Missouri’s business leaders meet in Sedalia to explore Missouri’s agricultural future

Missouri’s business leaders meet in Sedalia
to explore Missouri’s agricultural future

WHAT:                 Leadership Missouri was founded in 1990 to identify current and emerging business and government leaders throughout Missouri, enhance leadership skills, and deepen participants’ knowledge of the economic challenges and opportunities facing the state. The class will meet seven times through this year in seven different communities to explore issues that affect Missouri businesses. The goal is to prepare participants to take an active role in advancing the state for the common good.

WHO:                   Missouri business and government leaders from throughout the state, who were nominated by their employers to participate in the 2014 Leadership Missouri Class.

WHEN:                 Wednesday Aug. 13 through Friday, Aug. 15

WHERE:              Sedalia, Mo.

WHY:                   Participants will learn more about the state of Missouri’s agricultural future through tours of Tyson Foods, Maplewood Acres farm and time at the Missouri State Fair.

NOTE:                   All members of the media are invited to attend. A complete agenda follows.




Hotel Bothwell, 103 E 4th Street, Sedalia, MO 65301; 660.826.5588

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

4:15 pm



5:00 pm


Meet in hotel lobby to depart for fairgrounds (bus donated by Ditzfeld & Weaver Charter Service LLC.)


Reception and dinner hosted by Director of Agriculture (Director’s House on Fairgrounds)


8:00 pm Board Bus and return to the hotel. Evening on your own.




Thursday, August 14, 2014

8:00 am


Board Bus and Depart for Bothwell Lodge State Historic Site, 19349 Bothwell State Park Road, Sedalia, MO 65301


8:15 am Arrive and Tour Bothwell Lodge State Historic Site

Marissa Cowan or Abilene Resch


9:00 am Board Bus and Depart for Tyson Food, 10571 Whitfield Road, Sedalia, MO 65301


9:25 am Arrive Tyson Foods and Break


9:30 am Tyson Foods Conference Room – USDA Farm Service Agency – The primary mission at FSA is to help Missouri farmers and ranchers secure the greatest possible benefit from programs such as farm loans, commodity price support, disaster relief, conservation, food aid or other available resources.

Michelle Motley, USDA Farm Agency

  • Resources available to farmers
  • Opportunities for Youth in farming
  • Farm Bill 2014 – how does it impact YOU!


10:15 am Break


10:30 am Tour Tyson Foods – Tyson Foods is one of the leading supporters of U.S. farm families, paying more than $15 billion in fiscal 2013 alone to independent farmers who supply them with livestock and poultry.


Chuck Yarbrough


12 Noon Lunch


1:00 pm Board Bus for Maplewood Acres Farm, 29774 Pony Path Road, Sedalia, MO 65301


1:30 pm Arrive Maplewood Acres Farm – Matt and Jennifer Boatright own and operate Maplewood Acres Farm with their two children, David and Hannah.


Tour and Discussion of Farm Operation


2:45 pm Board Bus and Depart for Ag Power, 2205 S Limit, Sedalia, MO 65301


3:15 pm Arrive Ag Power and Break


3:30 pm Ag Power – Bruce Wolfe

  • Equipment Explanation/Demonstration
  • Equipment Cost


4:15 pm Board Bus and Depart for Katy Depot, 600 East Third Street, Sedalia, MO 65301


4:45 pm Arrive Katy Depot – Deb Biermann

  • Reception
  • Brief history of building and tour


5:30 pm Board Bus and Depart for Wildlife Ridge Winery, 34751 Miller Road, Smithton, MO 65350


6:00 pm Arrive Wildlife Ridge Winery – Kevin and Kristy

Wine tasting and dinner


8:00 pm Board Bus to return to hotel



Friday, August 15, 2014
8:30 am Depart Hotel Bothwell

Drive vehicles to Missouri State Fairgrounds


8:50 am Arrive Missouri State Fairgrounds, 2503 West 16th Street, Sedalia, MO For a map of the fairgrounds, go to www.mostatefair.com.


Meet Wendy and/or Tammie at Main Gate and enter fairgrounds.


9:00 am Tram tour of fairgrounds


9:45 am Missouri State Fair (National Guard Armory Room 129)

Wendy Faulconer, Executive Director, Missouri State Fair Foundation

Tammie Nichols, Marketing Director, Missouri State Fair

Samantha Davis, Missouri Department of Agriculture

  • History of the State Fair
  • What’s involved in organizing the State Fair
  • How does the State Fair get youth interested in agriculture


10:30 am Adjourn and enjoy the State Fair



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