Greitens picks Chinn as Missouri's new agriculture director

     (AP) – Missouri Gov.-elect Eric Greitens has chosen a
northeast Missouri woman to be the next director of the Missouri Department of
Agriculture.
     Greitens announced on his Facebook page Tuesday that he had chosen Chris
Chinn, 41, to lead the department. She and her husband, Kevin, are
fifth-generation farmers who raise hogs, cattle and crops near Clarence in
Shelby County.
     Greitens called Chinn an "outsider" and a leading advocate for agriculture and
family farms. In 2013, she was named by the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance as
one of their Faces of Farming & Ranching.
     Greitens says Chinn will help him fight lawyers, activists and the federal
government, who he says are using unnecessary regulations, reckless lawsuits and
political threats against family farmers.
Greitens will be sworn in on Jan. 9.

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