Road Trip to Kansas City: Missouri Agriculture Facts

Image Credit: Missouri Dept of Ag

About the time this blog posts, I’ll be at the airport in Nashville, waiting on a Southwest Airlines flight to Kansas City, Missouri for the 2012 Agvocacy 2.0 Conference presented by the AgChat Foundation. This is a great meeting held to train farmers, ranchers, and others how to better utilize Social Media and online tools to reach out to non-farm audiences. Last year’s conference was held in Nashville, TN.

As with many previous trips, I like to share many facts about agriculture from the state where I am traveling. On this blog before I have shared AgFacts from Arkansas, Kentucky, New Mexico, and Tennessee. Of course, I have AgFacts from almost every state on my project page.

With a quick search from the Missouri Agriculture in the Classroom website, I found these cool facts about Agriculture in Missouri:

Missouri Weather and Climate…

  • Has a wide range of climates depending on the region of the state.
  • Average annual temperatures range from 50 degrees in the NW to 60 degrees in the SE.
  • Average statewide rainfall is 35 inches and Spring is tornado season in Missouri.
  • Menfro is the official Missouri State Soil, which occurs in about 780,000 acres in Missouri.

Missouri Crops…

  • Corn, soybeans, cattle and calves, hogs, and turkeys are Missouri’s top crops.
  • Missouri ranked nationally 5th in rice, 6th in soybeans and cotton, 8th in grain sorghum and 9th in corn production in 2009.
  • The Bootheel (SE MO) is the most intensively cropped area.
  • Cotton and rice are grown in South East Missouri.
  • Missouri produces a variety of fruits, vegetables and specialty crops.
  • According to the 2007 Census of Agriculture, 47% of Missouri’s total agricultural receipts came from crops.
  • Livestock production accounted for 53% of the state’s agricultural receipts.

    Image credit: Wikipedia

Missouri according to the 2007 Census of Agriculture…

  • Ranks 2nd in number of farms.
  • Had $7.51 billion value of agricultural products sold.
  • Ranks 14th in total value of agricultural products sold.
  • Ranks 15th in farm exports.
  • Farmland accounts for 66% of the state’s total land use.

Food and Agriculture holds a strong tie to the history of Kansas City, including one of the largest livestock events in the country, the American Royal, and world renowned BBQ. I can’t wait to get there and learn more about it.

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Ryan Goodman lives in Colorado, is an avid trail and ultrarunner, and works with farmers and ranchers to help them share their stories of agriculture and how food is raised. Connect with Ryan online as @BeefRunner. #TeamBeef.
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