Greetings Fellow Missourians,

    I am currently serving as the Legislator for Missouri State House of Representative in the 125th district—thanks to the supporters in the Primary elections of 2012, 2014, 2016 and 2018. This district includes the southern half of Benton, northern third of Cedar, and all of Hickory and St. Clair Counties. [see map] 

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CAPITOL REPORT - December 5, 2019.  On Tuesday, I went to Jefferson City to attend the State Tax Commission Public Hearing. The discussion was on the Agricultural Land Productivity Values for 2021-2022 Assessment Cycle. Every two years the Missouri State Tax Commission reviews Ag land to make changes, up or down based on a 10-15 year overview, not based on value but on productivity. They look at profit margins to determine if the taxes should be raised, lowered or stay the same. 

Dr. Scott Brown from the Markets and Policy Division of Applied Social Sciences at Missouri University gave a presentation on the methodology used to calculate the Missouri agricultural use values. 

  • Use a 15-year historical moving average of crop and cow-calf returns
  • Crop returns for 6 crops weighted by state acreage totals
  • Prices used are USDA average prices received by Missouri farmers
  • Costs are reported USDA production costs excluding land for the Heartland region which included Missouri
  • 2019 agricultural use value estimates based in small part on the University of Missouri’s current outlook
  • The 2019 agricultural use value depends on data from the 2005 to 2019 period 

Many other Missouri Associations were in attendance including Missouri Farm Bureau, Cattleman’s Association, Pork Producers, Corn Growers and Soybean. They presented their point of view to encourage no increase. Matt Hardecke, Treasurer of the Missouri Cattleman’s Association, laid out solid reasoning to the Missouri Tax Commission as to why a tax increase on agricultural land is ill-advised. “Feeder cattle have lost tremendous value over the course of a year. As you know, Missouri is the third largest cow/calf state in the nation and producing feeder cattle is our specialty. Many cattle producers are upside down because of the sudden and dramatic fall in cattle prices following the fire in a Tyson processing facility in Holcomb, Kansas, where fat cattle moved sharply lower and prices for feeder calves plummeted literally overnight. The financial woes do not reside within one segment of the industry. It impacts the entire chain and causes lending institutions a high level of uncertainty as equity dwindles across all balance sheets.” 

Even though my reason for traveling to Jefferson City was mainly to attend the Tax Commission on Ag Land, I did make time for some appointments. I met with MoDOT to discuss several issues. First, I wanted to address the disappointment several constituents have shared with me in the recent overlay of chip and seal on 7 Highway west of Warsaw. The complaints are basically that of loose gravel and chipped windshields. Secondly, we discussed the need to for all motorists to pull over to the opposite lane when someone is on the shoulder of the highway. I recently went to Springfield and had to pull off to the side of the highway to adjust ratchet straps, even in the blowing rain, cars zoomed passed me without pulling into the opposite lane. Currently the law states that drivers must pull to the other lane for law enforcement, first responders and MoDOT workers. Lastly we talked about getting a historical marker placed 12 miles southwest of Warsaw at the junction of Highway 83 and EE Highway. I would like to see a directional marker placed there to point travelers to the historic site of the Shiloh Skirmish Monument, a battle which occurred during the Civil War. 

While at the Capitol, I met with House Research to discuss the details of naming the Osage River arm of Truman Lake on 13 Highway at Osceola the Charles Bourland Memorial Bridge. 

Lastly, I spoke with Aaron Jefferies from Missouri Conservation to discuss some legislation I am purposing. I want to increase the penalties for transporting, moving or letting loose feral hogs, define feral swine in a way that they retain their designation as feral and can not include any heritage swine and protect the ownership, possession and transportation of heritage swine.

INTERIM HOURS: Now that Session is over for 2019, I will be back in the District full time. If you need any assistance my Legislative Assistant Amy Helton will continue to be in my Capitol office Tuesday-Thursday and will be happy to help you. 

It is my honor to serve the constituents of District 125. If you ever have questions, concerns, or input, please feel free to contact me any time at (573) 751-4065. 

YOUR District 125 Capitol office is 413B, and YOU are always welcome!

If you would like to be added to the e-mail list to receive our Capitol Reports, you may e-mail me at or call the Capitol office at (573) 751-4065 and speak with my Legislative Assistant.

