Click to hear KMZU’s Kristie Cross speak with Farm Bureau President Blake Hurst:
During their annual meeting this month, Missouri Farm Bureau re-elected President Blake Hurst to serve his third two-year term. Hurst said he’s proud to serve the organization and reflects on recent milestones. “Obviously, passing Amendment One was a huge accomplishment for our organization and for Missouri agriculture,” said Hurst, “It’s with luck, but to be serving as President as we celebrate our 100th anniversary is an honor. I’m tickled that I was able to be working with Farm Bureau during that time. We are enjoying celebrating the centennial and looking forward to talking about it all the year to come, too.”
While Missouri Farm Bureau celebrates their 100th year, Hurst believes the organization has never been stronger. “I think we’re probably more important than we’ve ever been simply because there are so many more pressures on farmers today,” said Hurst, “From regulations coming from Washington, D.C. to the questions people are asking about how we raise food, it’s a challenge for agriculture. So, organizations like Farm Bureau have a huge roll to play in communicating with both consumers and legislators, as well as regulators.”
Hurst raises corn and soybeans in Atchison County with his father, brother, nephews, and sons-in-law while also managing a wholesale greenhouse business with his wife, Julie.