This Week’s Legislative Column from Senator Dan Brown: Let’s See What Crops Up


Let’s See What Crops Up

Thursday, August 11 marks the start of Missouri’s premiere summer event, the Missouri State Fair. Started in 1901, the fair offers thousands of Missouri families the opportunity to gather in Sedalia for 10 days full of fun and fellowship. From agricultural exhibits to fair treats and more, the fair offers Missourians a chance to see and experience world-class entertainment in their own backyard.

In 2015, the International Association of Fairs and Expositions awarded the Missouri State Fair numerous awards for programs in sponsorship, competitive exhibits, agricultural education and communications. The fair received the Overall Judges’ Choice Award for its special agricultural event titled “Let’s Talk Livestock,” a project created through Missouri 4-H and Missouri FFA. The program aims to educate the public about the importance of raising quality livestock. It offers educational demonstrations covering a wide variety of farm animals.

The fair is also a great opportunity for Missourians to learn more about the state’s No. 1 industry, agriculture. The state’s agricultural industry generates more than $9 billion dollars in economic activity per year. At the fair, Missourians can see a wide array of exhibits showcasing our No. 1 industry. From seminars on gardening and livestock care to Barnyard Story Time for the kids, there are numerous opportunities to learn more about agriculture in Missouri.

The 2016 Missouri State Fair will be held August 11-21 in Sedalia. For more information on the fair, visit

As always, I encourage my constituents to contact me throughout the year with comments, questions or suggestions by calling my office at (573) 751-5713. To find more information about the bills I sponsor, visit Thank you for reading this and for your participation in state government.