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Jeffrey R. Missling, Fargo, Published October 11 2012

Letter: ‘Yes’ on Measure 3 important for the future of ND agriculture

I’m voting “yes” on Measure 3 because, as a volunteer, I joined more than 270 others in gathering the necessary signatures to place this issue on the ballot. I gathered more than 3,700 signatures by myself because I believe so strongly in maintaining a strong agriculture industry in our state.

As an American who has traveled extensively overseas, I know the security that comes from eating food that is grown in safe conditions using tested technologies and modern practices. I also recognize the risks that are involved by having to import food from other countries.

I’m voting “yes” on Measure 3 because, as a consumer, I don’t want radical groups from outside our state trying to impose their vegetarian and vegan lifestyle on me. I enjoy eating meat, and groups like People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and the Humane Society of the United States should not be able to dictate the types of farming and ranching practices and technologies we employ in our state like they already have in many other states.

As a lifelong farm boy who has worked for farmers and ranchers since I was a little guy, I trust farmers and ranchers to raise my food responsibly because I have been on thousands of farms and ranches and have seen firsthand the care that goes into nurturing plants and animals.

I’m voting “yes” on Measure 3 because, as a North Dakotan, I recognize agriculture comprises more than 45 percent of our state’s economy. North Dakota agriculture is far too important to allow anti-ag groups to invade our state and harm our state’s number one industry.

As a citizen, I know there is no legislative “fix” to this issue. Placing this important language in our state constitution will prevent groups like PETA and HSUS from continuously attempting to erode the agriculture industry through legislative action.

I’m voting “yes” on Measure 3 because, as a landowner, I recognize this measure addresses practices and in no way threatens or harms the ability of townships and counties to zone at the local level, nor does it negate any laws that are on the books.

Please join me in voting “yes” on Measure 3.