For his entire career, Chris Koster has been a consistent fighter for Missouri farm families. That’s why in 2016, he received the endorsement of every major agriculture group in the state.

ERIC GREITENS DISMISSED KOSTER’S AGRICULTURE SUPPORT BECAUSE HE’S BEEN A PUBLIC SERVANT DEFENDING AGRICULTURE 22 YEARS

Reporter: Mr. Parson’s talked about your stance with- on agriculture. Well you know that Mr. Koster has gotten the Missouri Farm Bureau’s endorsement. How would you speak to that and encourage people that you also support them?

EG: Well you know what, as you heard from Mike Parson, I’m going to be a strong governor for agriculture. It’s our number one industry here in the state of Missouri. And look, Chris Koster’s a political insider. He’s known the special interest f- during his 22 years in politics. I’m coming in as a conservative outsider, but I’m always going to fight for our farmers and our ranchers. [KSPR, 10/30/16]

KOSTER TOOK ON THE EPA AND WON OF THE WATERS OF THE UNITES STATES (WOTUS) RULE

Court Blocked Obama EPA’s Waterways Bill. “A federal court ruled Friday that President Obama’s regulation to protect small waterways from pollution cannot be enforced nationwide. In a 2-1 ruling, the Cincinnati-based Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit delivered a stinging defeat to Obama’s most ambitious effort to keep streams and wetlands clean, saying it looks likely that the rule, dubbed Waters of the United States, is illegal.” [The Hill, 10/9/15]

KOSTER HAD OPPOSED THE CLEAN POWER PLAN – LEADING TO A “STAY” AT THE SUPREME COURT   

Koster Was Part Of Case That Won A “Stay” From The Supreme Court On The Clean Power Plan. “Attorney General Chris Koster today said the United States Supreme Court has granted an application for stay of the Clean Power Plan. The stay application was filed by Missouri and 20 other states that are suing the EPA for exceeding its authority in issuing new regulations, collectively known as the “Clean Power Plan,” that set strict limits on carbon emissions for each state. The stay will remain in effect pending disposition of the lawsuit, including through any appeal to the United States Supreme Court.” [Attorney General Press Release, 2/9/16]

WHILE IN THE SENATE KOSTER WAS THE ONLY SENATOR WITH A PERFECT VOTING RECORD WITH THE FARM BUREAU HIS ENTIRE FOUR YEARS

Koster Had A 100% Voting Record Scorecard With The Farm Bureau In 2007-2008. [Farm Bureau Key Votes 2007-2008]

Koster Had A 100% Voting Record Scorecard When Present With The Farm Bureau From 2005-2006. Farm Bureau Key Votes 2005-2006]

KOSTER HAD STOOD UP FOR AGRICULTURE – LANDING HIM VARIOUS AWARDS FOR HIS SERVICE

Koster Was Awarded The Missouri Corn Growers Public Servant Award In 2015. [Missouri Corn, 1/28/15; Photo]

Koster Was Awarded Missouri Agribusiness Association Advocate for Agribusiness
Award 2014.
[MO-AG Minute, 6/30/15]

KOSTER AUTHORED AND PASSED THE EMINENT DOMAIN BILL TO PROTECT FARMLAND FROM GOVERNMENTAL CONFISCATION

Rural Missouri Headline: “A Win For All  Missouri’s New Eminent Domain Law Strikes A Balance Between Property Rights And Growth.” [Rural Missouri, 2006]

2006: Charles Kruse, Head Of The Missouri Farm Bureau: “I Believe This Bill Is A Model Bill, Almost, For Other States To Take A Look At. It Provides A Significant Protection For People’s Property And Yet At The Same Time Acknowledges That There Are Legitimate Needs For Eminent Domain.” [Rural Missouri, August 2006]

Koster Was Key In Writing And Passing The HB 1944 To Eminent Domain Bill. [Eminent Domain Reform in Missouri: A Legislative Memoir, 7/26/06]

