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Sudden Oak Death confirmed in Missouri

The Missouri Department of Agriculture, in coordination with USDA Animal and Plant Inspection Service, has detected ramorum blight on rhododendron plants shipped to some retail nurseries in Missouri. The disease is more commonly known as Sudden Oak D...

MASBDA Helps Livestock Producer Expand Cattle Operation

Every tool in the toolbox is an important one to farmers and ranchers, especially when livestock producers continually face depressed market prices, weather extremes and busy schedules. For producers looking to expand their herd or shop for specific...

Missouri Department of Agriculture announces Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program

The Missouri Department of Agriculture announced that the Missouri Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) is up and running for the summer. Funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Services, the SFMNP assists lo...

Missouri Agriculture Photo Contest Enters Final Week

The Missouri Department of Agriculture is reminding amateur photographers across the state to enter the 2019 Focus on Missouri Agriculture Photo Contest by 5 p.m. on Friday, June 14. The contest is an opportunity to submit their best images of life ...

Dr. Steve Strubberg named Missouri State Veterinarian

The Missouri Department of Agriculture welcomed Dr. Steve Strubberg as the State Veterinarian of Missouri this spring. Interim State Veterinarian Dr. Taylor Woods, who has served the Department for over 20 years, mentored Dr. Strubberg for several we...

Governor Mike Parson Promotes Cattle Industry with the Missouri Beef Promotion Tour

Today, on behalf of Missouri cattlemen and cattlewomen, Governor Mike Parson proclaimed May as Beef Month in Missouri. Governor Parson presented the proclamation as part of his Missouri Beef Promotion Tour, starting at Kingsville Livestock Auction an...

Move It Sonny: It just makes sense

Secretary Sonny Perdue has shown strong leadership by proposing that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture move out of Washington, D.C. and closer to the farmers and ranche...

Meat processors add jobs, expand services and thrive with MASBDA

If you spend time in any rural community, you will see that many meat processors are struggling to keep doors open because of job retention and recruitment. Some rural area processors have closed their doors entirely, leaving local farmers and ranche...

USDA Census of Agriculture reveals Missouri agriculture trends, highlights

Today, the United States Department of Agriculture’s National Agriculture Statistics Service published the latest Census of Agriculture. Missouri agriculture remains second in the number of farms in the United States with more than 95,000 farms on ...

Thirty Sophomores Selected for the 2019 Missouri Agribusiness Academy

Thirty high school sophomores were recently selected to participate in the Missouri Department of Agriculture’s Missouri Agribusiness Academy. Students selected will spend the first week of June in the Springfield region exploring various segments ...

Director of Agriculture Announces Grants for 4-H, FFA Youth Service Projects

Director of Agriculture Chris Chinn announced that 19 youth groups from across Missouri were awarded grants from the Missouri Department of Agriculture’s 2019 Building Our American Communities grant program. Eleven local chapters of the Missouri FF...

MASBDA helps small farmer in Bolivar overcome obstacles

Ronald and Sonya Antonini, owners of The Salad Farm in Bolivar, Missouri, grow and market their fruits and vegetables. The Salad Farm has grown rapidly over the last six years, but despite the constant growth, it has not always been easy. Ronald and ...

Missouri Agriculture Photo Contest Captures Best of Farm, Rural Life for 10th Year

The Missouri Department of Agriculture today launched the 10th annual Focus on Missouri Agriculture photo contest, asking Missourians to share the unique stories and images of agriculture through photographs. The contest, which runs through June 14, ...

Governor Parson, Director Chinn urge Congress to sign United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement

Today, Governor Mike Parson and Director of Agriculture Chris Chinn published a joint letter that was sent to Missouri’s Congressional Delegation urging them to sign President Trump’s United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). In the letter, ...

Missouri Department of Agriculture announces grants for Missouri specialty crop producers

The Missouri Department of Agriculture is now accepting proposals for anticipated funding through the USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant Program. Interested individuals, community organizations and research institutions working to enhance the competitiv...