Taxpayers cut off from information about farm animal health

1 year 10 months 12 hours ago Thursday, September 15 2016 Sep 15, 2016 Thursday, September 15, 2016 1:46:00 PM CDT September 15, 2016 in News
By: Lauren Barnas, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

JEFFERSON CITY – Lawmakers overrode a vetoed bill Wednesday night that exempts farms from disclosing animal health to the public.

The new measure, House Bill 1414, requires state agencies to keep information confidential, like registration, identification, and traceability for voluntary animal disease tracking programs.

In Gov. Nixon’s veto letter, he said he is deeply troubled that the General Assembly created a barrier between farmers and taxpayers who pay for these government programs.

“For instance, the state’s Soil and Water Program awards millions of dollars each year to agricultural interests for a variety of projects,” Nixon said. “This is just a single example of this ill-conceived legislation.”

Rep. Jay Houghton is the bill sponsor. He said farmers are hesitant to participate in government programs that track animal disease because they’re scared the information could become public. He said limiting access to information would be an incentive for farmers to participate in the programs.

Rep. Tracy McCreery voted against the measure when it was introduced in January because she said consumers rely on data from the Missouri Sunshine Law to hold farmers accountable. She said the bill could make consumers suspicious of all farmers – even the good ones.

Clover’s Natural Market in Columbia buys from farms based on those specifics.

“We strive to maintain a high level of transparency and really strong relationships with local producers that we purchase food from,” Clover’s manager Noah Earle said.

The grocery store screens its products for growth hormones, antibiotics, steroids, and honesty.

One shopper, Kristina Hartley, put it simply, “You shouldn’t be allowed to get away with secrecy."

But another shopper said he understands why some farms might not want to disclose certain information.

“Personally I believe in privacy and I also believe in the First Amendment right to say or not say whatever you wish,” Joshua McCubin said. “But at the same time, would I like to know how my beef is raised?" 

McCubin said the new law might force him to choose price over transparency.

“We try to buy organic, but it also costs three or four times as much, so it’s not always an option,” he said. 

The law will take effect on January 1, 2017.

More News

Grid
List
STURGEON - The oldest county fair west of the Mississippi kicks off Tuesday in Sturgeon. The Boone County fair... More >>
1 hour ago Tuesday, July 17 2018 Jul 17, 2018 Tuesday, July 17, 2018 2:49:00 PM CDT July 17, 2018 in News
BOONE COUNTY – Expecting mothers in Boone County will soon have more services at their disposal. The county received... More >>
2 hours ago Tuesday, July 17 2018 Jul 17, 2018 Tuesday, July 17, 2018 2:16:00 PM CDT July 17, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The Grain Belt Express Clean Line, a proposed energy transmission project through northern Missouri, got new life... More >>
2 hours ago Tuesday, July 17 2018 Jul 17, 2018 Tuesday, July 17, 2018 1:59:00 PM CDT July 17, 2018 in News
ASHLAND - A child identification program wants to help parents be as prepared as possible in the event that a... More >>
2 hours ago Tuesday, July 17 2018 Jul 17, 2018 Tuesday, July 17, 2018 1:41:00 PM CDT July 17, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Nineteen agencies received more than $115,000 in grant money Tuesday from the United Way of Central Missouri.... More >>
4 hours ago Tuesday, July 17 2018 Jul 17, 2018 Tuesday, July 17, 2018 11:56:00 AM CDT July 17, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Some people may notice their trash laying out on the curb for longer than usual on Tuesday. ... More >>
5 hours ago Tuesday, July 17 2018 Jul 17, 2018 Tuesday, July 17, 2018 11:12:00 AM CDT July 17, 2018 in News
COLE COUNTY - A car chase which started in Cole County on Tuesday ended in Columbia with two arrests. ... More >>
6 hours ago Tuesday, July 17 2018 Jul 17, 2018 Tuesday, July 17, 2018 10:22:00 AM CDT July 17, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — The group fighting a ballot measure that would make Missouri a right-to-work state has outraised its... More >>
6 hours ago Tuesday, July 17 2018 Jul 17, 2018 Tuesday, July 17, 2018 10:17:30 AM CDT July 17, 2018 in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — Authorities say two planes carrying more than 250 passengers made emergency landings at Kansas City International... More >>
6 hours ago Tuesday, July 17 2018 Jul 17, 2018 Tuesday, July 17, 2018 10:11:34 AM CDT July 17, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Police records related to the shooting death of Rovon Blocker suggest the incident appeared to be accidental. ... More >>
6 hours ago Tuesday, July 17 2018 Jul 17, 2018 Tuesday, July 17, 2018 9:39:00 AM CDT July 17, 2018 in News
CALLAWAY COUNTY - Three Fulton men are in custody after being charged with stealing and drug offenses, in connection to... More >>
7 hours ago Tuesday, July 17 2018 Jul 17, 2018 Tuesday, July 17, 2018 9:01:00 AM CDT July 17, 2018 in News
FULTON - A judge sentenced a man convicted of a dozen sex crimes, some involving children, to sixty years in... More >>
8 hours ago Tuesday, July 17 2018 Jul 17, 2018 Tuesday, July 17, 2018 8:05:00 AM CDT July 17, 2018 in News
WASHINGTON (AP) - The United States is open to holding direct talks with the Taliban to encourage negotiations between the... More >>
12 hours ago Tuesday, July 17 2018 Jul 17, 2018 Tuesday, July 17, 2018 4:30:00 AM CDT July 17, 2018 in News
WASHINGTON (AP) - A 29-year-old gun-rights activist served as a covert Russian agent while living in Washington, gathering intelligence on... More >>
12 hours ago Tuesday, July 17 2018 Jul 17, 2018 Tuesday, July 17, 2018 4:14:00 AM CDT July 17, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA – City council approved two public hearings in August to discuss possible increases to the property tax and sewer... More >>
20 hours ago Monday, July 16 2018 Jul 16, 2018 Monday, July 16, 2018 7:46:00 PM CDT July 16, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Former Gov. Eric Greitens' campaign spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on legal fees in his... More >>
21 hours ago Monday, July 16 2018 Jul 16, 2018 Monday, July 16, 2018 7:03:27 PM CDT July 16, 2018 in News
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill to rename the Columbia post office located on Walnut... More >>
21 hours ago Monday, July 16 2018 Jul 16, 2018 Monday, July 16, 2018 6:51:00 PM CDT July 16, 2018 in News
CALLAWAY COUNTY - Family, friends and law enforcement continue to search Little Dixie Lake Conservation Area for Jerry Kinman. ... More >>
22 hours ago Monday, July 16 2018 Jul 16, 2018 Monday, July 16, 2018 6:00:00 PM CDT July 16, 2018 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 87°
5pm 88°
6pm 86°
7pm 85°
8pm 83°