Missouri's Forestry Industry
Missouri’s forest products industry contributes over $9.7 billion to its economy. It supports over 44,200 jobs at a payroll of over $2.1 billion and is responsible for about $715 million in taxes, including $91.5 million in state sales tax. These numbers include logging and sawmill operations, secondary wood products, furniture and cabinet makers, log cabins, paperboard manufacturing and more. The grand total includes not only the direct effect of jobs in the industry but secondary effects in the economy as a whole.
Missouri's Livestock Industry
The climate in the Show-Me State provides a unique opportunity for producers to raise various breeds of cattle. As you explore Missouri, you will find cattle of all breeds represented. Most will agree that Missouri is predominantly an Angus state. However, Missouri is home to many other superior breeds including Beefmaster, Hereford, Brangus, Santa Gertrudis, Limousin, Brahman, Charolais, Simmental, Gelbvieh and Shorthorn. The Missouri cattle industry plays a major part in maintaining and growing a strong economy. The industry contributes more than $1.6 billion to its economy and supports more than 40,825 jobs.
Missouri's Crop Industry
Missouri’s agricultural sector is diverse and contributes over $88 billion annually to the state’s economy. Major products include livestock, poultry, forest products and crops. Among crop production, soybeans, corn, cotton and rice are predominant with Missouri consistently ranking in the top 10 nationwide for the production of those four major commodities.