Agriculture is the number one industry in the state of Missouri with farmland accounting for 66 percent of the state’s total land use. Prior to the industrial revolution, the primary energy input for agriculture was the sun; photosynthesis enabled plants to grow, and plants served as food for livestock, which provided fertilizer and muscle power for farming. However, as a result of the industrialization and consolidation of agriculture, food production has become increasingly dependent on energy derived from fossil fuels.
With corn and soybean being among Missouri’s top crops, the state is prime territory for creation of biofuels – fuels derived from biomass or other organic matter – such as biodiesel and ethanol. Biofuels play a particular significance to Missouri’s economy.
The following links are to provide access to information particularly important for those in the agriculture industry.
Agricultural Stewardship Assurance Program
The Missouri Agricultural Stewardship Assurance Program is a verification program that champions Missouri farms that are responsible stewards of the land, provide safe food for consumers, practice environmental stewardship, and use science-based technology for growing a safe and dependable feed, fuel or fiber in a socially and economic manner.
- Rural Energy for America Program
Provides guaranteed loan financing and grant funding to agricultural producers and rural small businesses to purchase or install renewable energy systems or make energy efficiency improvements.
- Missouri Linked Deposit Program
The Missouri Linked Deposit Program partners with lending institutions to provide low-interest loans to help create and retain jobs, expand the economy and strengthen communities statewide. By reducing the interest rate on certain loans that borrowers can use to improve their businesses, the program helps qualified lenders from Missouri better serve Missouri-based companies and agricultural operations.
- Missouri Wood Energy Tax Credit
The Wood Energy Tax Credit allows individuals or businesses processing Missouri forestry industry residues into fuels a state income tax credit of $5.00 per ton of processed material (e.g., wood pellets).
- Missouri Department of Agriculture
The Missouri Department of Agriculture, located in Jefferson City, Mo., is dedicated to the promotion and protection of the state’s agriculture industry. With more than 100,000 farms located on more than 28 million acres of farmland, the state’s Department of Agriculture works to connect farmers with consumers.
Farm Energy Alternatives
Whether you're a beginning farmer, or an experienced agricultural producer interested in transitioning to more sustainable practices, you may want to start by learning more about the principles of sustainable agriculture and some of the "systems" approaches associated with it.
Established in 1966, the Missouri Soybean Association (MSA) is a statewide membership organization working on behalf of the Show-Me State’s soybean producers and processors. All Missouri soybean farmers, as well as anyone with an interest in our state’s soybean industry are eligible for membership in the MSA.
- Missouri Corn Growers Association
For over three decades, the Missouri Corn Growers Association (MCGA) has been working with generations of corn farmers to achieve monumental milestones and defend the corn industry.
- Renewable Fuels Association
Founded in 1981, RFA is the largest ethanol producer trade association in the world and serves as the premier meeting ground for industry leaders and supporters.
- National Biodiesel Board
The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) is the national trade association representing the biodiesel industry in the United States.
- University of Missouri Extension
Using science-based knowledge, University of Missouri Extension engages people to understand change, solve problems and make informed decisions.