Just a day after the Missouri Ethics Commission posted online that the Human Society of the United States contributed $375,000 toward a political action committee opposing the so-called "right to farm" constitutional amendment, Missouri farm organizations are digging deep to stop this final push to defeat the measure by out-of-state interest groups.
Today, the online Ethics Commission showed contributions from the Missouri Pork Association, Mo Ag PAC, Missouri Corn Growers and Missouri Ag Services totaling $140,750 to Missouri Farmers Care, one PAC supporting the right-to-farm measure, on the Aug. 5 ballot as "Amendment 1."
The Missouri Farm Bureau also raised funds to support Amendment 1. In a released statement, Missouri Farm Bureau president Blake Hurst said that the contribution by HSUS to Missouri's Food for America "reveals the true force and motives behind the opposition to Amendment 1." He added that the amendment is being financed by "a major out-of-state extremist organization, in contrast to Missouri Farm Bureau's Fund to Support Amendment 1, which has raised $125,822 and is being financed literally by thousands of family farmers and ranchers across the state."
Until July 22, the Missouri's Food for America had $46,000 to fight the amendment, according to the ethics commission. The additional $375,000 will give a financial boost to those who oppose the amendment.
There are just 10 days before the voters go to the polls. Voters will be asked to decide "Shall the Missouri Constitution be amended to ensure that the right of Missouri citizens to engage in agricultural production and ranching practices shall not be infringed?"
If passed, Missouri would be the second state to have similar "right to farm" measure in the state constitution, along with North Dakota. Indiana also has a "right to farm" measure in its state law.