COLUMBIA, MISSOURI (May 17, 2019) - Missouri Cattlemen's Association President Bobby Simpson issued the following statement regarding the 2019 Legislative Session, which concludes today, May 17, 2019.
"This legislative session has been nothing short of historic for cattle farmers and ranchers. For too long, regulatory uncertainty has stymied expansion and growth in our industry. For too long, private property rights were restricted by emotionally driven, scientifically unfounded rules and ordinances inconsistent with regulations at the state level that are rooted in science. The House and Senate stood firm for Missouri farm and ranch families and chose facts over rhetoric.
"This organization is proud to name names and give credit where credit is due. The leadership provided by Senate President Pro Tem Dave Schatz and Senate Majority Floor Leader Caleb Rowden cannot be taken for granted. They made time, a lot of time, for Missouri agriculture this session. Speaker of the House Elijah Haahr, Speaker Pro Tem John Wiemann and Majority Floor Leader Rob Vescovo remained steadfast and even hosted a rally of more than 200 people advocating for private property rights. Without their leadership and commitment, bills to advance Missouri agriculture would not be headed to the governor's desk.
"We are fortunate to have a governor who understands and values Missouri agriculture. Governor Mike Parson has always been a relentless advocate for private property rights and responsible regulations based on science. He has always stood firmly against baseless regulations that hurt rural economies and keep dreams and ambitions of the next generation on the shelf. We are blessed to have a cattleman as governor and are confident he will enthusiastically sign legislation into law that moves Missouri agriculture forward."