Gov. Eric Greitens is taking his smaller-government message to Missouri’s agriculture industry, ahead of the 2018 legislative session that begins next month.
The first-year Republican governor told Missouri Farm Bureau members at their annual gathering this week that his administration is poised to roll back “tens of thousands” of regulations that affect farmers, ranchers and agribusiness. He also blamed the state’s legal environment for harming agriculture and rural Missouri.
Democrats, meanwhile, say Greitens’ policies would benefit international corporations over locally owned family farms.
A group, led by Missouri Democratic Party Chairman Stephen Webber, has been touring the state this week, touting a “Farmer’s Bill of Rights.” Its main goals include stopping foreign ownership of farmland, fighting environmental deregulation, and promoting rural business growth.
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