Agriculture was a major issue last week in the Missouri primary election. By a very close margin Missouri voters adopted a state constitutional “right to farm” amendment. The amendment passed by only 2,528 votes out of nearly 995,000 votes cast. The results show the need for agriculture to continue to reach out to urban voters. The major metropolitan/urban areas, St. Louis (65,549 yes and 122,066 no) and Kansas City, opposed the amendment. The amendment had bipartisan support from Congressional members and state officials. The major opponent was the Human Society of the United States.

Also last week, Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS) won the Kansas Republican Primary against a Tea Party-backed candidate. If the Republicans take control of the Senate in this year’s election, Roberts is expected to be the chairman of the Senate agriculture committee.