About the Author

Dan Burkhardt is a former investment banker, a farmer and grape grower, and a passionate supporter of the scenic Missouri River Valley. Growing up on a farm in Michigan, his family eventually settled in Jefferson City, Missouri. He graduated from Lincoln University and received his MBA from the University of Missouri.

Burkhardt and his wife Connie own a 220-acre farm near the Katy Trail in Marthasville, Missouri. This farm is the home of Bethlehem Valley Vineyards, and it was also the inspiration for the Katy Land Trust, a conservation organization that seeks to keep land in agricultural and forestry use. He co-founded Magnificent Missouri, which organizes fundraising events in the greater St. Louis area to benefit conservation and environmental groups throughout Missouri and better connect St. Louis to the countryside around them. In addition to Missouri River Country, he is currently editing a book that discusses the critical link between the Florida Everglades and the region’s water supply, Florida Bay Forever. The book includes a forward by Jimmy Buffett, a strong advocate for Everglades restoration.

He began his career at the Missouri Public Service Commission in Jefferson City in the early 1970s, and later joined the Investment Banking department at Edward Jones in 1978, where he specialized in financing utility companies throughout the United States. He retired from Edward Jones in 2005 and is currently a managing partner of Oakwood Medical Investors in St Louis. He serves on the Board of Trustees at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, the Nine Network for Public Media and The Missouri Botanical Garden.