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Missouri agriculture is in the midst of changes. Traditional marketing channels are proving to be tough sledding for many independent producers, so they're taking matters into their own hands. Farmers are joining together to process and market their products. Each month, host Kyle Vickers looks at some of Missouri's producer-owned projects. He will be joined by some farmers and others who are right in the middle of the action, taking charge of their own future.
Kyle (left, with Smiley) is a farmer in Vernon County, Missouri, who's farm is a diversified grain and livestock family operation. He received a B.S. in agricultural economics from the University of Missouri-Columbia, helped organize the Missouri Farmers Union, served as chairman of the Missouri Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service Committee and went on to serve eight years as Deputy Director of the Missouri Department of Agriculture.