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Hagler to leave Dept. of Agriculture, Bozoian appointed as acting director

ST. LOUIS — Jon Hagler, Department of Agriculture Director, is leaving his post as Gov. Jay Nixon appoints Harry Bozoian as the acting director.

Jon Hagler
Jon Hagler

Hagler has not yet released a statement and calls to the Department were not immediately returned, however, a statement from Gov. Jay Nixon says the governor sent Friday morning says acting director, Bozoian, has been officially appointed.

According to the release, Hagler will continue working with the department as he assists with the transition of Bozoian, the former Assistant Attorney General in the Agriculture and Environment Division from 1993 to 2008 when Nixon was attorney general.

Additionally, during the past few years, Nixon has appointed Bozoian to several additional committees or assistance groups involving drought and levees.

“Jon has been a trusted friend and advisor for many years and I appreciate his unwavering commitment to the people of Missouri, especially our farm families and rural communities throughout the state,” Nixon says in the written statement. “During his tenure, Jon helped make the Missouri Department of Agriculture more efficient and effective, and played a vital role helping the agricultural community respond and recover from last year’s unprecedented drought. His service to the state is deeply appreciated and I wish him all the best in his future endeavors.”

Hagler was appointed as the Department Director in 2009 by Gov. Nixon. According to his Department profile, he currently raises livestock and Missouri Fox Trotter horses in Moniteau County.