Missouriâ??s Amendment 1 draws mixed reaction

Voters will have a chance to decide the future of farming in Missouri in August.

An amendment on Missouri's primary ballot is stirring up mixed reactions.

Shall the Missouri Constitution be amended to ensure that the right of Missouri citizens to engage in agricultural production and ranching practices shall not be infringed? That's a question facing Missouri voters in less than two weeks.

"If we were going to protect any aspect of our economy, it would certainly be agriculture. That's what amendment number 1 is intended to do, make sure we're competitive in international markets going forward," Koster said.

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster supports Amendment 1.

He believes it would protect farmers' right-to-farm.

"And what this amendment is going to do, is make sure that arbitrary rules are never applied to the state's number one industry," Koster said.

Koster said this law would legally protect farmers from any interference with their business.

"The courts are there to protect corn growers, soybean growers, cattle ranchers from this type economically challenging legislation," Koster said.

However, there's a growing concern this amendment will negatively affect smaller farming businesses.

Lowell Schachtsiek is a board member for the Missouri Farmers Union.

He opposes Amendment 1.

"The main thing we're questioning is the definition of a farmer or a rancher,â?? Schachtsiek said.

He feels this law would only benefit corporate agricultural industries.

"What's wrong with giving more rights to a farmer or a family farm?â?? Schachtsiek said. â??But it doesn't say that in the amendment, because I don't know what it means."

Both sides disagree on its impact. Missouri voters will have the final say.

Missouri residents will vote on Amendment 1 on August 5.