Department of Agriculture
A Missouri lawmaker is again pushing legislation that would shift regulation of farm-raised deer to state agriculture officials.
Missouri conservation officials are scaling back their recommendations for new regulations of deer farms and hunting preserves that were aimed at controlling disease but had prompted cost concerns.
The legislation would have shifted responsibility for regulating Missouri deer ranches to the Department of Agriculture instead of the Department of Conservation.
House Speaker Tim Jones has announced the members of a committee tasked with investigating allegations of a hostile work environment in the Department of Agriculture.
Speaker Tim Jones announced in a press release Tuesday he will create a special committee to investigate the allegations within the Nixon administration.
A legislative committee scheduled a hearing Monday on whether the proposed rule change by the state Department of Agriculture exceeds what is allowed under state law.
“[Elephants] are trained using tasers now, and electrical rods. They are caged 96 percent of their lives and they are not provided with adequate conditions in transferring them.”
The state Department of Agriculture says it has lessened licensing requirements for such businesses. Those who sell eggs directly to consumers now only need a $5 retail license.
A nationwide drought, the worst to hit the U.S. in decades, has lowered water levels along the Mississippi River, threatening barge traffic.
In the category of “you can find almost anything on the Internet,” the Missouri Department of Agriculture has created an online directory of more than 6,400 unique brands used to mark livestock in the state.