Every day, the Missouri Department of Agriculture works to protect and promote the agriculture industry to benefit you. In accordance with Gov. Eric Greitens' executive order issued in January, the department is undergoing a thorough review of all of our rules, and we want your input. As taxpayers and MDA constituents, your feedback is valuable.

The Missouri Department of Agriculture, located in Jefferson City, Mo., is dedicated to the promotion and protection of the state’s agriculture industry. With nearly 100,000 farms on more than 28 million acres of farmland, the state’s Department of Agriculture works to connect farmers with consumers. Nearly 90% of Missouri’s farms are family owned, and our family farms are committed to producing a safe and secure food supply for customers locally and globally. Additionally, more than one in every ten Missouri jobs are in agriculture and forestry.

The primary responsibilities of this division are to provide marketing services to producers, distributors and consumers of agricultural commodities and to administer the funds of the Rural Rehabilitation Corporation.

The primary responsibilities of the Administrative Services Division are public information, administration of the corporate farm law and providing staff services to all divisions of the Department of Agriculture. The duties consist of recruitment and evaluation of personnel, record maintenance, informational services, printing, corporate farm registration and statistical services. Learn more...

The animal health program’s primary responsibility is to control and eradicate livestock diseases to insure optimum health of Missouri’s livestock population. This responsibility is carried out through various subprograms such as disease control and eradication, animal health laboratories, livestock market licensing and surveillance registration of livestock dealers, rendering plant licensing and dead animal surveillance and registration of livestock brands. Learn more...

The purpose of the State Fair is to encourage the development of agricultural, horticultural, mechanical, mineral, stock raising and all other industrial interests of Missouri. Learn more...

The programs that utilize rule making for the division are Grain Inspection Services and Grain Regulatory Services. Grain Inspection Services is federally designated by the United States Department of Agriculture and provides services pertaining to grain inspection as set out in The United States Grain Standards Act. As a disinterested third party, this program ensures the buyer and seller of a fair market value for their grain. The duties consist of official sampling, inspection, weighing and chemical analysis of grain and official processed commodities supervision. Grain Regulatory Services licenses, bonds and audits grain warehouses and grain dealers in Missouri, providing protection to the state’s grain producers in case of warehouse or grain dealer insolvency. Learn more...

The Plant Industries Division is a regulatory and service agency of the Missouri Department of Agriculture and is subdivided into the following bureaus and functions: Bureau of Plant Pest Control, Bureau of Pesticide Control, Bureau of Feed and Seed. Learn more...

The Missouri State Milk Board is a unit of the Department of Agriculture. The board consists of twelve (12) members, ten (10) of whom are nominated by the director of the Department of Agriculture, appointed by the governor, and confirmed by the senate. The board is directed by Section 196.939, RSMo to adopt regulations for the control of Grade “A” milk sanitation. Learn more...

The primary responsibility of this division is to maintain equity in the marketplace. This is accomplished by assuring the accuracy of weighing and measuring devices which are used commercially; monitoring the weighing and measuring practices of buyers and sellers alike to assure accuracy and fair dealing in the exchange of goods and services; establishing requirements for methods and tolerances for moisture-measuring devices; inspecting eggs to insure they meet proper grade standards for quality and size; prohibiting milk sales practices that unfairly divert trade from a competitor; establishing safety standards for handling and use of anhydrous ammonia, liquefied petroleum gases and petroleum products; and establishing quality standards for motor fuel. The division consists of four (4) programs to carry out these duties—Metrology Laboratory, Scale/ Egg/Milk Program, Petroleum/Propane/Anhydrous Ammonia Program and Grain Moisture Meter Program. Learn more...

The Missouri Agricultural and Small Business Development Authority was created by Chapter 348, RSMo. The authority’s purpose is to promote the development of agriculture and small business and to reduce, control and prevent environmental damage in Missouri by providing additional sources of financing. Learn more...

The primary responsibilities of this division are to provide marketing services to producers, distributors and consumers of agricultural commodities and to administer the funds of the Rural Rehabilitation Corporation.