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Missouri agriculture director addresses plan to cut a quarter of farm regulations



The Missouri Department of Agriculture is moving forward with a plan to slash a quarter of the state’s current agricultural regulations, the department’s director said Thursday at a Columbia business event.

Chris Chinn said the goal of the program, which aims to cut some 1,200 rules, is to eliminate regulations that are outdated or otherwise a hindrance to Missouri farmers.

The plan follows what Chinn said was a full-scale review of the state’s existing rules.

Speaking at an event hosted by the Columbia Chamber of Commerce, Chinn also said her department will map broadband access in the state in an effort to improve internet rural access.

She also addressed legislation that would legalize industrial hemp, calling it a major undertaking with uncertain impacts.

Read more: Columbia Missourian

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