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Ag Matters: Department of ag seeks comments on unnecessary and/or excessive rules.

Chris Chinn

June 12, 2017

2 Min Read
REVAMPING THE RULES: The Missouri Department of Agriculture is asking for comments on rules on the books in an effort to address those that are considered excessively burdensome to farmers and ranchers.andriano_cz/iStock/Thinkstock

I'm sure we can all remember a rule or two from when we were growing up that seemed completely unnecessary. Is it really going to be the end of the world if I put my feet on the couch? Do I absolutely have to blow my nose only in the bathroom?

Chances are, these rules were put in place by well-meaning parents and teachers who were attempting to make us grow into contributing members of society. But the truth is, some of these rules were excessive and unnecessarily put up roadblocks.

When Gov. Eric Greitens took office, he took aim at reducing the amount of burdensome and unnecessary rules via Executive Order 17-03. In this executive order, the governor halted the addition of any new rules between Jan. 10 and Feb. 28, and called for a thorough review of every state agency rule currently in existence.

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RULE REVIEW: The Missouri Department of Agriculture is seeking comments on rules in its 10 divisions — six are shown here — listed at agriculture.mo.gov/rulereview. Farmers and landowners can submit comments online or mail them to the department. The other four divisions are shown at the website as well.

In accordance with the executive order, the Missouri Department of Agriculture, along with other state departments, will ensure that all of its rules are essential to the health, safety or welfare of Missourians; that the costs of the regulation do not outweigh their benefits, based on a cost-benefit analysis; outline a process and schedule to measure the effectiveness of the regulation; determine if less restrictive alternatives have been considered and found less desirable than the regulation; ensure the regulation is based on sound, reasonably available scientific, technical, economic and other relevant information; and that the regulation does not unduly and adversely affect Missouri citizens, customers of the state or the competitive environment in Missouri.

By eliminating rules that, even though well-intentioned, may be overly burdensome, ineffective and restrictive, Missouri can become a more productive and thriving state.

Citizens of Missouri, farmers and ranchers, young people in agriculture, landowners and rural community leaders, your voice is essential to this conversation. Until July 30, the department will be collecting comments on its rules, and we encourage you to let your voice be heard.

You can view the rules and provide your input by filling out the online form at agriculture.mo.gov/rulereview; mailing in your comments to P.O. Box 630, Jefferson City, MO 65109; or faxing your comments to 573- 751-1784.

Chinn is the director of the Missouri Department of Agriculture and a hog producer from Clarence.

 

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