Missouri Department of Agriculture Director Chris Chinn addressed those attending the Missouri State Fair daily press conference on Monday morning, this time at the Farm Bureau Building.

Chinn admitted that the past year has been a challenging one for agriculture in the state, due to the flooding in rural communities.

“And that is why the State Fair Commission chose to waive the late entry fees this year,” she said. “We're here for our farming community, and we're hoping farmers can attend and get their cup filled back up and know that they're not alone. And they can come home to Missouri State Fair and find that support.”

“It's going to be a challenging and late harvest for many in our state, but Missouri farmers are resilient, they have a lot of grit and determination, and we're always looking forward to next spring and planting season,” Chin noted.

Also speaking at the daily briefing were State Fair Commission Chairman Kevin Roberts, Livestock Superintendent David Dick and 2019 State Fair Queen Chloe Momphard of Troy.

On Tuesday, there will be over 700 FFA students on the grounds for the “Drive To Feed Kids” packing 125,000 meals to be distributed to six regional food banks across Missouri.

The 2019 Missouri State Fair runs through Sunday, Aug. 18 For more information, go online to www.mostatefair.com.