House Concurrent Resolution No. 11





            WHEREAS, the State of Missouri has a proud agricultural tradition, with the first farms in this state established around 1725 by French settlers in the St. Genevieve area; and


            WHEREAS, today in Missouri, according to the 2007 Census of Agriculture:


            (1) 66% of Missouri's total land area is farmland;


            (2) 53% of Missouri's total agricultural receipts came from livestock;


            (3) Missouri ranks 2nd in the nation in the number of farms, with 108,000 farms. The average farm size is 269 acres, with 86% of all Missouri farms having less than 500 acres of land;


            (4) 88% of all farm operations in this state were owned by individuals, families, or sole proprietors. Only 0.3% were owned by nonfamily corporations;


            (5) Missouri has $7.51 billion value in agricultural products sold each year, with cattle and calves, hogs, and turkeys as Missouri's top livestock crops; and


            (6) Missouri ranks 14th in the nation in total value of agricultural products sold. In 2009, 30% of Missouri's top agricultural production was in cattle and calves (16.1%), hogs (10%), and turkeys (4%); and


            WHEREAS, in 2009, Missouri ranked 12th in the nation in agricultural exports, with livestock animals and meat as the 3rd highest agricultural export in the state; and


            WHEREAS, with animal agriculture playing such a vital role in the lives of Missourians, it is appropriate to set aside one day to celebrate Missouri's animal agriculture industry in Missouri:


            NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the members of the House of Representatives of the Ninety-sixth General Assembly, Second Regular Session, the Senate concurring therein, hereby designate October 3, 2012, as "Missouri Animal Agriculture Day" and encourage all citizens of this state to commemorate the day by eating and enjoying the fine meat selections raised in Missouri, including beef, pork, chicken, and turkey, as well as our wild game of deer, turkey, rabbit, and elk, and the many fish from our lakes, rivers, streams, and creeks.