Growing Agribusiness Sustainably

The singular goal of Agriculture and Environment Extension at the University of Missouri is to double the value of Missouri agriculture by 2030 while sustaining the state’s natural resources. It’s a big goal we take very seriously.

Our goal requires a new way of thinking about agriculture and entrepreneurship. It will generate new products, new partnerships and new business models.

Two critical initiatives provide directive for our goal. First, the Show-Me-State Food, Beverage, and Forest Products Manufacturing study shows how Missouri can add $70 billion in value to the products from our farms and forests. Second, the Workforce Needs Assessment outlines current employment and the human capital needed to create new agri- and food-businesses.

In the summer of 2020, the University of Missouri created the Small Business Development Center for Agriculture, Food and Forestry to foster these efforts, this effort has evolved and is now known as the Missouri Agriculture, Food and Forestry Innovation Center (MAFFIC).

Interested in growing your agriculture business? MU Extension is here to help businesses across all 114 counties. Explore these pages to discover the ways MU Extension can help you take part in our goal of doubling agriculture by 2030 while sustaining natural resources — #2xAg2030.

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Events and online courses


AgriMissouri Farmers Market Handbook

A guide to creating and managing farmers markets and the laws and regulations that govern them. Developed by Missouri Department of Agriculture.

Cattle feedyards fill up, forcing farmers to keep calves

FarmProgress article, by Mindy Ward | Nov 19, 2020

Early Kidding Goat Budget Tool (XLSX)

A budgeting tool to estimate economic costs and returns of a 50 doe, winter kidding flock (December and January) with kids marketed between 50 to 60 pounds in April.

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