Missouri has one of the most diverse economies in the nation.† As of 2005 Missouri 105,000 farms produced nearly US$ 5 billion in on-farm cash receipts.† Beef cattle, poultry and hogs are the leading species.† Missouriís grains and oilseeds such as corn and soybeans were the leading crops with sizeable production of rice and cotton.† Missouriís agriculture is transitioning from a food and fiber producing sector to a food, fiber and fuel producers.† Ethanol is being produced from Missouri corn and biodiesel is being produced from Missouri soybeans.†† Missouriís agricultural businesses convert Missouriís raw agricultural products to wide variety of food ingredients, beverages, and consumer-ready products enjoyed by consumers worldwide.


Missouriís manufacturing sector is equally diverse.† Major industries include aerospace, transportation equipment, chemicals, printing and publishing, electrical and light manufacturing.† Among the fifty states, Missouri ranks second in automobile assembly.††† In 2004, Missouriís manufacturing sector contributed over 31 billion US dollars to Missouriís economy.† Missouri is home to many Fortune 500 companies and the corporate headquarters for severs others, including industry giants such as:


Anheuser-Busch : Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc.
Emerson Electric : Emerson Electric
Leggett & Platt : Leggett & Platt
Monsanto : Monsanto
Peabody Energy Corp. : Peabody Energy Corp.
Graybar Electric : Graybar Electric


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