EWING, Mo. -- U.S. Rep. Sam Graves stressed to Lewis County residents on Thursday that as one of seven farmers and ag producers in Congress, it's sometimes tough to communicate to others how important farm and food policy is to local constituents. But, that hasn't hindered congressmen from passing and working on a lot of legislation that farmers can be optimistic about, he said.
The Republican from Tarkio answered several questions about what's going on in the nation's capital during a brief stop at a Sharpe Seeds Field Day luncheon in Ewing before visiting Doyle Equipment Manufacturing in Palmyra that afternoon.
"There's quite a bit going on in the ag industry right now, and we're fortunate to have a farmer representing us in Congress and a farmer in the governor's mansion," 4th District House candidate Greg Sharpe said, referring to Mike Parson. "One thing we're affected by and are watching closely are tariffs."
Graves said the two separate trade agreements President Donald Trump is working on with Canada and Mexico are good news.
"I think the White House understands farmers in Middle America," Graves said. "The president is trying to show us he has our back. We have to let him know we don't want a handout; we want expanded markets. Overall I think the president is doing all right and is getting a lot done."
Graves is up for re-election in November and will face Democrat Henry Martin and Libertarian Dan Hogan in that election.