Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster spent Thursday touring local farms and urging voters to cast their ballots in favor of Amendment One. Amendment One is the 'Right to Farm'. Koster as well as State Representative Nate Walker and Senator Brian Munzlinger visited Jackson Farms in La Plata. Local farmers had the opportunity to meet and speak with Attorney General Chris Koster about why the passage of Amendment One is so important. If approved, the measure would help protect the number one industry in the Show-Me-State as well as farm families.
"We need to make sure that this industry always remains as competitive as it can be on the international markets and we can't really afford unreasonable turbulence around the state's number one industry," Koster said.
Senator Munzlinger and State Representative Nate Walker also took the time to speak to those local farmers.
"This is what I'd call a red, white and blue issue. It's not a Republican issue, it's not a Democratic issue, it's a Missouri issue for agriculture. It's an American issue for agriculture. If we are going to feed the world, we have to do everything we can to protect agriculture," Walker said.
If the measure passes in the August election, the right of farmers and ranchers to engage in farming and ranching practices shall be forever guaranteed in the Show-Me-State.
"We have seen over the last ten years several instances where outside groups have either threatened to pass or actually passed regulations that can create huge challenges across broad cross-sections of the agriculture production community," added Koster.
Amendment One would let those farm families choose what they want to grow as well as decide on what livestock they want to raise.
"Every farm is different. And that's why it's so important that the individual has the ability to make his own decisions about his operation to continue to produce quality and quantity of food so that the consumer will have a wide selection of what they want," said local farmer Bob Jackson.
Voters will decide on August 5 whether they support the 'Right to Farm' Amendment.