JEFFERSON CITY, MO – A bill proposed in the Missouri Senate would normalize regulations that pertain to the raising of livestock throughout the state.
The bill prevents any regulations or rules promulgated by county commissions or boards from being more stringent than any state requirements. A statement by Missouri Farm Bureau President, Blake Hurst, indicates opponents of the proposed legislation, SB 391, have an aversion to pig farms. The statement also quotes the Missouri Dept of Health and Senior Services as saying, scientific literature concerning concentrated animal feeding operations contains no conclusive evidence they reduce the health of surrounding communities. Additionally, local ordinances regulating odor emissions do not seem to enhance physical health.