Billy Long has led in protecting farmers
Posted on October 26, 2014 22:01 pm CDT
Springfield News Leader
Letter to the Editor by State Representative Sonya Murray Anderson
As a state representative, I have had the opportunity to work with a great group of fellow legislators to help advance the cause of agriculture in Missouri.
While serving on two standing agriculture committees and an interim agriculture committee during my first term, we were able to work on legislation with bipartisan support that would help protect our state's number one industry.
This past January, I was also invited to speak in the rotunda of the Indiana State Capitol before Indiana legislators and citizens about some of the issues and threats facing Missouri agriculture.
I will continue working with our family farmers to ensure that we have a safe and affordable food supply in Missouri.
However, it is also essential that we have federal representation that understands the different agricultural interests in Missouri. That is why I have been pleased to see Congressman Billy Long take a lead in Congress in seeking to protect and preserve the livelihoods of Missouri farmers.
I had the opportunity to attend Long's annual agricultural tour this year, and it was a great group of attendees and great stops as well, ranging from a small emu operation to a large Limousin cattle farm. The tours were informative and a great way to highlight different farming operations in the area.
I have also had the opportunity to work with Long in seeking to stop power grabs by the federal government, specifically with the Department of Interior and its attempted Blueway designation in 2013.
By working together, along with numerous other state and federal legislators, we were able to stop the Department of Interior from an unprecedented land grab and protect and preserve the future of Missouri family farmers.
It has also been encouraging to see Long advocate for common-sense reforms, such as eliminating the estate tax so family farms can be passed from generation to generation as they traditionally have been and doing away with corn-based ethanol requirements that have diminished supplies for livestock and food producers.
We have been fortunate to have a congressman here in southwest Missouri who wants to grow agriculture in the state, and highlight the great variety of operations that we boast.
I look forward to continuing to partner with Long in the future on the agricultural issues that matter to Missourians!
Sonya Murray Anderson, a Republican, represents the 131st District in the Missouri House of Representatives.