Officers were elected and a variety of topics were discussed during the Annual Audrain County Farm Bureau meeting last Thursday inside the 4-H Building in Mexico, Mo.
Dan Cassidy, the Chief Administrative Officer of the Missouri Farm Bureau Federation and Affiliated Companies, was this year’s guest speaker.
Cassidy spoke on the “Waters of U.S.” rule and it being an expansion of the Clean Water Act.
He discussed the EPA’s “Waters of the U.S.” zones.
In a chart, he showed there being 44,692,943 acres in the state.
He noted that the newly classified zone that’s being fought would declare acres with a 4,000-foot buffer to be subject to the significant nexus finding. This means 99.7% of the waters in the State of Missouri would be subjected under an apparent EPA land grab through a bill not passed with congressional support.
Cassidy said the goal is for Congress to make sure EPA doesn’t have any funding to implement this act, as the Sen-ate now has the measure in their hands.
Cassidy also talked about a new building dedicated to agriculture to soon be built at the St. Louis Science Center.
He then shared photos of his trip to the World’s Fair in Milan, Italy that was dedicated to ways of feeding a population increased from 7 to 9 billion by 2050.
Cassidy talked about some of the governmental controls on agriculture in other countries like Italy.
“It could be worse and it is certainly worse in other parts of the world,” Cassidy said.
The Young and Farmers Ranchers Committee Chairperson Brent Erisman talked about warning signs that should be displayed during agritourism activities to protect the host and its operation from liability due to someone being hurt or killed.
The meeting began with Audrain County Collector Kate Becker singing the National Anthem and leading the Pledge of Allegiance.
Jan Fennewald gave the invocation before a meal was served.
Joann Roth discussed the 2014 meeting minutes and members approved them. The treasurer’s report was also approved.
Audrain County Farm Bureau President Darren Reynolds gave a few remarks. He noted that the county was named tops in District 3 for the 12th consecutive year.
Kayla Hildebrand, McMillan Elementary, and Kendra Allen, Mexico FFA, were both recipients of a mini-grant. Allen was present for the event and gave a few remarks.
Jerry Johnson talked about a questionnaire available at the meeting for members to fill out as it will help representatives to know what to focus on at the state level.
An election of district board members was held with Erisman winning in District 2, Roth winning in District 4, Dale Fischer winning in District 6, and Wayne Windmann winning in District 7.
Several legislative officials attended the meeting. They include Sen. Jeanie Riddle and Rep. Jay Houghton along with representatives for Rep. Sam Graves and Sen. Claire McCaskill. Local county officials, State Board Member from District 3 Harry Thompson, The Vandalia Leader, and several others were also recognized. It was also reported that the Audrain County Farm Bureau has 723 members, which is just short of a 745 quota due September 1.