Missouri dairy industry leaders say a subsidy on federal insurance that the legislature approved would help slow the decline in the number of dairy farmers in the state and keep dairy prices low for Missouri consumers. Governor Nixon vetoed the ag bill, which contained a controversial provision.
Missouri Dairy Association President Larry Purdom – at a gathering in the state Capitol this week – said more than 700 dairy farmers have shut down in the last 10 years. Purdom says, “I have gone to the Springfield sale barn for the last three years and witnessed my neighbors with tears in their eyes, selling their cows, because they could not pay their feed bills.”
Nixon vetoed the bill because of a separate provision that would put captive deer under the control of the Department of Agriculture, not the Conservation department. The legislature’s veto session, where an attempt to override the veto is expected to be made, begins September 10th.
~Thanks to Missourinet~