Missouri Farm Bureau prides itself on its continuous development of a strong foundation built on credibility, integrity and thorough knowledge of issues. The Missouri Farm Bureau Legislative Staff works every day to improve the quality of life for farmers, rural Missourians and all Missourians by striving to learn from members and to serve their working needs. The legislative staff focuses on issues that affect Missouri Farm Bureau members and keeps the best interest of all agriculturists in mind. At a state level, Missouri Farm Bureau stays actively involved with current issues and legislation so that all efforts regarding agriculture are better communicated to members and all Missourians. Missouri Farm Bureau monitors issues related to the Missouri Legislature, Executive Branch and state agencies to ensure that the interests of agriculture and the rural way of life are well represented on Jefferson City.
Priority 2023 State Issues
- Access to affordable and effective health coverage is one of the biggest challenges facing members. Farm Bureau-supported legislation provides an option for coverage that will reduce the number of uninsured or underinsured Missourians.
Protecting Property Rights
- Protecting private property rights is foundational to MOFB. Members support legislation calling for geographical representation on the Public Service Commission so landownders can address utility project concers. We are pushing to strip eminent domain authority for solar and wind energy projects, and support reducing the 1% cap currently in place on foreign ownership of agricultural land.
Investing in Infrastructure
- MOFB members support state and federal investment in hard infrastructure, with a priority on rural roads and bridges, and also support expanding I-70 to six lanes. MOFB advocates for increased funding for affordable, high-speed internet in rural Missouri.
Initiative Petition Reform
- More than 100 amendments have been added to Missouri’s Constitution since its adoption in 1945. The U.S. Constitution has added only 27 amendments since 1789. MOFB supports efforts to require a two-thirds majority vote to adopt new amendments to Missouri’s Constitution and policy requiring signatures from all congressional districts in the state.