MARYVILLE, Mo. — In an effort to acquaint middle-school students with the nation’s production agriculture and food processing and distribution system, Northwest Missouri State University will host its second annual Agriculture and Food Literacy Summit Thursday, March 14, at the Mozingo Lake Recreation Park conference center.

The free event is open to the public. Registration is required.

Featured speakers are Davin Althoff, division director of agriculture business development for the Missouri Department of Agriculture, and Kate Lambert, director of marketplace education and engagements for FCS Financial. 

The day will also include panel discussions with agriculture and food industry professionals.

Kicking off the summit during a 7 a.m. pancake breakfast will be Northwest Director of Athletics Andy Peterson.

Peterson, a Northwest alumnus who grew up on a family farm near Trenton, holds master’s degrees in agriculture and physical education and bachelor’s degrees in agriculture economics and horticulture.

The summit is scheduled to end at 11:30 a.m.

Registration by those wishing to attend is due by Friday, March 1. 

Register online at or request a free ticket in person at the School of Agricultural Sciences office, located in the Hubbard Center for Innovation, or the campus Career Services office on the first floor of the Administration Building.

Tickets are also available at FCS Financial, Nodaway Valley Bank and Consumers Oil Co. in Maryville.

The event is hosted by Northwest’s School of Agricultural Sciences and coincides with National Agriculture Day. Sponsors include the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the National Institute of Food and Agriculture and Mozingo Lake Recreation Park.

For more information, email Jill Brown, Northwest director of partnerships and placement, at or call 660-562-1251.

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