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Bill passed to create consistent statewide agriculture regulatory framework

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The state legislature has passed a bill to create a consistent statewide regulatory framework that will allow agriculture businesses and rural economies to flourish.

Senate Bill 391, sponsored by Sen. Mike Bernskoetter (R-Jefferson City), gives farmers an equal opportunity in every county to use today’s modern tools, technology and approaches to agriculture production.

This legislation comes in response to a patchwork of arbitrary and highly restrictive county ordinances written by non-experts which has stifled the growth of modern animal agriculture operations in Missouri and, in some cases, all but halted future expansion.

“Our agriculture industry is one of Missouri’s greatest strengths, and a reliable state-level regulatory framework is the best approach for sustaining and growing that industry while maintaining necessary environmental protections. Senate Bill 391 balances environmental regulations based on sound science with the needs of our rural economies,” said Daniel P. Mehan, Missouri Chamber president and CEO. “By ensuring that farmers across all counties in Missouri have an equal and fair opportunity to utilize modern agriculture practices, this bill will help them remain competitive in the national and global marketplace. We thank Sen. Bernskoetter for championing this beneficial change and the Missouri Legislature for sending Senate Bill 391 to the governor’s desk.”

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