President, Missouri Farm Bureau
April 3-4, 2019
“A Miracle, If We Can Keep It”
Progress in Agriculture and Its Challenges
5:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 3
Monsanto Auditorium, Bond Life Sciences
Blake Hurst was first elected the 14th president of Missouri Farm Bureau on December 7, 2010. Blake was a district board member on the Missouri state board for eight years, and served seven years as Missouri Farm Bureau vice president.
He raises corn and soybeans with his father, brothers, nephews and sons-in-law. He also operates a wholesale greenhouse business with his wife, Julie; daughter, Lee; and sons-in-law, Ryan Harms and Matt Schlueter. The family raises flowers in two acres of greenhouses.
Blake and Julie have three children. Lee works in the greenhouse with her family, Ann is the chief operating officer for their local hospital and Ben practices law in Kansas City. Blake and Julie have six grandchildren.
Blake is also a freelance writer. His work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, The American, Weekly Standard, Wilson’s Quarterly, Reader’s Digest, Today’s Farmer and the Show Me magazine of Missouri Farm Bureau.