Attorney General Koster endorses Amendment 1

Monday, July 14, 2014

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Accompanied by representatives of Missouri's major agricultural organizations, Attorney General Chris Koster today announced his support for Constitutional Amendment 1, also known as the "Right to Farm" amendment.

In stating his support for Amendment 1 Koster said, "The Right to Farm Amendment will ensure that agricultural production in Missouri is always economically competitive with other states across the country. This amendment ensures Missouri farming methods are not subject to extreme regulations that damage our state's number one industry."

Missouri Farm Bureau President Blake Hurst, Missouri Farmers Care Chairman Don Nikodim and other agricultural leaders were also at the press conference. Hurst and Nikodim both expressed their appreciation for Koster's endorsement of the amendment.

"Unfortunately there is misinformation being spread about Amendment 1. Having Attorney General Koster's support will help communicate that this amendment is about ensuring the future economic viability of Missouri's family farmers and ranchers and continuing to provide consumers food choices," Hurst and Nikodim agreed.

Amendment 1 is on the Aug. 5, 2014 ballot and reads in its entirety as follows: "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."

Members of Missouri Farmers Care include: Missouri Pork Association, Missouri Cattlemen's Association, Missouri Soybean Association, Missouri Corn Growers Association, Missouri Farm Bureau, MFA Incorporated, Missouri Beef Industry Council, Inc., Missouri Dairy Association, Missouri Federation of Animal Owners, Missouri Egg Council, Inc., MFA Oil, Missouri Agribusiness Association, FCS Financial, Missouri Dairy Growth Council, Missouri Veterinary Medical Association, Cargill, Missouri Rural Electric Cooperatives, Missouri Pet Breeders Association, Monsanto, United Producers, Inc., Missouri Sheep Producers, Missouri Livestock Marketing Association, Missouri Farmer Today, Professional Pet Association, Missouri Association of Meat Processors, Missouri Whitetail Breeders and Hunting Ranch Association, Lathrop & Gage, Conservation Federation of Missouri, Missouri Sporting Dog Association, Rabo AgriFinance, Southwestern Association, the Poultry Federation, Missouri Equine Council, Missouri Levee & Drainage District Association, AGRIServices of Brunswick, Gebhards Grain, Aerial Crop Services, St. Louis Agribusiness Club, The Hunte Corporation, Sydenstricker Implement, BioFuels, LLC, Missouri Vocational Agriculture Teachers Association, and Dairy Farmers of America.