The Missouri Governor’s Conference on Agriculture will be held in Kansas City Jan. 19-21 at the Westin Crown Center.

The registration deadline for the $200 rate is Jan. 13, and after that date the rate goes to $300. Although the conference will center to a great amount on Missouri agriculture, it will include quite a bit of regional information. As extras, country music star Mark Chesnutt will perform and comedian Tim Cavanagh will also entertain attendees.

Examples of the regional aspects are the Jan. 20 session on legal issues of “Anticipating the Challenges that Lie Ahead: Agriterroris, Food Safety, Water and Ag Employment” sponsored by the law firm of Shook, Hardy & Bacon and the Agricultural Business Council of Kansas City. American Seed Trade Association Chairman Mike Gumina will lead the discussion about “Peaceful Coexistence—Is There Room for Everyone,” which will center on conventional, organic and GE food production.

The biggest regional gathering will occur on Saturday when state secretaries and commissioners of agriculture are scheduled to talk under the banner topic of “Agriculture Leadership in America.”  The secretaries or commissioners of Missouri, Kansas, North Dakota, Colorado, South Dakota, Wyoming, Minnesota, Louisiana and Utah are listed as participants.

The Region 7 EPA will be represented by Karen Flournoy, regional director, in making a presentation on Saturday. Agriculture’s infrastructure needs will also be discussed with a regional point of view from Ron Achelpoh, assistant director of transportation at Mid-America Regional Council.

These are just a few of the topics that will be of interest to those outside of Missouri during the three-day conference. Go to for more information and registration.