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Meat Pricing

September 4, 2001
By: Julie Kroenig
State Capital Bureau

The state General Assembly's special session begins Wednesday and one of the three issues is livestock pricing.

Julie Kroenig has the story in Jefferson City.

A 1999 law that requires meat packers to not discriminate on pricing of livestock will be brought up at the special session.

The original goal was to make sure that small producing farms got the same price for their cattle as the larger operations.

But opponents of the law say that this has caused meat packers to threaten to stop buying beef from Missouri.

The assistant director of local and state government affairs for the Missouri Farm Bureau, Tom Crawford agrees with this.

Actuality:crawford
RunTime: 13 sec
OutCue:
Contents: Crawford says that this law was not intended to hurt small producers but that is what it has done.

Republican Senator John Cauthorn sent a written request to the governor along with 18 signatures from members of the Senate to request a repeal.

On the other hand, Speaker of the house Jim Kreider supports the law because it provides protection to smaller state farmers.

Missouri Farmer's Union director Russ Kremer also favors the law.

Actuality:kremer
RunTime:
OutCue: 13 sec
Contents: If we hold our ground then the economy will turn around and Missouri will be a major place to do business.

This issue will be addressed in early September.