JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The latest counties deemed as Agri-Ready by Missouri Farmers Care are Chariton and Cooper Counties. Missouri Farmers AgriReady-Logo1Care says in a news release, “This designation recognized counties actively supporting Missouri agriculture and working to protect the agriculture industry at its roots.”

MFC launched their Agri-Ready County designation in 2015 as a way to connect with Missouri counties. “With a 5.2 billion in net value added to our economy in 2014 by Missouri agriculture, according to the USDA, this designation recognizes and seeks to build on the impact of family farmers, agribusinesses, and agriculture operations as key contributors to our economic life.”

Ashley McCarty, executive director of Missouri Farmers Care says, “Chariton County is well-situated with a strong agricultural economy and abundant natural and agricultural resources. Missouri Farmers Care is pleased to partner with local farmers, ranchers, agribusinesses and community leaders to promote these attributes to welcome agricultural growth, recognize on-farm stewardship and enhance agricultural literacy in the classroom.” Data from USDA shows the agricultural community in Chariton County produced $123 million of agriculture products from 1,120 farms in 2012. MFC says, “This county is known for tree nut production and is a top ten producer in soybeans and cattle.”

Bill Jackson from AGRIServices of Brunswick tells MFC, “This Agri-Ready County Designation illustrates to the public that Chariton County recognized our work, livelihood and responsibility. I encourage all Missouri counties to embrace this concept.”

MFC says, “Cooper Country farmers and ranchers produced more than $78 million of agriculture products from 928 farms in 2012, according to USDA’s most recent agricultural census. The county is a top ten producer of wheat, second leading producer of cut Christmas trees and productive in poultry and egg production.”

Cooper County presiding Commissioner Don Baragary says, “Agriculture is the life-blood of our area. Cooper county sits on I-70, skirted by the Missouri River, with rail running through the county. We are a prime location for any kind of economic development with an agriculturally-based workforce. We feel MFC will help us promote our agricultural assets and build on education and workforce development opportunities. We hope other counties continue to join to promote agriculture across the entire state.”

Counties that would like to apply for the Agri-Ready designation program must meet program requirements. You can find out more information by visiting www.mofarmerscare.com or contact Ashley McCarty, Executive Director of Missouri Farmers Care at 660-341-8955.

Chariton and Cooper Counties join Audrain, Carroll, Dallas, Cole, Pike, and Webster Counties in achieving Agri-Ready designation.