Grain inspection and bill moving forward

The Missouri Grain Inspection Program reportedly has survived budget debate in the state House and Senate. The Missouri legislature must pass a budget bill by week’s end.

Steve Taylor, the head of the Missouri Agribusiness Association (MO-AG), says very few House budget expenditures were retained, but the grain inspection program was one of them.

Meanwhile, several omnibus agriculture bills contain a provision to the grain dealer licensing law that exempts small feed manufacturers.

“Very much like the provision that was enacted last year relative to farmers who are making purchases of less than 50,000 bushels per fiscal year. That is a change from a dollar threshold of $100,000 per fiscal year.”

Missouri Farm Bureau legislative affairs director Leslie Holloway tells Brownfield the exemption is needed.

“Due to current grain prices that dollar threshold was really out of date and the bushel threshold was more appropriate for the current market conditions.”

Holloway says with only two weeks left in the session, and the focus on the budget right now, it’s hard to predict what facets of the combined ag bills will pass.

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