Missouri’s agricultural areas aren’t often synonymous with support for Democrats, but with 2018 elections on the horizon, the state party recently embarked on a campaign of support for farmers.
The Missouri Democratic Party has been traveling the state to spread the word about its “Farmer’s Bill of Rights.” This platform includes planks favoring family farmers over agricultural giants and local control over foreign ownership with a focus on “rural opportunity.”
Party chair Stephen Webber visited Springfield on Tuesday to spread the Democrats’ new message, following a string of stops across the state. In a statement announcing the pro-farmer platform, Webber blamed Republicans for lack of opportunity in out-state Missouri.
Republicans won handily in rural Missouri in 2016, highlighting the political divide between the state’s liberal pockets in St. Louis, Kansas City and Columbia and the deep red of the rest of the state. The Democrats’ pro-farmer push comes as Sen. Claire McCaskill faces a tough re-election campaign in 2018 and as the state party tries to field viable statehouse candidates outside its blue urban strongholds.
Read more: Springfield News-Leader