Boone County adds another conservation agent

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COLUMBIA, Mo. -- The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) congratulated 16 new conservation agents upon their graduation from MDC’s 2023 Conservation Agent Training Academy in October. These new conservation agents have been gaining experience in the field training program, and now, the new agents are looking forward to becoming familiar with their assigned counties.

Coming from Clearwater, Kansas, Agent Brandon Cotter is happy to be in the Show-Me State to serve as one of two Boone County conservation agents. Agent Cotter attributes his love for the outdoors to his Grandma Wanda who introduced him to fishing at a young age. It wasn’t until he was attending Culver-Stockton College, however, that he realized that he could make his passion of the outdoors into a career. While there, Cotter met Missouri Conservation Agent Jason Vaughn who encouraged him to pursue a career in protecting Missouri’s natural resources.

“I’m excited to be a conservation agent for many reasons, but I’ve always wanted to make a positive impact in people’s lives,” says Agent Cotter. “I couldn’t ask for a better career opportunity to make that dream come true.”

 To contact Boone County Conservation Agent Cotter, call (573) 777-2072 or email Cotter joins 200 existing MDC agents in serving and protecting Missouri’s fish, forest, and wildlife. To find a list of conservation agents by county, go to