Agriculture and Food Processing

Vernon County Advantage

Vernon County has a long history of agriculture production and ranks 9th in the state for total agricultural sales. Consistently producing some of the best livestock and produce in Missouri, Vernon County is ready to be your food distribution hub.

Importantly, the County is also an Agri-Ready Community, a status designating willingness to protect the agricultural industry and jobs. The program encourages local leaders, farmers, agri-businesses to strategically assess needs and opportunities to make sustainable, long-term decisions about investing and expanding farms, ranches and agricultural processing.

Vernon County ranks among the top 10 counties in Missouri for the following agricultural products:

  • Vegetables, melons, potatoes, sweet potatoes (#5)
  • Fruits, tree nuts, berries (#3)
  • Milk from cows (#5)
  • Hogs and pigs (#2)
  • Horses, ponies, mules, burros, donkeys (#3)

Source: USDA, 2017, Market Value of Agricultural Products Sold

The County has a high concentration (location quotient) of the following agriculture subsectors. Location quotient (LQ) is a way of quantifying how concentrated a particular sector is in a region as compared to the nation. For example, the animal production subsector in Vernon County LQ is 3.26, which means that this industry is 3.26 more concentrated in the county than the typical region.

Industry

Vernon County LQ

Kaysinger Basin Region LQ

Crop Production (NAICS 111000)

700+

Plastics Manufacturing

Animal Production (NAICS 112000)

518

Healthcare

Soil Preparation, Planting, and Cultivating (NAICS 115112)

365

Educational Services

Crop Harvesting, Primarily by Machine (NAICS 115113)

270

Financial Services

Postharvest Crop Activities (except Cotton Ginning) (NAICS 115114)

265

Merchandise Store

Farm Labor Contractors and Crew Leaders (NAICS 115115)

240

Healthcare

Farm Management Services (NAICS 115116)

210

Nursing and Residential Care Facilities

Support Activities for Animal Production (NAICS 115210)

162

Educational Services

Dog and Cat Food Manufacturing (NAICS 311111)

98

Pharmacy

Other Animal Food Manufacturing (NAICS 311119)

80

Government

Soybean and Other Oilseed Processing (NAICS 311224)

80

Agribusiness

Source: Emsi, 2020

Companies in the agribusiness industry benefit from a strong, dedicated workforce. The industry currently employs more than 3,500 people in the County. Several educational institutions in the region offer programs unique to agribusiness, such as agriculture, biological sciences, environmental water technologies, farm and ranch management, etc.

Operators in this industry will also find competitive wages with the state and national averages.

Occupations

Vernon County

Kaysinger Basin

Missouri

U.S.

Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse

$12.70

$13.29

$13.64

$12.22

Farmers, Ranchers, and Other Agricultural Managers

$19.58

$16.61

$16.18

$21.44

Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, and Aquacultural Animals

$14.36

$13.96

$13.23

$13.18

Agricultural Workers, All Other

$13.36

$13.62

$14.55

$14.16

Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders

$17.30

$16.69

$17.09

$14.90

Agricultural Equipment Operators

$14.57

$14.31

$15.27

$15.34

Food Batch makers

$13.33

$14.60

$15.95

$14.78

First-Line Supervisors of Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Workers

$18.45

$18.92

$22.01

$22.95

Packers and Packagers, Hand

$14.40

$13.25

$12.75

$12.45

Graders and Sorters, Agricultural Products

$11.51

$11.92

$13.77

$12.34

Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers

$19.71

$19.79

$21.97

$21.66

Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand

$12.85

$12.27

$14.23

$14.18

Source: Emsi, 2020, Median Hourly Earnings

Contact Us

To discover the opportunities waiting for your business in Vernon County, Missouri, call us at (417) 296-3267 or email bvickers@kaysinger.com.

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