2015 Governor's Conference on Agriculture benefits 4-H

January 4, 2016

COLUMBIA, Mo. — More than 750 farmers and agribusiness leaders from across the state gathered at the Lake of the Ozarks Dec. 16-18, 2015, for the 46th annual Governor's Conference on Agriculture, hosted by the Missouri Department of Agriculture. The three-day conference featured a Thursday evening benefit auction and BBQ, sponsored by FCS Financial, in support of youth and young professionals in agriculture including Missouri 4-H, Missouri FFA and Agricultural Leadership of Tomorrow (ALOT).

The top selling items for Missouri 4-H included the 2015 Missouri State Fair Grand Champion Ham, donated by Ditzfeld Transfer, Inc. and Murphy Brothers Exposition and purchased by Orscheln Industries Foundation, and a John Deere pedal tractor and wagon, donated by Sydenstricker Implement Co. In total, live and silent auction items raised $5,568 for Missouri 4-H.

Additional Missouri 4-H auction donors included: 5 Horizons Group, A. L. Gustin Golf Course, Rachel Augustine, Branson Convention and Visitors Bureau, Tammy Gillespie, Henry Repeating Arms, Co., Les Bourgeois Vineyards, Dr. Ina Linville, Missouri Ducks Unlimited, Missouri Geographic Alliance, Missouri Governor's Conference on Agriculture, Missouri Star Quilt Company, Missouri Wine and Grape Board, Carolyn Schomaker, University Concert Series and Chris Willow.

Thank you to all of our winning bidders: Matt Amick, Dave Baker, Glenn Coleman, Elizabeth Farmer, Kelly Forck, Harold Freese, Brady Hawk, Nancy Heimann, Michele Hopson, Phil Howerton, Tony Hursch, Bob Idel, Steve Iverson, Dr. Ina Linville, Steve Meredith, Greg Onstott, Orscheln Industries Foundation, Mark Russell, Barbara Sheppard, Terry Smith, Gary Wheeler and Mark Wolfe.

For more information on the Governor's Conference on Agriculture and the Missouri Department of Agriculture, visit the Department online at http://agriculture.mo.gov.

Note: Photos from the 46th Missouri Governor's Conference on Agriculture are available on the Missouri Department of Agriculture's Flickr page.