“Ride’n for the Brand”

Warren D. Love

State Representative

Representing the good people

of the 125th District

CAPITOL REPORT - November 28, 2019.  Last Friday I attended the monthly Osceola Chamber Luncheon. I made a brief announcement of my plans to file legislation to honor Dr. Charles Bourland by naming the bridge on 13 Highway that crosses the Osage River arm of Truman Lake in his memory. Dr. Bourland worked for NASA at the Johnson Space Center developing new foods and food packages for Apollo and was responsible for the quarantine food systems on the recovery ships for Apollo 12 and 13. After retiring as Director of the NASA Space Food Program, Charles still worked as a consultant to NASA, as well as many universities. 

The guest speaker at the Chamber Luncheon was Osceola School Superintendent Michael Frankenstein. He gave a report on upcoming plans for the school. He drew our attention to the benefits of the new 4 Day School Week. This is a fast-growing trend in Missouri and now 61 districts are operating on a four-day school week. It is also a great way to draw new staff and creates a way to schedule mandatory Professional Development. Superintendent Frankenstein also updated us on the renovation of the two high school bathrooms and the upgrades to the four locker rooms in the main gym. Both projects are scheduled to be completed by January. 

On Monday, December 2, legislative pre-filing will begin. I plan to file several bills this Session. One that I will be working on is getting the Butterfield Overland Trail recognized for its national importance and included as one of the routes in the National Trails System. In 1858, John W. Butterfield answered the call of the United States government to develop and operate an overland stage route from Missouri to California. The Butterfield Overland Mail Company’s successful run helped unite the country and facilitate the development and expansion of the United States. 

I will also be working on Outdoor Advertising. In past years it became apparent that we need to make some legislation changes to sign placement on private property. I will continue to work on these regulations and restrictions of private land owners by sponsoring legislation to lift some of the restrictions regarding “intervening land use” and private land owners when relating to signage.  


While the holiday season is joyous for most, it is also one of the deadliest times on our nation’s highways. There were 53 people killed and 242 seriously injured in Missouri traffic crashes between December 10, 2018 and January 1, 2019. Nine of the fatalities and 46 of the serious injuries involved a substance-impaired driver.

“Heavy traffic coupled with Missouri weather is enough to contend with without adding alcohol or drugs to the mix. Driving impaired is never worth the risk of a tragedy and is simply irresponsible,” said Jon Nelson, executive committee chair of the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety. “We all owe it to the other millions of travelers on the roadway to make smart choices. Please plan ahead to find a safe and sober ride home.”

Make sure everyone arrives alive at holiday gatherings this season. The best ways to ensure safe travel are to drive sober, buckle up and put down the phone.  We are all part of the solution.  Please consider the following tips:

·       Don’t risk it – if you plan to drive, don’t drink.

·       Encourage safe driving behaviors among family, friends and co-workers.

·       Choose a designated driver before partying.  A designated driver is someone who drinks NO alcohol at all.

·       Take mass transit, a taxicab, ride share or ask a friend to drive you home.

·       Party hosts should include alcohol-free beverages.

·       Spend the night where the activity is being held.

·       Report impaired drivers to law enforcement.

·       Buckle up and put your phone down.

As you attend that holiday party, or just stop off for a social hour, please remember that when you feel different, you drive different. Remember, alcohol is not the only substance that impairs one’s ability to drive. Other drugs, including prescription medication, can be just as impactful. Alcohol and drugs both impair driving and make for a deadly combination that can ruin the holidays for many families in an instant.

To help deter impaired driving this holiday season, Lyft is offering a holiday promotion of $5.00 off a safe and sober ride home. Simply use the code SHOWMELYFT for your one-time discount and ensure you make it home safe for the holidays.

For more information please visit

CAPITOL REPORT - November 21, 2019.  On Saturday, I attended the Eldorado Springs Annual Christmas Parade. They honored and recognized their VFW for being 100 years old this year. I posted the Missouri State Flag Riding my Horse “Big Sky Boy”. After the parade Marla and I joined Senator Sandy Crawford and her husband John, along with Cedar County Sheriff James McCrary in grilling hotdogs for the Christmas Lighting in the Park.


Due to bad weather on Veterans Day, school was cancelled at Osceola and their Veterans Day Assembly Program was postponed to the following Monday. I was able to attend. The students served a hearty breakfast to the Veterans and then paid tribute in an all school assembly. The band performed, the choir sang and students recited poems. The program actually educated the student body on who a Veteran is and the meaning of Veterans Day. My “Hats Off” to the Osceola School for hosting such a wonderful breakfast and program for the local veterans that have served our country so sacrificially. 

