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sun iconAgriculture: Tell Your Story

Ag Awards The Missouri Governor’s Conference on Agriculture is the premier opportunity for movers and shakers in the agriculture industry to collaborate with Missouri farmers and ranchers to look at opportunities to develop innovative ideas, discuss current issues, find new ways to connect with and educate consumers and tell the story of Missouri agriculture. Join Governor Jay Nixon and the Missouri Department of Agriculture on December 16-18, 2015, at Tan-Tar-A Resort in Osage Beach, MO, as we look for ideas from all of those involved in the agriculture industry.

Discover the stories shared by Missouri farmers and ranchers: stories of tradition, opportunities and challenges on their farms. Hear from Missouri Director of Agriculture Richard Fordyce as he shares his experiences from thousands of miles on the roads of rural Missouri. See innovative farmers working side-by-side to learn what has worked on the farm and what has not. Feast on great Missouri foods and beverages at the Taste of AgriMissouri Reception and enjoy entertainment by national country recording artist and Perryville, MO, native Chris Janson.

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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

  • Taste of AgriMissouri Reception
  • AgriMissouri and Wine Industry Awards

Thursday, December 17, 2015

  • Welcome to the 46th Missouri Governor’s Conference on Agriculture with Director of Agriculture Richard Fordyce
  • State of the Industry Panel Discussion with Missouri's commodity organization leaders
  • Seven Revolutions by Scott Aughenbaugh
  • Gaining Traction in Missouri's Urban Areas with the Agricultural Business Council of Kansas City and the St. Louis Agribusiness Club
  • Future Agricultural Leadership Live & Silent Auction

Friday, December 18, 2015

  • Missouri Youth in Agriculture presentation featuring National Model of Excellence Winner Marshall FFA
  • How Memes, Networks and Competition Shape Culture presented by Vance Crowe
  • Consumer Perceptions Panel facilitated by the Center for Food Integrity
  • Agriculture Awards & Recognition Banquet
  • Missouri's own Chris Janson country music concert

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Governor Jay Nixon

Jeremiah W. (Jay) Nixon

55th Governor of Missouri

Jay Nixon is serving his second term as governor of Missouri. Garnering the highest margin of victory for a non-incumbent governor in 44 years, Nixon was overwhelmingly elected by Missourians as their 55th Governor on Nov. 4, 2008, to lead the state in a new direction. Governor Nixon was elected his second term on Nov. 6, 2012.

Governor Nixon has put forward an agenda to make government more efficient, effective and responsive to the needs of Missouri families.


Richard Fordyce

Richard Fordyce

Director of Agriculture

Richard Fordyce, a fourth-generation Missouri farmer from Bethany, MO, 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 and has worked his entire life to move the agriculture industry to new heights.

As Missouri's Director of Agriculture, Fordyce has set forth priorities to advance youth in agriculture, international trade, farm safety, consumer awareness and environmental stewardship.

In 2015, Fordyce established the Missouri Agricultural Stewardship Assurance Program (ASAP), a verification program championing farmers who are responsible stewards of the land, and created the Missouri Agricultural Foundation to support projects that promote sound agricultural growth and opportunities.


Cyndi Young

Cyndi Young

Master of Ceremonies

Cyndi is responsible for the Brownfield Ag News product. Raised on a family farm in west central Illinois, she studied agriculture education and animal science at Western Illinois University and took her first job at a local radio station shortly after graduation.


about iconChris Janson - Perryville, Mo.

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Chris Janson

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