The Missouri House today passed HCS HB 574, giving approval to critical legislation to protect our farmers and ranchers from unnecessary government overreach. Sponsored by Representative Kent Haden (R-Mexico), the bill will now move to the Senate for consideration. HCS HB 574 clarifies which agencies have the authority to inspect certain agricultural facilities. The bill protects Missouri farmers from other states and outside organizations attempting to gain access to the facilities without legal authority. This bill will allow for the farmer or producer to authorize other agencies to inspect, to be part of a value-added program for instance, if the farmer or producer so chooses. The bill also specifies that evidence gained while inspecting a farming or ranching facility without proper authority cannot be used in court. The bill is a legislative priority of Missouri’s leading agriculture organizations, including: the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association; Missouri Pork Association; Missouri Soybean Association; Missouri Pet Breeders Association; Missouri Federation of Animal Owners; Missouri Farm Bureau; Missouri Corn Growers Association; Missouri Poultry Federation; Missouri Animal Husbandry Association; and the Missouri Veterinary Medical Association. HCS HB 574 is co-sponsored by Reps. Kurtis Gregory (R-Marshall) and Terry Thompson (r-Lexington).