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Vetoed ag bill coming back to Mo. legislature

Battling drought and facing high costs, many ranchers sold off much of their stock. (File photo: Hilary Stohs-Krause/NET)

  Missouri lawmakers say they're reviving a failed agricultural bill that could help dairy, cattle and crop farmers. 

Governor Jay Nixon vetoed the bill last session, citing concerns with a provision shifting oversight of captive-deer farms from the Department of Conservation to the Department of Agriculture. The bill fell one vote short of the two-thirds needed to override Nixon's veto.

Legislators plan to remove the deer provisions from a new version of the bill next session. Senate President Pro Tem Tom Dempsey says the bill should pass quickly.

Other measures in the legislation include a state-funded insurance subsidy for dairy farmers, scholarships for students pursuing agricultural degrees and an exemption for weight limits on cattle trucks.

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