Amendment 1 Will Protect State Farmers, Says Missouri Farm Bureau President

AMENDMENT 1 WILL PROTECT STATE FARMERS, SAYS MISSOURI FARM BUREAU PRESIDENT

Blake HurstIn an interview with Columbia, Missouri radio station 93.9 The Eagle, Missouri Farm Bureau President Blake Hurst makes it clear that Missouri’s Farming Rights Amendment, Amendment 1, is a vital protection for all Missouri farmers, especially local family farms.

He goes on to say that state constitutions are actually much longer and in-depth than the federal constitution, providing for more specific language about particular state industries.

A concern among many citizens is whether placing language in the state constitution would give unprecedented power to Missouri’s agriculture industry. Hurst puts those fears to rest, stating that, “There’s no government agency, like the EPA, to regulate farming. Sounds good for the agriculture industry, except it makes it vulnerable to initiative petitions, like the 2010 ballot measure that put restrictions on so-called “puppy mills.”

“Let’s give farming just a bit of extra protection. It’s extraordinarily important to the state of Missouri. It’s our leading industry…let’s think about what we do a little bit more before we do it.”

He also dispels the notion that the language of the proposed amendment is murky and could lead to legal challenges. He states that the language is actually very clear, arguing that amendment includes language that reinforces the powers of local ordinances that already exist.

The proposed amendment includes this section:

“That 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.”

The last sentence says that all farming and ranching practices will be subject to “duly authorized powers”. This refers to the local ordinances that are in place.

Hurst stresses that the legality of ballot proposals are challenged in court many times, regardless of the language. This amendment won’t necessarily improve that process, but it won’t negatively affect it either.

Many voters are concerned that this proposal will only serve to benefit large corporate farming operations. This is a rumor that’s been heavily spread by members of the opposition, mainly to provide an emotional case that causes a sense of urgency among citizens. But it isn’t grounded in reality.

Amendment 1 would serve to benefit ALL farmers, but especially smaller operations, run by families that need to have their rights protected, especially in instances where they can’t afford the costs of drastically altering their practices or the legal fees resulting from court battles. These people feel that their way of life is under attack by the constant threats brought about by the ballot initiative process that animal rights organizations have exploited in recent years.

Blake Hurst, a Missouri farmer himself and a man who knows what farmers require in order to provide a food supply for a constantly evolving population, wants Missouri to thrive economically. One way to accomplish that is ensuring that its number one industry remains strong, operates within the confines of local and state regulations, and has the proper amount of protection it deserves.

For more information about Amendment 1, please visit Missouri Farm Bureau and Missouri Farmers Care.   

DONATE

Please consider donating to Protect The Harvest.

Donate Today

Events

  • 2019 FFA National Convention

    Join us at the 2019 FFA National Convention. The dates include Monday, October 28, 2019 - Saturday, November 2, 2019 We would love to see you there!


  • 2019 Indian National Finals Rodeo

    Join us at the 2019 Indian National Finals Rodeo. The dates include Tuesday, October 22, 2019 - Saturday, October 26, 2019 We would love to see you there!


  • National Association of Farm Broadcasters Convention

    Join us at the National Association of Farm Broadcasters Convention. The dates include Wednesday, November 13, 2019 - Friday, November 15, 2019 We would love to see you there!


Wild Spayed Filly Futurity

NEWSLETTER

Government By The People

Events

  • Starts: Monday, October 28, 2019

    2019 FFA National Convention

    Join us at the 2019 FFA National Convention. The dates include Monday, October 28, 2019 - Saturday, November 2, 2019 We would love to see you there!

    3 months from now
    Website Location
  • Starts: Tuesday, October 22, 2019

    2019 Indian National Finals Rodeo

    Join us at the 2019 Indian National Finals Rodeo. The dates include Tuesday, October 22, 2019 - Saturday, October 26, 2019 We would love to see you there!

    3 months from now
    Website Location
  • Starts: Wednesday, November 13, 2019

    National Association of Farm Broadcasters Convention

    Join us at the National Association of Farm Broadcasters Convention. The dates include Wednesday, November 13, 2019 - Friday, November 15, 2019 We would love to see you there!

    4 months from now
    Website Location
  • Starts: Wednesday, July 31, 2019

    High Plains Journal Event-Cattle U & Trade Show

    Join us at the High Plains Journal Event-Cattle U & Trade Show. The dates include Wednesday, July 31, 2019 - Thursday, August 1, 2019 We would love to see you there!

    1 week from now
    Website Location
  • Starts: Friday, August 23, 2019

    2019 Nebraska State Fair

    Join us at the 2019 Nebraska State Fair. The dates include Friday, August 23, 2019 - Monday, September 2, 2019 We would love to see you there!

    1 month from now
    Website Location
  • Starts: Wednesday, February 5, 2020

    2020 Cattle Industry Convention & NCBA Trade Show

    Join us at the 2020 Cattle Industry Convention & NCBA Trade Show. The dates include Wednesday, February 5, 2020 - Friday, February 7, 2020 We would love to see you there!

    7 months from now
    Website Location
  • Starts: Monday, July 22, 2019

    2019 Cheyenne Frontier Days PBR Last Cowboy Standing

    Join us at the 2019 Cheyenne Frontier Days PBR Last Cowboy Standing. The dates include Monday, July 22, 2019 - Tuesday, July 23, 2019 We would love to see you there!

    2 hours ago
    Website Location
  • Starts: Friday, July 26, 2019

    2019 AgVentures at the Ozark Empire Missouri Fair

    Join us at the 2019 AgVentures at the Ozark Empire Missouri Fair. The dates include Friday, July 26, 2019 - Sunday, August 4, 2019 We would love to see you there!

    4 days from now
    Website Location
  • Starts: Sunday, July 28, 2019

    2019 IFAJ Congress & Ag Media Summit

    Join us at the 2019 IFAJ Congress & Ag Media Summit. The dates include Sunday, July 28, 2019 - Tuesday, July 30, 2019 We would love to see you there!

    6 days from now
    Website Location
  • Starts: Thursday, August 8, 2019

    2019 Missouri State Fair

    Join us at the 2019 Missouri State Fair. The dates include Thursday, August 8, 2019 - Sunday, August 18, 2019 We would love to see you there!

    2 weeks from now
    Website Location
  • Starts: Friday, September 13, 2019

    2019 PBR PFIWestern.com Invitational

    Join us at the 2019 PBR PFIWestern.com Invitational. The dates include Friday, September 13, 2019 - Sunday, September 15, 2019 We would love to see you there!

    2 months from now
    Website Location
  • Starts: Saturday, September 21, 2019

    2019 Two Tails Ranch Event: All About Elephants

    Join us at the 2019 Two Tails Ranch Event: All About Elephants. The dates include Saturday, September 21, 2019 - Sunday, September 22, 2019 We would love to see you there!

    2 months from now
    Website Location
  • Starts: Sunday, December 1, 2019

    2019 International Association of Fairs & Expos Convention

    Join us at the 2019 International Association of Fairs & Expos Convention. The dates include Sunday, December 1, 2019 - Wednesday, December 4, 2019 We would love to see you there!

    4 months from now
    Website Location
  • Starts: Thursday, December 12, 2019

    2019 Indiana Farm Bureau State Convention

    Join us at the 2019 Indiana Farm Bureau State Convention. The dates include Thursday, December 12, 2019 - Saturday, December 14, 2019 We would love to see you there!

    5 months from now
    Website Location