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Farm Bill listening session among events at Missouri State Fair

Farm equipment displays are a popular feature of MFA’s exhibits at the Missouri State Fair.

With the theme, “Where Traditions Grow,” the Missouri State Fair returns Aug. 10-20 to the historic fairgrounds in Sedalia, offering a complete lineup of livestock shows, agricultural exhibits, concerts, rodeo and bull riding, vendors, carnival and more.

This year, the fair will also serve as a sounding board for farmers who want to voice their thoughts on the 2023 Farm Bill, which expires in September. A listening session is scheduled for Monday, Aug. 14, at 10 a.m. in the Nucor Directors’ Pavilion at the fair. U.S. House Agriculture Committee Chairman Glenn “G.T.” Thompson and Missouri Governor Mike Parson are among those expected to attend. Admission to the session is free, open to the public and does not require a fair ticket. The pavilion is located near the Centennial Gate along Highway 65.

MFA Incorporated continues to support the state fair with several types of sponsorships and participation. MFA booths, demonstrations, equipment and farm supply displays will be part of the machinery area of the fair, with employees on hand to talk with visitors throughout the event. MFA’s traditional sponsorships of youth exhibitions will also continue, including the State 4-H Saddle Award and the 4-H Dog Show.

MFA is also a sponsor of the Missouri Farmers Care Food Drive, which will be held Tuesday, Aug. 15. Visitors that day can receive $2 gate admission for a minimum donation of two cans of food or $2 contribution to benefit Feeding Missouri. Tuesday is also Missouri FFA’s Food Insecurity Service Day, with hundreds of FFA members packing child-friendly meals that will be distributed to food banks across the state.

Missouri Farmers Care will also accept 50 show pigs at the state fair for the “Hogs for Hunger” campaign. Feeding Missouri will provide 4-H and FFA exhibitors with an $0.80-per-pound live weight stipend on market hogs committed to the program, which provides fresh pork for hunger relief efforts through The Foodbank for Central and Northeast Missouri. Youth exhibitors should indicate their willingness to pledge their hogs at MoFarmersCare.com/drive.
Visit the fair’s website at mostatefair.com for up-to-date information and schedule.

Photo cutline: Farm equipment displays are a popular feature of MFA’s exhibits at the Missouri State Fair.

CLICK HERE to read more articles from this August/September 2023 issue of Today's Farmer Magazine.

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