Missouri Farming Associations – Livestock
Missouri affectionately referred to as the Show Me State, is known for the St. Louis Arch, Lake of the Ozarks, and the Kansas City Royals. Additionally, Missouri is also an agribusiness state. The landscape is filled with open fields and rolling hills perfect for farming. Many are surprised to learn that Missouri ranks 3rd in the nation for the number of farms with over 95,000. In fact, there are over 77,000 milk cows, 75,000 meat goats, 12,000 milk goats, and 100,000 sheep. There are also over 19M turkeys and 3.25M hogs on farms and lots. The cattle industry alone contributes $1.6B to the state economy and supports more than 40,800 jobs.
Many farmers face the same challenges regardless of crop or livestock focus. Concerns about productivity, legislative changes, tax issues, and operations often make the top of the list. While advisors like Adams Brown, Strategic Allies, and CPAs, help farmers and ranchers navigate tax, accounting, audit, and other financial challenges, it is important to be aware of the various industry associations and groups that provide other essential types of support.
Missouri Livestock Associations
Below is a list of the top Missouri livestock associations and events to consider being a part of, including:
- Missouri Pork Association seeks to enhance and optimize opportunities while minimizing barriers to the success of Missouri pork producers and other industry stakeholders. There are several legislative advocacy efforts undertaken both on the state and federal levels. In terms of education, there are producer education programs including Pork Profit Seminars and the Swine Institute. In addition, there are other programs available to youth including Pork Goes to School and the MPA Internship Program.
- Missouri Cattlemen’s Association is dedicated to advancing Missouri’s beef industry. Much of the focus is on legislative advocacy, both state and federal, driven by the MCA Political Action Committee. There are several educational programs available including the Missouri Cattlemen’s Leadership College and the County Leadership Conference. Members receive multiple benefits such as discounts, access to affinity programs, and a subscription to the monthly Missouri Cattlemen
- Missouri Hereford Association focuses on serving Hereford breeders in the state. This is facilitated through several events including the MHA Meeting & Banquet, the annual field day, and the popular MHA Opportunity Sale. Members also receive copies of the quarterly publication, Missouri Hereford News. Finally, there are also special interest groups designed to serve the unique needs of youth and female Hereford breeders.
- Missouri Poultry Federation is a trade organization representing the state’s poultry and egg producers. This is facilitated primarily through legislative advocacy in Missouri and other state governments. Members receive access to a variety of essential resources including biosecurity essentials, market intelligence, job information and access to the Allied Industries Scholarship Program. There are several member events including the All Member Meeting, Food Safety Conference, and the Annual Poultry Festival.
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If you have a question about these organizations or need assistance with a tax, accounting, or finance challenge, Adams Brown can help.