Missouri Agriculture Groups’ Joint Statement on Final Passage of Senate Bill 391

May 14, 2019

The following is a joint statement by Missouri Farm Bureau, Missouri Cattlemen’s Association, Missouri Pork Association, Missouri Soybean Association and Missouri Corn Growers Association

The Missouri legislature’s final approval of Senate Bill 391 is good for Missouri’s farms and communities. This bill will ensure we use the latest science so that our animals are raised in healthy environments and our water and air remain clean. Missouri farms should be governed by science-based rules and expert oversight, not reactionary fear mongering. The uniform regulations required by SB 391 will provide certainty to farmers and ranchers in every corner of our state.

This bill is an excellent example of legislating for the good of all Missourians. Groups representing all aspects of agriculture worked cooperatively to resolve this issue in a manner that is good for all sides. Senator Bernskoetter, Representative Haffner, and House and Senate leadership showed their strong support for agriculture throughout the process. The legislature adopted amendments ensuring nutrient management is more comprehensively regulated and communities are notified of new or expanding facilities. 

We are pleased that Governor Parson has indicated his support for this legislation. Once this language becomes law, Missouri farmers and ranchers will have consistent rules to play by that will provide opportunities for young and old alike to be involved in agriculture and stay on the family farm.