Right To Farm

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How did farmers fare in the 2013 legislative session?

Published on: May 31, 2013

SB 19, Child Labor Laws--This bill secures the right of minors, under the age of 15, to work on family farms. For many farms, children are an integral part of the operation. Proponents said the measure teaches children responsibility and gives them a head start in the job market. The legislature agreed and passed a bill that exempts family farms from child labor laws. Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon signed the measure into law.

SB 9, Omnibus Agriculture--This omnibus bill included several provisions related to agriculture, including the following.

Career & Technical Advisory Council: This council will ensure career and tech-ed remain an integral part of Missouri's education system. The council is designed to protect not only agriculture programs such as FFA, but also school organizations like DECA, FCCLA and FBLA. It is for all career and technical programs in high schools across the state.

Livestock Theft: The measure states that stealing any animal considered livestock by law results in a Class B misdemeanor if the value exceeds $10,000.

Crime of Animal Trespass: This provision deals with animal trespass cases. Before the bill, farmers could be charged with animal abuse if their livestock was found out roaming a neighbor's property. This provision states that individuals can only be found guilty he or she "knowingly fails to provide adequate control for a period equal to or exceeding 12 hours."