New Program Will Help Improve Broadband Access 

A program created by the Missouri General Assembly to increase access to high speed internet is now in effect. The goal of the program is to ensure communities all across Missouri have access to affordable, reliable high-speed internet. 

Passed into law in 2018, HB 1872 established a grant program within the Department of Economic Development to expand broadband internet access to unserved and underserved parts of Missouri. During the 2019 session, the legislature approved funding for the program in the state budget. As a result, the program is now able to provide $5 million in grants that match up to 50 percent of the construction costs to expand broadband to areas that don’t have it. 

With the launch of the program, Gov. Mike Parson said, “It’s a huge problem that nearly 20% of Missourians lack access to high speed internet. That’s the kind of problem that if you work toward solving it, it’s going to help with other problems, like retaining good talent or offering better health care and education for our communities. Broadband is exactly the kind of infrastructure that Missouri needs to grow and thrive in the future.” 

The broadband grant program guidelines, selection criteria, application, and frequently asked questions are available on the Department of Economic Development's website at this link: 

Guidelines and scoring criteria are now posted on the department’s website. The grant application period will be open on December 4, 2019. Applications may be submitted through January 6, 2020. Projects will be selected based on the need for servicing unserved areas of the state, meeting or exceeding the state’s minimum definition of high-speed internet, the applicant’s share of total project costs, economic and community benefit, and adoption strategies. 

CAPITOL REPORT - November 14, 2019.  On Saturday evening Marla and I attended the 26th Annual St. Clair County Cattlemen’s Annual Meeting. Our guest speaker was MCA State President Bobby Simpson from Salem, Missouri. Bobby like myself has been a lifelong Cattlemen and both of us has supported and been members of our State Association since the 1970’s. He shared that much of the MCA's focus is on government affairs. It is our strong belief that producers, as citizens, should be tireless in their protection of their rights and their business. MCA operates through membership dollars. MCA receives no money from the beef checkoff program.

In the November issue of Missouri Beef Cattleman Publication, President Simpson emphasized the need for people that are passionate about the Missouri cattle industry, leaders that will take on the challenges facing them and producers that will take time to prepare the next generation of cattlemen and cattlewomen.

In the last several years, the organization has become the most respected farm group in the state and nation. It is now time to prepare for the future. The Missouri Cattleman’s Association is looking for Regional Vice Presidents to help keep local affiliates informed of state activities and organize the grassroots efforts. Each year, half of the districts are up for election, and I would like to encourage you to get involved. Even if you don’t feel ready for leadership, you can still get involved. To find out how, visit .

The Missouri Cattleman’s Leadership College provides classes that will develop future leaders. For more information visit .

Recognizing the Contributions and Sacrifices of our Veterans 

On Veterans Day, I had plans to attend three different Veteran events, but old man winter threw me a curve ball. Due to the cold weather I had to take care of the cattle and things on the ranch but the Veterans were in my thoughts. I’m glad that we pause as a nation to honor those who have put their love of country above all else. It’s a time to thank those who have risked life and limb to defend the American way of life. It’s a time to salute those who have fought to protect us from the scourge of tyranny and injustice. 

Expressing that gratitude can be as simple as saying thank you to someone you know who has served, or as involved as donating your time or money to charitable causes that work with our veterans. And for the legislature, it means continuing to find policy solutions for the issues faced by our veterans. 

I’m proud to say that this year the legislature worked diligently on a number of issues that directly impact our veterans in a positive way. A piece of legislation we passed this year that I was proud to support will make sure our veterans get the assistance they need when they’re facing difficulties after service. HB 547 will help ensure veterans courts are available throughout our state. 

Veterans courts utilize an intensive program of court supervision, drug or alcohol testing, and rehabilitation to help defendants overcome substance abuse, mental, emotional, or behavioral issues and keep them from re-offending. With the help of veterans treatment courts, veterans who have struggled after returning home an opportunity will have the opportunity to clear their names, to get a clean record, and to earn a second chance at life. 

