Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Steen Tapped For Top Ag Slot

Former Camden County State Representative Don Steen has
been tapped by Gov. Matt Blunt to lead the state Department of Agriculture.
Steen will replace Katie Smith, who is stepping down in anticipation of an addition to the family.
"Mr. Steen’s lifelong farm experience, history of public service, and active involvement in all that is Missouri agriculture will build on our successful efforts to Missouri agriculture,” Gov. Blunt said. “I appreciate Katie Smith’s service to our state and Missouri agriculture and wish her and her growing family the very best," Gov. Blunt said in a statement Wednesday.

The 58-year-old Steen is from Eldon. He's been in the turkey business for 35 years and holds a bachelor's degree in animal science from the University of Missouri. From 1990 to 1998, he served in the Missouri House, representing citizens from Cole, Camden and Miller counties.
Steen's appointment is subject to Senate confirmation and is effective July 7, 2008.

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