May 22, 2016 at 04:19 PM CST
By Mid-Missouri Regional Planning Commission
Missouri ranks second in the nation for the number of farms, and agribusiness is especially important in Moniteau, Maries, Osage, Gasconade and Washington counties. . . .
Agriculture is vital to the region’s economy, and food processing giants including Kraft Foods and Cargill as well as innovative firms such as Beyond Meat should continue to support significant employment.