Focusing on agriculture's impact on local economy
Pictured (from left) Boyd Arthur, Sam Goodman, Tim Selvey, David Botts
The focus was on agriculture and its impact on the Lawrence County economy when Farm Bureau visited the County Commission Feb. 1, 2017. They shared some impressive figures: "Ag, forestry and related industries support 3,536 jobs in Lawrence County. Additionally, these industries contribute $1 billion in sales, which translates to $243.5 million in added value to the area after $777.8 million worth of inputs are purchased. Of this $243.5 million, $138.9 million is comprised of labor income. Tax revenues generated ... are $46 million."
Farm Bureau listed the overall top three contributors (ranked by value-added) as:
Beef cattle ranching and farming
Dog and cat food manufacturing
Information from Missouri Department of Agriculture, Missouri Farm Bureau, Missouri Agricultural & Small Business Development Authority.