WHEREAS, agriculture is a critical industry to the State of Missouri, providing a safe, abundant and affordable supply of food and fiber for the state, the nation and the world; and
WHEREAS, farming forges strong rural communities that foster thriving businesses, and a high quality way of life; and
WHEREAS, Missouri ranks second in the United States in number of farms; and
WHEREAS, Missouri's 102,000 farms produced more than $5.56 billion worth of agricultural goods in 1997, with almost $1.55 billion exported to foreign markets; and
WHEREAS, agriculture provides the foundation for a variety of related businesses, from pharmaceuticals to equipment; and
WHEREAS, agricultural-related businesses in Missouri employ one out of every 6.6 workers; and
WHEREAS, Missouri's hog producers are an integral component to the state's agriculture industry, with Missouri ranking seventh in hog production among all states; and
WHEREAS, today's hog prices are some of the lowest in history, causing many Missouri farmers to go out of business and be unable to provide for their families; and
WHEREAS, it's estimated that U.S. hog producers lost more than $2.5 billion in 1998, and will lose about $2 billion in 1999; and
WHEREAS, when our farm economy is depressed, the whole state suffers; and
WHEREAS, it is imperative in times of crisis that government provide help when it can;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Mel Carnahan, Governor of the State of Missouri, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the State of Missouri, do hereby declare all executive departments shall promote and encourage the consumption of pork.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused to be affixed the Great Seal of the State of Missouri, in the City of Jefferson, on this 5th day of February, 1999.
[Mel Carnahan's signature]
[Rebecca McDowell Cook's signature]
SECRETARY OF STATE
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