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The farm group sees potential in the USDA climate-smart program

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The farm group sees potential in the USDA climate-smart program

A major state agricultural group says the $ 1 billion USDA program announced earlier this month could be positive for rural revitalization.

Missouri Farm Bureau President Garrett Hawkins told Brownfield that the program will boost the agricultural economy if it creates more value-added opportunities at heart – such as new grain and meat processing units.

“Much of what the secretary is talking about is in many ways in line with what we are talking about in terms of rural revitalization,” Hawkins said. “But we have to ask questions, we have to work to make sure that what is finally brought out makes sense to us in Missouri.”

But he said details were needed on Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack’s desire to expand conservation practices through the program.

“We are already doing well and we are willing to do even more,” Hawkins said. “But it must make sense and fit into the context of what we do on our farms and farms.

He also said that farmers should want to participate in the next program.

“I have been saying this for years with the EQIP program [and] NRCS, don’t make it too difficult where farmers don’t want to do it, “he said. “And so, let’s keep it practical, let’s keep common sense.”

Brownfield interviewed Hawkins at the Missouri Young Farmers & Ranchers Leadership Conference last week.



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