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Farm Bureau Opposes Changes To Petition Process

Farm Bureau Opposes Changes To Petition Process

Around 100 Clark County Farm Bureau members attended their
annual meeting, held Tuesday, March 6, at Steve’s Family Dining in Kahoka. During the business part of the meeting, new
county officers were elected, and several board members re-elected.

Charles Krueger was elected President, with Paul Phillips as
Vice-President. Terry Daw will be
Secretary, and Jim Campbell will serve as Treasurer for the next year.

Re-elected board members were Paul Phillips, Keith Phillips,
Wes Parrish and Brad Nelson.

Missouri Farm Bureau Chief Administrative Officer Dan
Cassidy was the featured speaker of the evening.

Cassidy spoke about the gap between consumers and food

“They don’t want to know anything about rural America,” said

Cassidy cited a recent Chipotle Restaurant commercial aired
during the Grammy Awards. The
two-minute animated commercial depicted hog farmers as uncaring hog factories.

“That’s pretty scary.
Think about that commercial running nationwide,” Cassidy said, adding
that his family no longer eats at Chipotle.

Cassidy also discussed a Missouri Farm Bureau Program “Does
Your Vote Really Count When Big Money Talks!”

The program is designed to counter the big money spending of
the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). According to Missouri Farm Bureau’s website, HSUS and other well-funded, out-of-state interest
groups with their own agenda are hijacking Missouri’s initiative petition
process and, in effect, buying state laws.

Currently HSUS is circulating an initiative petition in
Missouri deceptively called, “Your Vote Counts”, which is a constitutional
amendment that would require an almost-impossible-to-obtain three-fourths
majority vote of the state legislature to change a law approved by a public

The fourth quarter fundraising report for the Your Vote
Counts Committee shows 99.91 percent of its funding came from contributors
outside of Missouri. Of the $164,853.92 raised, only $150 came from Missouri.

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