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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...

Department of Agriculture Announces Missouri Specialty Crop Funding

The Missouri Department of Agriculture is now accepting proposals for funding through the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program. The Department received SCBG Covid Stimulus-PPE funds from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Interested sp...

Missouri Agricultural and Small Business Development Authority Announces Biofuel Infrastructure Funding

The Missouri Agricultural and Small Business Development Authority (MASBDA) announced it has invested more than $2 million in projects that increase the distribution and use of higher blends of ethanol and biodiesel in the State of Missouri. Expens...

Missouri Department of Agriculture Launches 13th Annual Focus on Missouri Agriculture Photo Contest

Today, the Missouri Department of Agriculture is launching the 13th annual Focus on Missouri Agriculture photo contest. The Department is asking Missourians to share their agriculture story through photographs. The contest, which runs through June 10...

Corteva Enlist Products Available in All Missouri Counties

Today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved the use of Corteva herbicide products Enlist One and Enlist Duo in all Missouri counties. A seven-year registration announced by EPA in January 2022 had restricted the use of Enlist One an...

Industrial Hemp Fiber Processing Grants Awarded

Today the Missouri Department of Agriculture announced recipients of grant funding to be used for the expansion of processing capacity for industrial hemp fiber in Missouri. Four Missouri businesses have been awarded funding to expand hemp fiber inf...

Missouri Celebrates National Agriculture Week

This week, the Missouri Department of Agriculture celebrates the state’s position nationally in agriculture production. Missouri is home to 95,000 farms, employs nearly 460,000 people in agriculture, forestry and related industries, and has an esti...

2022 Missouri Agribusiness Academy Participants Announced

The Missouri Department of Agriculture has selected 30 high school sophomores to participate in the 2022 Missouri Agribusiness Academy. Selected students will spend a week in June in Kansas City exploring careers in agriculture, building leadership s...

Waterfowl Auctions, Shows and Swap Meets Suspended due to Avian Influenza

To help prevent the spread of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI), the Missouri Department of Agriculture has suspended all domestic waterfowl and waterfowl egg auctions, shows and swap meets through the end of May. Federal officials have confir...

Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza Confirmed in Missouri Commercial Poultry Flock

Federal officials have confirmed highly pathogenic avian influenza in a commercial chicken flock in Stoddard County, Missouri. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Veterinary Services Laboratory confirmed the presence of highly pathogenic ...