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Missouri Department of Agriculture Celebrates National Weights and Measures Week

This week, the Missouri Department of Agriculture celebrates the Weights, Measures and Consumer Protection team’s efforts toward creating an equitable marketplace for both consumers and private businesses throughout the state. Weights and Measures ...

Governor Mike Parson Proclaims National FFA Week in Missouri

Today, on behalf of nearly 27,000 members of Missouri FFA, Governor Mike Parson proclaimed Feb. 17-24, 2024, to be National FFA Week in Missouri. “FFA members are the future of Missouri agriculture,” Governor Mike Parson said. “The First Lady ...

MDA Announces Updated Animal Exhibition Requirements

The Missouri Department of Agriculture has announced changes to animal health requirements for beef and swine exhibitors at fairs and exhibitions in Missouri. Beef and swine exhibitors must provide a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (CVI), compl...

Department of Agriculture Announces Grants for Missouri Specialty Crop Production

The Missouri Department of Agriculture is now accepting applications for anticipated funding through the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program. Interested individuals, community organizations and research institutions working to enhance the competitiven...

MDA Warns of Elevated Mycotoxin Levels in Missouri

The Missouri Department of Agriculture encourages Missouri feed manufacturers, corn producers and livestock producers to monitor aflatoxin and fumonisin levels in corn harvested in 2023. Mycotoxin levels have increased in Missouri corn due to prolong...

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

Director of Agriculture Chris Chinn announced that 17 youth organizations from across Missouri have been awarded 2024 Building Our American Communities grants. Five Missouri FFA chapters and 12 Missouri 4-H clubs statewide have been awarded funds for...

Missouri Department of Agriculture Announces Funds to Support State Food Supply Chain

The Missouri Department of Agriculture has been allocated $6.9 million through the USDA Resilient Food Systems Infrastructure (RFSI) Program to help strengthen the food supply chain between the farmer and consumer. The purpose of the RFSI program is...

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...

Urban Farm Tax Credits Available

The Missouri Agricultural and Small Business Development Authority (MASBDA) is accepting applications for a new tax credit program created to promote investment in urban agriculture. “Urban agriculture plays a role in the availability of fresh, l...

Applications Available for 2024 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 2024 Missouri Agribusiness...

Missouri Agriculture Awards Presented during 50th Missouri Governor’s Conference on Agriculture

Agriculture leaders from across Missouri were recognized by Governor Mike Parson, Lt. Governor Mike Kehoe and Director of Agriculture Chris Chinn during the 50th Missouri Governor’s Conference on Agriculture. The award recipients were honored at th...

Missouri Grown Opens Limited Sale of Holiday Gifts

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

Building Our American Communities Grant Funds Available

The Missouri Department of Agriculture announced the availability of Building our American Communities (BOAC) grant funds today. The BOAC Program provides $12,000 annually to Missouri 4-H clubs and FFA chapters for projects aimed at developing and ad...

Urban Agriculture Cost-Share Grants Announced

The Missouri Department of Agriculture announced today that eight projects will receive funding through the Urban Agriculture Cost-Share Grant. The competitive grant program will provide up to $10,000 per project to address expenses associated with u...

Missouri Agricultural and Small Business Development Authority Announces Tax Credit Programs

The Missouri Agricultural and Small Business Development Authority (MASBDA) is now accepting applications for tax credit programs to benefit the state’s meat processors and specialty crop producers. “We are excited to support two valuable aspect...

Missouri Celebrates Farm to School Month

Governor Mike Parson proclaimed October to be Farm to School Month in Missouri. Farm to School Month celebrates school nutrition professionals, farmers and ranchers nationwide for their contributions to feeding Missouri students. “Thousands of Mis...

Missouri Celebrates National Black Walnut Week

This week, the Missouri Department of Agriculture celebrates the state’s position nationally in black walnut production. Governor Mike Parson has declared Sept. 29 - 30 as Black Walnut Week in Missouri. The proclamation was presented at the Black W...

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 seventh in the nation and contributes ne...

MASBDA-Funded Project Assists Missouri Aquaculture Industry

A statewide project funded by the Missouri Agricultural and Small Business Development Authority has explored the landscape of Missouri’s aquaculture industry and opportunities for growth. According to the 2018 Census of Aquaculture, Missouri saw ...

Food Insecure Cost-Share Grant Funds Announced

The Missouri Department of Agriculture announced today that 17 projects will receive funding through the Food Insecure Cost-Share Grant Program. The competitive grant program will provide up to $50,000 per project to address food insecurity in urban ...

Nearly 350,000 Enjoy Annual Missouri State Fair Traditions in 2023

Today, Governor Mike Parson and Missouri State Fair Director Mark Wolfe announced that nearly 350,000 visitors attended the annual State Fair in Sedalia, which was held Aug. 10-20, 2023. The figure reflects an approximate two and a half percent incre...

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 ...

Urban Agriculture Cost-Share Grants available

The Missouri Department of Agriculture announced funding for the Urban Agriculture Cost-Share Grant Program. The Department will award grants of up to $10,000 for reimbursement of expenses associated with urban agriculture and economic development. A...

Missouri Department of Agriculture Updates Hay Directory Website

The Missouri Department of Agriculture announces changes to the Department’s online Hay Directory, making it even easier for sellers and buyers of hay. The department manages the online hay directory, where livestock producers can search for hay ma...

Registration open for 50th Missouri Governor’s Conference on Agriculture

The Missouri Governor’s Conference on Agriculture is coming back to Tan-Tar-A Resort in Osage Beach, Missouri. for its 50th celebration of agriculture. Today, the Missouri Department of Agriculture announced registration is open and the event is se...