Another bill we passed during the 2019 session expands the Missouri Returning Heroes Education Act. This program provides reduced tuition for certain combat veterans attending public institutions of higher education. It has been highly successful during the ten years it has been in effect, but it has only been available to some veterans. By passing SB 306 this year, we open up the program so that any veteran who has served in a combat zone who lives in Missouri, or moves to Missouri, can access its benefits. We also expanded the eligibility period to 20 years after the veteran’s last discharge, and we also modified the program so that it would help veterans afford the cost of graduate level studies. 

The expansion of the program isn’t just about making it more affordable for veterans to obtain their degree. It’s also about getting the knowledge and real world experience of veterans into our classrooms where they can share their wisdom with younger students. This is a huge win for veterans and an even bigger win for our state as a whole. 

I’m proud of the way our state is taking action to support the valiant individuals who fought to protect our rights, our freedoms, our ideals, and our hopes. 

CAPITOL REPORT - November 7, 2019.  Sunday afternoon I presented Mark Swigert a Resolution for his retirement. Mark retired from his position as Center Coordinator for Hickory County with Care Connection Area Agency on Aging and as Head Cook at the McCarty Senior Center on November 1, 2019, following twenty-three years of steadfast service. Mark is also a member of the Board for the Ozark Community Health Center. He has been known for his helpful attitude and the friendly manner in which he has always greeted people in and around the Center. In Mark’s career he served over 1 million meals to his community. I wish Mark well, and hope he now has more time to enjoy the better things life has to offer.

Mark Swigert receiving his Resolution

On Monday morning, Warsaw Chamber Director Mac Vorce and I, presented the Butterfield Stage Experience Resolution to the Benton County Commissioners.

On Wednesday, I toured a bridge project in northwest Hickory County with Governor Parson, the Missouri Department of Transportation and the County Commissioners from Benton, Hickory and St. Clair Counties. The project will work on re-decking the Missouri Route 82 bridge over Hogles Creek east of Osceola. Route 82 was built in 1966 and an estimate of 465 vehicles with about 70 of those being truck, traveling it each day. The repair estimate is $540,000. The re-decking project is planned for March – May of 2020. During this time, the bridge will be completely closed. Even though a complete closure is inconvenient, it allows the bridge to be repaired more efficiently and use less taxpayer money.

In October, the Basics of Agritourism Conference was held in Warsaw. The conference was put on by the University of Missouri Extension, along with many cooperative partners, and was the first of its kind in the West-Central Region. 

Agritourism offers entrepreneurial farms a way to develop other income. This conference covered business plans, liability insurance, social media marketing, and other basics of agritourism. Exploring alternative farm income streams will be needed to double ag's economic impact by 2030. The meetings were designed with Agritourism beginners in mind. Participants heard from experts on a variety of topics including Tourism Trends, Agritourism Law, Insurance, Marketing/Social Media, Wildlife Leases, Business Plan/Feasibility, Forestry, Missouri Grown, USDA Farm Bill and Missouri Department of Conservation programs, and the Agritourism Value Chain. 

“This conference was designed to help interested individuals learn about and understand the basics building blocks of Agritourism, with the goal of helping them get started with an idea and/or increase and improve what they are already doing. While Agritourism exists in several forms in the region already, including pumpkin patches, orchards, corn mazes, U-pick fruit farms, farm/ranch AirBnB rentals, and rural wedding venues, we believe that additional opportunities still exist. Tourism trends include people taking shorter trips and looking for authentic “something they can’t get anywhere else” local experiences. Food and culinary opportunities are important, as is adventure, as well as traveling for that perfect Instagram photo,” said Amie Breshears, Community Engagement Specialist in AgBusiness with University of Missouri Extension in Benton County.  “When you consider the history, natural beauty, wildlife, streams and lakes, small towns, recreation resources, and all the things that those of us who live here enjoy every day, there is plenty of untapped Agritourism potential here in Benton and surrounding counties.” 

To get more information, please call the Benton County Extension Office at 660-438-5012 or by emailing Find us on Facebook at MU Extension in Benton County. 

UPCOMING EVENTS: El Dorado Springs - Star Spangled Christmas Parade – Saturday, November 16 at 3 pm. The Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade is Honoring Our VFW, the oldest Veterans of Foreign Wars Post in Missouri, Celebrating 100 Years and all veterans and active-duty. For parade info contact:

Jackson Tough or Peggy Snodgrass El Dorado Springs Chamber of Commerce

1303 S. Hwy. 32 Chamber Phone: (417) 876-4154

El Dorado Springs, MO 64744 Email: 

CAPITOL REPORT - OCTOBER 31, 2019.  Last Friday I attended the Award Ceremony for Skyline Elementary. Skyline Elementary was awarded the Blue Ribbon from the U.S. Department of Education and the Gold Star Award from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Hickory County R-I (Skyline) was also awarded the 2019 Missouri Rural School District of the Year Award from the Missouri Association of Rural Educators. What an incredible group of teachers, administrators, support staff, and of their bright students! They represent the best of Missouri Education.

