Missouri to Vote on Right to Farm Legislation

Missouri to Vote on Right to Farm LegislationSince I farm in Missouri and there is a proposed constitutional amendment to the state’s constitution, friends have asked me about resources on the proposition that appears on Tuesday’s ballot. I encourage everyone to look into the topic and I always encourage people to vote.

This is an important topic for our family farm and our neighbors throughout the state who have various choices to consider and should be able to choose freely without others trying to control us. If you’d like my stance on the amendment, I am voting yes to protect the right of all farmers in Missouri to farm and encourage others to do the same.  I am also voting yes to protect consumer choice when we go to the grocery stores.  I love walking into the grocery store and having many different options and I want to make sure my children grow up and have that same right.

The Proposed Constitutional Amendment

As I have looked around the internet, I have found a lot of buzzwords and some half-truths that really bother me. Some sites are using language that doesn’t reflect the actual ballot. I encourage you to go straight to the Missouri Secretary of State website on the ballot’s right to farm initiative to be certain you have the facts.

Section 35. 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.

Here is the proposition:

Shall the Missouri Constitution be amended to ensure that the right of Missouri citizens to engage in agricultural production and ranching practices shall not be infringed?

The potential costs or savings to governmental entities are unknown, but likely limited unless the resolution leads to increased litigation costs and/or the loss of federal funding.

Resources to Use As You Consider Your Vote

I have been providing friends various links of information to read and wanted to put them here for you to access and to hopefully share with friends who live and vote in Missouri. We would love to get a show of support for farmers this Tuesday when we go to the polls.

A fellow Missouri farmer wrote this great post “Yes? No? What to do and who to believe? It’s voting time.

Two organizations I am active with are providing resources on their websites. I recommend you read these pages from Missouri Farmers Care (Background on Missouri Farming Rights Amendment and Farming Rights Frequently Asked Questions) and Missouri Farm Bureau (Keep Missouri FarmingAmendment #1 Q&A Sheet and Amendment #1 FAQ’S).

The campaign fighting this amendment is spending a lot of money to get their word out. Just this week, the HSUS (which I have written about before) provided $375,000 to campaign against this farmer-driven amendment. One thing that others are suggesting this new amendment would do, would be to open our farms up to foreign takeovers. The amendment will not change any legislation on the books and Missouri already limits foreign farm ownership to one percent. That will absolutely stay in effect.  Amendment 1 will not void federal, state or local laws.

I am so committed to the cause, I appear in a video alongside fellow Missouri farmer Blake Hurst and others talking about the proposition.

About Chris Chinn

My husband, Kevin, and I are 5th generation farmers. We live on our family hog farm in Missouri with our two children. Our dream is that our children will have the opportunity be the 6th generation of farmers in our family.
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5 Responses to Missouri to Vote on Right to Farm Legislation

  1. Great video! I’m looking forward to read some of the other articles you linked to!

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  3. You are either terribly misinformed or a paid supporter. No one in their right mind would vote for this Amendment. It will give corporations control over our food and our land and we will have no way to fight them.

    • Chris Chinn says:

      I feel certain of my position based on personal convictions. The beauty of living in America is that we are each free to choose our own opinions. It’s ok to disagree in a respectful manner. Have a nice day!

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