Myers, 81, died Monday at his home in Sikeston.
Tuesday, as the news of his death spread, it became apparent, Myers, who came to Southeast Missouri from Racine, Wis., had far-ranging impact.
Eighth District Representative Jo Ann Emerson said Myers taught her more about agriculture policy than any other person in Southern Missouri.
"His contributions to the reputation of our congressional district are immense," Emerson said. "He will be deeply missed by all those working to promote Missouri agriculture throughout the nation and the world."
A hog farmer in Canalou, Myers was active in the local Farm Bureau, elected as director of the Missouri Farm Bureau for District 6 in 1967 and was honored as an outstanding young farmer in the nation. In 1973, then Gov. Christopher S. Bond named Myers to his advisory council on agriculture.
Myers was named chief of the Soil Conservation Service and eventually became deputy secretary for the USDA.
Lloyd Smith recalled he first met Myers while working with the Farm Bureau. For the complete article and more stories from the Standard Democrat, log on to the electronic edition.