from what’s known as the American Rescue Plan. One potential use of the money could be to expand the Missouri State Fairgrounds in Sedalia.
  • His organization’s misgivings about the Rock Island Trail being converted into a state park.

Hawkins is a beef cattle farmer from Appleton City in St. Clair County. He was elected to succeed Blake Hurst, who had served as the head of the bureau since 2010.

Follow Jason Rosenbaum on Twitter: @jrosenbaum

Follow Jonathan Ahl on Twitter:@JonathanAhl

Follow Sarah Kellogg on Twitter: @sarahkkelogg

Follow the Missouri Farm Bureau on Twitter: @MOFarmBureau

Jason is the politics correspondent for St. Louis Public Radio.
Sarah Kellogg is a Missouri Statehouse and Politics Reporter for St. Louis Public Radio and other public radio stations across the state.
Jonathan Ahl is the Newscast Editor and Rolla correspondent at St. Louis Public Radio.