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Commission scheduled to assess drought impact

Posted on Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at 4:01 pm

A panel of legislators and citizens will meet for the first time in Mexico to take public input from farmers and other Missourians who have suffered as a result of this year’s drought.

Representative Jay  Houghton, R-Martinsburg, serves as the Vice-Chair of the Commission designed to better assess the impact of the extreme weather as well the ongoing economic recession. The commission’s first public hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 17 at 1 p.m. at the Plant Science Center in Mexico.

“I look forward to meeting with farmers and ranchers who have felt the harsh economic impact of the drought,” said Houghton, “I hope that through this Commission we can sit down and bring ideas to the table for meaningful legislation.”

The Mexico hearing kicks of a series of hearings around the state that the commission will use to assess the damage that has been done to the state’s vitally important agriculture industry.

Members hope to gather input from farmers in all areas of the state on actions the legislature can take to help with the devastating physical and economic impacts of the drought.

The remaining three hearings will be held in Charleston, Mountain Grove and Neosho.