Terry is the second-generation owner and operator of the 400 acre family farm where he and his children were born and raised. Since its inception, this northeast Missouri farm has been involved in poultry, swine, sheep, cattle, and dairy cow operations. These days, Terry and his family concentrate solely on beef cattle, a cow-calf operation.

Terry dedicates his free time to issues of importance to all family farmers, and has for the past 20 years. At the local level, Terry co-founded two grass roots organizations of which he is currently president,  Family Farms for the Future (FFFF) and Citizens Legal Environmental Action Network (CLEAN). His work at the state and federal level includes participating in zoning litigation procedures held in the Missouri Supreme Court, speaking at meetings with the US Department of Agriculture Secretary, and testifying before the US House sub-committee regarding EPA draft regulations related to Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs).

For his work in helping clean up our nation’s waterways, Terry was one of 30 in the U.S. named by the Clean Water Network as a “Clean Water Hero” to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Federal Clean Water Act.  He received the 2010 Justice Award from the Missouri Attorney General for his commitment to protecting the environment. Terry’s contributions have also been noted in the Boston Globe, the New York Times, the Audubon Magazine, and in several books and state and local newspapers.

Welcome Terry Spence to Fishers & Farmers Steering Committee!

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