Urges support for approval of Amendment 1

Posted: Jul. 31, 2014 9:15 am Updated: Aug. 21, 2014 11:15 am

To The Herald-Whig:

Northeast Missouri is blessed with strong agricultural production, local businesses and transportation options. The relationships between farmers and those who support them have helped our region grow, and provided for things we all benefit from in town and throughout the county. I consider myself fortunate to make my home in an area so connected to agriculture.

Taking care of our land is something my family and I take very seriously. We work hard to be good neighbors, support our community and plan for the future. Our farm has not only provided for us, it and this community are our family's home. I am proud to have been able to share the farm with my children and I look forward to giving them the opportunity to do the same for generations to come.

Giving them that opportunity requires protecting our way of life from people who have no connection to it. On Aug. 5, we'll vote on Amendment 1, the Missouri Farming Rights Amendment. The amendment ensures that decisions about the future of farming in our state are made here, rather than potentially leaving them in the hands of well-funded, out-of-state groups.

It doesn't give anyone a free pass on following local, state or federal regulations, but it does mean that if my grandchildren want to farm the land that's been in our family for generations, they'll be working with their neighbors to make decisions for our community, rather than special interest groups who may have no connection to our state or agriculture.

My family and I support Amendment 1, and hope you'll be joining us in voting yes on Aug. 5.

Greg Sharpe

Ewing, Mo.