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Committee Meets to Help Family Farmer

November 1, 1999
By: Chris Pelikan
State Capital Bureau

An interim House committee met today in the state capital as part of an ongoing investigation into the family farm crisis in Missouri, Chris Pelikan has the story from Jefferson City.

Representatives from several of Missouri's major meat producers were on hand at the state capitol today in an attempt to disspel the notion that many of the problems facing Missouri's family farms stem from the influence of big business.

Some Missouri farmers claim that the production contracts they haves signed with firms such as Tyson, Cargill and Simmons have provided little pay for lots of work. However, Don Allen, Senior Vice-President of the Poultry Federation for Arkansas, Oklahoma and Missouri, says that low returns stem from poor farm management, not misleading agreements.

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Today's hearing was the 6th held by the committee appointed to review agriculture in Missouri. From the state capitol, Chris Pelikan KMOX News.


Is big business to blame for the struggles of Missouri family farms? Missouri legislators look to answer that question and Chris Pelikan has the story from Jefferson City

In their sixth meeting, an interim house committee formed to investigate agriculture in Missouri met with representatives from some of Missouri's major meat producers at the state capitol. The group's focus is to help Missouri's family farmers and Rep. Sam Leake, the committee's chair, says farmers may be in trouble.

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Much of the blame has been placed on the production contracts that big business has given the small farmer, however the representatives from the company's present today said their agreements are designed for everyone to benefit. From the state capitol, Chris Pelikan, KMOX News.