In the 43 years of the Missouri Governor's Conference on Agriculture, 2012 was the first time it has been held in Kansas City. Missouri Director of Agriculture Dr. Jon Hagler was very pleased with this year's conference and spoke about holding it in the western part of the state.
"You know it's such a rich agriculture heritage here in Kansas City with the stockyards and the Kansas City Board of Trade," Hagler said. "And you look right here with the Animal Health Corridor, over 200 companies that are focused on the ag industry, and five of the top 10 largest animal health companies in the world are here and I think it is just a wonderful tribute to our state, to our region and it's time we had a great time in Kansas City and we certainly have done that."
Governor Jay Nixon says that the Governor's Conference on Agriculture is an opportunity for people to gather and learn from each other, highlights agriculture being the backbone of Missouri's economy, and lets us map out a future. He says that the theme "Think Outside the Barn" is an important part of the future.
"We really do appreciate the long time and historic agricultural values; it's nice to live in a small town and know who's going to sit next to you in church or who is going to teach your kids," Nixon said. "The bottom line is that in order to succeed and expand our markets worldwide we have to embrace science and technology and new ways of doing business. So we are trying to get everybody to not just embrace the past but to come together for a solid vision of the future."
Hagler echoed the governor's comments about the need to "Think Outside the Barn."
"We are great at what we do, particularly in production agriculture, there are no better farmers in the entire world but we need to do a much better job relating to the consumer," Hagler said. "Also relating to other constituencies to let them know how important food production is and how important what American farmers do to put good, healthy affordable food on their table and that it certainly makes a difference for their families."
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