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Agriculture Committee Discusses Solutions

October 5, 1999
By: Kristin Marinec
State Capital Bureau

Missouri legislators met today/Tuesday to discuss possible solutions to what's being called a "farming depression." Kristin Marinec has that story from Jefferson City.

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The House Agriculture Committee is trying to provide drought relief. Committee member Gary Wiggins says up to 70 percent of the state's farm areas are experiencing crop loss.

Falling prices and crop surplus contributed to the crisis. Wiggins also expresses concern about foreign competition.

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Contents: Representative Gary Wiggins says competition is a big problem because US farmers may be paying up to three times what international competitiors pay for the same farming products.

The committee is searching for solutions from area businesses and the federal government. Federal relief could come within the month. From the state capitol, I'm Kristin Marinec.