Dr. Jon Hagler
Dr. Jon Hagler is Missouriís twenty-first Director of Agriculture appointed by Missouri Governor Jay Nixon in 2009.
Since becoming the stateís agriculture leader, Dr. Hagler has aggressively worked to promote agricultureís importance to all Missourians. His energized passion for agriculture has touched more Missourianís lives than ever before. Dr. Hagler has raised agricultureís profile by emphasizing the importance of this industry and ag-related jobs to the stateís overall economy and its relevance to every consumer.
Dr. Hagler has traveled to every county across Missouri speaking to thousands of farmers, agriculture leaders, consumers and youth on the significance of agriculture to our families. Through his leadership, the Department of Agriculture has launched initiatives such as Operation Bark Alert, the 10,000 Garden Challenge, the Focus on Missouri Photo Contest, Military Appreciation Day at the Missouri State Fair and the George Washington Carver Excellence Awards Ė all in an effort to inform citizens in rural and urban areas of the value and importance of agriculture. In 2009, he re-launched the Livestock and Farm Protection Task Force and through cooperative efforts of state, county and local law enforcement officials, more than $2.5 million in stolen farm equipment and animals has been recovered and returned to owners. Dr. Hagler recognized a need to address a nationwide demand for more large-animal veterinarians and veterinary technicians and working closely with federal, state and industry partners successfully secured funding to create a business plan and pilot program for training animal health professionals. In January 2011, the Missouri Agricultural Energy Saving Team - a Revolutionary Opportunity (MAESTRO) program was announced to provide low-interest loans and rebates for farmers taking steps to implement best practices for energy efficiency on their farms. Collaborative efforts by Dr. Hagler and key partners were successful in securing U.S. Department of Energy funding to implement this one of a kind program that will help Missouri's farmers become more energy efficient and more profitable.
As a member of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA), past NASDA Board of Directors Midwestern Regional Representative and past President of the Midwest Association of State Departments of Agriculture, Dr. Hagler has led national conversations on the past, present and future of agriculture and national agriculture policy. He currently serves as the National Chair for the Animal Welfare Task Force with NASDA.
Prior to becoming Director of Agriculture, Dr. Hagler worked for the University of Missouri-Rolla (now the Missouri University of Science & Technology) and the California State Polytechnic University-Pomona concentrating on corporate research and development, governmental affairs and international outreach. Dr. Hagler also served as the Chief of Staff to Missouriís Speaker of the House and the Speaker Pro Tem and was a research analyst in the Missouri Senate. While in the legislature, Dr. Hagler worked on key agriculture legislative initiatives including the grain dealer law, farm machinery lemon law, the fence law, the southern dairy compact and farmland preservation.
Dr. Hagler is a summa cum laude graduate of Truman State University (formally Northeast Missouri State University) in Kirksville, Mo. He holds a masterís degree in political science from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a doctorate in political science from Washington University in St. Louis.
A lifelong horseman, Dr. Hagler was raised in rural Dent County. Today, Dr. Hagler raises livestock, including Missouri Fox Trotter horses, with his wife, State Representative Linda Black.