August 05, 2010
Statement from Director of Agriculture Dr. Jon Hagler
"The Missouri Department of Agriculture appreciates the Auditor's work regarding the processes intended to protect Missouri farmers and grain producers from fraud or warehousing failures. The Department has already implemented improvements to practices that had long been used in the regulation of grain services, and will continue to implement further safeguards.
Protecting the farmers who are the backbone of Missouri's agriculture industry is the Department's top mission. We will use this opportunity to strengthen and reinforce the tools we use to protect our farms and farmers in the future."