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.
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.