Hawkins elected to lead Missouri Farm Bureau as its youngest president in history

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The Missouri Farm Bureau selected 40-year-old Garrett Hawkins of St. Clair County as its 15th president during the organization’s annual meeting on Dec. 6, making him one of the youngest Farm Bureau presidents in the nation and the youngest ever to lead Missouri’s largest farm organization. He began serving his two-year term immediately.

He replaces Blake Hurst, who announced in July that he would not seek re-election after serving as the group’s president for 10 years.

Hawkins has deep roots in MOFB, serving as a youth ambassador, participating in Collegiate Farm Bureau at Missouri State University and later serving as director of national legislative programs for nearly 15 years. Hawkins also served as the deputy director for the Missouri Department of Agriculture and most recently worked as an account manager for an agricultural chemical distribution company.

Hawkins and his wife, Jennifer, and their children, Adelyn, Colton and Tate, are the third generation in the Hawkins family to own and operate the farm where they live. Their operation is focused primarily on beef cattle today, but the family has also produced other livestock, row crops and dairy through the years.