One Missouri bill has the Republican legislature squaring off against the Democratic governor yet again. This one, however, also pits dairy farmers against deer during next weeks veto session.
Wrap: A Missouri bill would subsidize dairy farmers but Governor Jay Nixon says it would harm deer.
The bill would cover 70 percent of premiums for a new federal insurance program laid out in what is commonly known as the farm bill.
Dale Drennan of the Missouri Dairy Association says passing the measure would mean a big boost to dairy farmers that receive about a quarter of the profits made by the milk industry.
|Description: "A dairy farmer gets 26 cents of the retail dollar that's spent on dairy. that can be for milk, yogurt, ice cream, whatever."|
Nixon says the bill would reclassify deer as livestock, which he says would jeopardize the Conservation Department's efforts to revive that population.
From the state Capitol, I'm Brendan Cullerton, Newsradio 1120, KMOX.
The price of dairy in Missouri will come down to a decision the state legislature will make next week involving deer. KMOX's Brendan Cullerton has more on the farm subsidy bill vetoed by the Governor
Wrap: Missouri dairy farmers say if the state doesn't subsidize some of their costs...consumers could take a hit in the wallet.
The legislature will decide next week if it will override Governor Jay Nixon's veto of a bill that would subsidize insurance premiums for a new federal program that came out of the farm bill.
Dale Drennan of the Missouri Dairy Association says farmers would have a tough time participating in the program without state assistance.
|Description: "The provisions are to help our producers participate in the federal dairy program at a higher level and that the state would help them with assistance to provide them to take part in that risk-management program."|
Governor Jay Nixon says the bill puts the deer population in jeopardy by reclassifying them as livestock and shifting their control from the Conservation Department to the Agriculture Department.
From the state Capitol, Brendan Cullerton, Newsradio 1120, KMOX.