The 44th Missouri Governor’s Conference on Agriculture was held January 16-18 in Kansas City

About the Conference

Governor Jay Nixon and the Missouri Department of Agriculture hosted the 44th Missouri Governor’s Conference on Agriculture at the Westin Crown Center in Kansas City Jan. 16-18, 2014. Generations of Progress & Promise joined together to discuss innovative ideas, current issues and promote and highlight Missouri agriculture.
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Thursday, January 16

  • Taste of AgriMissouri

Friday, January 17

  • Welcome to the 44th Missouri Governor’s Conference on Agriculture with Director of Agriculture Richard Fordyce
  • Commodity Collaboration – featuring Missouri’s commodity agriculture leaders discussing the past, present and future
  • Agriculture Legal Issues Update – with Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster and Shook, Hardy & Bacon, LLP
  • The Growth of a Missouri Wine Culture – featuring Doug Frost, a Master Sommelier and Master of Wine
  • Kansas City BBQ and Live & Silent Auction with Auctioneer Tony Clayton
  • Evening Entertainment – featuring Speaker, Author and Comedian Adam Christing

Saturday, January 18

  • Energy in the Heartland – A look into the future of energy in Missouri and across the nation.
  • Harvesting and Managing Data for Agriculture
  • Research & Technology for Tomorrow – The future of agricultural research and upcoming technology.
  • YouTube Celebrities, The Peterson Farm Bros
  • Missouri Youth in Agriculture – featuring Missouri FFA and Missouri Agribusiness Academy Members
  • Agriculture Awards & Recognition Banquet – featuring Keynote Speaker Governor Jay Nixon
  • Evening Entertainment – featuring Nashville recording artist John Michael Montgomery

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Governor Jay Nixon

Jeremiah W. (Jay) Nixon

55th Governor of Missouri

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon is serving his second term, garnering the highest margin of victory for a non-incumbent Governor in 44 years. Governor Nixon was overwhelmingly elected by Missourians as their 55th Governor on November 4, 2008 to lead the state in a new direction and re-elected on November 6, 2012. Governor Nixon has put forward an agenda to make government more efficient, effective and responsive to the needs of Missouri families. He continues to be a great supporter of Missouri agriculture.

Richard Fordyce

Richard Fordyce

Director of Agriculture

Richard Fordyce, a fourth-generation Missouri farmer from Bethany was named Director of the Missouri Department of Agriculture in December 2013 by Governor Jay Nixon. Fordyce has held leadership roles in agriculture on the local, state and national levels for more than 20 years.

Since 2008, he has served as chairman of the Missouri State Soil & Water Districts Commission. He has also held leadership positions with the National Biodiesel Board, the Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council, Agricultural Leaders of Tomorrow, University of Missouri Extension and the Northwest Missouri State Fair. He is also one of only three directors from Missouri on the United Soybean Board.

Fordyce and his wife, Renee, grow soybeans and corn as well as raise beef cattle on the family farm in Harrison County.

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