Rural economy resources

Publications and projects

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    Marketing Maple Syrup in Missouri

    This publication highlights findings from a recent MU Extension study exploring maple syrup production in the lower Midwest, including interviews with Missouri producers and best practices for marketing products.

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    Building a stronger workforce for Missouri’s food, ag and forestry employers

    MU Extension and the Missouri Agricultural Foundation conducted a workforce needs assessment to understand potential challenges within Missouri’s food, agriculture, and forestry industry. The assessment evaluated worker demand in four industries — agricultural producers, agricultural inputs and services, food and related products manufacturing and forestry products manufacturing.

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    Importance of off-farm income to the agricultural economy

    CoBank’s Knowledge Exchange division partnered with Exceed to analyze the role of off-farm jobs in supporting our agricultural producers and rural communities. The report highlights the growing interdependence of rural and urban economies over the past several decades and demonstrates how critical off-farm jobs are to the income of farming households.