Our featured Noon Speaker will be
Richard Fordyce, a fourth-generation Missouri farmer from Bethany was named Director of the Missouri Department of Agriculture in December 2013 by
Gov. Jay Nixon. Fordyce has held leadership roles in agriculture on the local, state and national levels for more than 20 years. Since 2008,
he has served as chairman of the Missouri State Soil & Water Districts Commission.
Fordyce received the 2012 Soil Conservationist of the Year award from the Conservation Federation of Missouri. He has held leadership positions with
the Harrison County Farm Bureau, including serving as its president from 1993-2010, as has been involved on various boards and committees of the
Missouri Farm Bureau and the American Farm Bureau Federation.
Other organizations that Fordyce has held leadership positions in include the National Biodiesel Board, the Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council,
Agricultural Leaders of Tomorrow, University of Missouri Extension and the Northwest Missouri State Fair. He is also one of the only three directors
from Missouri on the United Soybean board.
Fordyce and his wife, Renee, grow soybeans and corn as well as raise beef cattle on the family farm in Harrison County.