The Missouri Cattlemen’s Association honored two legislators during its 50th annual Missouri Cattle Industry Convention and Trade Show. During the first week of January, one state senator and one state representative received the 2017 Legislator of the Year Award.

Dan Hegeman, R-Cosby, who is the majority caucus chairman, representing District 12 in the Missouri Senate, including Smithville and Kearney, won the award for senator.

“Senator Hegeman went to bat for Missouri agriculture,” MCA Executive Vice President Mike Deering said in a release. “Sen. Hegeman is a fighter, and we’re glad to have him looking out for Missouri farm and ranch families. As a farmer himself, he gets it.”

Hegeman, who also has a background as a dairy farmer on his family’s farm, is a member of the Agriculture, Food Production and Outdoor Resources Senate Committee. He said the award was an honor.

“I went to the luncheon and it was a nice afternoon. It was a nice thing being honored and having your work recognized,” he said.

Sonya Anderson, R-Springfield, who represents part of Greene County in District 131 in the Missouri House, won the award for state representative.

Deering said MCA is honored to recognize these legislators for their support.

“Our members do their best to fight for the beef industry each week at the capitol, but the decisions are ultimately made by the men and women elected to represent them," he said.

The Missouri Cattlemen’s Association is a nonprofit initiated in 1911 dedicated to improving viability of Missouri’s beef industry.

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