COLUMBIA, MO - State farmers may ask lawmakers to help them fight thefts of copper by going after the scrap metla dealers that buy the stolen goods.
Farm equipment has become a popular source for theives trying to cash in on the high prices of copper.
The price of copper has increased from $1.40 per pound two years ago to $3.50 today.
Next month, the Missouri Farm Bureau will decide whether to push legislators for a new law that increases regulation of the scrap metal industry.
The draft form of the legislation would require scrap dealers to record each seller's home address, license plate number and a copy of their driver's license.