Rural Missourians discuss issues at farm conference

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JEFFERSON CITY - Over 100 people gathered at the Missouri Farm Bureau Center Wednesday for the first ever "Rural Community Matter Conference."

State lawmakers, state association representatives and rural citizens held an open dialogue for three majors issues that plague less populated areas. Problems discussed included transportation, healthcare and broadband Internet service.

"This is an educational experience not only for us at Missouri Farm Bureau and our members but also for legislators and everyone in attendance," Director of state legislative affairs, Ashley McDonald said.

"Missouri is a largely rural so having open discussions like this helps create the most effective policies for citizens," McDonald said.

Blake Hurst, president of the Missouri Farm Bureau said "It's important to bridge legislators and rural citizens."