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Director of Agriculture announces funding for local 4-H, FFA youth service projects

Today, Director of Agriculture Chris Chinn announced that 21 youth organizations from across Missouri were awarded grants from the Missouri Department of Agriculture’s 2020 Building Our American Communities grant program. In total, 10 Missouri ...

Director Chinn Issues Statement on Chinese Trade Deal

“Trade in agriculture has always been a critical component in driving demand for our products domestically and internationally. Today, we’ve learned initial details of a landmark agreement with China that promises record breaking agricultural pur...

Food Desert Agriculture Matching Grants Awarded

Today, the Missouri Department of Agriculture awarded funds to 12 projects that aim to address food insecurity in Missouri. Through the Food Desert Agriculture Matching Grant Program, the Department’s Missouri Grown program will fund projects that ...

Santa is Back in Town

Today, Director of Agriculture Chris Chinn and Missouri State Veterinarian Dr. Steve Strubberg approved livestock movement papers for nine reindeer to spread Christmas cheer throughout Missouri. Mr. Santa Claus from The North Pole applied for the per...

Director Chinn Issues Statement on USMCA

“The last month has been packed full with positive news on agriculture trade. There’s no better time than the holiday season for my fellow farmers and ranchers in Missouri to receive the great news from Washington today that we are one step close...

OP-ED by Director Chinn: Time’s Up on USMCA

On Tuesday, Dec. 10, President Trump and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi announced a compromise had been struck on the long-awaited U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement better known as USMCA. Across the board, farmers, ranchers and agriculture leader...

Missouri Industrial Hemp Program establishes path forward for 2020 growing season

Today, the Missouri Department of Agriculture announced how producers can apply for a registration to grow industrial hemp in Missouri during the 2020 growing season. Interested producers must complete a written application, create parcel maps and co...

Applications Now Available for 2020 Missouri Agribusiness Academy

The Missouri Department of Agriculture is offering 30 high school students representing 4-H clubs and FFA chapters, as well as farm families, throughout Missouri the opportunity to explore careers in agriculture through the 2020 Missouri Agribusiness...

Farm for Life editorial: The Ayers Family

Feeding Your Family Like Family Farm for Life is an editorial series by the Missouri Department of Agriculture Ayers Stock Farm in Green City, Mo., has spent three generations in the rolling hills of northern Missouri building a beef business drive...

ReachMORE Tour launched by the Missouri Department of Agriculture

Director of Agriculture Chris Chinn and the leadership team from the Missouri Department of Agriculture announced tour dates for the second ReachMORE Tour. Launched for the first time in 2017, the ReachMORE Tour will return to connect the Department...

Farm for Life editorial: Mark Burger

The Best Kept Secret Farm for Life is an editorial series by the Missouri Department of Agriculture After Mark Burger graduated from the University of Missouri, he knew exactly what he wanted to do: farm. Burger Sons Farms was officially formed in ...

State agencies partner to help Missouri communities, farmers recover orphaned containers after flooding

The departments of Natural Resources and Agriculture are partnering to assist Missouri communities and farmers in recovering and identifying orphaned storage containers dislodged by flooding. The containers must be handled by experts because they can...

Community Service Grants Available for Ag Youth Organizations

Missouri 4-H and FFA chapters planning community improvement service projects can apply for grant funding through the Missouri Department of Agriculture. Applications for the annual Building Our American Communities Grant (BOAC) Program are available...

Food Desert Matching Grants Available to Address Food Insecurity

Today, the Missouri Department of Agriculture announced the availability of Food Desert Agriculture Matching Grants of up to $25,000 per project to address food insecurity. Applications for the grant funds must benefit residents of a food desert, as ...

Specialty Crop Block Grants Awarded to Grow Production within Missouri agriculture

he Missouri Department of Agriculture announced today that eleven projects across Missouri will receive grant funding from the USDA’s Specialty Crop Block Grant program to strengthen the market for Missouri grown specialty crops. “Missouri is kn...