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Missouri's Ag director talks about managing hay shortage

Several people showed up to the Marble Hill Senior Nutrition Center to hear Missouri's Ag director speak. Several people showed up to the Marble Hill Senior Nutrition Center to hear Missouri's Ag director speak.
MARBLE HILL, MO (KFVS) -

Missouri's Director of Agriculture was in Marble Hill Thursday to talk about the possibility of opening up federal lands for grazing because of the lack of hay.

Dr. Hagler addressed how the drought might impact all business, hay shortages, the possibility of opening up federal lands for grazing, beef prices and farmer's markets to local business leaders.

Hagler says many farmers are surpassing the 30 percent loss threshold in order to qualify for federal aid.

Gov. Jay Nixon appointed Dr. Hagler as Missouri's 21st Director of Agriculture in 2009. Hagler raises horses and cattle.

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