A multi-issue agriculture bill has been passed by Missouri lawmakers and sent to the governor for his signature, on this last day of the legislative session.
Among other provisions, the omnibus ag bill protects the right of children under 16 to work on family farms.
It makes the theft of Missouri livestock a Class B felony.
It allows for additional civil penalties to be imposed for violations of the Missouri Livestock disease control law.
It creates farmer market tax exemptions for producers with annual sales of less than 25-thousand dollars.
It expands the definition of eggs for inspection to include not only chicken but turkey, duck, goose and guinea eggs that are intended for human consumption.
It allows for the creation of University of Missouri Extension councils.