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Published October 22, 2012, 10:39 AM

Measure 3 maintains ag

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.

By: Jeffrey Missling, Agweek

FARGO, N.D. — 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 North Dakota.

Measure 3 calls for an amendment to the North Dakota constitution that would block any law “which abridges the right of farmers and ranchers to employ agricultural technology, modern livestock production and ranching practices.”

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 in 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 North Dakota trying to impose a vegetarian and vegan lifestyle on me. I enjoy eating meat, and groups such as PETA 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 North Dakota 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 the state’s economy. North Dakota agriculture is far too important to allow anti-ag groups to invade the state and harm its No. 1 industry.

As a citizen, I know there is no legislative “fix” to this issue. Placing this important language in the state constitution will prevent groups such as 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.

Editor’s Note: Missling is from Fargo, N.D.

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