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Missouri Agriculture & Small Businesses Receive More Than $625,000 in Value-Added Grants

Today, the Missouri Agricultural and Small Business Development Authority (MASBDA) announced 10 businesses have been awarded value-added grants totaling $626,771. For more than two decades, MASBDA, which is housed at the Missouri Department of Agric...

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 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program. Interested individuals, community organizations and research institutions working to enhance the competitiveness...

Department Announces Farmers’ Market Promotion Grant Funding

Today, the Missouri Department of Agriculture announced funding for the Farmers’ Market Promotion Matching Grant Program through Missouri Grown. The grant awards up to $1,000 for reimbursement of expenses associated with promoting Missouri’s farm...

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

Director of Agriculture Chris Chinn announced that 14 youth groups from across Missouri were awarded grants from the Missouri Department of Agriculture’s 2021 Building Our American Communities grant program. Six local chapters of the National FFA O...

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

Director of Agriculture Chris Chinn announced that 14 youth groups from across Missouri were awarded grants from the Missouri Department of Agriculture’s 2021 Building Our American Communities grant program. Six local chapters of the National FFA O...

Santa Claus cleared to spread Christmas cheer

Today, 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 ...

Applications Now Available for 2021 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 2021 Missouri Agribusiness...

Urban Agriculture Matching Grant Projects Announced

The Missouri Department of Agriculture announced today that nine projects will receive $50,000 in total funding through the Urban Agriculture Matching Grant. The competitive grant program will reimburse recipients for up to $7,500 in expenses associa...

Missouri's Agribusiness Revolving Loan Fund Refueled

Today, the Missouri Agricultural and Small Business Development Authority announced that its Agribusiness Revolving Loan Fund was awarded a $500,000 loan from USDA Rural Development to aid in economic improvements and job creation. As a result, MASBD...

Missouri Grown Opens Limited Sale of Holiday Gift Boxes

For the first time in program history, the state’s Missouri Grown program will offer holiday gift boxes complete with products from small businesses across the state. The ordering and shipping system will adhere to a contactless ordering process th...

Food Insecure Urban Agriculture Matching Grants Announced

The Missouri Department of Agriculture announced today that 11 projects will receive funding through the Food Insecure Urban Agriculture Matching Grant. The competitive grant program will provide up to $25,000 per project to address food insecurity i...

Specialty Crop Block Grants Awarded to Grow Production within Missouri Agriculture

The Missouri Department of Agriculture announced today that thirteen 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. More than $425...

Urban Agriculture Matching Grants available

The Missouri Department of Agriculture today announced up to $50,000 for the Urban Agriculture Matching Grant Program. The Department will award grants of up to $7,500 for reimbursement of expenses associated with urban agriculture. These grant fund...

Applications Available Now for Value-Added Agriculture Grants

The Missouri Agricultural and Small Business Development Authority (MASBDA) announced it is now accepting applications for Value-Added Agriculture Grants that add value to Missouri agricultural products and aid the economy of a rural community. Gran...

Urban Agriculture Matching Grants Available to Address Food Insecurity

Today, the Missouri Department of Agriculture announced the availability of Food Insecure Urban Agriculture Matching Grant funds of up to $25,000 per project. Applications for the grant funds must benefit residents affected by food insecurity in urba...

Agriculture Workforce Study Lays Groundwork for Future of Agriculture

Today, the University of Missouri Extension and the Missouri Agricultural Foundation published a study entitled Workforce Needs Assessment of Missouri’s Food, Agriculture and Forestry Industries that examines the future workforce demand of the stat...

Missouri Industrial Hemp Program receives federal stamp of approval

Today, the Missouri Department of Agriculture announced federal approval of the state’s Industrial Hemp Plan, which sets the regulatory framework through the 2021 growing season and provides the Department with primary oversight of industrial hemp ...

Missouri Department of Agriculture Asks Residents to Report Unsolicited Seed Shipments

UPDATED: Aug. 3, 2020 with seed shipment address and plant destruction guidance. The Missouri Department of Agriculture has received reports from residents of unsolicited seeds being delivered from foreign countries such as China and surrounding are...

Missouri invests in Meat & Poultry Supply Chain

Today, Governor Mike Parson and Director of Agriculture Chris Chinn announced the creation of the Missouri Meat & Poultry Processing Grant in an effort to quickly increase food supply chain resilience in our state. Established by the General Asse...

First Vesicular Stomatitis Virus case confirmed in Missouri horse

Today, Missouri State Veterinarian Dr. Steve Strubberg announced the state’s first case of Vesicular Stomatitis in a horse in Newton County. The announcement follows a positive confirmation from the United States Department of Agriculture’s Natio...

2020 Focus on Missouri Agriculture Photo Contest Winners Announced

An astonishing photo featuring a rural Missouri barn standing strong following a storm is the Best in Show for the 2020 Focus on Missouri Agriculture Photo Contest, hosted by the Missouri Department of Agriculture. The photograph, submitted by Christ...

Missouri Agricultural and Small Business Development Authority Accepting Applications for Rural Small Business Improvement

The Missouri Agricultural and Small Business Development Authority (MASBDA) is currently accepting applications for two programs aimed at rural small business improvement, specifically meat processors across the state. “At a time when Missouri’s...

Missouri Department of Agriculture follows EPA guidance on dicamba

Missouri certified private and commercial applicators may continue to use existing stocks of the three dicamba herbicides Engenia, FeXapan and XtendiMax through July 31, 2020, according to the formal Cancellation Order issued by the U.S. Environmenta...

Missouri Agriculture Photo Contest Enters Final Week

The Missouri Department of Agriculture is reminding amateur photographers across the state to enter the 2020 Focus on Missouri Agriculture Photo Contest by 5 p.m. on Friday, June 12. The contest is an opportunity for photographers to submit their be...

Department of Agriculture Issues Statement on Dicamba Status

Today, Director of Agriculture Chris Chinn and the Missouri Department of Agriculture issued the following statement related to the recent court decision from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in California: “The dicamba herbicide brands Xtendi...