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      Nixon discusses priorities to strengthen Missouri ag

      On Tuesday, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon and Acting Director of the Missouri Department of Agriculture Harry Bozoian joined leaders from Archer Daniels Midland and the Missouri Corn Growers Association at ADMâ??s recently expanded grain elevator in Novelty to discuss Missouriâ??s strong corn harvest and Nixonâ??s priorities for continuing to strengthen Missouri agriculture.

      â??Here in Missouri, agriculture is a vital part of our economy and our way of life and ADMâ??s newly expanded grain elevator here in Novelty is yet another sign that itâ??s stronger than ever,â?? Gov. Nixon said. â??My administration will continue to strengthen this backbone of our economy by opening new markets for farm products and expanding the use of renewable fuels, like ethanol, which boost our nationâ??s energy independence and demand for Missouri-grown products.â??

      â??The corn and ethanol industries injected $12 billion into the stateâ??s economy from 2000 to 2011,â?? said Gary Marshall, CEO of Missouri Corn Growers Association. â??We appreciate the Governorâ??s leadership in putting the needs of Missouri farmers first and look forward to working with acting director Bozoian to help Missouri farmers do what they do best: feed and fuel a global population.â??

      Missouri corn growers and ethanol producers employ 67,000 people, producing roughly 250 million bushels of corn and nearly 300 million gallons of renewable fuel for use in the state and throughout the world. Last year, Missouriâ??s corn crop was valued at more than $1.9 billion.

      â??Missouriâ??s farmers and farm families are key to the success of agriculture in our state and throughout the world,â?? said Acting Director of the Missouri Department of Agriculture Harry Bozoian.