Emerson to Speak Oct. 3 at Southeast Agriculture Seminar Series

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

Sept. 26, 2005 – Eighth District U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson will be the featured speaker Oct. 3 at a seminar series being hosted this fall by the Department of Agriculture at Southeast Missouri State University.

The event is scheduled for noon in the atrium of Robert A. Dempster Hall. Emerson will speak on federal issues affecting agriculture.

As a member of the Appropriations Committee, Emerson serves on the Agriculture Subcommittee. She represents the 28 counties of southern Missouri’s agriculturally diverse Eighth District, from the Mississippi River valley, through the Bootheel flatlands, and to the timberlands and Ozarks streams. Agricultural products produced in her district include cotton, corn, rice, grapes, trout, forest products, and livestock. Each August, Emerson conducts a Farm Tour to visit the wide variety of farms, laboratories, forests, and ranches in Missouri’s Eighth District.

The seminar series focuses on the role of Missouri agriculture in the local, national and global economy. The series this semester will include representatives from agricultural organizations, agencies and companies. Scheduled speakers include Gary Gaines, director of the Southeast Missouri area of the Department of Natural Resources; Charles Kruse, president of the Missouri Farm Bureau; Howard Hardecke, president of the Missouri Cattleman’s Association; Tod Wideman, equine nutritionist of Purina – Land O’ Lakes; Steve Bartholomew of MFA, and others.

The event is open to the public.

For more information, call the Department of Agriculture at (573) 651-2106.