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...