Agriculture grants available, aim to grow Missouri beef industry

1 year 10 months 1 day ago Wednesday, November 18 2015 Nov 18, 2015 Wednesday, November 18, 2015 7:01:00 PM CST November 18, 2015 in News
By: Patrick McGovern and Chris Brown, KOMU 8 Reporters
loading

JEFFERSON CITY – The Missouri Department of Agriculture announced Wednesday morning applications for beef initiative grants are open to the public.

The grants, a part of the Missouri Agricultural Foundation, are designed to grow the Missouri beef industry.

Richard Fordyce, Missouri Director of Agriculture, said the grants will affect a lot of people.

“There are different categories available to apply for,” Fordyce said. “We want to look at feeding additional cattle in Missouri. We want to look at how we can increase the herd and increase the quality of the herd in Missouri. Ultimately, we know if we are going to continue to add value to beef cattle in Missouri, we think it’s pretty important to process cattle as well.”

Fordyce said a study found 1.8 million calves are born in the state each year. By the time they get to ideal processing weight, 70,000 remain.

He said he believes the grants can to lead to developments to retain more cattle in Missouri.

“If we're able to retain the cattle in the state longer and grow that 1.8 million, you could see significant growth in the economy.”

Mark Russell, Missouri Beef Industry Council Executive Director, said he hopes the grants will not only impact beef demand in the state of Missouri, but also create jobs in agriculture.

“The beef industry is super important to ag industry in the state of Missouri,” Russell said. “If we start seeing an opportunity to process more animals, what that does is it will generate more jobs.”

Russell said the impacts of these grants can go anywhere from production, to technology, to genetics, to genomics, to a lot of science that helps develop that technology.

“From farm to fork or pasture to plate, there’s going to be many opportunities throughout that food chain to be able to add more jobs from the person that’s raising the cattle to the person that ultimately gets that food.”

Missouri ranks third in the nation for beef cow numbers, with Oklahoma second and Texas first.

Applications are due Monday, December 7. Recipients of the grants will be announced in January 2016.

To apply for a grant from the Department of Agriculture, click here.

More News

Grid
List
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — A third person appointed by Gov. Eric Greitens to the state board of education won't serve... More >>
18 minutes ago Tuesday, September 19 2017 Sep 19, 2017 Tuesday, September 19, 2017 7:12:35 PM CDT September 19, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - After a July grand opening, Welcome Home was able to move veterans into its new facility on Tuesday... More >>
1 hour ago Tuesday, September 19 2017 Sep 19, 2017 Tuesday, September 19, 2017 6:18:00 PM CDT September 19, 2017 in News
ST. CHARLES (AP) — A Missouri woman has been sentenced to 21 years in prison for leaving her 2-year-old son... More >>
1 hour ago Tuesday, September 19 2017 Sep 19, 2017 Tuesday, September 19, 2017 5:35:00 PM CDT September 19, 2017 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Attorney General Josh Hawley announced his office's investigation into Equifax Tuesday, along with attorneys general from 43... More >>
2 hours ago Tuesday, September 19 2017 Sep 19, 2017 Tuesday, September 19, 2017 4:48:00 PM CDT September 19, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - They are becoming a common sight, tattoos and piercings. According to medical professionals, more young adults and adolescents... More >>
3 hours ago Tuesday, September 19 2017 Sep 19, 2017 Tuesday, September 19, 2017 3:49:00 PM CDT September 19, 2017 in News
FULTON - Tuesday, Callaway County Commissioners announced the change of ownership for the Fulton Medical Center to a rural hospital... More >>
3 hours ago Tuesday, September 19 2017 Sep 19, 2017 Tuesday, September 19, 2017 3:45:00 PM CDT September 19, 2017 in News
LAKE OF THE OZARKS - The state trooper who had Brandon Ellingson in his custody when he drowned in 2014... More >>
4 hours ago Tuesday, September 19 2017 Sep 19, 2017 Tuesday, September 19, 2017 3:21:00 PM CDT September 19, 2017 in Top Stories
COLUMBIA - Rock Bridge Christian Church is now a sanctuary space. Sunday, the congregation voted in favor of the decision... More >>
4 hours ago Tuesday, September 19 2017 Sep 19, 2017 Tuesday, September 19, 2017 3:18:00 PM CDT September 19, 2017 in News
HANNIBAL (AP) — Cave enthusiasts are gathering in northeastern Missouri this week for a national cave convention. The Herald-Whig... More >>
6 hours ago Tuesday, September 19 2017 Sep 19, 2017 Tuesday, September 19, 2017 1:30:00 PM CDT September 19, 2017 in News
ROGERSVILLE (AP) — A Missouri mother whose baby died while sleeping in an adult bed is charged with child endangerment.... More >>
6 hours ago Tuesday, September 19 2017 Sep 19, 2017 Tuesday, September 19, 2017 12:59:00 PM CDT September 19, 2017 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Officials with the Jefferson City Public Schools said they are disappointed by a photo posted on social... More >>
7 hours ago Tuesday, September 19 2017 Sep 19, 2017 Tuesday, September 19, 2017 12:27:00 PM CDT September 19, 2017 in News
ST. JOSEPH (AP) — A company has agreed to pay $5 million to settle claims that its butter flavoring chemicals... More >>
7 hours ago Tuesday, September 19 2017 Sep 19, 2017 Tuesday, September 19, 2017 12:16:00 PM CDT September 19, 2017 in News
POPLAR BLUFF (AP) — A southeast Missouri man is charged with first-degree murder in the death of his 85-year-old bedridden... More >>
7 hours ago Tuesday, September 19 2017 Sep 19, 2017 Tuesday, September 19, 2017 11:59:00 AM CDT September 19, 2017 in News
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas has suspended a Missouri doctor's medical license for 90 days for failing to preserve a... More >>
7 hours ago Tuesday, September 19 2017 Sep 19, 2017 Tuesday, September 19, 2017 11:44:00 AM CDT September 19, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - A suspect police said is connected Friday's night homicide in the 1800 block of Mckee Street has been... More >>
7 hours ago Tuesday, September 19 2017 Sep 19, 2017 Tuesday, September 19, 2017 11:34:00 AM CDT September 19, 2017 in Top Stories
COLUMBIA (AP) — A second church in Columbia is now designated as a sanctuary church. Members of Rock Bridge... More >>
8 hours ago Tuesday, September 19 2017 Sep 19, 2017 Tuesday, September 19, 2017 11:05:00 AM CDT September 19, 2017 in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — Authorities say a Kansas City cellphone store employee was killed when he rushed to the aid... More >>
8 hours ago Tuesday, September 19 2017 Sep 19, 2017 Tuesday, September 19, 2017 10:34:00 AM CDT September 19, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - Two men were shot on Rangeline Street late Monday night, just before midnight. One victim was a... More >>
9 hours ago Tuesday, September 19 2017 Sep 19, 2017 Tuesday, September 19, 2017 10:11:00 AM CDT September 19, 2017 in Top Stories
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 82°
8pm 78°
9pm 77°
10pm 76°
11pm 75°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

7:00p
America's Got Talent
9:01p
Will & Grace Paley Center Special
10:00p
KOMU 8 News @ 10
7:00p
The Flash
8:00p
DC's Legends of Tomorrow
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
America's Got Talent
9:01p
Will & Grace Paley Center Special
7:00p
The Flash
8:00p
DC's Legends of Tomorrow
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld