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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...

Proposed rules for Industrial Hemp Pilot Program available for comment through Feb. 1

(JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.) – The Missouri Department of Agriculture is reminding those interested in Missouri’s Industrial Hemp Pilot Program there are five days remaining to review and comment on the proposed rules put forth by the Department. Passe...

Governor Parson’s cabinet leaders to introduce The Missouri Way to agriculture conference

Missouri citizens put a lot of trust in Governor Parson’s cabinet to get things right. Eight powerhouse Cabinet members of the Parson Administration will present The Missouri Way, which is a robust continuous improvement plan designed to serve Miss...

Governor Parson, Director Chinn to Honor Agriculture Leaders during 48th Missouri Governor’s Conference on Agriculture

Agriculture leaders from across Missouri will receive high honors in front of hundreds of farmers, ranchers and agriculture leaders during the 48th Missouri Governors Conference on Agriculture. During the Missouri Agriculture Awards Luncheon, Gov. Pa...

Farmers, Ranchers and Agriculture Leaders to Learn Future of Animal, Plant Science

The 48th Governors Conference on Agriculture is chock-full of meaningful agriculture technology presentations that will lay out what experts think Missouri farms and ranches may look like in the near future. Agriculture sits at the intersection of e...

2019 Brings Opportunity for Missouri Farmers, Ranchers and Agriculture Leaders

The new year brings with it new opportunities for Missouri agriculture. Governor Mike Parson and Director of Agriculture Chris Chinn announced today a winter checklist of ideas to help farmers, ranchers and agriculture leaders get a jump on 2019, all...

Governor Parson, Director Chinn commend President Trump, Congress for finalizing Farm Bill

Today, Governor Mike Parson and Director of Agriculture Chris Chinn praised President Donald Trump for quickly signing the 2018 Farm Bill, also known as the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, into law.  “Time and time again, farmers and rancher...

Vivian Howard, national food & agriculture advocate, headlining ReachMORE session at 48th Missouri Governor’s Conference on Agriculture

Vivian Howard, former host of the award-winning television series A Chef’s Life and owner of Chef & The Farmer Eatery in Kinston, N.C., will headline the ReachMORE session at the 48th Governor’s Conference on Agriculture. Howard was raise...