Hurst re-elected Missouri Farm Bureau President
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Farm Bureau Federation will keep Blake Hurst as president.
Delegates voted to re-elect the Atchison County farmer to his fourth two-year term during their 102nd annual meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 6.
The Westboro resident thanked members for the opportunity to continue serving and leading the organization.
“I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished over the last year and I’m grateful for a staff, board of directors and volunteers who make it possible to do what we do,” he said. “I’m looking forward to the things we will accomplish over the years to come.”
During his six years as Missouri Farm Bureau president, Hurst has proven to be a very effective spokesperson for Missouri agriculture, and is sought nationally to speak on agriculture.
Before he was first elected president, he served as Missouri Farm Bureau vice president for seven years and represented his area of the state on the board of directors for eight years.
His leadership roles began when he was appointed chairman of the Missouri Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers Committee, and he served on the American Farm Bureau Federation’s (AFBF) Young Farmers and Ranchers Committee. He now serves on the AFBF Board of Directors.
Hurst is also an accomplished freelance writer, with essays and opinion pieces published in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The American, Weekly Standard, Wilson’s Quarterly, Reader’s Digest, Today’s Farmer and Show Me Missouri Farm Bureau magazine.
As a farmer, Hurst raises corn and soybeans with his father, brothers, nephews and his two sons-in-law. He also runs a wholesale greenhouse business with wife, Julie, daughter, Lee, and sons-in-law.