Major flooding and a monumental opportunity helped spur partnerships between Missouri Governor Mike Parson and several of his neighboring counterparts. Parson said he joined with governors from Iowa, Kansas and Nebraska to press for flood control after dozens of levees along the Missouri and Mississippi rivers gave way this spring.

In his speech to Missouri Farm Bureau members Monday, Parson also highlighted teaming up with Kansas governor Laura Kelly to bring two USDA agencies to Kansas City. He says the past year’s challenges have laid the groundwork for future partnerships.

Governors Parson and Kelly signed a deal in August that stopped the practice of offering tax breaks for businesses in the Kansas City area to jump across the state line.