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Richard Norris named President of the St. Louis Agribusiness Club

August 24, 2016

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Richard Norris, Director of the Center for Plant and Life Sciences, has been named the 2016-2017 President of the St. Louis Agribusiness Club. The club provides a forum for important agricultural issues, and educational, networking and professional development for its members. As President, Richard will preside over monthly meetings and board of director meetings, as well as help plan the club’s agenda for the year.

Richard became involved with the Agribusiness Club in 2006 when the STLCC-Florissant Valley Biotechnology program hosted the National Post-Secondary Agriculture Students Organization. The Agribusiness Club tapped its members to serve as judges for contests held at the conference. Having grown up on a family farm, spent four years in the FFA, and taught agriculture on both the secondary and post-secondary levels, the Agribusiness Club was a perfect fit for Richard. During his 10-year membership, Richard has served on committees, and the Secretary in 2014-2015 and 1st Vice President in 2015-2016.

According to a 2015 study sponsored by the St. Louis Agribusiness Club, agribusiness’ economic contribution to the St. Louis region is $18.6 billion—accounting for 12 percent of the region’s total economic output and 20 percent of the workforce.

The Club has over 450 members, from producers in the field, to executives from major companies like Monsanto. This past year, the club celebrated its 35th anniversary, sponsored an economic study of the impact of the agriculture industry on the St. Louis region and hosted 20 Congressional aides from D.C.

Richard has been with St. Louis Community College for 17 years. He has been a St. Louis Blues fan even longer—48 years and still waiting on that first Stanley Cup… He also plays in a local hockey league at the spry age of 59.

For more information on the Agribusiness Club, visit stlouisagclub.org.