Farmer’s Rights Amendment, Worth the Fight – #YesOn1

It’s no secret that Missouri’s farmers and ranchers are under attack, regardless of how much special interests say differently. Faulty language in the 2010 ballot measure Proposition B, overreaching EPA and DNR regulation including the current Clean Water Act, and fiction-fueled consumer regulations from other states such as California that affect Missouri’s agriculture industry are creeping into our proud and independent state. The question has finally been posed: When will Missouri’s farmers and ranchers stand up for their rights?  With the Right to Farm ballot measure appearing on the August 5 primary election ballot, the answer is now.

Missouri’s farmers and ranchers have finally unified their voice and are taking a stand against out of state special interests such as the Humane Society of the United States, PETA, and the Sierra Club.

The effort to enshrine the farmer’s right to feed the world is funded and endorsed by thousands of family farmers and consumers alike across the state.

It is important to read and analyze the ballot language to understand what Amendment 1 means.

The Amendment reads, “Agriculture which provides food, energy, health benefits, and security is the foundation and stabilizing force of Missouri’s economy. To protect this vital sector of Missouri’s economy, the right of farmers and ranchers to engage in farming and ranching practices shall be forever guaranteed in this state, subject to duly authorized powers, if any, conferred by article VI of the Constitution of Missouri”.

On the ballot, it will read “A “yes” vote will amend the Missouri Constitution to guarantee the rights of Missourians to engage in farming and ranching practices, subject to any power given to local government under Article VI of the Missouri Constitution”.

Amendment 1 does not exempt from the law those who practice inhumane and unhealthy methods on their farms, nor do we, supporters of the Farmer’s Rights Amendment, condone them. But it does guarantee that farmers and ranchers who abide by the law can continue to do so without excessive and/or debilitating regulation.

Missouri agriculture is unlike any other industry, and it is worthy of protecting and preserving. Missouri’s deep agricultural heritage has developed into Missouri’s leading economic sector, and is a worldwide beacon of agricultural diversity. We are leading the charge into an alternatively fueled future through modern farming technology and practices, and doing so more efficiently than ever before. The family farmer, the modern farmer, the organic farmer, the hobby farmer, and the career farmer can all agree-passing the Farmer’s Rights Amendment is necessary to perpetuate family farming in the state of Missouri. This industry belongs to farmers, not activists who are far removed from a farm.

During your life, you may need a doctor, a lawyer, a firefighter, or a police officer once, twice, or a handful of times. However, each of us needs a farmer three times a day, every day. A “Yes” vote on Amendment 1, the Farmer’s Rights Amendment, works for far more than just the producer. A “Yes” vote protects our safe, affordable food source, which every Missourian takes part in, and preserves our ongoing efforts to resolve hunger and provide clean energy.

Opinion on the Fulton State Hospital: Let’s Get It Done!

Unfortunately I was unable to attend the press conference today at the Fulton State Hospital (FSH) in regards to Rep. Riddle and Rep. (Future Missouri Speaker of the House) Diehl pledging their support for funding a new facility at the Fulton State Hospital campus, despite the Governor’s recent comments concerning the FSH and the tax cut bill just passed in Missouri’s Legislature.  I applaud the efforts of the House to do their part in passing funding legislation for this project.  

Once elected to the House, I plan on continuing the efforts of Rep. Riddle in making Fulton State Hospital a safer place for both patients and employees. In fact, it should be a priority that each legislator protects state employees who are put in harms way on a consistent basis at the FSH facility (Read more about the dangers HERE) or any other state work place. 

I am disappointed that the Governor has made comments suggesting that the Fulton State Hospital project and other mental health funding would be in jeopardy because of the General Assembly’s recent passage of a responsible income tax bill.  I support a responsible tax cut package and have the opinion that SB 509 can become a reality along with the immediate construction of a new state of the art facility at Fulton State Hospital.
I commit my support to the men and women of Fulton State Hospital and all the small business owners of the 49th district.  My legislative plans will always focus on ensuring that Callaway and Cole Counties are a thriving, safe, and attractive place to work and live.

Super Sam’s Fun Run

super-sam-fun-runSuper Sam is an inspirational 5 year old who has had a huge impact on my family, even though we’ve never met him. He is fighting off cancer right now, but we have confidence that the Lord is looking over this young family.

And, you can help!! In Fulton, Missouri, on May 4th, 2014, from 2-4 pm, the Callaway County YMCA and a local chapter of Relay for Life are sponsoring a superheroes fun run at the Y. It will include an obstacle course, face painting, heroes (and maybe villains), inflatable jump houses, and all kinds of fun for kids and families. The price is $10 per person or $25 for a family.

We have also received a generous offer from a contributor who is offering an up to $2,500 match contribution if that amount can be raised on May 4th. So, please come out and help raise money to support this young family as they battle cancer with their superhero, Super Sam.

For more information and to RSVP, check out the event page on Facebook –> Super Sam Fun Run on Facebook.

Also, for updates on the status of Sam’s cancer battle, join the SuperSam’s Heroes Facebook Group.