The Missouri Rural Crisis Center (MRCC) is a statewide farm and rural membership organization founded in 1985 with over 5600 member families. Our mission is 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. We carry out this mission through our programming areas, each with its own specific role in advocating for family farms and rural communities. Our innovative approach to family farm organizing includes challenging corporate control of the food supply, creating sustainable alternatives to the current farm and food system, and generating community participation to create a just, democratic society based on equity and fairness for all people.
Every day MRCC fights: to preserve family farms and independent family farm livestock production, to prevent environmental degradation, to support social justice and economic opportunity, and to encourage efforts that promote stewardship of the land and a safe, affordable high-quality food supply. In addition, MRCC plays leadership roles in national and international efforts for fair farm and trade policies and seeks to establish mutual understanding between rural and urban communities.
All Missourians benefit from advocacy for wholesome, locally grown food from Missouri’s family farmers. All Missourians benefit from rural leadership to achieve strong rural economies and clean water and air. Most importantly, 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 is a leading advocate in Missouri to keep CAFOs (Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations) from replacing family farms – farms where livestock plays an integral role in sustainable farming practices. Through its Factory Farm Organizing Project, MRCC challenges those agribusiness corporations that pollute the land, air and water, while at the same time putting family farms out of business and destroying the economies and fabric of rural communities.
One of MRCC’s greatest strengths is coalition building. Each year during the Missouri Legislative Session, MRCC unites family farmers, rural county officials, legislators and consumers to stop attempts to expand corporate-controlled CAFOs. In particular, MRCC has been a leading advocate to keep the Missouri Legislature from doing away with Local Control and a counties’ ability to protect its farm families, rural residents and property rights from factory farms. MRCC’s coalition led efforts have resulted in victories for grassroots organizations in every session since the early 2000’s.
— Willie Nelson
MRCC built a cooperative marketing effort of independent family hog farmers, called Patchwork Family Farms. Featuring high quality pork grown the traditional way using sustainable growing standards, Patchwork is featured in a variety of markets across mid-Missouri & has been nationally recognized for its efforts to sustain the traditions and economies of rural communities.
MRCC plays a vital role in developing and supporting public policies that focus on fair and competitive agricultural markets – supporting sustainable agricultural practices and securing nutritious affordable food for everyone regardless of income. MRCC’s farm policy campaign is centered on the belief that widely held ownership of land and equitable participation in decision-making are fundamental tenants of a democratic society.
MRCC invites you to stay connected and get involved in the democratic process helping shape fair and sustainable local, state and federal farm & food policy. Join us in building a stronger voice in rural Missouri.
Missouri Rural Crisis Center
1108 Rangeline Street
Columbia, MO 65201
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