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Marshall to lead Missouri Farmers Care

MFC Wessler MarshallMissouri Corn Growers Association CEO Gary Marshall, left, presents retiring Missouri Farmers Care Chairman Alan Wessler with an award for outstanding contributions at the MFC Annual Meeting on Jan. 10. Members elected Marshall as new chairman.Missouri Farmers Care, an organization representing the state’s farmers and ranchers, elected Missouri Corn Growers Associ­ation CEO Gary Marshall as incoming chairman during the MFC annual meeting on Jan 10. Marshall fills the role of Alan Wessler, who led MFC for four years and recently retired from MFA Incor­porated as vice president of feed operations and animal health.

“On behalf the 45 groups organized under Missouri Farmers Care, we thank Dr. Wessler for his leadership in helping move Mis­souri agriculture forward,” Marshall said. “I am excited to continue the organization’s mission of protecting our members’ right to farm and encouraging agricultural development across the state.”

Established in 2010, MFC is a membership-based alliance com­prised of the state’s commodity groups and agribusinesses dedicat­ed to promoting the growth of Missouri agriculture. MFA is one of the member organizations. Under Wessler’s leadership, the coali­tion launched several successful initiatives, including the Missouri Agri-Ready County Designation program, a voluntary status earned by counties cultivating agriculture as a resource for economic de­velopment. To date, 58 counties are certified as Agri-Ready.

In addition to economic development, MFC invests in people and communities through a summer food drive campaign as well as agriculture education and outreach programs. In 2018, the col­laborative Drive to Feed Kids campaign raised resources to supply nearly 1.8 million meals for hungry children across the state.

“What I come away with from my years as chairman for Missouri Farmers Care is an appreciation for the true team effort that goes into the organization,” Wessler said. “It has been my honor to serve this organization in this capacity, and I am not going totally away. I will represent MFA on the executive committee, and I plan to stay involved in Missouri agriculture. Our challenges from those who do not understand the importance of agriculture in Missouri’s economy are not going away. We must always stay diligent.”

Learn more at www.MOFarmersCare.com.

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