Missouri Explores Potential for Adding Value to Agriculture

The Missouri Agricultural Foundation engaged TEConomy, Inc. to conduct an economic feasibility study that explored the potential for growing the Missouri economy if the state invests in its food and forest product manufacturing enterprises. The 140-page final report of the Show-Me State Food, Beverage and Forest Products Manufacturing Initiative is available online in PDF. The report identifies three opportunities that hold great potential for the state. First, it recommends focusing on regional food systems by enhancing food value chains and accelerating development of regional value-added food manufacturing businesses. It also recommends building a new, research-and-innovation-driven food industry rooted in advanced nutritional sciences and developing enhanced value-added processing opportunities for commodities.