A senate bill regarding state agriculture was signed into law by Gov. Mike Parson today.
According to a press release by Parson’s office, Senate Bill 391 creates a “consistent regulatory framework for producers and encourages investment” in rural Missouri.
Regarding concentrated animal feeding operations, the bill prevents counties from implementing requirements on such operations that are "inconsistent with or more stringent than" regulations relating to the Department of Health and Senior Services, environmental control, the Department of Natural Resources, air conservation, and water pollution.
Parson says the bill is a win for Missouri farmers, ranchers, and agribusinesses, and shows support for the next generation in the state’s agriculture.
“We’ve now opened the doors that will allow Missouri to lead the way in meeting a growing world food demand and ensure we keep more agriculture production in our state, strengthening Missouri’s number one industry,” said Parson.
Missouri agriculture is an $88.4 billion industry, according to the press release.
A ceremonial bill signing will take place at the annual Missouri Cattlemen’s Steak Fry in Sedalia next week.