During a roundtable discussion with FFA students at Centralia High today, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon discussed his priorities for creating jobs in rural communities and expanding Missouri's beef industry. The Governor said that while Missouri has the second highest number of beef cows in the nation, more than a billion dollars annually is earned elsewhere because 95% of the cattle raised in Missouri are finished and harvested out-of-state. Gov. Nixon announced that he will convene a summit of industry stakeholders on January 5 to develop strategies to maximize the potential of Missouri's cattle industry and spur economic development in rural areas....
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