KOSTER SPONSORED THE FARM AND FOOD PRESERVATION ACT TO PROTECT LIVESTOCK PRODUCERS FROM CRIPPLING REGULATIONS

Iowa Farmer Today: “Sen. Chris Koster, R-Harrisonville, Introduced SB 364 To Combat The Growing Number Of Counties Restricting Ag Production. “A bill introduced in the Missouri Senate would stop county governments from restricting agriculture practices. Sen. Chris Koster, R-Harrisonville, introduced SB 364 to combat the growing number of counties restricting ag production. ‘We are quickly moving to a situation where each county has different zoning ordinances with regard to agriculture,’ he says. Currently, 23 counties have either a zoning or health ordinance that limits certain types of farming practices, typically animal operations, within the county. If the trend continues, Koster fears the state could see 115 different county ordinances, making it difficult for the state’s farmers to do business.” [Iowa Farmer, 2/2/07]

KOSTER STOOD UP FOR LIVESTOCK IN THE ARROW ROCK, CALIFORNIA AND SMITHFIELD CASES

Koster Praised The Decision To Overturn The Arrow Rock Decision In His Favor. “Attorney General Chris Koster today applauded an appellate court decision that ends a lawsuit against a proposed CAFO (concentrated animal feeding operation) in Arrow Rock, Missouri. Koster has long argued that the buffer zones set by a trial court in this case were created inappropriately. In a ruling issued Tuesday morning, the Western District Court of Appeals agreed, vacating the decision of the Cole County trial court and assessing costs in the matter against the opposing party. The Court of Appeals stated that the trial court judge was without authority to issue the underlying ruling on the grounds that no controversy existed before the court.” [Attorney General Press Release, 4/6/10]

Koster Settled With Smithfield Foods In 2010 Ending Over 10 Years Of Dispute And Preserving Hog Farming In Northwest Missouri. Attorney General Chris Koster today announced a settlement with Smithfield Foods and Premium Standard Farms (PSF), owners of 11 Class 1-A confined animal feeding operations in Northwest Missouri that have been the subject of an ongoing dispute with the state of Missouri since 1999. ‘It is my hope that today’s settlement will accomplish the goals set forth by the state of Missouri to protect clean water and air in Northwest Missouri,’ Koster said. ‘The agreement provides a firm schedule under which modern technology will be installed in approximately 365 hog barns operated by the company. In addition, $1 million in voluntary payments by the company will be distributed to local county school funds and road districts.’” [Attorney General Press Release, 9/1/10]

Koster “Led” A Lawsuit Brought By A Group Of Attorneys General Against California’s Proposition 2, Arguing It “Unconstitutionally Interferes With Interstate Commerce.” “Not surprisingly, egg producers have sued, variously arguing that Proposition 2 is vaguely worded or that the companion law unconstitutionally interferes with interstate commerce. All the suits have been dismissed. Two — including one brought by a group of state attorneys general led by Chris Koster of Missouri — are under appeal.” [Los Angeles Times Editorial, 12/26/14]

Koster Filed The Lawsuit Against The Law Arguing It Violated The Commerce And Supremacy Clauses Of The U.S. Constitution. “Koster filed the lawsuit in February in a bid to block the 2010 California law, which goes into effect at the start of 2015, arguing that the law violates the Commerce and Supremacy Clauses of the U.S. Constitution. The other states joined the lawsuit later in the year.” [AgriPulse, 10/6/14]

Koster: Missouri Farmers “Can Incur Massive Capital Improvement Costs To Build Larger Habitats … Or They Can Walk Away From The State Whose Consumers Bought One-Third Of All Eggs Produced In Missouri Last Year.” “Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster sued California on Monday to bar costly new standards for the treatment of egg-laying hens from outside that state. The Golden State is looking to apply rules not just to California chickens, but to those whose eggs are shipped for sale in the state. That’s a lot of eggs. The California market swallows 9 billion eggs a year. Of that, Missouri hens contribute roughly 6 percent, or 540 million, Koster says. Missouri farmers ‘can incur massive capital improvement costs to build larger habitats … or they can walk away from the state whose consumers bought one-third of all eggs produced in Missouri last year,’ Koster said in the suit.” [Kansas City Star, 2/4/14]

KOSTER PUSHED FOR “RIGHT TO FARM AMENDMENT”

