As farmers, we are naturally hopeful and diligent about the future and our success. I’m sure the founders of this association shared those feelings, as this is the 65th year for the organization. This milestone is one to be proud of.

The saying “membership has its benefits” certainly holds true as does the saying “the more you put in, the more you’ll get out.”  We encourage all pork producers and anyone involved with the pork industry to be a member and be engaged. The Missouri Pork Association hosts many activities and educational opportunities throughout the year, and I guarantee you will feel welcome.

As I write this, negotiations continue in trying to reach an end to the tariffs and trade war that have negatively affected our industry over the past year. However, barring any unforeseen circumstances such as another trade war or foreign animal disease, the year ahead does look positive for the pork industry.

Please take a moment to pray for our neighbors to the North and Northwest suffering from the floods and adverse weather conditions. Thank you for what you do.

Here’s to a great year ahead.

Respectfully, your MPA Chairman,

Marcus Belshe