Home to the Missouri State Fair, Sedalia was the perfect place for the 2014 Leadership Missouri class to learn about agriculture’s place in the state.
The group toured the Bothwell Lodge State Park before heading to Tyson Foods for a firsthand look at how the industry supports farmers who supply them with livestock and poultry as well as support the local economy by employing more than 1600 people at the Sedalia operation.
In addition to reviewing the 2014 Farm Bill, USDA Farm Service Agency and Rural Development staff explained their roles. The Farm Service Agency administers farm programs and farm loan programs. Under the training component of the bill, the University of Missouri has partnered with universities in Texas and Illinois to put together models to help farmers make the best choices.
This was followed by a visit to a local family owned farm operation where the class was educated on the significance and impact of sustainable farming practices such as pasture management designed to promote land, livestock and wildlife. The hosts at Ag Power highlighted the impact of technology on today’s farming operations.
The visit concluded with a visit to the Missouri State Fair where presentations emphasizing the importance of the state fair included the history of the State Fair and the efforts to get youth interested in agriculture.
Thanks to the many sponsors and presenters who made the visit to Sedalia both fun and informative. Next, the class travels to Joplin in September to learn about education.
Special thanks to Premier Sponsor CHS Foundation.