Senators & Representatives should not support these bills because they jeopardize the majority of citizens, farmers and landowners. SB 187, SB 278 & HB 209 are clearly CAFO Protection Bills that take away the property rights of the thousands of independently owned and operated family farms and rural landowners.
- Similar to eminent domain, SB 187/SB 278/HB 209 represent a "taking" or "condemnation" of personal property rights without just compensation.
- SB 187/SB 278/HB 209 would limit the constitutional rights of family farmers and rural landowners from protecting their property through the court system from the negative impacts of industrial livestock operations.
- The operations SB 187/SB 278/HB 209 protects are a small minority of CAFOs. Out of Missouri’s 100,000+ farming operations, ½ of 1% are regulated as CAFOs.
- In order to protect this very small minority of industrial livestock operations the majority of farmers and landowners will be left without adequate protection from the potential negative impacts of CAFOs.
- SB 187/SB 278 are deceitful attempts to hide behind the majority of Missouri's independent family farms to protect CAFOs.
- HJR 17 could stop the state from regulating CAFOs when corporate agri-business decides that playing by the rules is an "undue economic burden".
- The state legislature would have to be prepared to prove that any bill they pass related to crops or animal production methods are based on "generally accepted scientific principles". The question is "who owns the science?". Unfortunately, the so-called "science" has oftentimes been bought and paid for by corporate agri-business interests.
- HJR 17 could infringe upon the state's obligation and ability to protect producers, their markets and consumers from the irresponsible actions of multi-national biotech and pharmaceutical companies whose practices could cause serious economic harm to Missouri's ag economy.
"Updated" Key Representatives (see full list of Representatives below):
Key Senators (see full list of Senators below):
- Senator Victor Callahan:(573) 751-3074
- Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal: (573) 751-4106
- Senator Jane Cunningham:(573) 751-1186
- Senator Tom Dempsey: (573) 751-1141
- Senator Kevin Engler: (573) 751-3455
- Senator Jack Goodman: (573) 751-2234
- Senator Jason Crowell: (573) 751-2459
- Senator Mike Kehoe: (573) 751-2076
- Senator Will Kraus: (573) 751-1464