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.