Congressman Sam Graves recently welcomed several members of Missouri’s Agricultural Leadership of Tomorrow (ALOT) from the Sixth District to Washington, including Taylor Braungardt of Eolia.
Graves met with the group before leading them on a tour of the U.S. Capitol with other ALOT participants and members of the Missouri Farm Bureau.
“As an alumnus of the ALOT program, I know firsthand the impact it has on our state’s rural areas, and I was pleased to welcome such a passionate and intelligent group to Washington,” said Congressman Graves, a farmer himself.
“Since Missouri has the second largest number of farmers in the country, I appreciate ALOT’s efforts to ensure new generations of leaders within our state’s agricultural community. We have the safest, most-abundant food supply in the world and that’s because of what our farmers and ranchers do every day, and ALOT is helping ensure that remains the case.”
Braungardt grew up in Moscow Mills. He graduated from the University of Missouri in 2007 with a BS in Animal Science. From there, Braungardt continued on to the University of Illinois to receive a Masters in Ruminant Nutrition.
After college he worked for ADM Alliance Nutrition for a year as a ration formulator/feedlot specialist and commodity purchaser. Braungardt, along with his brother and father, own and operate Braungardt Ag Services in Bowling Green. He currently serves as the president of the Lincoln-Pike Cattlemens Association.
ALOT is a two-year leadership program, attracting Missouri adults from across the state, representing rural and urban areas, full-time farmers and agribusiness, media, financial representatives and more, who have a passion for promoting Missouri agriculture and strengthen rural communities.
The program began in 1983, and 25 individuals are selected for each class. More information can be found at http://www.alotmissouri.com.