In a huge victory for agriculture, Missouri Farmers Care applauded the passage of Right to Farm today. After a long legislative process involving several rounds of negotiations between the State House and the State Senate, HJR 7&11, the Right to Farm referendum, has passed both chambers of the Missouri Legislature. Missouri voters will decide on the constitutional amendment in November, 2014.
"This is a great victory for Missouri agriculture," Missouri Farmers Care Chairman Don Nikodim said. "Getting the Right to Farm referendum through the legislature was a difficult task, but all the agricultural groups stuck together, and with the help of our legislative allies, we finally passed this important legislation."
Referendum passed in a landslide
Animal-rights group the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) opposed the Right to Farm legislation late in the process after staying on the sidelines for most of the legislative session. HJR 7&11 went through two separate conference committees before the State Senate and State House agreed on the final language. The vote tally on the final version of the bill was 132-yes to 25-no in the State House, and 28-yes to 6-no in the State Senate.
"We would like to thank Representative Smith, Representative Reiboldt, and Senator Parson for sponsoring Right to Farm," Nikodim said. "Missouri Farmers Care looks forward to taking our case to the voters and finally achieving lasting legal protections for Missouri farmers and ranchers."
North Dakota passed a Right to Farm amendment through initiative petition in 2012.
Additional information regarding Missouri Farmers Care and Missouri agriculture can be found at the Missouri Farmers Care website.