The CAFO Bill is NO COMPROMISE! The so-called compromise on Senate Bill 364 reached between industrial livestock supporters (i.e. the Missouri Farm Bureau) and a six-member CAFO task force of the Missouri Association of Counties does nothing to address the concerns voiced by thousands of farmers and property owners in opposition to Senate Bill 364. The fierce opposition to this bill was due to its anti-local control and anti-property rights agenda. No matter how they spin this supposed compromise, the fact remains—this bill still takes away local control and property rights of the majority of family farmers and rural landowners. The new Senate Bill 364 still:
- abolishes all existing local ordinances related to industrial livestock operations.
- takes away authority of local elected representatives to protect the health, welfare and property rights of the majority of family farmers, landowners and rural citizens.
- abolishes constitutional rights of farmers and property owners to defend their property through legal challenges when the negative impacts of corporate livestock factories infringe upon their property rights.
Very simply, this bill protects the rights of corporate agri-business at the expense of the vast majority of independent family farmers and rural citizens and should be voted down. Please call your Senators and Representatives today and tell them to vote NO!
Livestock and grain farmer from Livingston County
President of the Missouri Rural Crisis Center