Gov. Jay Nixon today became what is believed to be the first Democrat to win the backing of the Missouri Soybean Association.
The group called Nixon "a long-time friend of the agriculture community."
“From day one, Gov. Jay Nixon has worked with soybean farmers and the entire agriculture community to help us sell more products, create more jobs and be more competitive in the world market," said Dale Ludwig, the association's executive director and CEO.
"The Governor brings Democrats and Republicans together to balance the budget without raising taxes, which creates a better business climate for all of us."
The move obviously is a blow to state Republicans and to Dave Spence, the early front-runner for the GOP gubernatorial nomination.
Ludwig also said this:
“Gov. Jay Nixon understands our way of life and when Washington DC tries to over-regulate us, he consistently stands up for what’s right for us here in Missouri. It’s not about political party; it’s about having a Governor who has been a strong leader for Missouri agriculture and rural job creators.”
The Missouri Soybean Association represents 1200 members.
The group cited Nixon's work expanding exports, opposing what it called "misguided" Washington regulations, improving management of the Missouri River, helping communities respond to natural disasters and recovering stolen livestock.