New York Times: Amendment One, The Right To Farm Bill, Would Change Missouri’s Constitution “To Guarantee The Rights Of Its People To ‘Engage In Farming And Ranching Practices.’” “Missourians already have the constitutional right to religion, speech and guns. On Tuesday, they could make a novel addition to the State Constitution: the right to farm. A proposal known as Amendment 1 will be taken up in a statewide vote on Tuesday, leaving Missouri poised to change its Constitution to guarantee the rights of its people to “engage in farming and ranching practices.” The right to farm hardly seems threatened in Missouri, one of the leading agricultural states, with nearly 100,000 farms producing crops including soybeans, corn and wheat. But a coalition of state farming groups and major agriculture corporations have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to take aim at the Humane Society, which led a successful fight in 2010 to regulate inhumane dog-breeding practices in Missouri.” [New York Times, 8/2/14]

AP Headline: “Koster Backs ‘Right To Farm’ Amendment.” [AP, 7/9/14]

Attorney General Koster Supported The Right To Farm Amendment. “While the Republican-controlled legislature introduced the ballot measure, support for it has not fallen along strict partisan lines. The state attorney general, Chris Koster, a Democrat, supports Amendment 1; the governor, Jay Nixon, also a Democrat, said in an email last week that he did not.” [New York Times, 8/2/14]

KOSTER SUED THE US DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE OVER CROP INSURANCE REPORTS NOT BEING EXTENDED TO MISSOURI FARMERS
AP Headline: “Missouri Sues Federal Agency Over Crop Insurance Reports.” [AP, 7/16/15]

Koster Sued The U.S. Department Of Agriculture After The Agency Denied An Gov. Nixon’s Extension For Farmers To File Paperwork For Crop Insurance Amid Heavy Rainfall And Flooding. “Missouri officials pushed this week for an extension to file paperwork needed for farmers to receive crop insurance, coverage the governor and attorney general say is necessary amid heavy rainfall and flooding. Attorney General Chris Koster filed a lawsuit after the U.S. Department of Agriculture notified the state Wednesday that the agency had denied Gov. Jay Nixon’s request for an extension. At issue was a final deadline that day for some northwest Missouri farmers to file acreage reports required for them to receive crop insurance, which provides coverage in case weather or other conditions hurt crops. State officials say severe rainfall and flooding this year meant farmers delayed planting and consequently missed the filing deadline.” [AP, 7/16/15]

Koster: ““The USDA Should Not Punish Farmers Whose Planting Was Delayed By Unexpected Rain And Flooding By Enforcing An Arbitrary Deadline,” Koster Said In A Statement. ‘Millions Of Dollars In Missouri Agriculture Is At Risk, And We Will Fight To Make Sure These Resources Are Protected.’” “’The USDA should not punish farmers whose planting was delayed by unexpected rain and flooding by enforcing an arbitrary deadline,” Koster said in a statement. “Millions of dollars in Missouri agriculture is at risk, and we will fight to make sure these resources are protected.’ His lawsuit asks a federal court to require that the agriculture agency give farmers 15 additional days to file reports. The federal agriculture department says by law it cannot extend the deadline, but said it will work with farmers to help them maintain coverage.” [AP, 7/16/15]

THE FARM BUREAU AND OTHER AG GROUPS SUPPORTED KOSTER OVER GREITENS FOR THIS COMMITMENT TO AGRICULTURE – THE FIRST TIME A DEMOCRAT HAD WON THEIR ENDORSEMENT IN 100 YEARS

FARM BUREAU

Kansas City Star Headline: “Democrat Chris Koster Wins Missouri Farm Bureau Endorsement In Governor’s Race.” [Kansas City Star, 8/5/16]

Koster Became “The First Democrat Ever Endorsed For Statewide Office In The 101-Year History Of The Organization.” “Attorney General Chris Koster was endorsed for governor over Republican nominee Eric Greitens and became the first Democrat ever endorsed for statewide office in the 101-year history of the organization, Farm Bureau president Blake Hurst said.” [Columbia Tribune, 8/5/16]

CATTLEMEN’S ASSOCIATION

AP: “The Missouri Cattlemen’s Association Endorsed Koster Over Republican Rival Eric Greitens At The State Fair Thursday.” [AP, 8/18/16]

SOYBEAN ASSOCIATION

Missouri Times Headline: “Soybean Association Endorses Koster.” [Missouri Times, 8/11/16]

CORN GROWERS

Missouri Times Headline: “Koster Earns Corn Growers Endorsement.” [Missouri Times, 8/9/16]

PORK ASSOCIATION

Missouri Pork Association: “Missouri Pork Association Endorses Chris Koster for Governor.” [Missouri Pork Association Press Release, 8/25/16]