MISSOURI GOVERNOR RECOGNIZES NICK HAMMETT

Jefferson City, Mo. Missouri beef industry professional Nick Hammett, from Ashland, Mo., was recognized by Gov. Jay Nixon and Director of Agriculture Richard Fordyce at the 46th Missouri Governor's Conference on Agriculture with the 2015 Missouri Beef Cattle Legacy Award, recognizing him for leadership in Missouri's beef cattle industry. Hammett has spent his life striving for increased profitability for beef producers while promoting the positive attributes of beef and an agricultural way of life.

The Missouri Agriculture Awards recognized producers for their commitment to innovation, supporting their communities, committing to good land stewardship and being a great example for future generations.

"Missouri agriculture's top commodity is the men, women and families who work on behalf of the state's number one industry each day," said Director Fordyce. "Having the opportunity to recognize a group of producers and agriculture leaders who have gone above and beyond is a privilege. These award recipients tell and live the story of agriculture every day; and I'm proud we have them as part of our agriculture family."

As Missouri's Cattle Legacy Award recipient, Nick Hammett was recognized for his outstanding contributions to Missouri agriculture. Hammett studied Animal Science at the University of Missouri and obtained a Master's Degree in Beef Cattle Production from Colorado State University. He has worked for multiple beef cattle breed associations, individual ranches, a vertically integrated beef company and has been employed as Marketing Manager by Circle A Angus for the last eight years where he uses his production knowledge to increase customer profits and his marketing skills to not only promote Circle A's products, but beef in general.

Hammett's family, including his wife Rebekah and children Cole and Lauren, are heavily involved in 4H and FFA and live on a small farm in Ashland, Mo., where they raise and show multiple species of livestock.







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