MDA Newsletter - September 2017  09/22/17 2:01:27 PM

Don Lucietta of Senator Roy Blunt's staff
Bob Kollmeier of Congressman Billy Long's staff

Elected Officials Confer with MDA Board

During the Missouri State Fair, MDA board members met with numerous state and national officials at the Gerken Dairy Center. 
State officials included:
Governor Eric Greitens
Lt. Governor Mike Parson
Attorney General Josh Hawley
Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft
State Treasurer Eric Schmidt
Auditor Nicole Galloway
Director of Agriculture Chris Chinn

The board thanked them for their support of Missouri's dairy farmers and the Missouri Dairy Revitalization Act funding.

Right: Attorney General Josh Hawley gets acquainted with MDA Board members Jay Moreland of Harrisonville and Stacey McCallister of Mt. Grove.
MDA board members (LtoR) Norris Sloan, Mt. Grove; Ted Sheppard, Cabool; Steve Bunse, Cosby; Tom Oelrichs, Mora; Scott Maples, Clever expressed to Senator Blunt the need for improvements to the MPP Program that would benefit all Missouri dairy producers.

Also attending were:
Jeff Tvrdy, Congresswoman Vicki Hartzler's staff
Don Lucietta, Senator Roy Blunt's staff
Bob Kollmeier, Congressman Billy Long's staff
Christian Morgan, Kris Cook and Jordan Fears, Congresswoman Ann Wagner's staff

MDA Teams with MOFB in Support of S.951

MDA and the Missouri Farm Bureau sent a  letter to Senators Blunt and McCaskill August 18 urging their support for The Regulatory Accountability Act of 2017 (S. 951).

This proposed bill is a bipartisan bill that establishes common sense guidelines for agency rule makings. This legislation requires agencies to consider whether a regulation is within their scope of jurisdiction, review whether an existing law or rule could address the problem, and weigh all possible alternatives before deciding to move forward with a rule making. In addition, this bill sets benchmarks for regulations that will have a major economic impact and  major economic impact and guidelines for moving forward with such rules.  

House to Consider Exempting Emission Requirements 

On September 7, MDA and 113 farm organizations sent a letter to each member of the House of Representatives.

The letter is supporting an amendment that will be offered by Congressmen Billy Long (R-Mo.) and Jim Costa (D-Calif.) to the EPA FY2018 Appropriations Bill.

The purpose of the amendment is to exempt small farms -- more than 100,000 would be effected -- from reporting minute amounts of hydrogen sulfide and ammonia emissions from dairy, beef and poultry operations under the Super Fund (CERCLA) and the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Acts (EPCRA). 

WOTUS Repeal Letter Gains Support

Efforts are underway to garner support from more than 100 organizations to sign onto a letter to EPA encouraging repeal of the 2015 Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule. MDA was one of the first groups to sign on. The first 15 signed on include:

  • Agri-Mark, Inc.

  • American Farm Bureau Federation

  • American Sugarbeet Growers Association

  • Colorado Farm Bureau Federation

  • Exotic Wildlife Association

  • Florida Cattlemen’s Association

  • Florida Farm Bureau Federation

  • Missouri Dairy Association

  • National Cattlemen’s Beef Association

  • Oregon Dairy Farmers Association

  • Professional Dairy Managers Of Pennsylvania

  • St. Albans Cooperative Creamery, Inc.

  • Texas Association of Dairymen

  • Upstate Niagara Cooperative, Inc.

  • Washington State Dairy Federation

Supreme Dairy Champions Announced

MDA is in the 22nd year of sponsoring the Supreme Junior Dairy Champion Award at local fairs in Missouri. Each winner receives a certificate and cash award from MDA.
Congratulations to this year's winners:
Oliver Appleton, Mtn. Grove, Tri-County Fair at Mtn. Grove
Gretchen Dickerson, Unionville, Putnam County Fair
Austin Freund, Concordia, Lafayette County 4-H/FFA Fair
Madelaine Giebler, Neosho, Newton County Fair
Derrek Hardy, Browning, Linn County 4-H/FFA Fair
Cassandra Iman, Cole Camp, Cass County Fair
Addie Lenz, Bunceton, Cooper County Youth Fair
Alicia Ley, Washington, Franklin County Fair at Union
Courtney Lohmann, Perryville, Perry County 4-H Fair
Jared Parrigon, Stotts City, Jasper County Youth Fair
Nathan Penn, Edina, Knox County 4-H/FFA Fair
Colton Rademacher, Owensville, Gasconade County Fair
Amelia Rohrbach, Fulton, Callaway Youth Expo
Garrett Samek, Bolivar, Polk County Fair
Blake Wright, Verona, Lawrence County Youth Fair 

Missouri Farmers Care at the Cardinals

MDA is a charter member of Missouri Farmers Care (MFC) which is a coalition of over 40 ag groups in Missouri.  MFC promotes agriculture with a display and a farm animal mascot race at Friday night Cardinals games during the season. One of the four mascots is Bessie the dairy cow.

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