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Missouri Rural Crisis Center Facts & Focus
MRCC was formed in 1985 by a group of farmers and rural Missourians organizing to save family farms during the Farm Crisis of the 1980s.
To preserve family farms, promote stewardship of the land and environmental integrity and strive for economic and social justice by building unity and mutual understanding among diverse groups, both rural and urban.
Rural Healthcare Initiative
MRCC members advocate for policies that expand access to quality, affordable healthcare for every Missourian, rural and urban.
Challenging Corporate Control
MRCC members work to counter failures of corporate driven farm and food policies and the corporate-controlled food system.
Family Farm Alternatives
MRCC organizes with independent Missouri hog producers to grow and distribute sustainable alternatives to the corporate food supply system.
Justice and Democracy
MRCC members work to address social and economic injustice in rural and urban America through democratic engagement and advocacy.
Corporate Factory Farms
This is one of the most important environmental, economic and social issues confronting rural communities is the future structure and practices of the livestock industry. Will livestock be dispersed across the countryside on farms owned by local families or produced by absentee and often foreign corporations?
Free Trade policies have resulted in family farms getting paid less and put out of business, while fueling corporate control of U.S. and international commodity markets. MRCC members organize for fair trade policies.
Independent family farmers are the best stewards of the land. MRCC works for a system of agriculture which keeps families on the land.
With Your Help We Can Protect Family Farming
All Missourians benefit from:
- advocacy for wholesome food from Missouri’s family farmers
- rural leadership to achieve strong rural economies
- clean water & air
- increased access to quality health insurance.
All Missourians have a stake in the agriculture policies that affect our food supply, and MRCC empowers rural communities to challenge the power of big agribusiness.
MRCC and Patchwork Family Farms bring Food to Mid-Missouri During Covid
We know the need continues, and we are dedicated to finding ways we can keep helping and advocating for the people, local businesses, and communities that have supported us over the last nearly 3 decades.
Supporting Local Restaurants
Encouraging people to buy from local restaurants and grocery stores that support local farmers by highlighting them on social media and email lists with our #BuyLocalCoMO campaign.
MRCC’s Immediate & Long-term Response to COVID-19
When COVID-19 hit communities across our state, we knew we had to take immediate action to help where we could. Our initial response was to provide family farm pork to those who lost their jobs, were underemployed, or simply up against it. All in all, we distributed nearly 10 tons of Patchwork Family Farms pork to people in over 20 Missouri counties, as well as served 2,500 hot meals to families who really needed it.
Access to Family Farm Food
Get people the family farm food they need by distributing Patchwork Family Farm Relief Boxes.
Family Farms vs. Corporate Ag
The pandemic has spotlighted the lack of resiliency of our current corporate food system and how they care little for the vast majority of people out here, while again demonstrating the need to relocalize.
Taking on Corporate Agriculture
Organizing to demand that public stimulus funding goes to independent family farms and local businesses in need, not corporate Ag.