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Missouri 'Farm Bill' Passes House, Moves to Senate

09:13AM May 15, 2014

The Missouri Cattlemen's Association (MCA) strongly supports the bipartisan 105 to 43 vote yesterday in the Missouri House of Representatives in favor of SB 506. The omnibus legislation, commonly referred to as the "farm bill," includes several pieces of legislation that will benefit Missouri's beef cattle industry, according to MCA Executive Vice President Mike Deering.

"We have a lot of priorities wrapped into one bill," said Deering. "We commend the 105 legislators who sided with Missouri's farm and ranch families."

The legislation, which was handled by Representative Casey Guernsey (R-2) in the House and originally sponsored by Senator Brian Munzlinger (R-18), would extend the equine activity liability waiver to include livestock activities in the rare instance that an accident occurs. Additionally, the omnibus bill includes increasing the hauling limits for livestock from 80,000 pounds to 85,500 pounds. SB 506 will also allow Missouri beef producers to vote in a checkoff referendum if an enhancement is proposed by the Missouri Beef Industry Council.

MCA President Jim McCann said today's vote is a win for MCA and the entire beef industry. The legislation now moves to the Missouri Senate for consideration.

"We encourage the senate to move quickly on this important legislation," said McCann. "We feel confident the senate will side with agriculture and pass this bill. We urge the Governor to support Missouri beef producers by signing SB 506 into law."

Source: Missouri Cattlemen's Association