Resources for Farmers
- Food Safety
- Find Customers
- Technical Assistance & Grants
NEW! The Missouri Farm to School Resource Guide — This new guide from MoFTS outlines the steps and best practices involved with starting a farm to school program.
The CS Mott Group in Michigan developed an extensive set of resources for growers interested in selling to schools. Their marketing guide contains a number of worksheets and other tools to help farmers evaluate their farm business and plan for institutional sales.
Additional materials, including the USDA Audit Checklist and Score Sheet, can be found on the USDA website.
While many farmers already know who is interested buying their produce, others may not be sure where to start. DESE has a complete listing of all the schools across the state, broken out by county and region.
Farmers can also tap into a number of resources across the state on developing a business plan.
MU Extension offers a "Grow your farm" program along with other services for family farmers.
Lincoln University in Missouri also offers an Innovative Small Farmers Outreach Program to help small farmers and ranchers.
USDA has a number of loan and grant programs that may be the right fit for many family farmers in Missouri. Check out the USDA Rural Development Missouri Office.