Gary Wheeler, CEO/Executive Director of the Missouri Soybean Association, the Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council and the Foundation for Soybean Innovation, received Honorary Membership to CAFNR’s Alumni Association at CAFNR’s 2019 Celebration of Excellence awards ceremony, held Thursday, April 11.
“Gary Wheeler represents the best of Missouri agriculture in many ways. He is a leader among his peers, passionate about the industry and people with whom he works, and deeply committed to a vision for long term success. While not a graduate of our College, he carries the spirit of CAFNR throughout his personal and professional endeavors,” said nominator Neal Bredehoeft, vice president of the Mizzou Alumni Association and past president of the CAFNR Foundation. “In his community, Wheeler is an advocate for not only agriculture, but also for rural communities and economic growth, as well as for lifelong learning. He is active in youth leadership and development programs, emphasizing the opportunities found through technology and innovation. His eye toward the future and the next generation extends across his professional capacities too. He applies a strategic vision in partnering with CAFNR and the entire University of Missouri System, driving investments into research, facilities and human capital to support long-term growth and success. His attention to understanding the economic impact and opportunities in our field has been fuel for many successful partnerships in recent years, including those taking the powerhouse of CAFNR to new audiences.”