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2nd Annual "Salute to Agriculture" Breakfast
Mervyn Jenkins Expo Center
7:00 a.m., March 6, 2009


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Ag Director: New Horizon Awaits
By C-T Photo / Catherine Stortz Ripley
Constitution-Tribune, Monday, 03 09 2009


CAPTION: Spring is here, our hands are ready and hope is in the air, says Jon Hagler, director of the Missouri Department of Agriculture. Hagler was the guest speaker at the second annual Chillicothe Area Chamber of Commerce Salute to Agriculture.

Farmers from a 60-mile radius attended the second annual Salute to Agriculture presented by the Chillicothe Area Chamber of Commerce at the Jenkins Expo Center Friday morning. Dr. Jon Hagler, the newly-appointed director of the Missouri Department of Agriculture, delivered the keynote address.

The morning also included tours of the Monsanto Mobile Technology Unit, a 53-foot long, 1,000 square-foot interactive display featuring Monsanto's latest advances in seed breeding, biotechnology and new product development designed to help farmers be successful. Monsanto was the corporate sponsor for this year’s event.

In his address, Hagler expressed appreciation to the Chillicothe Area Chamber of Commerce for recognizing the importance of agriculture. He said that regardless of where one lives - whether in the Bootheel area from where he was raised or in north Missouri - farmers share interests in much of the same things. "We have a lot in common," he said. "We talk about the weather and market prices and we talk about the tough economic times." He acknowledged the current struggling economy but said a new horizon awaits which will create great opportunities. "Nobody knows this better than farmers,” he said. "Farming is about hope. For every storm, there is a new dawn; for every hard winter, there is a spring."

Hagler said that when farmers work the fields they turn over more than a shovel of dirt. "They turn over knowledge. They turn over progress, and they turn over hope," he said. The director noted that as time progresses, developments are made in the way of genetics, technology, innovations, new markets and greater opportunities for young people. "Better times are on the horizon," Hagler said. "Spring is here, our hands are ready for work and hope is in the air."

Hagler, 41, was raised on a horse farm in Dent County and has maintained his own operation, Cheyenne Farms, since 1997. Since 2005, Hagler has met with farmers in every corner of the state on Gov. Nixon’s behalf to learn about their operations, assess their needs and develop the governor’s agriculture policy.

Constitution-Tribune, Friday, 02 27 2009


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CAPTION: Monsanto Mobile Technology Unit is a 53-foot long, 1,000 square-foot interactive display featuring the latest advances in seed breeding, biotechnology and new product development designed to help farmers be successful. The unit will arrive in Chillicothe Thursday, March 5, and will be available for tours Thursday and Friday.

The second annual Salute to Agriculture for Livingston County farmers will showcase the Monsanto Mobile Technology Unit, a unique showcase of agricultural science and innovation, when it appears at the Litton Agri-Science Learning Center in Chillicothe, Thursday and Friday, March 5 and 6. The Chillicothe Area Chamber of Commerce has secured Monsanto as the corporate sponsor for this year's event. The company has sent letters to farmers within a 60-mile radius to invite them to visit their traveling exhibit. Tours for local farmers, seed dealers, ag youth and community leaders will be available from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Thursday and from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Friday.

New Ag Director to Speak at Ag Day Breakfast
Constitution-Tribune, Monday, 03 02 09
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Missouri Director of Agriculture Dr. Jon Hagler will deliver the keynote address for the Ag Day Breakfast at 7 a.m. this Friday, March 6, at Mervyn Jenkins Expo Center as part of the Chillicothe Area Chamber of Commerce Salute to Agriculture.

Hagler, a lifelong horseman, continues to operate a small farm near St. James, where he trains and sells Missouri Fox Trotters, the Missouri state horse. Over the past three years, Dr. Hagler served as Gov. Nixon's principal adviser and liaison on agriculture issues and was instrumental in drafting the governor's agricultural and environmental policies. Hagler, 41, was raised on a horse farm in Dent County and has maintained his own operation, Cheyenne Farms, since 1997. Since 2005, he has met with farmers in every corner of the state on Gov. Nixon's behalf to learn about their operations, assess their needs and develop the governor's agriculture policy.

Prior to becoming Gov. Nixon's agricultural adviser on the campaign, Dr. Hagler served as the senior corporate development officer for the University of Missouri-Rolla (now, Missouri University of Science & Technology). In this capacity, Hagler served as the university's point of contact with numerous major corporations including agricultural science and research corporations and developed a comprehensive corporate-partnership strategy.

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