Small Business Exporter of the Year 2013
Anthony E. Clayton, President
Clayton Agri-Marketing, Inc.
Tony Clayton, President of Clayton Agri-Marketing, Inc., has been involved in international marketing of animal genetics and agricultural products, both in the private and government sectors, for more than 26 years. He leads one of the largest companies in the United States, focusing on live animal trade that includes beef and dairy cattle, goats, horses, sheep, swine and agricultural equipment and has exported to 46 countries. From 1996-2006, Tony served as a consultant to the National Swine Registry, responsible for international promotion activities funded by the Foreign Agricultural Service – U.S. Department of Agriculture for the Duroc, Hampshire, Landrace and Yorkshire breeds of swine.
Before starting his own company, Tony was employed by an Illinois-based livestock exporting firm as director of market development from 1992 to 1996. He served as coordinator of the International Marketing Program with the Missouri Department of Agriculture from 1985 to 1992, responsible for promoting Missouri’s livestock genetic industry to potential worldwide buyers.
Tony was raised on a diversified crop and livestock farm in southwest Missouri. He is a 1982 graduate of the University of Central Missouri with a B.S. in Agricultural Education. Tony is also a 1980 graduate of State Fair Community College with an A.S. in Agri-Business. He has received the Distinguished Alumni Award from State Fair Community College and Distinguished Alumni Award from University of Central Missouri’s Agriculture Department in 2002. Clayton Agri-Marketing, Inc. has also received the Agriculture Exporter of the Year Award from the State of Missouri. Tony is current President of the U.S. Livestock Exporters Association and Vice-Chairman of the U. S. Livestock Genetic Exports, Inc. He also serves on the U.S. Department of Agri culture and U.S. Trade Representative Agricultural Technical Advisory Committee for the development of export trade on animals and animal products. Tony and his wife, Evann, have three grown children and reside in Jefferson City, Missouri.