A recount of the votes cast in August for and against the so-called “Right to Farm” amendment to Missouri’s Constitution is complete, and it confirms the measure did pass. The margin narrowed, from the issue passing by 2,490 votes to 2,375.

The issue was the subject of heavy spending by both proponents and opponents.

Backers say the amendment will guarantee the right to farm and ranch in Missouri and protect that sector of Missouri’s economy, particularly from groups they describe as “out-of-state extremist” organizations who threaten modern farming practices. Opponents say the issue gives too much power to large farming operations and will let them shirk regulations.