SB 591
Modifies provisions relating to agriculture
LR Number:
Last Action:
5/16/2014 - H Calendar S Bills for Third Reading w/HCS (Fiscal Review 5-13)
Journal Page:
HCS SB 591
Calendar Position:
Effective Date:
August 28, 2014
House Handler:

Current Bill Summary

HCS/SB 591 - This act modifies provisions relating to agriculture.

LIVESTOCK (Sections 144.010, 262.900, 265.300, 267.565, 277.020) - This act adds captive cervids to the definition of livestock. This act will allow the sale of captive cervids to be exempt from sales tax, will allow captive cervids to be considered livestock for the purposes of urban agricultural zones, and will subject captive cervids to the Missouri Livestock Disease Control and Eradication law, the Missouri Livestock Marketing Law, and regulation and marketing of agricultural products.

These provisions are identical to HB 2031 (2014), SB 964 (2014), HCS/SB 506 (2014), and SCS/HCS/HB 1326 (2014).

MISSOURI DAIRY REVITALIZATION ACT OF 2014 (Sections 261.270-261.275) - This act creates the Missouri Dairy Revitalization Act of 2014, which requires the University of Missouri to conduct research annually on the estimated state sales tax revenue generated from dairy products. Such estimated sales tax revenue shall be provided to the Department of Agriculture. Further, this act creates the Missouri Dairy Industry Revitalization Fund. General revenue appropriated to the Fund shall be expended as set forth in this act.

This act requires the Department of Agriculture to establish a dairy producer insurance premium assistance program for producers who participate in the federal margin protection program for dairy producers. Participating producers shall be reimbursed for 70% of their federal premium payment.

Further, this act establishes the Missouri Dairy Scholars Program. This program shall make available 80 scholarships at $5,000 each toward tuition at any college or university in Missouri for students in agriculture-related degree programs who make a commitment to work in the agriculture industry.

Additionally, under this act, the University of Missouri's commercial agriculture program shall conduct an annual study of the dairy industry and develop a plan for how to grown dairy industries in Missouri. The plan shall be delivered to certain members of the General Assembly as set forth in this act.

These provisions are identical to SCS/HCS/HB 1326 (2014), HCS/HB 1640 (2014), and HCS/SB 506 (2014).

MISSOURI LIVESTOCK MARKETING LAW (Section 277.040) - This act requires that all license fees collected by the Department of Agriculture under the Missouri Livestock Marketing Law not yield revenue greater than the costs of administering the Missouri Livestock Marketing Law during the ensuing year.

These provisions are identical to SCS/HCS/HB 1326 (2014), HCS/HB 1640 (2014), and HCS/SB 506 (2014).

CERTIFIED COMMERCIAL PESTICIDE APPLICATORS (Section 281.065) - Currently, a certified commercial pesticide applicator must furnish evidence of financial responsibility with the Director of the Department of Agriculture in order to receive a license. Currently, the amount of the surety bond or liability insurance required is $25,000 for property damage and bodily injury. Under this act, the amount is modified to $50,000 for each occurrence. Further, the applicator is not required to furnish such evidence for license renewal, unless upon request. If the Director so requests, the applicator shall furnish such evidence within 10 days of receiving the request. The Director shall be notified of cancellation or reduction of financial responsibility for any applicator or employer of the applicator. The applicator or applicator's employer shall also maintain evidence of financial responsibility at their business location. If the financial responsibility furnished becomes unsatisfactory, new financial responsibility instruments shall be immediately executed and maintained at the business location, or the applicator's license may be affected as set forth in this act.

This provision is identical to SCS/SB 888 (2014), HCS/SB 506 (2014), SCS/HCS/HB 1326 (2014), and is substantially similar to HCS/HB 1952 (2014).

LARGE ANIMAL VETERINARY STUDENT LOAN PROGRAM (Sections 340.381 & 340.396) - This act renames the Large Animal Veterinary Student Loan Program the "Dr. Merrill Townley Large Animal Veterinary Student Loan Program." Further, this act repeals the sunset provision of the large animal veterinarian student loan program.

These provisions are identical to HCS/SB 506 (2014) and SCS/HCS/HB 1326 (2014) and the one section is identical to HB 1998 (2014) and SB 859 (2014).

LIVESTOCK ACTIVITY WAIVER OF LIABILITY (Section 537.325) - Currently, equine activity sponsors and equine professionals are not liable for an injury or death of a participant resulting from the inherent risks of equine activities. This act extends this waiver of liability to livestock activity sponsors, livestock owners, livestock facilities, livestock auction markets, and any of their employees for any injury or death of a participant resulting from the inherent risks of livestock activities. This waiver of liability does not extend to all circumstances as set forth in this act.

Currently, equine activity sponsors are required to post a warning signs on or near stables, corrals, or arenas where equine activities are conducted. This act extends this warning sign requirement to places where livestock activities are conducted.

This provision is identical to SB 671 (2014), SCS/HCS/HB 1326 (2014), SCS/HCS/HB 1937 (2014), and HCS/SB 506 (2014), and is similar to HB 1209 (2014).

BEEF COMMODITY MERCHANDISING PROGRAM (Section 275.352) - Currently, state fees are not allowed to be collected by the beef commodity merchandising program in excess of a commensurate amount credited against a federal assessment of beef producers. This act repeals this provision.

This provision is identical to HB 1496 (2014) and HCS/HB 1640 (2014).

This act is identical to SCS/HCS/SB 1326 (2014).