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Kremer lauds new ag director

Missouri

Responding to Governor Jay Nixon's selection of Dr. Jon Hagler as Missouri Director of Agriculture, the Missouri Farmers Union president Russ Kremer expresses enthusiasm.

"I applaud Gov.-elect Nixon's decision to appoint Jon Hagler as Director of Agriculture for Missouri. Jon is a most outstanding choice for this position as he brings the experience, vision, and the dedication to advance rural opportunities at a time most critical to Missouri food, agriculture and energy. Jon is a great friend to family farmers and rural residents and will be a tremendous leader in working toward improving economic opportunities and the quality of life for our farm families, re-vitalizing rural economies through locally based business activities, and ensuring Missouri residents an affordable safe, sustainable local food and energy supply. The Missouri Farmers Union looks forward to working with Dr. Hagler."

Hagler raises Missouri Fox Trotters, the Missouri state horse, on the farm where he was raised, near St. James. For several years, Hagler, 41, has been Nixon's key adviser and liaison on agriculture issues. During the campaign, he worked to help draft Nixon's agricultural and environmental policies.

Most recently, Dr. Hagler has served as senior corporate development officer for the University of Missouri-Rolla, now Missouri University of Science and Technology. From 2001 to 2003, Dr. Hagler was executive director of governmental and external affairs at California State Polytechnic University at Pomona. He also advised the university concerning its acclaimed W.K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Center.

From 2000 to 2001, Dr. Hagler was chief of staff to the Missouri Speaker of the House, and before that he was chief of staff to the speaker pro tem from 1996 to 2001. Earlier, he was a research analyst in the Missouri Senate.

A summa cum laude graduate of Truman State University in Kirksville, Dr. Hagler holds a master's degree in political science from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a doctorate in political science from Washington University in St. Louis.

Missouri's director of agriculture sets department policy and serves as a liaison to state legislators, the agriculture community and the public. The director oversees the divisions of Business Development, Animal Health, Grain Inspection and Warehousing, Plant Industries and Weights and Measures, the Missouri Agricultural and Small Business Development Authority, the Missouri State Fair Board, the State Milk Board and the Missouri Wine and Grape Board. The governor's appointment must be confirmed by the Senate.



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