The Alliance for Grassland Renewal formed in 2012. Participants include partners from the university, government, industry (including producers, seed companies, testing labs) and nonprofit groups. The goal of the Alliance is to work together in replacing toxic tall fescue grass with a tall fescue that hosts a nontoxic endophyte, sometimes called a "novel" endophyte.
The MU Grape and Wine Institute (GWI) conducts research on best winemaking and grape growing practices and how they impact the growth of the wine industry in Missouri and the Midwest.
The Missouri Forage and Grassland Council (MFGC) is a group of forage and livestock producers, researchers, professors, agencies, industry representatives, legislators, and conservationists who share a common goal - speaking for the Missouri forage industry. MFGC provides education through organized tours and pasture walks to demonstrate the different practices employed by various farms and industries. In addition they help sponsor the University of Missouri Regional Grazing Schools.
The Missouri Crop Improvement Association (MCIA) is an independent, not-for-profit organization providing unbiased, third-party services in the areas of seed certification, quality assurance (QA), identity preserved (IP), source identified and organic inspections. In addition, MCIA operates a full service laboratory providing testing and analysis services for seed & grain products.
The Missouri Agricultural Experiment Station (AES) conducts research in agriculture, forestry, animal science and natural resources that benefits the citizens of Missouri. This research is geared to making the most effective use possible of the state's natural resource base, including its people resources, in an increasingly global economy.
Agroforestry practices help landowners to diversify products, markets and farm income; improve soil and water quality; sequester carbon, and reduce erosion, non-point source pollution and damage due to flooding; and mitigate climate change.
IPG seeks to encourage interdisciplinary cooperation between scientists engaged in plant molecular biology, physiology, biochemistry, genetics, biotechnology, evolution, ecology, and computer science. Their aim in integrating these disciplines is to stimulate joint research projects that will enhance our understanding of how plants grow and develop in changing environments.
The NCSB is a collaborative program among scientists at the University of Missouri, the USDA-ARS Plant Genetics Unit in Columbia, and the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center in St. Louis, MO. There are currently more than 40 researchers working together that have expertise in diverse fields including agronomy, microbiology and plant pathology, chemistry, biochemistry, animal science, food science, molecular biology, engineering, computer science, and agricultural economics.
The Missouri Soybean Center is a community of scientists, teachers, farmers, advisers and consultants dedicated to increased profitability, enhanced sustainability and expanded use of soybean. Community members come from universities, private companies, government agencies, commodity groups and farms throughout Missouri. Together, we are committed to ensure that soybean remains an economic engine contributing to prosperity for all Missourians.
Anticipate needs, develop knowledge, and provide technological solutions to optimize agricultural production systems, at the sub-field to watershed scale, for both economic and environmental sustainability.
The mission of the Plant Genetics Research Unit at Columbia, MO, is to develop new knowledge that expands our understanding of the fundamental processes controlling increased production, improved quality, and enhanced uses of corn, soybeans, and wheat; and to utilize this knowledge to develop germplasm and crop management schemes that lead to increased farm profitability and sustainability of the nation's resource base.