Senator Crawford, Mark Beem (Skyline Superintendent), Dr. Margie Vandeven (Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education), First Lady and Governor Parson, Jason Pursley (PK-6 Principal), Representative Knight and myself. 

On Saturday, at the Courthouse in Warsaw, I presented a Resolution at the Ribbon Cutting of the Butterfield Stage Experience. The 60 mile bike ride through Benton County was their first special event. It was wonderful to see so many participants and their enthusiasm for this historic trail.

The Butterfield Stage Overland Mail operated from 1858 to 1861. John Butterfield signed a contract with the U.S. government to provide twice-a-week mail service from St. Louis to San Francisco. The railroad generally followed the alignment of the Amtrak route that you can still ride today (and still use to connect to points on the Butterfield Experience route): St. Louis, Kirkwood, Washington, Hermann, Jefferson City, California, and Tipton. At Tipton, the railroad ended and the stagecoach journey began. Butterfield had pieced together a stagecoach route from Tipton to Los Angeles and San Francisco, California, based on existing roads and routes. 

Participants of the Butterfield Stage Experience 60 Miler 

Missouri Makes Bold Push to Secure Transformational Transportation System

House Speaker Elijah Haahr was joined by other prominent political, business, and community leaders this week to outline their efforts to make Missouri the first state in the nation to develop a high-speed Hyperloop system. Hyperloop supporters say creating a Hyperloop system that runs from Kansas City to St. Louis could create up to 17,000 new jobs and have an overall economic impact of up to $3.7 billion per year.

Hyperloop is a new mode of transportation that is meant to move freight and people quickly and safely. Passengers or cargo would be transported in a Hyperloop pod and accelerate via electric propulsion in a low-pressure tube. The pod would float above the track using magnetic levitation and glide at speeds in excess of 600 miles per hour. A Hyperloop system in Missouri would allow users to travel from St. Louis to Kansas City in approximately 30 minutes.

Speaker Haahr was joined by Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe, State Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick and Senate Majority Leader Caleb Rowden to unveil the findings of Missouri’s Special Blue Ribbon Panel on Hyperloop. Haahr formed the Special Blue Ribbon Panel in March of this year following a feasibility study completed by Kansas City engineering firms Black & Veatch and Olsson. Missouri was the first state to complete an engineering feasibility study that concluded the core technology was viable and that the route from Kansas City to Columbia to St. Louis would be economically feasible.

In pushing for Hyperloop in Missouri, Speaker Haahr noted that the state has always been a leader when it comes to transportation innovation. Haahr pointed out that Missouri funded the first transoceanic flight with Lindbergh’s Spirit of St. Louis, and that the first miles of the United States Interstate Highway system were laid in the state. Haahr also pointed out that Missouri built the world’s first steel-truss bridge, and Missouri scientists and engineers helped launch humanity into space. Haahr said Missouri has always been on the cutting edge of developing transportation technology. “Hyperloop is the next step in transportation, and it’s the next place where we can lead the country,” said Haahr.

Supporters say Missouri could begin work on a test track as soon as a year from now. The goal would be to build a 15-mile track to test the feasibility of Hyperloop transportation, which would take 3 to 5 years to build. If successful, Missouri could begin construction on the full commercial route in 7 to 10 years. Supporters say the test track could cost between $300 million to $500 million, and the full track between Kansas City and St. Louis could cost as much as $10 billion. They noted that no tax dollars have been spent on Hyperloop to date, and the key to securing funding would be a private-public partnership structure.

Supporters also note that a Hyperloop system could reduce the number of vehicles on Interstate 70 between Kansas City and St. Louis This would allow the Missouri Department of Transportation to spend less on fixing the extremely busy section of highway. Speaker Haahr said, “Building the Hyperloop would alleviate a lot of the problems with our interstate system. The wear and tear, the human cost of access, would go down significantly.”

