MDA Supports Beef Checkoff  01/29/16 9:15:01 AM

CHESTERFIELD, Mo. (January 28, 2016) -- The Missouri Dairy Association’s (MDA) voting delegates, during MDA’s 31st Annual Meeting, passed a resolution supporting the proposed statewide beef checkoff at the recent Heart of America Dairy Expo in Springfield, Mo. 

“We have always supported the national beef checkoff and encourage dairy farmers to register to vote for the proposed statewide beef checkoff,” says Ted Sheppard, newly elected MDA president and a dairy farmer from Cabool. “In addition, our delegates established positions on several current issues including:
  • Opposing the Missouri Tax Commission’s recommendation of a five percent increase for Missouri farmland.
  • Supporting efforts to exempt agricultural disaster payments from being taxed as income.
  • Supporting legislation to change “strict liability” for livestock owners for damages caused by livestock that escape their confines to “negligence liability”.
  • Encouraging Missouri counties to apply for the Agri-Ready County designation from Missouri Farmers Care.
  • Supporting designating cottonseed as an oilseed to make it eligible for farm program payments.
“The Expo was attended by 469 attendees and 63 exhibitors,” says Sheppard. “We were very pleased with the turnout considering the inclement weather.”

Scott Maples of Clever was elected to the MDA board of directors succeeding Larry Purdom of Purdy who retired from the board. Purdom was honored during the Expo for his 11 years as MDA president and for receiving the Dairy Legacy Award from the Missouri Department of Agriculture during the Missouri Governor’s Conference on Agriculture.

The next Heart of America Dairy Expo is scheduled for January 19-21, 2017, at the Ramada Oasis Hotel and Convention Center in Springfield, Mo.
 
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