The Agriculture Business Development Division helps create opportunities for success for Missouri’s farmers and agribusinesses. The Division’s staff help facilitate growth in Missouri’s agriculture-based businesses by providing business counseling, information and training on a sector-by-sector basis. Areas of specialization include capitalization, business planning, marketing, industry development, product and brand development and organizational structures. Staff also helps facilitate growth in Missouri’s agriculture-based industries by working with key partners such as universities, associates, private sector partners and federal and state agencies to aid in the growth of each sector.


Davin Althoff, Division Director
(573) 522-1796

Lacey Roark, Division Secretary
(573) 751-4762

Katie Luebbering, Office Support
(573) 751-4339

Domestic & International Marketing Staff

Brenda Verslues, Marketing Manager
(573) 522-9560

Leslie Fischer, Marketing Specialist
Grains, Oilseeds & Fiber Crops
(573) 751-8187

Jennifer Kliethermes, Marketing Specialist
Food & Beverage
(573) 751-5611

Jennifer Janssen, Marketing Specialist
Food & Beverage
(573) 751-5613

Andrea Powell, Marketing Specialist
Livestock & Genetics
(573) 526-4849

Vacant, Marketing Specialist
(573) 751-7213

Missouri Trade & Investment Office - Taiwan
Hank Ma, Director
Room 7B-10 & 7B-11, CETRA
5 Hsin Yi Road, Section 5
Taipei 110, Taiwan, ROC
Phone: + [886] 2 2725 1622
Fax: + [886] 2 2723 2731
Phoebe Chen, International Trade Specialist

Kurt Olsen, Dairy Development Coordinator
(573) 291-5704

AgriMissouri/Missouri Grown

Christi Miller, Program Manager
(573) 522-4170

Catherine Bohnert, Marketing Specialist
(573) 522-9213

Rachel Heimericks, Marketing Specialist
(573) 751-7794

Reagan Brown, Marketing Specialist
(573) 751-8596

Taylor Tuttle, Marketing Specialist
(573) 751-5019

Market News

Tony Hancock, Market News Manager
(573) 751-3459

Caroline Tyler-Carter, Public Information Coordinator
(573) 522-1534

Market Reporters:
Market Reporters:
Rick Huffman: Joplin, Springfield (Feeders) & Ava
Dan Trickey: Sedalia, Kingsville & Butler
Greg Harrison: Mexico (Sheep/Goat), Bowling Green, Macon & Kingdom City
Dan Hill: West Plains & Norwood (Dairy)
Duane Robertson: Cuba & Vienna
Dennis Nagel: Patton Junction, Farmington & Fruitland (Sheep/Goat)
Don Kleiboeker: Joplin & Springfield (Cows)
Tracey Thompson: New Cambria, Unionville & Green City
Steve Gill: Boonville & Relief
Steve Disselhorst: Palmyra
Ray Schooley: Springfield (Dairy)
Mark Kennedy: Koshonong (Sheep/Goat)
Josh Stephans: Diamond & Buffalo (Sheep/Goat)

Relief Market Reporters:
Eric Groose
Steve Johnson

Missouri Agricultural and Small Business Development Authority

Jill S. Wood, Executive Director
(573) 751-5624

Madeline Berwanger, Loan Officer
(573) 526-6827

Danielle Weed, Accounting Generalist II
(573) 522-2446

Marla Young, Loan Officer
(573) 751-2670

Board of Directors

Karisha Devlin, Chair
Edina, MO

Morris Heitman, Vice-Chair
Mound City, MO

Chris Chinn, Director
Jefferson City, MO

Jason Bean
Holcomb, MO

Robert L. Culler
Caruthersville, MO

Kelly Forck
Jefferson City, MO

Sherry Jones
Dawn, MO

Billy Thiel
Marshall, MO