Stand For Ag | Season 3: Agriculture Policy in Missouri

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Pull up a chair and join the conversation with two advocates for Missouri agriculture. Joining us today is Spencer Tuma, Director of National Legislative Programs of Missouri Farm Bureau, and Ben Travlos, Associate Director of Public Policy of Missouri Corn Growers Association. These two professionals chatted about current issues affecting Missouri farmers and agriculturists; as well as ways we can all get involved with political advocacy. 


Spencer Tuma coordinates Farm Bureau’s efforts on Capitol Hill and the annual policy development process for the organization. Tuma attended the University of Missouri where she obtained her undergraduate degree in Plant Sciences. She also completed her Master’s in Public Affairs with an emphasis in policy analysis from MU’s Harry S Truman School of Public Affairs. 


Ben Travlos was born and raised in Ashland, Missouri.  He now serves as the Associate Director of Public Policy for the Missouri Corn Growers Association.  In this position he works with legislators, on the state and federal levels, and regulatory agencies on issues impacting corn farmers across the state of Missouri.  Before joining the team at Missouri Corn, he attended college at Missouri State University where he obtained his undergraduate degree in agriculture business and his graduate degree in agriculture economics.  After finishing school, he went to work in the Director’s Office at the Missouri Department of Agriculture doing emergency management and legislative work. 


To access the resources discussed in this episode, check out the links below:


Missouri Corn Growers Association policy development:


Missouri Farm Bureau Action Center: