HB1674 Requires the Department of Agriculture to develop standards for organic farming and expands neighborhood assistance to include farmer's markets.
Sponsor: Graham, Chuck (24) Effective Date:00/00/0000
CoSponsor: Gaw, Steve (22) LR Number: 3464L.02C
Last Action: COMMITTEE: AGRI-BUSINESS
03/16/2000 - HCS Reported Do Pass (H)
HCS HB 1674
Next Hearing:Hearing not scheduled
Calendar:HOUSE BILLS FOR PERFECTION
Position on Calendar:024
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COMMITTEE

HCS HB 1674 -- MARKETING OF FARM PRODUCTS

SPONSOR:  Williams, 159 (Graham, 24)

COMMITTEE ACTION:  Voted "do pass" by the Committee on Agri--
Business by a vote of 17 to 0.

This substitute provides for groups of farmers who have formed a
group for the purpose of selling products derived from their
farming activities at a common structure when at least 50% of
the cost of such structure is paid by the group to be eligible
for tax credits under the Neighbor Assistance Act.

The substitute also requires the Department of Agriculture to
develop standards and labeling for organic farming.

FISCAL NOTE:  Estimated Net Cost to the General Revenue Fund of
$287,214 in FY 2001, $254,898 in FY 2002, and $261,212 in FY
2003.

PROPONENTS:  Supporters say that farmers' markets not under a
hard structure are seasonal markets, not consistently
accessible, and do not draw regular consumers who are the core
supporters of the market.  Missouri needs to provide for
certification and labeling of organic foods to ensure quality,
avoid false claims by imitators, and provide content credibility
for organic foods.

Testifying for the bill were Representative Graham (24);
Department of Agriculture; Missouri Farm Bureau; and Dan
Kuebler, farmer.

OPPONENTS:  There was no opposition voiced to the committee.

Roland Tackett, Legislative Analyst


INTRODUCED

HB 1674 -- Marketing of Farm Products

Co-Sponsors:  Graham (24), Gaw, Wiggins, Kreider, Williams
(159), Riback Wilson (25), Leake, Legan, Murray, Kennedy

This bill provides for groups of farmers who have formed a group
for the purpose of selling products derived from their farming
activities at a common structure when at least 50% of the cost
of such structure is paid by the group to be eligible for tax
credits under the Neighbor Assistance Act.

The bill also requires the Department of Agriculture to develop
standards and labeling for organic farming and to inspect meat
processing plants that cut meat for sale to a third party.


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