Brian Norton, Girard, tries to stay busy, and succeeds pretty well with his work and all the organizations he’s involved with.
He graduated from the University of Missouri in 1996 with a degree in agricultural economics. He kept busy in school, too, and was active in Farm House Fraternity, the Homecoming Steering Committee, National Agri-Marketing Association, Mizzou Outreach and MU Ag Ambassadors.
He’s currently serving as treasurer on the MU Ag Alumni Association Board of Directors.
“This is a great opportunity for me to stay directly involved with the college,” Norton noted. “It’s a chance to meet a variety of alumni while also giving back to the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources.”
The Ag Alumni Association strives to encourage and support future leaders enrolled in the CAFNR, and provides student scholarships and funding for student academic and professional development programs. Alumni members also assist in recruiting future CAFNR students and serve as mentors for current students.
Norton has been employed since 1996 by Syngenta Crop Protection. He’s now an agronomics service representative, but has also worked in other capacities at the company, including sales training coach, recruitment specialist and district representative. In 2002 he received the President’s Excellence Award.
He serves on the board of the Kansas Agribusiness Retailers Association, a volunteer organization whose membership includes over 700 agribusiness firms.
In 2006 Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius appointed Norton to the Agricultural Remediation Board which administers the Kansas Agricultural Remediation Fund. The remediation reimbursement program assists with the costs of remediation and cleanup after agricultural or specialty chemical spills. In August Gov. Sam Brownback re-appointed him to this board.
Norton said that he is originally from north central Missouri and moved to southeast Kansas after graduating from Mizzou.
“Southeast Kansas been great for us, and we call it home,” he said.