Right to Farm

Missouri’s so-called right to farm amendment is expected to stand after preliminary recount results were posted on the Secretary of State’s website Friday. The controversial measure’s latest tally shows a slim change from the August primary results. 

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Missouri voters passed Amendment One to the state’s constitution Tuesday by an extremely narrow margin. The so-called “Right to Farm” amendment won by just over 2,500 votes and could be subject to a recount. KSMU’s Alissa Zhu has the reaction.

The most hotly contested measure on Tuesday’s ballot barely won--by less than one half of a percentage point.

“We knew going in that it was going to be tight,” said Dave Drennan.

(Updated 10 p.m. Saturday, July 26, with link to new ad)

Opponents of the proposed “Right to Farm’’ state constitutional amendment will begin a TV ad campaign in St. Louis and Kansas City this weekend as part of a last-ditch effort to block the proposal on the Aug. 5 ballot.

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U.S. Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri says he’ll vote yes on the “right to farm” amendment this August because he wants “agriculture to continue to be the biggest economic driver in our state.”

Blunt’s remarks were offered to dairy farmers at the Heart of America Dairy Expo in Springfield Friday. He was quick to acknowledge opponents, declaring that this is not a fight between big corporate agriculture and family farms.

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Former Missouri Lieutenant Governor Joe Maxwell says the ‘Right to Farm’ question before voters in August would give more protection to foreign corporations and take away from small farmers.

Maxwell, a Democrat, told reporters in Springfield Tuesday that Amendment 1 will give more liberty to corporations to buy and operate Missouri farmland.