The Missouri Department of Agriculture has changed laws making it easier for farmers' market merchants and roadside vendors to sell eggs directly to consumers. The agency has lessened licensing requirements where those who sell eggs directly to consumers now only need a $5 retail license, the Associated Press reported.

Missouri previously required dealer licenses for direct-to-consumer sales of eggs. The new classification applies to those who sell fewer than 25 cases of eggs weekly. Labeling requirements remain the same, where sellers must list their name, address, and the size and grade of the eggs.

State officials say the change is a response to the growing popularity of farmers' markets.