|Victory for Scotland County Citizens
Residents Vote to Reinstate Health Ordinance
On Tuesday, August 4th, Scotland County residents voted with a 58% majority to reinstate a county health ordinance regulating industrial livestock facilities. This was the first county-wide vote regarding the implementation of a health ordinance and the voice of the majority was heard --even in the face of big dollars and propaganda spewing from those supporting corporate agri-business at the expense of the Missouri's farmers, ranchers and rural communities.
We would like to congratulate Concerned Citizens of Scotland County and all the farmers and residents who participated in the democratic process to hold CAFOs accountable to their communities and the environment. Hopefully, by way of their County Commission, Scotland County farmers and landowners will be increasingly protected from CAFOs and the companies and organizations that support their proliferation.
Thanks to all those who have joined us the last 4 years in the fight to protect democracy and local control at the state legislature! This weeks victory is a prime example of rural citizens successfully engaging in that very democratic process that you and many others have fought so hard to protect.
New Conservation Stewardship Program
Missouri Rural Crisis Center (MRCC) applauds the USDA's announcement of the first-ever national sign-up for the newly revamped Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP). Farmers and ranchers are eligible to apply to the program from Aug. 10 to Sept. 30.
Published in In Motion Magazine August 9, 2009.
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