The North Dakota Experience by Todd Hays, Vice President of Missouri Farm Bureau
In 2012, North Dakota was the first state to propose a constitutional amendment protecting farmers and ranchers. Their experience provides an important backdrop as rhetoric heats up in Missouri over Amendment #1—Keep Missouri Farming.
Statement from Missouri Farm Bureau President Blake Hurst Concerning HSUS Campaign Contribution Opposing Amendment #1
The Humane Society of the United States’ contribution today of $375,000 to Missouri’s Food for America reveals the true force and motives behind the opposition to Amendment #1, the Missouri Farming Rights Amendment.
Missouri Farm Bureau Supports Amendment #7
Missouri Farm Bureau, the state’s largest general farm organization, announced today their support for Constitutional Amendment #7, the proposed transportation sales tax that will appear on the August 5 primary ballot.
Statement from Missouri Farm Bureau President Blake Hurst Concerning EPA Administrator's Visit
We welcome EPA administrator Gina McCarthy and Acting Assistant Administrator for Water Nancy Stoner to Missouri. It should be helpful when our public officials leave Washington D.C. to visit with the people whose lives are changed by their decisions. It should be helpful, but it isn’t always.
Attorney General Koster Endorses Amendment #1
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.
Lessons from the Past
Winston Churchill once said, “History will be kind to me. I intend to write it.” With August 5 rapidly approaching it can be said Missouri farmers and ranchers have every intent of writing history by passing Constitutional Amendment #1—Keep Missouri Farming.
Will Public Research Keep up with Demands on Agriculture?
Opportunities, challenges and visibility for how agriculture will meet future needs for food, fiber and energy are greater than ever, yet public funding for ag research may not be keeping up.
Farmers Need Your Support
City councils in Cleveland, Alexandria (Virginia) and Chicago have all recently passed resolutions banning the administration of antibiotics to farm animals, unless they’re sick — the animals, not the city councils. City councils pass resolutions all the time, and I wouldn’t be surprised if each of these distinguished groups has opinions on football team names, investments in the Middle East and global warming as well. It’s much easier to pass resolutions than it is to actually govern. Perhaps when Chicago’s murder rate is lower than rural Missouri’s, when their pension plan is fully funded and when the potholes are fixed, then we might have some interest in their thoughts on the food supply.
Fire up the Grill!
Hot dogs, hamburgers, ribs — come and get it! Summer is in full swing. Families and friends gather to share food and fellowship. From class and family reunions to community events, outdoor meals are a tradition of the season.
Beyond the Hype Beyond the Hype
Navigating the aisles at the grocery store is something most, if not all, of us have done many times. Product packaging beckons “buy me” in the best ways marketers can muster in the seconds-long interval they have to catch a shopper’s attention. Packaging touts “all natural,” “organic,” “free-range,” “hormone-free” and more in the quest to appeal to consumers’ emotion, ethics and pocketbook.
A Healthy Balance A Healthy Balance
Cara Riekhof is a busy mom. She is no different from millions of other grocery shoppers who want healthy food choices on a budget. Although her family has cows and raises calves, she buys her meat at the grocery store. When it comes to food safety and the use of antibiotics in livestock, Riekhof understands both sides of the grocery cart. She and other consumers want to know more about antibiotic use in livestock grown for food.
Going to the Birds Going to the Birds
Dennis and Sue Feezor never expected to raise turkeys. He grew up on a farm in Mississippi County and she came from Chicago. Their paths crossed, taking them far from either place.

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