MHA Staff

William J. Cook

Executive Director


W.J. “Bill” Cook has been involved in agriculture for more than 50 years. Known by many as the patriarch of the new generation business in Missouri when it comes to identity-preserved grains, Cook brings a passion to all of his agricultural and rural endeavors, and he takes a systems approach to get the job done. Bill is excited to serve with the MHA and bring a new crop to Missouri farmers.

Meghan T. Dixon

Executive Administrator


Meghan and her husband Brad owned and operated an organic row crop and vegetable farm in Mid-Missouri. Being the mother of four was her motivating factor to get involved in organics and began advocating for organic agriculture in 2006 by volunteering with the Missouri Organic Association and is still involved as their Treasurer. She loves her work consulting farmers interested in organic agriculture and transitioning their farms to organic certification through the VISPS verification program. She is looking forward to assisting Missouri become a leader in hemp production through her work with the Missouri Hemp Association.

Derek L. Fox

Marketing and Tech Lead


Derek has been in the web development and marketing industry for 6 years and has spent most of that time working in the agriculture industry. He has a bachelor's degree in Computer Science and has a good amount of knowledge in all things tech and marketing. Derek is excited to help Missouri growers succeed in hemp production.

Baylee K. Neal

Membership Director


Baylee just graduated with her bachelors degree in Agriculture Business from Texas A&M University and is currently pursuing her masters in Agriculture Science. She comes from a background in Agricultural and Equine. Currently moving to Missouri from Texas, she is excited about working with the Missouri Hemp Association.