Santa Fe Agri-leaders to hold annual meeting Jan. 3

Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Missouri Director of Agriculture Jon Hagler

Santa Fe Agri-leaders President Diane Schmidt has announced that the Annual meeting and kick-off to the winter meeting series will be held January 3, 2013. Meeting will be held in the Santa Fe High School Commons with dinner at 6:30 pm.

Keynote speaker will be Dr. John Hagler, Director of the Missouri Department of Agriculture.

Dr. Jon Hagler is Missouri's twenty-first Director of Agriculture appointed by Missouri Governor Jay Nixon in 2009.

Since becoming the state's agriculture leader, Dr. Hagler has aggressively worked to promote agriculture's importance to all Missourians. His energized passion for agriculture has touched more Missourian's lives than ever before. Dr. Hagler has raised agriculture's profile by emphasizing the importance of this industry and ag-related jobs to the state's overall economy and its relevance to every consumer.

Dr. Hagler has traveled to every county across Missouri speaking to thousands of farmers, agriculture leaders, consumers and youth on the significance of agriculture to our families.

Through his leadership, the Department of Agriculture has launched new educational and outreach initiatives to inform citizens in rural and urban areas of the value of agriculture.

As a member of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA), past NASDA Board of Directors Midwestern Regional Representative and past President of the

Midwest Association of State Departments of Agriculture, Dr. Hagler has led national conversations on the past, present and future of agriculture and national agriculture policy. He currently serves as the National Chair for the Animal Welfare Task Force with NASDA.

Dr. Hagler is a summa cum laude graduate of Truman State University in Kirksville, Mo. He holds a master's degree in political science from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a doctorate in political science from Washington University in St. Louis.

A lifelong horseman, Dr. Hagler was raised in rural Dent County. Today, Dr. Hagler raises horses and cattle with his wife, State Representative Linda Black.

A short business meeting of the Santa Fe Agri-leaders will follow Dr. Hagler's presentation. Formore information about Santa Fe Agri-leaders, visit our website at or contact Harold Bertz at 660-674-2220.