Garrett Hawkins, newly-elected Missouri Farm Bureau president

JEFFERSON CITY — A third-generation St. Clair County farmer was selected on Sunday, Dec. 6, as the new Missouri Farm Bureau president. Garrett Hawkins was chosen by delegates as its 15th president at the annual meeting.

“I’m incredibly humbled to serve [the] Missouri Farm Bureau as president. Our family made this decision together, and we intend to serve together,” Hawkins said in a release. “We believe strongly in the grassroots mission of this organization and look forward to serving its members over the next two years.”

The former deputy director of the Missouri Department of Agriculture says he will hit the ground running on handling the challenges COVID-19 has dealt to the state’s agriculture sector. His term begins immediately and will last for at least two years. Former president Blake Hurst, who served a decade as president, announced his retirement in July.