My Food Origin

It is important that you know where your food comes from so you can make a more informed decision when buying your groceries at the supermarket. The following chart provides important information about the main types of products that the state of Missouri produces and that millions of Americans include in their diets:






  Food Origin - Soybean Food Origin - Corn Food Origin - Wheat Food Origin - Livestock
Production Ranking Soybeans have become the most important crop in Missouri. The state ranks 7th place in the production of this type of legume. Missouri is ranked by the National Corn Growers Association as the 10th largest production in the nation. According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) in 2009, Missouri was ranked in the 14th place in the production of Winter Wheat. Production totaled 34.3 million bushels.

According to the Missouri Department of Agriculture, Missouri is ranked in the 9th place in the selling of cattle, calves, poultry, and eggs.
Uses Soy-food products occupy 87% of all soybean oil in the U.S. It is used for a diverse range of products such as baked goods, cooking oils, salad dressings, and snack foods. Missouri is a corn exporter. Major users of corn in the state are mills that manufacture feed for cattle, dairy, swine and poultry, as well as ethanol manufacturers. Missouri grows two types of wheat. The Hard Red Winter is used for bread, hard baked goods, and as a supplement to increase protein in pastry flour. The Soft Red Winter is used for cakes, pie crusts, biscuits, and muffins.

Missouri ranks second in the nation in total numbers of beef cows in production. In addition to the production of beef meat, Missouri also produces dairy products—such as milk and cheese, swine, and poultry meat.
Interesting Facts Soybean oil is the number one source for cooking oil in the U.S. Up to 99% of field corn is grown in the US, whereas less than 1% of sweet corn is cultivated in the nation. Missouri is among the top five states when it comes to harvesting the soft red winter wheat. Livestock and livestock products are responsible for a little over 1/2 of Missouri’s agricultural production.

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