Richard Fordyce was sworn in as the new Agriculture Director for the state during Nixon's visit. The Governor also toured classrooms, met with students and spoke to local FFA members.
"We're going to make an emphasis on youth and agriculture," Fordyce said. "We understand that the future of agriculture is youth."
Students had the opportunity to ask Nixon questions when he visited their classroom. The visit was part of a bigger campaign to recognize quality schools and emphasize agriculture in the state.
"Folks from Northwest Missouri are an integral part of the agriculture sector in Missouri," Nixon said.
Fordyce is a native of Bethany.
Nixon visited a manufacturing plant in Kansas City later in the day.