Farm Bureau Talk

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Published on December 6, 2019 -

Farm Bureau Talk

Farm Bureau President of Missouri speaks of how the rural communities across the U.S. are facing challenges with population.

Farm Bureau Talk

The farm bureau president of missouri was in town today... speaking about how many rural communities and small towns across the u.s. are facing challenges with populations.

They cited the rapid growth at the edges of big cities, shrinking rural populations and the loss of farms and lands.

Kq2's madeline mcclain found out why he says northwest missouri is no exception.

Welcomed into this room with a round of áánatsááthe conversation lead by the president of missouri's farm bureau quickly turned serious.

The future of rural northwest missouri.ed turner, community foundation of northwest missouri: "where i am today is a result of where i was raised and that was in rural northwest missouri."ed turner-- a successful appraiser before he lead mu's board of curators and this room full of other successful businessmen and women are trying to stop the death of small, rural towns in the region.ed turner, community foundation of northwest missouri: "we as the northwest community foundation are very concerned about the trend the way the economies in these small rural towns are going and the fact that we need to re-energize rural america."the foundation invited the bureau's president and tarkio native to st.

Joseph blake hurst, missouri farm bureau president: they are important to those of us that live there but their important to those of us as well because they add a lot to our nation so we have to figure it out."

Doctors, farmers, small blake hurst, bureau president: "that is very difficult, very turn around but we have to try because these places are census data less people living in northwest missouri counties.

Blake hurst, missouri farm bureau that is because, you know, overall trends.

People don't children as they used to.

They are having children some of it is because of loss of jobs and loss of economic opportunities in rural areas."

And flooding this year didn't help.

Blake hurst, missouri farm bureau president:"this is a human tragedy as well as an economic tragedy and it will take us a long time to recover.

The path forward is not well traveled terrain.ed turner, community foundation of northwest missouri:"well first of all we have to create opportunities for them when they come back.

That's number one, and number 2 we need to be able to provide a quality of life they enjoy and prosper.

And if we don't do that then they won't come back."but this room full of people are determined to find a way to resuscitate the region."i have a burning energy energy in my heart that if everyone works cooperate and if they provide the necessary leadership that is possible in then northwest missouri can be a better place than what it is today.

Reporting in st.

Joseph, madeline news.

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