Missouri lt. gov. meets with U.S. agriculture secretary

Missouri Lt. Gov. Mike Parson (right) talks with U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue during a meeting in Kansas City Friday. (Office of the Lt. Goveror)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. Missouri Lt. Gov. Mike Parson met with U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue in Kansas City Friday.

Parson said he and Perdue share a common background having been raised on a family farm, running small businesses, and serving in the military.

“He describes himself as ‘a farmer first’ and is already working with President Trump to improve working conditions for farmers and ranchers across our country,” Parson said.

Parson pointed out that President Trump signed an executive order last Tuesday calling for a special task force to identify obstacles for agriculture growth, including trade and immigration.

“Access to trade and a skilled agriculture workforce are priorities not only for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, but for Missouri as well,” said Parson.

“As we aim to promote and protect Missouri’s number one industry, I am honored to have Lieutenant Governor Parson as a partner in advancing agriculture,” said Missouri’s Director of Agriculture Chris Chinn. “Together, we will work with Secretary Perdue to ensure Missouri’s farmers and ranchers have a place at the table.”

Parson is a former Polk County sheriff and served in the Missouri House and Senate before his election as lieutenant governor last year.