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Farm for Life editorial: Farming is The American Dream

The American Dream. This is a vision chased by 6 million Missourians every day, especially Mike Parson. For this farm kid from Wheatland, Missouri, public service and farming met at the crossroads of his American Dream early in life. A sense of commu...

Farm for Life editorial series launched to highlight Missouri farmers and ranchers

Today, the Missouri Department of Agriculture launched a new editorial series entitled Farm for Life with a feature story of third generation farmer and Missouri Governor Mike Parson. Agriculture is a part of every Missourians’ quality of life a...

Governor Parson issues open letter to Missouri State Fair exhibitors

The Missouri State Fair has been built over the last 100 years on strong traditions. Traditions of eating Fair food on opening day, attending concerts, family fun and, for you, bringing agricultural exhibits that will be showcased throughout the Fair...

MASBDA Helps Bring a Dream to Reality

Behind the eyes of every farmer, producer and agribusiness owner is a dream to do more with what they have and add value to their business. The agriculture industry is always growing and changing to meet new demands, new markets and new supply chains...

2019 Focus on Missouri Agriculture Photo Contest Winners Announced

A captivating photo featuring the picturesque landscape of rural Missouri is the Best in Show for the 2019 Focus on Missouri Agriculture Photo Contest, hosted by the Missouri Department of Agriculture. The photograph, submitted by Wanda Moore of Cabo...

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 ...