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The Missouri Agricultural Foundation is an independent 501(c)(3) that works in partnership with the Missouri Department of Agriculture. It was formed in May of 2015. More information about the Missouri Agricultural Foundation is available on our web site.

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The Missouri Agricultural Foundation’s Mission is to support projects that promote sound agricultural practices, growth in agribusiness and agritourism, international agricultural exports, urban agriculture, food safety, farm safety practices, youth development and education.

Current Foundation Activities

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Beef Initiative Grants

The Beef Initiative Grants are available to fund research projects that will enhance our beef cattle industry and allow our state to capture additional economic value. Grant categories include covered feeding facilities, beef research, fescue tolerance, innovative solutions and economic impact studies and small/medium size beef processor modernization.

The 2015 Beef Initiative Grant application period is over. Grant recipients will be announced at missouriagfoundation.org in late January.

For more information about the Beef Initiative Grants, contact Ken Struemph at ken.struemph@mda.mo.gov.

Agriculture Education and Tourism

  • Promote agriculture education in rural and urban areas, and through tourism venues.

Executive Board

Board President

Peter Hofherr, CFA, MBA, Ph.D.
St. James Winery

Board Vice-President

Michael Johanning
KC Agribusiness Council

Board Treasurer

Kristie Larson
American Royal

Board Secretary

Tracy Snider
St. Louis Agribusiness Club
Novus International, Inc.

Board Members

Leon Busdieker
Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Bob G. Idel
Missouri 4-H

Senator Brian Munzlinger, Chairman
Missouri State Senate

Representative Bill Reiboldt, Chairman
Missouri State House of Representatives

Gary Vandiver, Chairman
Missouri Soil and Water Commission

Alan Wessler, DVM
MFA Incorporated

Richard Fordyce, Director
Missouri Department of Agriculture

Advisory Committee

The Advisory Committee consists of industry partners that support the Foundation’s mission and take an active role in deciding Foundation priorities.