Partnerships and collaboration

Successful and prosperous food systems take input and effort. Ensuring that communities have access to fresh, affordable, healthy and culturally appropriate food requires economically sound businesses, strong community partnerships, and initiatives in all sectors of the food system. The resources here can help businesses, farmers, consumers, local leaders, government agencies and others create and strengthen food system businesses and opportunities in their communities.

Resources for partnerships


The MU Extension Food Systems team connects our communities to specialists, researchers and external partners around the state to grow our state’s food system. Have a question, project proposal or research idea? Contact the team to help find partners and resources.

Just as we encourage collaboration in communities, the Food Systems team is a collaborative effort of MU Extension faculty across multiple disciplines. View the interest areas below to find additional resources, plus other ways that MU Extension serves our state.