David Middleton grew up on a diversified grain and livestock farm near Laddonia, Missouri. He graduated from the University of Missouri with a degree in Animal Science. The project that David had started in FFA grew into internationally recognized swine herds of Yorkshire and Landrace that won many national and state shows and breeding stock sold to 38 states and 14 foreign countries. In 1986, a registered Angus beef herd was established and today embryo transfer is involved to develop superior breeding stock.
As agriculture has changed in recent years, "Middleton's All Natural Meats" was established to direct market beef, pork, lamb, chicken, turkey and eggs. Currently meats are sold at farmers markets, on farm sales and via internet. The Middleton farm is operated as sustainably possible with managed intensive grazing and use of renewable inputs. In 2008, the Middleton Family Farm was awarded the Grassland Farmer award for Lawrence County.
David and his wife Cherri have 6 children and 3 grandchildren. David joined Lincoln University Cooperative Extension (LUCE) in 2014 as the Farm Outreach Worker (FOW) for Lawrence and Greene Counties. His passion is to share his knowledge and see successful farms continue into the next generation.