The Missouri Senate recently approved House Joint Resolution 11 & 7 which is meant to strengthen the rights of farmers in the state.  This constitutional amendment upholds the rights of our producers to engage in farming and ranching practices and declares those rights will be forever guaranteed in this state. Missouri voters will see the Right to Farm amendment on the November 2014 ballot.

Senate Leader Tom Dempsey, R-St. Charles, said the constitutional amendment is a huge victory for agriculture and farmers across the state, and is one more victory for rural Missouri.

“Agriculture is huge industry for Missouri and is the heart of the Show-Me State,” said Dempsey. “Nationwide, agriculture is facing ballot initiatives that have attempted to direct how farming is done. This amendment secures the rights of Missouri’s agricultural industry while it helps keep food affordable across the state.”

The proposal emphasizes agriculture as being a foundational and stabilizing power of our state’s economy and looks to protect this vital sector of Missouri’s economy.

For more information on this and other legislation, visit www.senate.mo.gov.