About Livestock & Farm Protection
To report a tip about an agriculture crime, contact the Livestock and Farm Protection Task Force hotline at (888) 484-8477. Calls are taken 24 hours a day, seven days a week and callers may remain anonymous.
Rural crimes are classified by the Missouri State Highway Patrol as burglaries and theft of equipment, fuel, livestock, chemicals, grain and metal, as well as property damage or arson.
The Livestock & Farm Protection Task Force was reactivated in August 2009 by Gov. Jay Nixon to address growing concerns of agriculture theft in communities across the state. Since 2009, law enforcement officials have investigated more than 1300 incidents and recovered more than $6 million in agricultural property.
In conjunction with the Livestock and Farm Protection Task Force and Sheriff's Departments, the Missouri State Highway Patrol's Rural Crimes Investigative Unit has hosted regional trainings for lead investigators and civilians. The training addresses rural crime problems, recovery, challenges and solutions by exploring the growing problem of rural crimes, especially livestock and equipment theft. In addition, the training addresses the latest equipment security technology.
Rural Crimes Investigative Unit (RCIU)
Livestock & Farm Protection Task Force Members
- Missouri Department of Agriculture
- Missouri State Highway Patrol
- Missouri Sheriffs’ Association
- Missouri Deputy Sheriff’s Association
- Missouri Office of Prosecution Services
- Missouri Police Chief’s Association
- Missouri Cattlemen’s Association
- Missouri Pork Producers
- Missouri Farm Bureau
- Missouri Livestock Market Association
- Missouri Bankers’ Association
- University of MO Extension
- United States Department of Agriculture
- Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives