Farmer, Value-added Agribusiness Consultant for the Missouri Farmers Union
Eldorado Springs, Missouri
Kyle Vickers grew up on a small farm in western Missouri where he cared for hogs and cattle. Upon graduating from the University of Missouri, Kyle returned to the farm and spent the following 20 years farming the land.
By the age of 27, Kyle had become involved in politics by serving as Chairman of the Missouri Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service Committee. In 1993, he was appointed Deputy Director of the Missouri Department of Agriculture and served for eight years. As Deputy Director, Kyle served as a flood relief coordinator and had the primary responsibility for planning and start-up of Missouri's Agriculture Innovation Center and building the partnerships required to form the statewide Ag Innovation Network.
Kyle is returning to farming and is also working with The Family Farm Opportunity Center on cooperative development projects including pork, beef, dairy products and others. Kyle helped organize the Missouri Farmers Union as a progressive alternative to traditional farm organizations. The Farmers Union is a strong advocate for family farms and is working to build relationships with consumers and those concerned about fairness and responsibility in the food system.