Graves Touts 'Right to Farm' Proposal During Stop in St. Joseph

Published 06/05 2014 03:03PM

Updated 06/06 2014 07:51AM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) Members of Congress are touring the state to gather support of an amendment they say would protect Missouri's farmers and ranchers.

Congressman Sam Graves stopped at a Farm Bureau office in St. Joseph Thursday where he discussed Constitutional Amendment 1 with local farmers.

Graves said the "Right to Farm" proposal protects farmers from radical or extremist groups trying to dictate how they run their operations.

"You know, the irony of it is, farmers are the best stewards of land and the best environmentalists but you still have groups out there trying to stop them from doing what they want to do," said Graves, who represents Missouri's 6th District.

He wants voters to approve the measure during the state-wide primary on August 5.

"I want my kids and my grand-kids to be able to continue to farm and continue that way of life and move forward without having somebody tell them how they will manage their land and how they will take care of it," he said.

Groups like PETA and the Humane Society have been critical of the Right to Farm proposal, saying the language is vague and that it protects large agriculture interests.

Graves is working with the Missouri Farmers Care group to endorse the proposal.

They worry the constitutional amendment would make it difficult to stop farming operations from polluting the environment or mistreating animals.

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