JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri agriculture has some new cheerleaders.
A group calling itself the Missouri Farm Family Agriculture Alliance is launching an effort to promote Missouri crops, livestock and agribusinesses.
Group spokeswoman Sharon Oetting said farmers are under pressure not only from the economy, but from animal rights activists, environmentalists and attorneys. Oetting is a row crop and hog farmer near Concordia.
She said the group plans to promote its pro-agriculture message through such things as letters to the editor, bumper stickers and speeches to community groups.