WRIGHT CITY, MO (KTVI)-- Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Sarah Steelman kicked off a statewide tour of Missouri farms and agricultural businesses Thursday. Her "Flatbed Forum" focuses on farm community concerns and the contributions of agriculture to the state.
Steelman stopped at a Wright City hog farm owned by David Reckamp and his family. He raises 2000 drug-free hogs a year along with pumpkins and other vegetables. In addition to concerns about Missouri's current drought killing off the corn crop, Reckamp worries government is imposing too many regulations.
A former state treasurer and state senator, Steelman is fearful what she sees as growing government interference will force farm operations overseas. She said, " extreme animal rights organizations are teaming up with federal regulators to put family farming out of business."
"I want to make sure there is a common sense voice in Washington fighting for family farmers," she told Reckamp. Steelman is running on a platform of limited government and "sound fiscal policy." She said if she were currently in the U.S. Senate she would have voted against the five -year farm bill unless it was rewritten.
Steelman faces sevem opponents in the state's August 7 primary.
For more information on the candidates go to their web sites at: johnbrunner.com; sarahsteelman.com; and akin.org.
Others on the Republican primary ballot August 7 include: Jerry Beck; Mark Memoly at www.memoly.org; Hector Maldonado at hectorforamerica.com; Robert Poole at www.poole4ussenate.com, and Mark Patrick Lodes at www.markforsenate.org.
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