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Rep. Vicky Hartzler (r) – in Warrensburg – August 22, 2014 (August 23, 2014)

Campaign Finance: egg money (July 9, 2014)

Representative Vicky Hartzler (r) at a campaign event in Warrensburg – August 22, 2014.

Representative Vicky Hartzler (r) held a campaign event in Warrensburg yesterday evening. Toward the end of the evening she addressed the seated crowd (about forty-five people) and then took a few questions. Early on in the question and answer period:

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Representative Vicky Hartzler (r): …You have any, any comments, insights, uh, questions or anything you might have. We’re not gonna spend a lot of time here, but, uh, we want to hear what you have to say.

Question; Why is that farm bill amendment [“right to farm”] a good thing? [inaudible] it’s not a good thing.

Representative Hartzler: Well, all it is, it’s very simple, it just, uh, says in the Constitution that farmers and [crosstalk] ranchers be able…

Question: From the state, right?

Representative Hartzler: …yeah, that they’ll be, be able to, to farm. And it was a lot of misinformation [crosstalk].

Question: They already have the Farm Act of nineteen seventy-five.  [crosstalk] So what, what has changed?

Representative Hartzler: Right. Well, there’s a group. [crosstalk]

Question: I didn’t understand any of that.

Representative Hartzler: I know,  I know. And there’s a lot of misinformation out there. People were confused and still are. Um, there is outside groups, uh, the, HSUS [Humane Society of the United States] is probably the main one, that has got a lot of money, and they’re going around and targeting different states to pay people to get, you know, signatures and put on their ballot different, uh, language that prohibits certain types of agriculture, basically prevents the farmers of those, at that state from farming in the way or ranching like they have in the past. And then they bankrolled these huge campaigns. And so there are places like in California, they did that so that all the chickens out there can’t be in a cage. Well, that’s resulted in making it very expensive for all the people who raise eggs and chickens out there. And so now it’s nine dollars a carton for eggs in California. And so, this just, by putting it in the [Missouri] Constitution this, uh, would make it harder for, uh, them to, to try change our laws to come into our state. And so that’s why, you know, being proactive, our legislatures, uh, you know, saw, saw the concerns from around the country and said, hey, let’s, we have a law, but, let’s, let’s beef it up a little bit. Let’s put it in the Constitution that it’s a right that farmers can farm. And, uh, it, it, that way if there’s a legal challenge in the future or they try to it just, give a little more standing to help protect the…

Question:  But where, where  those, um, talking about the factory farms coming into Missouri?

Representative Hartzler: Just misinformation, it is totally misinformation. There was, they were [crosstalk] saying China’s gonna…

Question:  Well, you know what? I, I’m not sure about that because up in South Dakota this happened. People were against it. They kept, they kept factory farms out and it was defeated. But in Missouri it wasn’t defeated. So I think the misinformation is on the wrong side. I really do. Because who wants a big dairy conglomerate farm next to your family farm? This is what’s going to happen. And none of us can fight their corporate lawyers.  [crosstalk]  And now…

Representative Hartzler: Well, you know, everybody has an opinion on that but the election’s over and, you know, so, uh, let’s go on to a different topic.

[….]

“…And so now it’s nine dollars a carton for eggs in California…”

From the USDA [pdf]

EGG MARKET NEWS REPORT

FRIDAY, AUGUST 22, 2014 VOL. 61 NO.67

U.S. Department of Agriculture  Agricultural Marketing Service Livestock, Poultry & Grain Market News

PRICES TO RETAILERS, SALES TO VOLUME BUYERS, USDA GRADE A AND GRADE A, WHITE EGGS IN CARTONS, CENTS PER DOZEN.

MIDWEST REGIONAL Daily producer prices are 4 cents higher for Large, 1 cent higher for Medium, and steady for Small. Midwest delivered prices are steady. Next week’s delivered asking prices are 6 cents higher for Extra Large and Large and 2 cents higher for Medium. Trade sentiment is steady to mostly higher. Demand is moderate to instances fairly good on light to mostly moderate offerings. Supplies are moderate. Market activity is moderate. Breaking stock prices are steady. The undertone is steady. Offerings are light to moderate on light demand. Supplies are moderate. Market activity is slow to moderate.

DELIVERED TO WAREHOUSE:

RANGE MOSTLY

EXTRA-LARGE 102-111 105-108

LARGE 101-110 103-106

MEDIUM 80-89 82-85

DELIVERED TO STORE DOOR:

RANGE MOSTLY

EXTRA LARGE 109-117 110-112

LARGE 107-115 108-110

MEDIUM 86-94 87-89

CALIFORNIA

Benchmark prices are steady. Asking prices for next week are unchanged on Jumbo, 8 cents higher for Extra Large, 7 cents higher for Large and 2 cents higher for Medium and Small. Trade sentiment is steady to higher. Demand is moderate to fairly good on moderate offerings. Supplies are mostly moderate. Market activity is moderate.

Small benchmark price $1.01.

CALIFORNIA:

Shell egg marketer’s benchmark price for negotiated egg sales of USDA Grade AA and Grade AA in cartons. Cents per dozen. This price does not reflect discounts or other contract terms.

RANGE

JUMBO 182

EXTRA LARGE156

LARGE 145

MEDIUM 121

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA:

PRICES TO RETAILERS, SALES TO VOLUME BUYERS, USDA GRADE AA AND GRADE AA, WHITE EGGS IN CARTONS, DELIVERED STORE DOOR, CENTS PER DOZEN.

RANGE

JUMBO 164-176

EXTRA LARGE 134-146

LARGE 122-134

MEDIUM 101-109

[emphasis added]

Nine dollars? Seriously? That’d be some serious retail markup. If the retail price is nine dollars it ain’t because the chickens are running around free.

“…And then they bankrolled these huge campaigns…”

Who did?:

Missouri Ethics Commission

MISSOURI FARMERS CARE [pdf] 7/30/2014

1. Total Receipts For This Election Previously Reported $331,981.48

2. All Monetary Contributions Received This Period $216,549.75

8. Total All Receipts This Election $548,884.23

14. Total Expenditures This Election $775,151.21

[emphasis added]

Uh, that was the supporters of the “right to farm” amendment, not the opponents.

Previously:

Campaign Finance: $110,000.00 for something they really care about (January 3, 2014)

Campaign Finance: Food fight! (May 28, 2014)

Campaign Finance: Because, across Missouri, family farms are being supplanted by… (June 24, 2014)

Campaign Finance: as if yard signs were actually a cash crop for actual farmers… (June 28, 2014)

Utilizing the First Amendment to challenge our oppressive corporate overlords… (July 2, 2014)

Joe Maxwell – “No” on Amendment No. 1 (July 8, 2014)

Campaign Finance: egg money (July 9, 2014)

Campaign Finance: opposing useless law (July 25, 2014)

Right to farm: read the small print and between the lines (July 25, 2014)

Pinch me, I must be dreaming – Cynthia Davis gets it right on Amendment 1 (July 30, 2014)

Campaign Finance: Big agriculture money keeps pouring in for Amendment 1 (July 31, 2014)

Baker Creek Seed Company – Vote “No” on Amendment 1 (August 3, 2014)

Senator Paul LeVota (D) on Amendment 1 (August 4, 2014)

After all that corporate money this is the best that they can do on Amendment 1? (August 6, 2014)