MSA Applauds Graves, Luetkemeyer for Work on WRRDA Legislation

Legislation passed this week by Congress is an important step toward protecting producers’ ability to market their soybeans and other agricultural products. Missouri Soybean Association President Tom Raffety today praised congressmen Sam Graves and Blaine Luetkemeyer for their work on the Water Resources Reform Development Act (WRRDA).

“We commend congressmen Graves and Luetkemeyer for their tireless work on this legislation directly impacting our state’s waterways and all of Missouri agriculture,“ said Tom Raffety, MSA president and Mississippi County soybean farmer. “Missouri is a top state for soybeans, and ensuring producers have access to domestic and export markets is vital to our continued success.”

WRRDA includes provisions to improve aging infrastructure on the Mississippi River, as well as other key measures for Missouri producers and agribusinesses working to transport their soybeans to markets throughout the U.S. and internationally.

WRRDA passed the House by a vote of 412-4 and the Senate by a vote of 91-7. The legislation is now awaiting the President’s signature.

The Missouri Soybean Association (MSA) is a statewide membership organization designed to increase the profitability of Missouri soybean farmers through legislative advocacy, public policy initiatives and education efforts across the state. The Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council (MSMC) is a farmer-run organization dedicated to improving the profitability of the Missouri soybean farmer through a combination of marketing, research and commercialization programs. To learn more about the Missouri Soybean Association and the Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council, visit