- Associated Press - Thursday, August 20, 2015

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Several state agriculture groups are backing Missouri’s U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt to run for re-election.

At the Missouri State Fair on Thursday the soybean, cattlemen’s, corn growers, dairy and pork associations pledged to support Blunt if he officially announces plans to run for re-election in 2016.

Blunt told The Associated Press he’s worked to ensure regulations don’t get in the way of the agriculture industry.

Both Blunt and his likely Democratic opponent Secretary of State Jason Kander were among elected officials and candidates shaking hands with voters at the fair.

Kander told AP he supported state legislation this year to exempt family farms from some paperwork. Kander has said he voted for an amendment on the August 2014 ballot that created a constitutional right to engage in farming and ranching.

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