To see the full report, please visit this link:

UPCOMING EVENTS: El Dorado Springs - Star Spangled Christmas Parade – Saturday, November 16 at 3pm The Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade is Honoring Our VFW, the oldest Veterans of Foreign Wars Post in Missouri, Celebrating 100 Years and all veterans and active-duty. For parade info contact:

Jackson Tough or Peggy Snodgrass El Dorado Springs Chamber of Commerce

1303 S. Hwy. 32 Chamber Phone: (417) 876-4154

El Dorado Springs, MO 64744 Email: 

CAPITOL REPORT - October 24, 2019. This past weekend the 39th Annual Warsaw Pioneer Heritage Days celebration was held. Hundreds of visitors were in attendance to see the living history demonstrations and crafts. It is a neat experience for visitors to see the pioneer lifestyle and learn from our history. 

Sunday was my 11th year to deliver the Circuit Riding Preacher message at the Warsaw Heritage Days. The message was on Reconciliation. About 45 in attendance contributed a goodwill offering of $200.36 that will go to the Benton County Gideon Camp. The offering will be used to purchase Bibles to help spread God’s Word.


Governor Parson held the Governor’s Conference on Tourism in Columbia, Missouri on October 8-10. He awarded the City of Warsaw the Innovator Award. This award recognizes smaller tourism entities that accomplish big results with small budgets. The City of Warsaw is to be commended on their commitment in bringing tourists into Benton County and increasing traffic to the downtown Warsaw area. I want to congratulate the City of Warsaw on their accomplishments. 

MoDOT PRESS RELEASE - The Missouri Department of Transportation reminds motorists to watch out for wild animals such as deer that might appear without warning in Missouri roadways during the fall. The peak period for deer/vehicle collisions is October and November during breeding season when deer are moving about, especially at dawn and dusk. Shorter days mean drivers are on the road when deer are more active, which leads to a larger number of crashes involving wildlife.

“To avoid hitting a deer, always be cautious and alert,” said Natalie Roark, state maintenance director. “Animals may appear suddenly and swerving to avoid them can cause drivers to lose control of their vehicles resulting in serious injury or death. Be alert to roadside conditions and slow down if deer are spotted, .and always buckle up and put your phone down. Distracted driving—particularly when wildlife is on the move—can be deadly.”

If a deer/vehicle collision has resulted in the death of the deer in the roadway, Roark cautions motorists not to jeopardize their safety to remove the animal in a high traffic area. Instead drivers should notify MoDOT at 1-888-ASK-MODOT (888-275-6636). Crews will pick up dead deer that pose a safety hazard, meaning the carcass is in the driving or passing lane, or partially in either lane or on the shoulder. If a deer is located on the shoulder, MoDOT will remove it during normal working hours. MoDOT will not pick up dead deer that are off of the roadway unless they impede mail delivery or are located in a neighborhood, especially at or near a bus stop. Missouri law allows an individual who has struck and killed a deer with their vehicle to claim the deer carcass if written authorization to possess the deer is granted by a Missouri Department of Conservation agent.

For more information, call MoDOT at 888-ASK-MODOT (888-275-6636) or visit 

UPCOMING EVENTS: El Dorado Springs - Star Spangled Christmas Parade – Saturday, November 16 at 3pm The Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade is Honoring Our VFW, the oldest Veterans of Foreign Wars Post in Missouri, Celebrating 100 Years and all veterans and active-duty. For parade info contact:

Jackson Tough or Peggy Snodgrass El Dorado Springs Chamber of Commerce

1303 S. Hwy. 32 Chamber Phone: (417) 876-4154

El Dorado Springs, MO 64744 Email: 

INTERIM HOURS: Now that Session is over for 2019, I will be back in the District full time. If you need any assistance my Legislative Assistant Amy Helton will continue to be in my Capitol office Tuesday-Thursday and will be happy to help you.

