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National Ag Day 2019: Missouri Is The Global Leader In Agtech

Did you know today is National Ag Day? With agriculture being an $88 billion industry in Missouri, you can be sure it’s a holiday that we don’t like to miss.

Every year the Agriculture Council of America hosts its Ag Day event during the national Ag Week. It’s a day to recognize and celebrate the abundance provided by agriculture, and every year, producers, agricultural associations, corporations, universities, government agencies and countless others across America join together to recognize the contributions of agriculture to our society.

Missouri’s agtech industry is leading the way with innovative technology and research that is transforming agriculture. Across Missouri leading agtech organizations, including the Danforth Plant Science Center, Bayer CropScience, the Missouri Botanical Garden, Yield Lab, DuPont, BASF, Bunge and more are developing innovative technology that is transforming agriculture.

Meanwhile, Missouri’s new agtech innovation community 39 North is taking root in St. Louis. The district covers nearly 600 acres in Missouri and includes many of the region’s top agtech companies including 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.

“39 North is an extension of Dr. Danforth’s vision to make St. Louis a world center for plant science and innovation,” said Sam Fiorello, COO, Danforth Center and president of BRDG Park. “By connecting regional assets, improving mobility, creating additional greenspace and development opportunities we will enhance our ability to grow, attract and retain ag-centric companies and top scientific talent.”

The use of drones, satellites and data is transforming farming as we know it. Missouri companies, like 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.

And 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 Missouri is home to the highest concentration of plant science PhDs in the world.

For more information on Missouri’s global agtech leadership, contact Subash Alias, Interim CEO of Missouri Partnership, at 314.932.3973 or via our contact form. We’d be happy to answer any questions you might have, and show you how Missouri Partnership can help with your business expansion, collaboration and investment needs.

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