Blunt to tour several SW Missouri ag businesses

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Congressman Roy Blunt will host the 2008 Southwest Missouri Agriculture Tour on Aug. 18 and 19. The 12th annual tour will look at new research efforts, technologies and land management practices that are used by agriculture businesses across the region.

"On the 2008 agriculture tour, we will see how land management is vital to maintaining agricultural production, protecting the environment and increasing efficiency," said Blunt. "The Southwest Missouri Agriculture Tour allows participants to see firsthand the practices and the technologies in use today in southwest Missouri's vital agricultural economy."

On Monday, Blunt will visit Nestle Purina Pet Care in Springfield, which re-uses 18,000 tons of newsprint each year, and the nationally recognized botany program at Reed Springs High School. Blunt will also visit American Green Holdings in Crane, a new biofuels plant that converts cooking oil into fuel.

Other stops on the Monday schedule are: Sho-Me Pasa Fina Ranch, southwest of Ozark; Mark Kimmons' farm, in Ozark; College of the Ozarks Walker Animal Science Facility, south of Hollister; James and Betty Stine's forage farm, southwest of Clever; and Rick and Shannon Squibb's dairy farm, south of Billings.

On Tuesday, the tour will stop at the University of Missouri Southwest Research Center near Mt. Vernon. Research center staff members will demonstrate new methods of raising beef cattle that increase efficiency in production.

The tour will also stop at Boucher's Plant Farm, north of Monett, which specializes in growing plants with a liquid mineral solution instead of soil, and a poultry farm south of Diamond that reuses fescue straw to create an alternative fuel that replaces propane.

On Aug. 19, Blunt will also visit Fassnight Creek Farm in Springfield and Hampshire Pet Products, which is located west of Joplin.

For more information, call 417-889-1800.

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