awardsMISSOURI – An outstanding 750 farmers, ranchers, an agriculturists attended the 2015 46th annual Governor’s Conference on Agriculture, December 16-18th. On Friday night of the two and a half day conference, awards were given out in various categories of the ag industry.

In an interview with KMZU’s Nathan Stuedle, Missouri Director of Agriculture, Richard Fordyce, explains what those categories were, and how a woman in the local KMZU area of Livingston County won an award in a very deserving category.

Sherry Jones of Dawn, Missouri, won the first ever Missouri Agriculture Volunteer Award. Fordyce says Jones has selflessly volunteered in numerous ag organizations for the past 30 years.

Fordyce also says that while the Department of Agriculture is aware of larger contributions to the industry, he is also aware that there are many deserving agriculturists the department doesn’t hear about. If you know of someone deserving of an award for next year’s conference, Fordyce encourages you to visit the departments website and submit a nomination. Or you can download this printable .pdf version.

Several discussion panels were held at the Governor’s conference, as well. Panels include, “State of the Industry,” delivered by the commodity leaders in Missouri, and another panel called, “The Verdict is in: Agriculture Takes Action.”

One panel that seemed interesting in a discussion with the Missouri Director of Agriculture, Richard Fordyce, was a panel titled, “Gaining Traction in Missouri’s Urban Areas.” Fordyce explains how easy it is for those of us on the producers side to forget about the urban side of agriculture. Fordyce explains it is important to have discussions with our “city cousins,” because the business side of agriculture determines the marketing impact and represents state interest as a whole in commodity trade.

Fordyce describes the event as a success as a whole. He said one gentlemen in attendance this year had been to every Governor conference since the first one in 1967. He described the conference as possibly the best one yet, according to Fordyce.