CAPITOL REPORT October 17, 2019.  Last Thursday, I attended the Hickory County Cattleman’s monthly meeting. Katie Stewart, with Farmers Care MO Beef Program, presented the MO Beef MO Kids MO Fit (MoBKF) program. This program connects schools with farmers and ranchers to “beef” up the lunches served in schools. Beef has lots of essential nutrients, including zinc, iron and protein, making it a wonderful source of nutrition for children who face food insecurities. With the MoBKF program, students are fed additional protein that can help fill them up and allow them to better focus on their studies. Cattleman can donate a beef animal to the program and in doing so, will receive a tax credit for the animal. A regional MoBKF team member can help connect the donor to a school’s administration. Together they can work with an USDA inspected processor to implement the program. One beef animal can provide up to 3,500 servings for students. There are 34 schools participating statewide. MO Beef MO Kids MO Fit is supported through Beef Checkoff and more than 50,000 Missouri farmers and ranchers in cooperation with the Missouri Department of Agriculture. If you would like more information on the program, please visit

Friday, I drove to Jefferson City and attended the Pork Month Proclamation and BBQ at the Missouri Department of Agriculture. October is National Pork Month and Governor Parson presented a proclamation to the MO Pork Association to recognize the farmers and families behind the 3.5 million hogs raised in the state of Missouri. The Governor talked about how getting young people involved in agriculture is critical to the future of our state. The average Missouri farmer is 58, with the largest number by age of farmers being 70. 

Don Nikodim, Missouri Pork Association Executive Vice President, told Governor Parson “There’s a lot of opportunity in the pork sector and for young folks getting involved and engaged and come on down the line, I think that says a lot about where we can be down the road.” 

Missouri is the 6th largest pork producer in the United States producing 4% of all the pork in the nation. The pork industry provides employment to 25,000 Missourians and adds $1.68 billion to our state’s economy. In 2018, each American consumed an average of 65.6 pounds of pork. 

The value of pork is rising. African swine fever has hit China’s pigs causing the Chinese to increase their imports of American pork. From January to August of this year, China tripled the amount of pork purchased from the United States from 23.4 million pounds to 93.4 million pounds. The USDA’s data shows that we will export 123,500 tons of pork to china in 2020. The Chicago Mercantile Exchange reported a price increase on pork of 8% in the last two days. 

Chris Chinn (MO Dept. of Agriculture Director), Gov. Parson, Marcus Belshe (MO Pork Association Chairman) and Don Nikodim (MO Pork Association Executive Vice President) 


Last Wednesday, the 4th grade class from Wheatland elementary visited Jefferson City. They toured the Capitol, the Supreme Court Building and finished their field trip with Central Dairy ice cream. I hope they enjoyed their educational day learning about State government. 

Wheatland 4th Grade

Wheatland 4th Graders with their teacher Vanessa Sawyer (top left) 

UPCOMING EVENTS: On Saturday, October 26th the Butterfield Gravel Road Event Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting will be held. This is the first special event on the Butterfield Stage Experience. The event is a 60 mile bike ride to highlight the area in Benton County. The ceremony begins at 8 am and the ride will start at 8:30 am. The ceremony will be held at the Courthouse in Warsaw.

For more information visit:

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INTERIM HOURS: Now that Session is over for 2019, I will be back in the District full time. If you need any assistance my Legislative Assistant Amy Helton will continue to be in my Capitol office Tuesday-Thursday and will be happy to help you. 

It is my honor to serve the constituents of District 125. If you ever have questions, concerns, or input, please feel free to contact me any time at (573) 751-4065. 

YOUR District 125 Capitol office is 413B, and YOU are always welcome! 

If you would like to be added to the e-mail list to receive our Capitol Reports, you may e-mail me at or call the Capitol office at (573) 751-4065 and speak with my Legislative Assistant Amy Helton.

CAPITOL REPORT - October 10, 2019.  Last Thursday, my brother-in-law Richard “Rick” Reed and I attended a public informational meeting at the Confederate Memorial State Historic Site in Higginsville. About twenty, mostly members of the Daughters and Sons of the Confederate Veterans, attended the meeting. Jim Dehart with the Missouri State Parks gave an update on the site’s budget and annual visitors. In 2017 the site had 181,005 visitors. The site keeps about 100 acres mowed and trimmed for the visitors. Jim updated us on the maintenance of the three ponds and the cleaning of the gravestones. The site hopes to construct new walking trails to benefit the visitors and many locals. 

The Confederate Memorial State Historic Site was once the home to the Confederate Soldiers Home of Missouri. For nearly 60 years the Home provided refuge to 1,600 Civil War veterans and their families. It now serves as the final resting place of 800 Confederate veterans. The 135 acre site includes the century-old restored chapel and cottage, the Confederate cemetery, a 1920s-era hospital building, farmhouse, numerous lakes, walking trails and picnic spots. For more information, visit:


After the meeting, several of us went to the Red Shanty Café and had BBQ for a late supper. I was totally entertained by the discussion around the table. Most of those present were Civil War re-enactors and had helped film movies such as; North and South, Gettysburg, Glory and Geronimo with actors Robert Duvall and Robert Redford. They told stories about the National Park Battlefields such as; Shiloh, Pea Ridge and Vicksburg. It was obvious they have a passion for history and want to promote, preserve and protect our history. 

