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Agtech Grows In Missouri

If you are in agtech you should be in Missouri.

In 2016, agriculture, forestry and related industries contributed more than $88 billion in sales and more than 378,000 jobs in Missouri, according to the Missouri Department of Agriculture. Missouri’s crop and livestock diversity, abundant water supply and rich soil provide a solid, statewide foundation to the agtech ecosystem.

Across the state leading agtech organizations, including the Danforth Plant Science Center, Bayer, Monsanto Company, the Missouri Botanical Garden, Yield Lab, DuPont, BASF, Bunge, KWS, FarmLink, Symbiotics, AgriLabs and more are developing innovative technology that is transforming agriculture.

Missouri is home to dynamic animal health and plant science clusters. More than half of the world’s animal health industry is represented in the Kansas City region, and pet food companies with their North American headquarters in Missouri generate almost $30 billion in revenue each year.

Meanwhile, Missouri’s new agtech innovation community 39 North is beginning to take root in St. Louis.

The district covers nearly 600 acres in Missouri and includes many of the regions top agtech companies including Monsanto Company, the Danforth Plant Science Center, Bio-Research & Development Growth (BRDG) Park and the Helix Center Biotech Incubator. 39 North is geared toward providing the lifestyle often sought by today’s highly skilled scientific workers, with a mix of retail, residential and office space connected by walking and biking trails.

The use of drones, satellites and data is transforming farming as we know it. Missouri companies, like Monsanto Company’s Climate Corporation, are leading the way in investment and innovation in advanced farming. Big data, smart farming, input optimization, precision ag, prescription ag, biologicals, breeding, green chemistry, green pharmaceuticals – it’s all growing right here.

But its not just technology that makes Missouri the global agtech leader, its also our world-class talent. Universities across the state offer advanced plant science degrees and St. Louis, Missouri, has the highest concentration in the world of plant science PhDs in the world.

For more information on why Missouri could be a prime location to launch or grow your business, contact Steve Johnson, CEO of Missouri Partnership, at 314.725.2688 or via our contact form, with any questions you might have, and learn how Missouri Partnership can help with your business expansion needs.

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