Rally to inform Mo. voters about 'right to farm'

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COLUMBIA - A rally for a proposed constitutional amendment to a 'right to farm' measure aims to spread the word about the bill and educate voters. The rally is at the Ashland Optimist Club at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The amendment states to protect agriculture, "The right of farmers and ranchers to engage in farming and ranching practices shall be forever guaranteed in this state."

The proposal would ensure Missouri farmers have the right to farm if approved. Voters can weigh in on the amendment August 5. 

Rep. Caleb Jones, R-Columbia, said the main goal for the rally is to spread the word and educate voters on the amendment. 

He said he plans to attend the rally along with other farmers and farming organizations from around Boone County. 

"It's an event where people can come sit and listen to people who are from varying commodity groups and agricultural organizations throughout the state all come in and talk about how important this amendment is and how they all need to support it," Jones said. 

Jones supports the amendment because he and other supporters said it would gives farmers the long-term protection against legislation they deserve. 

Gov. Jay Nixon said last week that he is leaning against the measure and he said he does not normally support amending the Constitution unless it is really necessary. 

He had remained silent on the issue until July 8.

The amendment has received bi-partisan support including backing from democratic Attorney General Chris Koster. 

Jones said the next rally is in a couple of weeks in California, Missouri. 

Here is more information about how Missouri farmers view the amendment.