On Friday morning, I attended Show-Me Power Electric Cooperative’s Legislative Appreciation Day at Bennett Spring State Park. This traditional get-together, at one of Missouri’s beautiful parks, included a lunch served by the Sho-Me Fish Frying Team. I was joined by many legislators and lots of members of Missouri’s Rural Electric Cooperative. I attend as many of these as possible in District 125 because I want to stay informed on the issues of our Rural Electric Cooperatives, of which there are 5 Co-ops in our District. It is of the utmost importance that we have Electricity in our Rural areas that is reliable and affordable. 

On Saturday, I attended the Gold Star Families Memorial Marker Dedication in Warsaw. The term “Gold Star” describes a family member that has lost a loved one in military service. The purpose of these Memorial Monuments is to honor Gold Star Families and to preserve the memory of the fallen. It is such an honor to have this Memorial in District 125. My “Hats Off” to a job well done by the Stepping Stones Garden Club, American Legion Post 217, The Warsaw Leatherneck MCL Det.1254 and The City of Warsaw.

On Tuesday evening, Marla and I attended a St. Clair County Cattlemen’s Association meeting. The speaker was Raysha Tate from the University of Missouri Extension. Raysha gave a very informative presentation on preparing a Succession Plan to pass the family farm from one generation to the next. She plans on holding a training seminar sometime next spring and I will update everyone when a date is set. 

UPCOMING EVENTS: On Saturday, October 26th the Butterfield Gravel Road Event Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting will be held. This is the first special event on the Butterfield Stage Experience. The event is a 60 mile bike ride to highlight the area in Benton County. The ceremony begins at 8 am and the ride will start at 8:30 am. The ceremony will be held at the Courthouse in Warsaw.

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CAPITOL REPORT - October 3, 2019.  Last Thursday, Marla and I attended the annual Capitol Commission Banquet in Springfield. Several other legislators and their spouses joined us. The Capitol Commission is a cross-denominational, non-partisan ministry that teaches weekly in-depth Bible studies during session January through May at the Capitol lead by Dr. Battaglia. 

The Bible studies are designed specifically for legislators, staff, lobbyists and other key leaders within the political arena regardless of party affiliation. The primary commitment is to make disciples. Dr. Battaglia personally meets with our government leaders to develop authentic relationships. 

“As the Word of God is shared, biblical coaching is offered, and friendship is presented. The underpinning of this ministry is built upon prayer. Although this ministry takes place in a political context, we pastor people not politics, to love and lead state leaders, and to bear truth and grace to the capitol community. Lawmakers largely set the course for our state government by their political persuasion. When legislators come to faith in Jesus they make decisions based on biblical values. Consider how one state, led by Christian spiritual leaders, can shift our nation toward a biblical worldview. We have the potential to impact our state and our nation with the Gospel of Christ.” – Dr. John Battaglia

MO State Legislators with Dr. John Battaglia (3rd from left) 


It’s harvest time and that means large numbers of both corn and soybeans will be traveling on Missouri roads. In August 2015, Missouri’s legal weight limits for transport of livestock, grain and grain co-products increased. Livestock haulers are allowed to load to a maximum gross weight of 85,500 lbs. within the state. Those transporting grain and grain co-products during harvest season in Missouri can load to a maximum of 10 percent heavier than the weights normally allowed. 

When making use of the increased weight law, livestock, grain and grain co-product haulers must not use any portion of the interstate highway system or cross a bridge that is weight-limited to a level that is less than the gross weight of the vehicle and load. The agricultural weight allowances apply only within Missouri’s borders.  For more detailed information, please go to the MO Department of Agriculture website

UPCOMING EVENTS: On Saturday, October 26th the Butterfield 60 Gravel Road Event Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting will be held. This is the first special event on the Butterfield Stage Experience. The event is a 60 mile bike ride to highlight the area in Benton County. The ceremony begins at 8am and the ride will start at 8:30am. The ceremony will be held at the Courthouse in Warsaw.

For more information visit:

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