Missouri Agriculture Updates: MORE Initiatives. It's FORE the kids. Employee recognition.

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May 9, 2018


Missouri Department of Agriculture launches strategic initiatives for agriculture, rural communities

The Missouri Department of Agriculture’s MORE strategic vision has always lived and breathed agriculture and rural Missouri. Last week, the Department announced 16 individual initiatives that will take the MORE vision and put it into action. The Department will be targeting workforce development, youth in agriculture, food insecurity, agriculture business, broadband availability, emergency response, the Missouri citizen experience and more.

 “The number one priority for me as your Director of Agriculture has been to build up agriculture and communities to thrive for the next generation,” Director of Agriculture Chris Chinn. “Through this bigger, bolder approach to rethinking state government, I am confident we can move the needle further and increase the quality of life for all Missourians.”

The MORE vision focuses on the symbiotic relationship between farmers and the communities in which they live. The Department will continue to carry out its core mission, and these strategic initiatives of feed MORE, reach MORE, connect MORE and empower MORE will focus attention on key challenges and opportunities in agriculture.

Click here to read the full news release, including quotes from Senator Brian Munzlinger, the Association of Missouri Electric Cooperative's Barry Hart, farmer and small business owner Bill McLaren and Feeding Missouri's Scott Baker.

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Click here to watch our video message from Director Chinn

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Ag Golf Classic tournament: it's FORE the kids

We’re gearing up for another outstanding Missouri Department of Agriculture Ag Golf Classic this year, and it’s all to raise money to support future agriculture leaders. We hope that you are able to join us Friday, June 29, at Railwood Golf Course. A hearty lunch will kick off the day at 11 a.m., and the tournament will begin at noon. 

Sign up as a sponsor, or put together your team of four and get ready for a fun day on the course, complete with food, beverages, contests and prizes.  

Click here to learn more.

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Missouri Grown honors fellow state employees

The Missouri Grown program featured more than 23 different products at the Missouri Governor's Mansion last week as Gov. Eric Greitens honored 38 Missouri state employees for their outstanding service. 

Honorees included recipients of the 2017 Missouri State Employee Award of Distinction and the individuals selected throughout the year for the Missouri State Employee of the Month awards.

In addition to award recipients and their families, senior leaders, colleagues and legislators attended to pay tribute to the outstanding state employees. More than 400 people attended the event.

The event featured Missouri Grown producers like Baetje Farms in Bloomsdale, Castor River Farms in Dexter, Davis Meats in Jonesburg, and many more.

Click here to meet the 38 Missouri honorees.

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    This week, we highlight Director Chris Chinn kicking off May as Missouri Beef Month, the Missouri Grown Chef Tour, the Department's district veterinarians meeting in Jefferson City, Governor Eric Greitens and State of Missouri COO Drew Erdmann addressing the attendees of the employee recognition barbecue and Culver's Scoops of Thanks day (proceeds go to local agriculture education programs).

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