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

Director of Agriculture Chris Chinn announced that 22 youth groups from across Missouri were awarded grants from the Missouri Department of Agriculture’s 2023 Building Our American Communities grant program. Eleven local chapters of the National FF...

Santa Claus Cleared to Spread Christmas Cheer

Director of Agriculture Chris Chinn and Missouri State Veterinarian Dr. Steve Strubberg approved livestock movement papers for nine reindeer. Mr. Santa Claus from The North Pole applied for the permit this week, providing proof of the healthy herd th...

Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza Confirmed in Missouri Poultry Flock

Federal officials have confirmed highly pathogenic avian influenza in a commercial turkey flock in Osage County, Mo. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Veterinary Services Laboratory (NVSL) confirmed the presence of highly pathogenic inf...

Applications Available for 2023 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 2023 Missouri Agribusiness...

Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza Confirmed in Missouri Poultry Flock

Federal officials have confirmed highly pathogenic avian influenza in a chicken flock in Webster County, Mo. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Veterinary Services Laboratory (NVSL) confirmed the presence of highly pathogenic influenza (...

Missouri Grown Opens Limited Sale of Holiday Gifts

Following two years of success, the Missouri Grown program will offer the much-anticipated holiday gift boxes for a third Christmas season. Each box is full of unique food and home products from small agribusinesses across the state.  “Missouri G...

MAESTRO Energy Efficiency Grants Announced

The Missouri Department of Agriculture announced today that six projects will receive funding through the Missouri Agriculture Energy Saving Team – a Revolutionary Opportunity (MAESTRO) grant, funded through the U.S. Department of Energy. The compe...

Urban Agriculture Matching Grants Announced

The Missouri Department of Agriculture announced today that six projects will receive funding through the Urban Agriculture Matching Grant. The competitive grant program will provide up to $20,000 per project to address expenses associated with urban...

Governor Mike Parson Proclaims October as Pork Month in Missouri

Governor Mike Parson has proclaimed October as Pork Month in the state of Missouri, in recognition of the high-quality pork produced by Missouri pig farmers and their families. Missouri’s pork industry ranks sixth in the nation and contributes near...

Food Insecure Urban Agriculture Matching Grants Announced

The Missouri Department of Agriculture announced today that 16 projects will receive funding through the Food Insecure Urban Agriculture Matching Grant. The competitive grant program will provide up to $50,000 per project to address food insecurity i...

Missouri Recognizes Farm Safety and Health Week

The Missouri Department of Agriculture is celebrating Farm Safety and Health Week, which has been recognized during the third week of September since established by President Roosevelt in 1944. This year’s theme, coined by the National Education Ce...

Avian Influenza Confirmed in Midwest during Fall Migratory Season

Missouri poultry producers are encouraged to review and tighten biosecurity protocols in light of the avian influenza virus confirmation in poultry throughout the Midwest. Highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N1 is known to be deadly for domesticated...

Department of Agriculture Awards Grants to Increase Missouri Specialty Crop Production

The Missouri Department of Agriculture has awarded 20 projects across Missouri with funding through two different USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant programs to strengthen the market for Missouri grown specialty crops. More than $900,000 will be used f...

Missouri Biofuel Infrastructure Incentive Program

Today, the Missouri Agricultural and Small Business Development Authority (MASBDA) announced the Biofuel Infrastructure Incentive Program (BIIP) to increase the distribution and use of biofuels in the state of Missouri. Funds will be awarded to fuel ...

Organic Certification Cost Share Program Available for Missouri Producers

The Missouri Department of Agriculture announced today that funding is available to assist Missouri farmers and food processors in obtaining organic certification for their businesses. Through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Organic ...

Missouri Department of Agriculture Announces Launch of AgriStress Helpline

Today, the Missouri Department of Agriculture announced the launch of the AgriStress Helpline for Missouri producers. The helpline is a free and confidential service available to Missouri producers and rural families seeking mental health support. ...

Urban Agriculture Matching Grants Available

Today, the Missouri Department of Agriculture announced funding for the Urban Agriculture Matching Grant Program. The Department will award grants of up to $10,000 for reimbursement of expenses associated with urban agriculture. Eligible projects in...

Food Insecure Urban Agriculture Matching Grant Funds Available

Today, the Missouri Department of Agriculture announced the availability of Food Insecure Urban Agriculture Matching Grant funds of up to $50,000 per project. Applications for the grant funds must benefit residents affected by food insecurity in urba...

Service Announcement Regarding Installation of Hunter Pump Islands in Missouri

The Missouri Department of Agriculture (MDA) has expressed concerns regarding the installation of the “Pump Island Protector Systems.” These concerns revolve around concrete being poured over the top of the existing island, resulting in recessed...

2022 Focus on Missouri Agriculture Photo Contest Winners Announced

A breathtaking photo featuring a glimpse into the life of a Missouri cattle rancher is the Best in Show for the 2022 Focus on Missouri Agriculture Photo Contest, hosted by the Missouri Department of Agriculture. The photograph, submitted by Megan Ric...

Governor Mike Parson Proclaims June as Dairy Month

Today, on behalf of Missouri dairy farmers and processors throughout the state, Governor Mike Parson proclaimed June to be Dairy Month in Missouri. Governor Parson presented the proclamation at Hiland Dairy in Springfield. Missouri Director of Agricu...

Additional Funding Available for Missouri Specialty Crop Production

The Missouri Department of Agriculture is now accepting proposals for additional funding through the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program. These funds are approved through H.R. 133 stimulus funds due to Covid-19 impacts to the food system and provided ...

Waterfowl Auction, Show and Swap Meet Suspension Lifted

The Missouri Department of Agriculture has lifted the suspension of waterfowl auctions, shows and swap meets in Missouri effective June 1, 2022. MDA suspended waterfowl activity in March to help prevent the spread of highly pathogenic avian influenza...

Governor Mike Parson Proclaims May as Beef Month

Today, on behalf of Missouri cattlemen and cattlewomen throughout the state, Governor Mike Parson proclaimed May to be Beef Month in Missouri. Governor Parson presented the proclamation at Hertzog Meat Co. in Butler. Missouri Director of Agriculture ...

Department of Agriculture Announces Funding for School Agriculture Departments

The Missouri Department of Agriculture (MDA) is now accepting applications for the Missouri Agriculture Energy Saving Team – a Revolutionary Opportunity (MAESTRO) grant, funded through the U.S. Department of Energy. The MAESTRO grant was created to...