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 - 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 bentonco@missouri.edu. 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: Director@ElDoradoSpringsChamber.com 

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 warren.love@house.mo.gov 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 - 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: https://house.mo.gov/pr/hyperloopreport.pdf

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: Director@ElDoradoSpringsChamber.com 

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 warren.love@house.mo.gov or call the Capitol office at (573) 751-4065 and speak with my Legislative Assistant.


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 www.modot.org 

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: Director@ElDoradoSpringsChamber.com 

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 www.mobeefkids.com.

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) 

VISITORS OF THE WEEK:

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: https://welcometowarsaw.com/chamber/events/

To sign up visit: https://www.bikereg.com/butterfield60

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 warren.love@house.mo.gov 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:https://mostateparks.com/park/confederate-memorial-state-historic-site

 

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.

For more information visit: https://welcometowarsaw.com/chamber/events/

To sign up visit: https://www.bikereg.com/butterfield60


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) 

REMINDERS FROM MO DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE: 

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: https://welcometowarsaw.com/chamber/events/

To sign up visit: https://www.bikereg.com/butterfield60

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