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Congratulating Blake Hurst Upon His Retirement

Floor Speech

Date: Oct. 13, 2020
Location: Washington, DC

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Mr. LUETKEMEYER. Madam Speaker I rise today to recognize my friend and fellow Missourian, Blake Hurst who will be retiring as president of the Missouri Farm Bureau later this year.

Blake raises corn, soybeans and flowers with his family and as a farmer himself, knows firsthand the challenges Missouri farmers face, like devastating floods and changing trade tides. Because of this personal knowledge, Blake has been able to dutifully serve Missouri farmers and ranchers in this post for a decade, and in several other positions at the Missouri Farm Bureau since the 1980's.

With two-thirds of Missouri covered in farmland, we are home to a longstanding agricultural tradition that is alive and well today. I am extremely grateful that he has spent the last ten years as one of the lead advocates, supporters and resources for our state's ag industry, both in Missouri and on a national level. The Missouri Farm Bureau is the oldest in the nation and we have been incredibly fortunate to have Blake at the helm for the last ten years.

Madam Speaker, on behalf of myself and my fellow Missouri farmers, I thank him for his service and wish him all the best on his future endeavors.

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