Cape Girardeau, MO
Matt McCrate, past president and current board member of the Missouri Soybean Association, was raised with a background in agriculture, especially soybeans. This background came from working both on the family farm and for his dad’s grain elevator. In high school, he worked at the University of Missouri Fisher Delta Research Center as an assistant soybean breeder. McCrate attended Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, Mo. graduating with a degree in business and a minor in sales.
Taking over for their dad, McCrate and his four brothers created a partnership to operate Five Brothers Farms, LLC based in Cape Girardeau, Mo. The brothers farm soybeans, rice, and cotton in both Missouri and Arkansas. For the past thirty years, McCrate has worked as a seed sales representative and currently represents Stratton Seed Company. McCrate is also licensed as a Certified Crop Adviser (CCA), scouting fields and serving as a consultant for other growers in his area.
McCrate is active in his community, volunteering with Habitat for Humanity and serving on the local Knights of Columbus council. He also has experience serving with the Arkansas Soybean Association board as their Industry At-Large Representative. The University of Missouri Extension has also recognized McCrate as a Master Gardener.
McCrate and his wife, Alice, currently reside in Cape Girardeau, Mo. and have three children.
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