Missouri House Agriculture Policy Committee Scheduled to Vote Wednesday on Bill Involving MDA Funding
Legislation to increase fees for several programs within the Missouri Department of Agriculture’s plant industries division is scheduled to be voted on by a House committee on Wednesday in Jefferson City.
MDA legislative liaison Emily LeRoy testifies the fees the department charges for some services are not enough to sustain its finances:
Missouri pesticide registration fees have remained the same since 2010, and MDA’s fees for grain elevator inspections have stayed the same since 1992. The plant industries division registers pesticides and works to prevent the spread of plant diseases. House Agriculture Policy Committee Chairman Don Rone is sponsoring legislation to increase some MDA fees.