SALINE COUNTY, Mo. — Missouri Farmers Care added Saline County to its growing list of Agri-Ready Counties.

According to a press release, the Agri-Ready program recognizes Missouri counties that create a positive environment for agricultural growth. The counties are also applauded for their support of the agricultural industry.

Saline County reported 959 farms that sold over $1.3 billion in products. 4,266 jobs were created in the county through the agricultural industry as well.

“Home to some of the richest farmland in the world, Saline County would seem like a no man’s land without agriculture,” said Presiding Commissioner Kile Guthrey. “Our area successfully produces large volumes of grain, which we then have the ability to transport via rail to other areas of North America. Because of this and many other aspects of agriculture, when people think of Saline County, they think of agriculture.”

Agri-Ready counties also have the option to participate in the Agricultural Stewardship Assurance Program through the Missouri Department of Agriculture. The Missouri Farmers Care Agricultural Education on the Move will also be implemented.

Other Agri-Ready counties include Atchison, Audrain, Carroll, Chariton, Cole, Cooper, Dallas, Dent, Gasconade, Lawrence, Marion, Moniteau, New Madrid, Oregon, Osage, Pike, Scott, St. Clair, Stoddard, Washington and Webster.