04/18/2011 - Missouri Sen. Brian Munzlinger, R-Williamstown, and Rep. Tom Shively, D-Clarence, both want what's best for farmers, yet they find each other on opposite sides of the debate about protections for concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs).
Those divisions separate some farmers as well.
Munzlinger, a farmer from Lewis County, had voted for legislation to limit nuisance lawsuits against CAFOs. Neighboring property owners still can sue a CAFO for odor or other nuisance-related problems, but once plaintiffs receive damages equal to the property's fair market value, no further nuisance suits are allowed.
"I don't want to see a family farmer sued out of existence," Munzlinger said.
That definition of family farmer is the crux of the CAFO debate.
Read the article CAFO Legislation Not a Remedy for Debate Among Rural Neighbors in full on The Quincy Herald-Whig's Web site.