JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The Missouri Department of Agriculture is hitting the road this year to meet with farmers and ranchers from around the state.

In an Op-Ed piece, Director of Agriculture Chris Chinn explained that the reach MORE tour will replace the Governor’s Conference on Agriculture this year.

Chinn stated, “While we aren’t replacing this conference for the long haul, we are excited about the opportunity this tour gives us to take our show on the road. Each of these winter meetings has strong attendance from a diverse group of Missouri producers, and getting to talk with them on their turf will be mutually beneficial. ”

Traveling alongside Chinn will be Ron Hayes from Weights, Measures and Consumer Protection, state veterinarian Dr. Linda Hickam from Animal Health, Chris Klenklen from Grain Inspection and Warehousing, Paul Bailey from Plant Industries and our Agriculture Business Development division director, Davin Althoff.

Their tour stops are:

Nov. 28 Missouri Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts
Tan-Tar-A Resort – Osage Beach
Nov. 28 MFA Inc. Annual Meeting
Holiday Inn Executive Center – Columbia
Dec. 1 Missouri Livestock Symposium
William Matthews Middle School – Kirksville
Dec. 4 Missouri Farm Bureau Annual Meeting
Tan-Tar-A – Osage Beach
Dec. 14 MO-AG Winter Convention
Holiday Inn Executive Center – Columbia
Jan. 6 Missouri Cattle Industry Convention and Trade Show
Holiday Inn Executive Center – Columbia
Jan. 18/19 Heart of America Dairy Expo
Oasis Hotel & Convention Center – Springfield
Jan. 23 Missouri Corn Growers Annual Meeting
Capitol Plaza – Jefferson City
Jan. 30 Missouri Soybean Annual Meeting
Capitol Plaza – Jefferson City
Feb. 6 Missouri Pork Expo
Holiday Inn Executive Center – Columbia
February Missouri Rice Growers
March Missouri Cotton Growers
July 20-22 Missouri Forest Products Association Summer Meeting
Old Kinderhook – Camdenton

Surveys will also be taken online. Those who choose to participate will be asked a few questions about the Governor’s Conference on Agriculture and how it can be improved. Also, two free registrations to the next Missouri Governor’s Conference on Agriculture will be given to one lucky participant.

Information on the MORE tour can be found at agriculture.mo.gov.