Thank you for visiting the Heartland Regional Food Business Center (HRFBC) website and reviewing our privacy statement. Our privacy policy is clear: We do not collect any personally identifiable information, (PII), without your explicit consent.

Here is how we handle your information when you visit our website:

Information Collected and Stored Automatically

When you browse through the HRFBC website, read pages, or download information, we may gather and store certain information about your visit automatically. We may use technologies to gauge your browsing habits or web surfing history to improve the information presented to you.

We use this information to help us make our site more useful, to learn about the number of visitors to our site, the types of technology our visitors are using to visit our website, and to present relevant information to you based on your website browsing requests.

We do not track your web activities beyond your browsing the HRFBC website. We do not cross reference your browsing habits with other entities, and we do not sell or give away your information to other entities.

Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA)

COPPA applies to the online collection of personal information from children under age 13. HRFBC complies with COPPA and does not knowingly collect personal information about children.


HRFBC uses Google Analytics to gather statistics about web site traffic.  Cookies or tracking pixels are used for various purposes within web sites to gather information and facilitate navigation. For more information, read Google Analytic’s privacy policy.

You can disable cookies by adjusting the setting on your web browser.

You Send Us Personal Information

If you choose to provide us with personal information, as in an e-mail to us or other HRFBC partners, or by filling out a form and submitting it to us through our website, we use that information to respond to your message. This also helps us to locate the information you have requested. We do not collect personal information for any purpose other than to respond to you. We only share the information you give us with another partner or collaborator if your inquiry relates to that agency. HRFBC does not collect information for commercial marketing. E-mail is not necessarily secure or confidential. Send only the information that is necessary for us to answer your question or process your request.

Distribution of Information

We may share information with governmental agencies or other companies assisting us in fraud prevention or investigation. We may do so when: (1) permitted or required by law; or, (2) trying to protect against or prevent actual or potential fraud; or, (3) investigating fraud which has already taken place.

Commitment to Data Security

HRFBC takes reasonable steps to ensure that your information is protected. Only authorized employees, agents, and contractors (who have agreed to keep information secure and confidential) have access to this information. All emails and newsletters from this website allow you to opt out of further mailings.

When You Visit Websites

Please read the Privacy Statement of each website you visit. Our website has links to several partners and collaborators. In a few cases, we link to private organizations with their permission. Once you access another site through a link that we provide, you are subject to the Privacy Statement of the other organization’s site.

Social Media

The HRFBC uses third-party services such as Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and YouTube to communicate and interact with the public. You may encounter these services as separate websites (for example, the HRFBC Facebook page), or as applications embedded within the HRFBC’s websites. These services are controlled and operated by third parties, and are not our websites or applications. By interacting with HRFBC through these third-party services, you may be providing third parties access to your personal information which can be used to distinguish or trace your identity. Any information collected by a third-party service is subject to the privacy policies of the third-party service provider. These third-party services may, for example, use persistent (multi-session) cookies.

Generally, HRFBC does not collect, disseminate, or maintain any personally identifiable information about you maintained by third party sites. However, you should be aware that HRFBC may read, review, or rely upon information that you make publicly available or the HRFBC on these services (for example, comments made on the HRFBC’s Facebook page), as authorized or required by law.

Please note that these third-party services supplement HRFBC’s traditional communication and outreach efforts. Should you have concerns about communicating with HRFBC via these channels, please use traditional channels to contact us.

Comment Policies

The purpose of the HRFBC’s new media communication forums, such as HRFBC blogs, collaborative tools, and other sites, is to share news and information regarding the activities, policies, and programs of HRFBC and its employees. We encourage discussion and comments on posts. Your insights are important to ensure Americans nationwide are informed and can be a part of the HRFBC’s work, every day.

The University of Missouri, who hosts the HRFBC website, provides information on GDPR requirements and university processes at This privacy policy complies with Missouri statutes, the California Consumer Privacy Act and United States Federal regulations. We reserve the right to make changes to this policy. Any changes to this policy will be posted.