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Sikeston man is selected for new Missouri council

Sunday, October 26, 2003

JEFFERSON CITY - A Southeast Missouri man will serve on the newly formed council to help advance the state's growing agritourism industry.

The Missouri Department of Agriculture's agritourism council will help guide the department's efforts in counseling, educating and promoting agritourism businesses, said Deanne Hackman, director of the department's Agriculture Business Development Division. The council will also advise the department and other state agencies on the needs of agritourism businesses, and will play a vital role in expanding and promoting agritourism.

"The council members' experience and dedication to Missouri will be a great resource for local business owners looking to expand into the area of agritourism," Hackman said. "Expectations are high for the council, as it will provide an industry-wide point of view for issues related to agritourism."

Council members represent the wide variety of agritourism businesses found in the state. The local area will be represented by Donnie Beggs with Beggs Pumpkin Patch and Maize Quest of Sikeston.

The council will meet twice a year.

For more information, contact the department's Agriculture Business Development Division at 573-751-4762.