Missouri has a long, great agricultural tradition; the first farms were established around 1725 by French settlers in the Ste. Genevieve area. Currently, Missouri has almost 100,000 farms that cover approximately two-thirds of the state’s total land acreage. Missouri is among the top producers of beef cattle, hogs, turkeys, soybeans, corn, grain, sorghum, cotton, hay and wheat.

Today, the Missouri Department of Agriculture sets agriculture policy and provides assistance to farmers throughout the state. More information is available from the Missouri Department of Agriculture, or by contacting the Department of Health and Senior Service's Bureau of Environmental Epidemiology, at (573) 751-6102.

There are 99,171 farms in Missouri.

The average farm is 285 acres.

Farmland accounts for 63% of Missouri’s total land.

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Chemicals used on crops to control growth, thin fruit, ripen or defoliate (2012, 2007 and 2002)

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