“Missouri Grown” Promotion Program
The Missouri Department of Agriculture has funds available to assist Missouri Producers with the cost associated with relabeling of Missouri agriculture products for retail sale. The “Missouri Grown” Promotion Program is funded through the Missouri Department of Agriculture’s Ag Business Development Division. The program will provide cost-share assistance to producers for the cost of incorporating the “Missouri Grown” logo on their product for retail sale. Funding is limited and Request for Funding is available on a first-come, first-serve basis and must be postmarked by March 30, 2018 to be considered.
Products grown/raised by Missouri producers or further processed and packaged by Missouri businesses are eligible. Use of the “Missouri Grown” logo must be preapproved by the Missouri Department of Agriculture.
Due to USDA labeling requirements for meat products, individuals or companies interested in using the “Missouri Grown” logo on meat products should contact the Missouri Department of Agriculture staff about use of the “Missouri Grown Member” logo.
Individuals must first complete and return the Missouri Grown cost-share Request for Funding for prior approval and to receive a copy of the Missouri Grown logo. Only the approved costs incurred after Nov. 1, 2017 will be eligible for cost-share reimbursement. All Requests for Funding must be postmarked by March 30, 2018 to be considered eligible. Once the logo is incorporated, return paid receipts/invoices, along with samples of or proof of completed labeling that incorporates the Missouri Grown logo. Reimbursement rate is 75% of labeling/packaging cost up to $1,000 for labeling/packaging incorporating the “Missouri Grown” logo. All reimbursement documentation must be postmarked by May 1, 2018.
Total Available Funds: $50,000
Prior to incurring expenses contact Reagan Wempe at; Reagan.firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 573-751-8596 to ensure funds have not been exhausted and to receive a copy of the “Missouri Grown” logo.
Based on the receipt of the completed Request for Funding by the Missouri Department of Agriculture, reimbursements will be approved on a first-come, first-served basis until the limited program funds are exhausted.
Eligible expenses include:
- Graphic design expenses for incorporating the “Missouri Grown” logo
- Product labels
- Printed boxes
- Printed product packaging
- PLU labels
- “Missouri Grown” logo stickers to place on existing packaging inventory
Examples of ineligible expenses:
- Salaries/payroll for employees
- Donations/contributions to fundraisers
- Reprinting of existing packaging materials without the “Missouri Grown” logo
- Reprinting of existing packaging materials with the “Missouri Grown” logo
- Blank packaging materials
Complete Missouri Grown cost-share Request for Funding and return to the Missouri Department of Agriculture
Receive approval letter and Missouri Grown logo from Missouri Department of Agriculture
Complete new label/packaging project
Return required documentation to the Missouri Department of Agriculture by May 1, 2018
Payment issued by the Missouri Department of Agriculture
All requests for cost-share funding must include all of the following:
- Completed cost-share Request for Funding
- Copy of paid receipts/invoices
- Evidence of completed labeling/packaging materials; (Ex. label, PLU sticker, photo of printed boxes, etc.)
- Completed Vendor Input Form
Include all necessary documentation when applying for cost-share funds. Incomplete applications cannot be processed and will be returned with a request for additional information.
*The Missouri Grown logo may not be altered in any way through this cost-share program or in any other use without the approval of the Missouri Department of Agriculture.
For more information contact:
Missouri Department of Agriculture
“Missouri Grown” Promotion Program
PO Box 630 - Jefferson City, MO 65102-0630