Protect the Harvest, an organization founded in 2014 by Forrest Lucas, founder and president of Lucas Oil and owner of Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, recently was made aware of a proposed county ordinance in Hickory County. According to Protect the Harvest, this ordinance would damage not only county agriculture operations, but also the local economy.
Missouri Senate Bill 319 would block counties from making ordinances against big industrial farms. The bill, set to take effect Aug. 28, was put on hold until Sept. 16 for a hearing, according to Ozarks First. Therefore, some Hickory County residents, as well as residents in other Missouri counties, have been trying to submit ordinances to stop concentrated animal feeding operations, which would be protected by Senate Bill 319.
Protect the Harvest asks in a news release that all residents educate themselves about this situation and understand the true agenda of the Missouri Rural Crisis Center, the group funding and pushing this ordinance in Hickory County. MRCC works with a national group called Socially Responsible Agricultural Project, an organization that uses unfounded scare tactics and decades-old information to stir up and divide rural communities with the hope of putting large, often family-owned, livestock operations out of business, according to the news release.
Most of the affected businesses operated with community support and no complaints, prior to SRAP's (or in this case MRCC’s) involvement, according to the news release.
“Don't let their innocent-sounding names mislead you,” Protect the Harvest said.
Their donor lists and affiliations prove their agenda is not to protect rural communities, according to the news release. SRAP is affiliated with the animal-rights group Humane Society of the United States, as well as other environmental, nongovernmental activist groups. According to research in a Missouri Times article, in addition to affiliation with SRAP, "MRCC has received grants from organizations that help fund the National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League. They have also received funding from Mark Zuckerberg-backed Silicon Valley Community Foundation. … Another donor to MRCC is the Schmidt Family Foundation, which helped pay for the distribution of Al Gore's ‘An Inconvenient Truth.’ The George Soros-backed Tides Foundation sent $38,000 to MRCC."
Anti-agriculture organizations and their agenda have reached local communities, and there is reason to be concerned, according to the news release. In fact, Valley Oaks Steak Co. in Lone Jack announced Aug. 19 that it was closing its doors immediately because of relentless legal harassment from activist groups.
A public meeting was held Aug. 22 in Hermitage by Hickory County commissioners to gauge the public’s opinions about the proposed ordinance. Hundreds of local residents, including many farmers, were in attendance, according to Ozarks First. Applause erupted when two of the three commissioners said they oppose the ordinance, which was drawn up by a Hickory County resident. If the ordinance was brought to a vote, the commissioners said they would oppose it.
Protect the Harvest assists in the fight for the rights of America's farmers, ranchers, animal owners, and sportsmen and sportswomen, according to the news release.
For more information, contact Protect the Harvest at (844) 360-8300 or firstname.lastname@example.org.