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Agriculture leaders gather for 50th governor's conference
Missouri Ag Connection - 11/17/2023

Agriculture leaders from across Missouri were recognized by Governor Mike Parson, Lt. Governor Mike Kehoe and Director of Agriculture Chris Chinn during the 50th Missouri Governor's Conference on Agriculture.

The Missouri Agriculture Awards recognize individuals who are leaders in their respective career fields. Recipients were nominated by fellow farmers, ranchers and agriculture leaders who were inspired by their contributions to Missouri agriculture.

The 2023 Missouri Agriculture Award recipients are:

• Missouri Agriculture Education Leader: Dr. John Tummons, University of Missouri

• Missouri Food Animal Veterinarian: Dr. Adam Acklin, Acklin Veterinary Services

• Missouri International Exporter: Deerland Probiotics & Enzymes, ADM

• Missouri Agriculture Industry Lifetime Achievement Award: Don Nikodim, Missouri Pork Association

The Missouri Grown team also recognized members who embody their team's values.

• Missouri Grown Membership: Hedge Holler Harvest, Mexico

• Missouri Grown Farm to Table: Turtle Gulch Gardens, Bradleyville

• Missouri Grown Marketing: Carrie's Merries, St. Louis

• Missouri Grown Education and Outreach: Boonville Farmers Market, Boonville

• Missouri Grown Agritourism: Beggs Family Farm, Sikeston

The 50th Missouri Governor's Conference on Agriculture is being held Nov. 16-17 at Margaritaville Lake Resort in Osage Beach, Mo.

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