Missouri Deer Bill Passes House & Senate as Part of “Missouri Farm Bill”

May 16, 2014

Bill Heads to Governor Jay Nixon’s Desk

COLUMBIA, MO-  Deer farmers in Missouri and across the nation are celebrating two major steps that brings Missouri’s farmed deer closer to being classified as livestock.  Last night, the contents of HB 2031, which would transfer deer farming jurisdiction from the Missouri Department of Conservation to the Missouri Department of Agriculture.  This bill, which is now included in the “Missouri Farm Bill” known as SB 506, passed the House of Representatives 105-43.  This bill was then sent back to the senate for a motion to concur with the House’s amendments.

Today, SB 506 received a 26-0 vote on the Senate floorThe bill will now go to the Governor’s desk.

“We are one step closer,” said Sam James, President of the Missouri Whitetail Deer Farmers & Hunting Ranch Association. “We are hoping the Governor uses common sense and stands with the agriculture industry.”

Missouri deer farmers are now in the final stage of having their farms and deer protected from the Department of Conservation’s regulations that would essentially destroy the industry.  

Sam James thanks all the legislators for taking a stand to protect the livelihoods of their members.

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