You're invited to join us for our 4th Tuesday Speaker Series Meeting at the Cape Girardeau Shawnee Park Center on June 25, 2019. As always, snacks and drinks provided, and doors open at 6:15pm with our speaker starting at 6:30pm. This months speaker is Ag Business expert, Barry Aycock, who will be speaking about the effects of Trump's tariffs on domestic farmers. Undoubtedly, this will be an important topic in the 2020 election, so bring your questions.
Barry Aycock was born and raised in Parma, Missouri. Upon graduating from Risco High School, Barry continued his education receiving a Bachelors, Masters and Ph.D.
During college, Barry began his own cotton consulting business which eventually led him to being named the nation’s youngest and Missouri’s only Cotton Consultant of the Year. Because of that notoriety, he was hired by the Bolivian US Ambassador to consult on the Ambassador’s cotton farm operation outside Santa Cruz, Bolivia. After returning home from Bolivia in 1999, Barry began Agxplore International, a specialty fertilizer company. Agxplore is now well-represented in 40 U.S. states and over 10 countries.
In addition to the agriculture industry, Barry’s entrepreneurial initiative has led him to other areas of business. He and his wife own two restaurants in Memphis, two nursing homes, and most recently acquired partnership in a national basketball team.
Barry currently has farmland of his own, a cotton gin and is a seed dealer for corn, soybean and cotton farmers. He has had a front row seat to the impact of national and global policies directly affecting our rural communities, specifically the farming community.