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Beyond Buy Local, Invest Local

Buy local. It’s a well known strategy for small towns. Keeping your grocery money close to home keeps the grocery store close to home.
 
Economists tell us that every dollar spent at a locally owned business generates two to four times the economic benefit. But what if we take it to the next level? What if we “invest local” too?
 

Beware Corporate "Right to Farm"

On August 5th, Missourians voted on an ill-conceived “Right to Farm” constitutional amendment supported by a coalition of major corporate farming interests, which spent over $1 million to secure its passage.
 
The amendment was couched in farmer-friendly phrasing and legal language with unclear ramifications - … the right of farmers and ranchers to engage in farming and ranching practices shall be forever guaranteed in this state, subject to duly authorized powers, if any, conferred by Article VI of the Constitution of Missouri.
 
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