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Saturday, August 18, 2007

CAPE GIRARDEAU -- Eighth District U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson's August Farm Tour of Southern Missouri agricultural production will take her from Sikeston corn fields to research plots near Portageville and lots of farms and ranches in between. This year's tour is set from Aug. 24 to Aug. 31.

"I am really looking forward to the 26th annual Emerson Farm Tour,"?Emerson said. "We have a new Farm Bill in process in Congress, exciting new opportunities for our agricultural community to play in the production of alternative fuels and some continuing challenges facing our farmers and ranchers."

She continued:?"With all of these topics in play, I look forward to hearing ideas and input throughout the Eighth Congressional District. Southern Missouri is home to a wide variety of agricultural producers, and I am proud to represent our hardworking farmers, ranchers, and agriculture businesses."

Stops on Emerson's tour include several meetings with ranchers, including a visit to the West Plains Sale Barn, a forest products event surveying small diameter trees in Dent County which can be used to produce cellulosic ethanol, a look at a corn harvest in operation in Scott County and a tour of the Mississippi River port in New Madrid County, among other visits and roundtables.

"It is especially important to me to visit with our producers, researchers and agri-business leaders one-on-one and see their operations firsthand. Agriculture is vital to our rural economy, and our farms and ranches are a source of great pride," Emerson said.

Emerson is a member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Emerson said:?"The important discussions we have on the Farm Tour enable me to do the best possible job representing the producers, businesses and communities of our rural congressional district in Congress."