Missouri Senate advances measure to limit farm inspections

 

Jack Suntrup, St. Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Apr 29, 2021

 

JEFFERSON CITY The Senate advanced a plan Thursday restricting which entities may inspect farming operations in Missouri.

 

Sen. Jeanie Riddle, R-Mokane, the sponsor of the bill, said Missouri needed to define clearly who could inspect the facilities. She said she was targeting out-of-state actors that may want to inspect Missouri farms.

 

The bill allows the Missouri Department of Agriculture, the state Department of Natural Resources, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a county sheriff or any other state or federal agency with regulatory or statutory authority to inspect a facility.

 

Despite allowing county sheriffs to inspect, opponents of the bill said it would further restrict local officials, who are already operating under a 2019 law nullifying local health ordinances that impose environmental rules on large farming operations.

 

The legislation approved Thursday applies to farms that raise livestock...

 

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