By Brandon R. Hill
In an effort to empower more rural Missouri farmers, the Department of Agriculture is prepared to eliminate more than 1,200 rules and regulations restricting the agriculture industry in Missouri.
Chris Chinn, the director of the Missouri Department of Agriculture, said last week that the department was moving forward with a plan to reduce regulation of agriculture by 25 percent.
Last year the department engaged in a full-scale review of all existing rules and regulations to evaluate each one against new modern standards of agriculture, she said. Her goal is to reduce regulations that are outdated or hinder Missouri farmers and consumers.
“Reach more, feed more, connect more, empower more,” Chinn said were the four pillars for the department’s work in Missouri.
In Missouri, one in five children are considered “food insecure,” and this number even rises to one in three children in rural areas, she noted.
As part of the drive to “feed more,” Chinn said the elimination of these regulations should empower and enable local farmers.
“We want to make sure every family can afford food,” Chinn said. “It’s important for all of us to make sure families can feed their children. … We’re doing everything we can to protect our farmers and ranchers, and the consumers as well.”
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