As an organization, we try to keep our members informed of legislative actions that affect our markets. Just such as action is up for a hearing Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016. Please see the message below for details and please consider contacting your local representative and express your support for this bill.
I learned today that House Bill 2331 is going before the Agricultural Committee Tuesday, February 16th. I am attaching the committees contact information and asking that you either email or call and ask them to support this Bill. Some of you are quite aware that I have worked toward this Bill for the past year and I am asking for your help to encourage them to pass it to a house vote.
For others who are not acquainted with the contents, I will tell you that it is a Federally funded grant that will not affect the state budget and will give limited income seniors (60 and over) vouchers for farmer markets for fresh fruits and vegetables. This is a non-partisan issue and forty-three states currently provide this benefit and unfortunately, Missouri is not one of them. The federal grant was developed to provide proper nutrition for seniors. Proper nutrition plays an important role to the well-being of seniors. We now have the opportunity to include our Missouri seniors and also benefit our local growers. This, in turn, will add additional revenue for Missouri.
I do apologize that I am contacting you with so little notice, but I am afraid that this is how our legislative process operates. I am optimistic that when we pass committee, I will once again ask you to contact your representatives prior to a house vote. Just a fast call or short email is all that is necessary to make everyone aware that we, as voters, do care about each other. Please feel free to forward to neighbors, friends and relatives because this will benefit each and everyone one of us whether directly or indirectly.
Thank You For Your Support
Your support and your action can have an effect on the health and nutrition of your community. Please contact the members of the Agriculture Committee and let them know that this is important to you.