Meet Clayton Light, Conservation Programs Manager

On January 15, I started my new job as Conservation Programs Manager which is a shared position between Missouri Soybean and Missouri Corn. This new position was established through a partnership between Missouri Soybean, Missouri Corn, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Services, and Missouri Department of Conservation.

I grew up in the small town of Freeburg, MO; located just southeast of Jefferson City. I was raised in a family that loves the outdoors and that is what struck my interest in pursuing a career in conservation. I graduated in 2009 from Missouri State University in Springfield, MO with a bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Conservation and Management and a minor in Agronomy. I started my conservation career with the Missouri Department of Conservation, and for 13 years I gained experience working all over the state in many different roles. I spent the majority of my career as a Wildlife Management Biologist, where I managed the natural resources on public land. I focused on wetland habitat and restoring the natural communities for woodlands, glades, and grasslands. I’m married to my lovely wife Cindy and we have two sons, Calvin, 5, and Cade, 2. We have a house on 12 acres in Osage County where we enjoy letting our boys explore nature.

I’m extremely excited to bring a new skill set to the teams and I plan to use my past experiences as a Wildlife Management Biologist to help benefit the farmers of Missouri.