KIRKSVILLE, Mo. — Speakers from across the United States will be just a few of the many experts giving presentations at a special annual event for farmers and producers this weekend.

It’s the 19th Annual Missouri Livestock Symposium, and it gets underway Friday afternoon.

KMZU’s Brian Lock was able to chat with Garry Mathes, Chairman of the Missouri Livestock Symposium, who waid ag industry leaders will provide attendees who work in the industry with great learning opportunities.

Click below to hear their conversation, which aired Friday on KMZU.


The Missouri Livestock Symposium, now in its 19th year, provides area farmers and producers to hear from speakers across the ag industry in five different categories: backyard poultry, beekeeping, beef cattle, horses, beat goats, sheep and stock dogs.

“We considered an educational program,” Mathes explained. “Under each topic, we have six sessions going on all at the same time. So we have a lot of speakers – 30 or so speakers.”

The event is held at William Matthew Middle School in Kirksville and is free of charge for attendees. Mathes said fun gets underway Friday afternoon.

“The program starts actually on Friday evening,” Mathes added. “We have a trade show and it opens at 4:00 p.m. Then at 6:00 p.m., we have a free beef meal.”

A great lineup of speakers is on tap Friday and Saturday, with Missouri Director of Agriculture Chris Chinn included in Friday’s program, which begins at 7:00 p.m.

Also speaking Friday evening are Dr. Scott Brown, Ag Economist at the University of Missouri, who will provide an economic outlook for farmers in 2019 struggling with low yields and commodity prices in 2018.

Dr. David Kohl, Professor Emeritus at Virginia Tech will then join Dr. Brown for a seminar entitled “Agriculture Today: It is what it is . . . what should we do about it?”

Saturday’s program starts bright and early at 8:00 a.m. and will run until 5:00 p.m. A governor’s style lunch will be provided to attendees on Saturday, free of charge.

“We’d just like to invite anybody who would like to come and listen,” Mathes said. “We feel like this is something good we have put out there for people.”