The results are in, and after a statewide recount, Missouri’s Amendment 1, dubbed the “Right to Farm,” has prevailed.
Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander announced the results Monday.
“The final results of the recount confirmed the passage of Amendment 1. The difference between the "yes" votes and the "no" votes after the recount is 2,375 votes, and before the recount it was 2,490,” he wrote in a statement here.
Several groups hailed the results as a victory for the state’s agricultural industry, which generates around $12 billion annually.
"This amendment gives today's farmers and ranchers the ability to practice farming and ranching without fear of being shut down by out-of-state extremist groups like the Humane Society of the United States,” Missouri Cattlemen's Association President Jim McCann said. “Even more importantly, the constitutional amendment will provide a level of certainty for the next generation of farmers and ranchers."
Blake Hurst, president of Missouri Farm Bureau, echoed McCann’s statement, calling the recount "unnecessary" but a win for both farmers and consumers.
“Missouri farmers will have greater protection from unjustified and costly restrictions placed upon them by out-of-state, extreme organizations like the Humane Society of the United States,” Hurst said. “Consumers will continue to have a multitude of safe food choices that best fit their family’s budget.”
Several other states, including North Dakota and Indiana, have enacted similar Right to Farm laws.
A recent case pit neighbors against four Indiana hog farms owned by one of the nation’s largest pork producers; however, a trail-court judge ruled in favor of the pork producers, stating the state’s Right to Farm act is constitutional. See, “Judge: Indiana hog farms protected by ‘Right to Farm’ law.”