JEFFERSON CITY — Tuesday, May 28, on behalf of Missouri cattlemen and cattlewomen, Governor Mike Parson proclaimed May as Beef Month in Missouri. Governor Parson presented the proclamation as part of his Missouri Beef Promotion Tour, starting at Kingsville Livestock Auction and ending at Hy-Vee in Lee’s Summit, meeting with farmers and consumers along the way. Governor Parson was joined by Director of Agriculture Chris Chinn and leadership from the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association and Missouri Beef Industry Council.
“As a cattleman myself, it’s an honor to stand alongside my fellow farmers and ranchers to promote beef as the wholesome protein we all love,” Governor Mike Parson said. “Missouri Beef producers have a long history of caring for their cattle and the environment by protecting land, air, and water resources on their farms and ranches.”
Missouri farmers and ranchers are a driving force in the state’s economy, as the state maintains more than
4 million head of cattle and calves on more than 50,000 farms that encompass nearly 10 million acres of farmland. This economic contribution produced nearly $2 billion in sales in 2017 and supported more than 40,000 jobs.
“Missouri is known around the United States for the high quality cows we maintain and calves we raise,” Director of Agriculture of Chris Chinn said. “Cattle and calves consistently rank No. 2 for total sales in Missouri agriculture, showing how important it is to agriculture’s overall output. We’re proud to join Governor Parson in showcasing key parts of the beef production process from the field all the way to the plate.”
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— Missouri Department of Agriculture
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