Missouri has a diverse agriculture industry that is especially strong in growing grains and oilseeds (soybeans), cattle and hog farming and many further food and forestry processing industries. This study of the Economic Contributions of Missouri Agriculture and Forestry quantifies the importance of these industries to the state.


In 2016, agriculture, forestry and related industries in Missouri contributed:

  • $88.4 billion economic impact
    • $33.0 billion in value-added plus $55.4 billion in inputs
  • 378,232 jobs
  • $17.5 billion in labor income
  • $2.2 billion in state/local taxes
  • $4.0 billion in federal taxes

Of the $33.0 billion in added value from the agriculture, forestry, and related economic activity:

  • Crops, Livestock, Forestry, and Fisheries Production contributed: $9.4 billion
  • Agriculture Inputs and Services contributed: $5.0 billion
  • Food and Related Products Manufacturing contributed: $15.5 billion
  • Forestry Products Manufacturing contributed: $3.2 billion

Of the industries studied, the following are the top three contributors of value-added to the State of Missouri:

  • Breweries: $2.9 billion
  • Oilseed Farming: $2.3 billion
  • Dog and Cat Food Manufacturing: $2.3 billion

In addition to analyzing agriculture, forestry, and related economic activity at the state level, county level and congressional district results are available in separate reports.

Report for the entire state of Missouri