Missouri is the global leader in agtech and gateway to the future of advanced farming. Missouri’s agtech industry is leading the way with innovative technology and research that is transforming agriculture.
RESEARCH, INNOVATION & DIVERSITY
Agtech research is taking place across Missouri, in innovation communities and in our leading educational institutions.
Missouri’s crop and livestock diversity, abundant water supply and rich soil provide a solid, statewide, foundation for agtech companies to grow and succeed.
Missouri is home to dynamic animal health and plant science clusters. Statewide, pet food companies with their North American headquarters in Missouri generate almost $30 billion in revenue each year, and more than half of the world’s animal health industry is represented in the Kansas City region.
A $33 BILLION INDUSTRY
And Missouri’s agriculture industry contributes $33 billion in GDP to Missouri’s economy, and generates $88 billion in sales and more than 378,000 jobs. In fact, so much agricultural product is shipped via river barge from the St. Louis region that a 15-mile section of the Mississippi is becoming known as the “Ag Coast” of America.
We are also proud to be home to leading agtech organizations, including the Danforth Plant Science Center, Monsanto, the Missouri Botanical Garden, Yield Lab, DuPont, BASF, Bayer, Bunge, KWS, Symbiotics, AgriLabs, Boehringer Ingelheim and many more. We are also home to the headquarters of RaboAgrifinance, providing extensive financing and insurance options for US farmers, ranchers and agribusinesses, and the home of Central States Commodities, a full service commodities brokerage and trading desk focused on agriculture.
In Missouri, the future of agtech is happening today. Big data, smart farming, input optimization, precision ag, biologicals, breeding, green chemistry, green pharmaceuticals, intellectual capital, an extensive agtech infrastructure, investors … it’s all growing right here.
What can we grow for you?
By the way, look who’s already here:
The “animal health corridor” aims to encourage more businesses to come to Missouri and to help local universities and high schools build up a pool of competent graduates.— George Heidgerken / Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica
Missouri as the ‘Heartland’ of American agriculture is the natural U.S. home for NRGene. Our strong partnership with the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center brought us to St. Louis, and GlobalSTL convinced us to stay.— Gil Ronen / NRGene