Agriculture the foundation of Missouri

Posted April 23, 2015 at 10:31 am

I want to tell you about two important pieces of legislation that were recently signed into law by the governor relating to agriculture. With more than 100,000 farms located on more than 28 million acres of farmland throughout the state, agriculture is truly the foundation of both Missouri’s economy and identity. For generations, we have never before had to worry if there would be enough men and women ready to assume the incredibly important and rewarding responsibility of choosing farming as a way of life – that is until now. Late last Friday the governor signed Senate Bill 12, an omnibus bill that changes several provisions relating to agriculture, including urban agriculture zones, beef commodity merchandising programs, the Missouri Livestock Marketing law, certified commercial pesticide applicators, weight limitations on vehicles hauling milk and livestock, fuel labeling, foreign ownership of

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    Love note from Jeff City

    My Fellow Missourians,

    On Saturday, I had the privilege of joining the groundbreaking ceremony of the new St. Clair County Senior Center. The new 5,096 square foot facility offers an opportunity to serve the senior community with in-house programs such as meals and activities and in-home programs such as home delivered meals.

    Upon arriving at the Capitol Monday quickly before going to my committee on Emerging Issues in Education, I welcomed the “Truman Lake Bikes” group from Warsaw. Each year bicyclists from around

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    Senate filibuster blocks a vote on a gasoline tax increase supported by governor

    by MDN Staff

    Missouri’s Senate was presented with a scaled-down version of a gasoline tax increase Tuesday, April 14, to address what the Transportation Department calls shortfalls in funding to maintain state highways.

    The original plan approved by the Senate Transportation Committee would have sought voter approval to boost the gasoline tax by six-cents per gallon – from 17.3 cents to 23.3 cents.

    But the committee chair presented to the Senate a substitute that would impose only a two-cent increase and not require voter

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    House votes to expand the definition of a service dog

    by Krista Gmelich

    Additional people could get access to service dogs if legislation passed by the House Thursday, Apr. 16, becomes law. The bill revises the definition of a service dog to include those helping those with ‘invisible illnesses.’

    “These individuals can be anybody who may be suffering from PTSD, Alzheimer’s, Dementia, traumatic brain injury,” said bill sponsor Rep. Chrissy Sommer, R-St. Charles. “A lot of these type of conditions are invisible and thus people do not understand the need or use of animals.”

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    Missouri’s legislature sends the governor imposing tighter restrictions on welfare

    by Steven Anthony

    The legislature sent the governor Thursday, April 16, a bill that imposes stronger restrictions on one of the state’s major welfare programs — Temporary Assistance for Needy Families.

    The measure would impose additional job-related efforts on recipients and reduce the lifetime limit from 60 months to 45 months.

    The House sponsor of the measure — Rep. Diane Franklin, R-Camdenton — argued in support of a shorter time limit during the final House debate on the measure Thursday.

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    Senate discusses health concerns over new fracking bill by Kolbie Satterfield

    The Senate had a short debate about the dangers of fracking Wednesday, Apr. 15, during a discussion regarding legislation expediting the process of getting a fracking permit.

    “Missouri, believe it or not, has had a dramatic increase in the number of oil and gas wells and interest as technology has increased on how to develop products across the state.” said Sen. Mike Kehoe, R-Jefferson City.

    The Senate’s only physician — Sen. Rob Schaaf, R-St. Joseph — said some Missourians are concerned about the dangers of fracking. “Some people

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    Missouri’s Senate sued for banning video recording of committee sessions

    by Matt Kalish

    A liberal advocacy organization – Progress Missouri – filed a lawsuit in Cole County court Wednesday, Apr. 15, accusing three Senate committee chairs of violating their legal right to record meetings of state and local government.

    In a blog post, Progress Missouri executive director Sean Soendker Nicholson wrote the lawsuit came after several years of conflict between the Senate and the activist group.

    “Some state senators, including Mike Parson, Mike Kehoe and David Sater think that the Sunshine Law doesn’t apply

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    Former Joplin police chief confirmed as head of public safety department

    by Lane Roberts

    The Senate confirmed former Joplin Police Chief Lane Roberts by a voice vote Thursday, April 16, filling the vacancy left by Daniel Isom who resigned in February.

    The Senate sponsor of Isom’s nomination said the former St. Louis City police chief had resigned because of interference from the office of Gov. Jay Nixon that prohibited him from doing his job.

    Nixon thanked the Senate for moving to approve Roberts quickly. He was appointed back in March.


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    Variety of issues contribute to “costs” of child abuse

    Money is only one measure of the “cost” from child abuse and neglect in a community according to Dr. Jim Wirth, human development specialist, University of Missouri Extension.

    “One can analyze the budgets of health, education, public assistance and the justice system for costs to communities for attempting to cope with the outcomes of child abuse and neglect. Monetary amounts only account for part of the cost,” said Wirth.

    Ultimately, Wirth says it is important to note that human potential and capital are damaged or destroyed when children

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    Easier screening test for colon cancer

    Dear Savvy Senior

    Are there any easier alternatives to a colonoscopy to check for colon cancer? I’m in my sixties and would like to be tested, but hate the idea of drinking all that laxative solution, and being sedated for the procedure.

    Squeamish Jim

    Dear Jim,

    It’s a great question. While a colonoscopy is considered the gold standard screening test for detecting colon cancer and is widely recommended once

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