Kirksville Represented In State Farmer’s Bureau

New appointments to the state Farmer’s Bureau is getting some pushback. Karen Johnson has more.

Republican Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens on Wednesday announced the appointment of three new members to a state board that oversees water pollution, and all of them have ties to agriculture.That gives farm-friendly members a majority on the Clean Water Commission, which is responsible for granting permits to large factory farms, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported .The change is possible because the Republican-led Legislature in 2016 overrode a veto by the former Democratic governor to enact legislation that gave farming and mining companies the chance to have more seats on the board and a larger say in state water policies. Supporters of the change argued members of the public don’t have the expert knowledge to make sound decisions on the issues.The newly appointed Clean Water Commission members are Mansfield farmer Stan Coday; John Kleiboeker, who owns Kleiboeker’s Clover Creek Farms in Stotts City; and Pat Thomas, who is chief of staff for Republican Sen. Brian Munzlinger, membership change sponsor.Current commission members include chairwoman Ashley McCarty, a cattle farmer from Kirksville, and attorney J. Benton Hurst, whose father is the president of the Missouri Farm Bureau.The appointments come as the commission is considering whether to grant permits for large-scale chicken and hog farms. I’m Karen Johnson