Agriculture is the number one industry in the state of Missouri and Missouri Speaker of the House Tim Jones wants to keep it that way.
Jones stopped at Chinn Farms in Clarence Missouri to talk about the importance of protecting this vital economic engine for the state.
The Speaker says that too often, government on the state and the national level is focused on closing doors of opportunity for farmers.
He says its important to meet the people who are actually affected by the policies that come from Jefferson City and Washington D.C.
"By going out and speaking to people I can learn first hand what the challenges are, what the issues that are facing people in agriculture, in family farming, in technology, in manufacturing," Jones said. "And then I can learn how government can facilitate making their lives better."
Speaker Jones says the inability to pass a farm bill or get daily reports on the federal level because of the shutdown is making it harder for farmers to do their jobs.
Jones says Washington has lost sight of its number one priority ... serving the people it represents.
"Here in Missouri where we are a citizen legislature we understand that but for agri-business and agriculture we don't eat and everything else can just be forgotten if we don't have those basic necessities of life produced for us," Jones said.
Jones says that the Constitutional Right to Farm amendment that passed the Missouri legislature earlier this year will be on the ballot.
He says it will protect Missouri farmers from outside interest groups.