Richard Fordyce

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Richard Fordyce
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Missouri Director of Agriculture
In office
Years in position 2
PredecessorHarry Bozoian
Base salary$120,500
Elections and appointments
Appointed byGov. Jay Nixon
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Chairman of the Missouri State Soil & Water Districts Commission
South Harrison R-II School Board
Place of birthBethany, Missouri
ProfessionFarmer, Conservationist
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Richard Fordyce is the current Missouri Director of Agriculture. He was appointed to the position in December 2013 by Gov. Jay Nixon.[1]

Prior to this appointment, Fordyce was chairman of the Missouri State Soil & Water Districts Commission. He also served as a member of the South Harrison R-II School Board.[2]


Fordyce is a fourth-generation farmer from Bethany, Mo. He has spent his career promoting agriculture and conservation in Harrison County, where he raises cattle and grows corn on his family farm, as well as in the state of Missouri and the federal government. Fordyce served in leadership roles in community organizations and various levels of government for decades before his appointment to statewide office in 2013. One such position was president of the Harrison County Farm Bureau, which he held from 1993 to 2010.[2]

Fordyce is one of Missouri's three directors serving on the United Soybean Board. He is also affiliated with the National Biodiesel Board, Agricultural Leaders of Tomorrow and the Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council.

In 2012, Fordyce was named the Soil Conservationist of the Year award by the Conservation Federation of Missouri.[2]

Political career

Director of Agriculture (2013-present)

Fordyce began serving as head of the Missouri Department of Agriculture following his appointment by Gov. Jay Nixon in December 2013.[1]



Fordyce was appointed Missouri Director of Agriculture by Gov. Jay Nixon in December 2013.[1]


Fordyce resides in Harrison County with his wife, Renee.[2]

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Preceded by
Harry Bozoian
Missouri Director of Agriculture
Succeeded by