Missouri’s Senate has confirmed Chris Chinn as that state’s Department of Agriculture’s director.
Chinn, a fifth-generation farmer from Clarence, Mo., has been an active voice for the livestock industry, and more specifically the swine industry. Chinn raises hogs, cattle, corn, soybeans and hay on the family’s farm. She and her husband, Kevin, have two children. The U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance chose Chinn to be one of its 2013 Faces of Farming and Ranching.
Chinn was pegged to lead the Missouri DOA by new governor, Eric Greitens, who took office Jan. 9.
In addition to the state Senate confirmation, Chinn’s appointment has met with support across the Show-Me State’s agricultural industry.
In addition to her social media and speaking engagements on behalf of agriculture and her work on the family farm, Chinn served on the Missouri Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee and as chairman of the American Farm Bureau Federation YF&R Committee.
“Through her involvement with Farm Bureau, Chris has developed communications skills that have made her a tremendous advocate for agriculture,” says Blake Hurst, Missouri Farm Bureau president. “She will do well leading the Department of Agriculture and building on the successes of her predecessor.”
Chinn was a member of the National Hog Farmer’s 2010 class of Masters of the Pork Industry.