Missouri FFA is 25,762 members strong —and growing! FFA continues to help the next generation rise up to meet the challenges of feeding a growing population by helping its members to develop their own unique talents and explore their interests in a broad range of career pathways through their experiences in agricultural education. Today's FFA members are future biologists, chemists, veterinarians, engineers and entrepreneurs! Thanks for helping us pave the way to being tomorrow's leaders.

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Week 1: Shaylee Wallace, Area 12 State VP - "Agriculture Education" - CLICK HERE TO LISTEN...
Week 2: Cole Edwards, State VP - "Opportunities in Agriculture" - Coming Soon...

REMINDER: Missouri State Fair Foundation Youth in Agriculture Scholarship Applications Postmarked by February 2, 2015

The Missouri State Fair Foundation Youth in Agriculture scholarship application for current Missouri high school seniors is available online at Missouri State Fair and Missouri State Fair Foundation. Applications should be submitted to the Missouri State Fair and must be postmarked by Feb. 2, 2015.

For the first time, one $5,000 platinum scholarship will be offered by Youth and Agriculture supporters. Additional scholarships being offered will include one $2,500 supreme scholarship sponsored by Sydenstrickers John Deere of Missouri/Sydenstrickers Angus Genetics, and thirty $1,500 scholarships sponsored by the Missouri State Fair Foundation and Youth in Agriculture supporters.

This year, a one-time donation of $1,000 was included in the scholarship funds, thanks to the contribution of 2014 Missouri Woman in Agriculture Contest Rising Star Award Winner Ashlyn Richardson. She chose the Youth in Agriculture Scholarship as the agriculture-related beneficiary of the $1,000 donation she received from contest sponsor, Monsanto.

Applicants must be high school seniors and active members of 4-H or FFA. Eligible scholarship applicants must plan to enroll in an accredited Missouri college or university and pursue a degree in agriculture. Applicants must have participated as a 4-H or FFA exhibitor at the Missouri State Fair at least once; however, applicants cannot have sold livestock in a past Missouri State Fair Sale of Champions auction.

Missouri State Fair scholarships are funded through the generosity of Youth in Agriculture sponsors and buyers of the livestock sold during the annual Sale of Champions; the sponsors and buyers listis available online. A portion of each animal’s sale price is allocated to the scholarship program. The Missouri State Fair Foundation also provides significant support of the scholarship program through fundraising efforts including the Governor's Ham Breakfast.

For more information please call the Missouri State Fair at 1-800-422-FAIR (3247) or e-mail questions to mostatefair@mda.mo.gov.

FCS Financial Announces Changes to Their Scholarship Program for 2015

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., January 13, 2015 — Since 2004, FCS Financial has provided nearly $360,000 to Missouri high school seniors seeking higher education. This year, FCS Financial is pleased to announce an increase in the value of each scholarship from $1,000 to $1,500. Up to 35 scholarships will be awarded to children or grandchildren of FCS Financial members. The scholarship deadline is March 1 and recipients will be notified in April.
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Upcoming Events
Feb. 2 Missouri State Fair Youth in Ag Scholarship Applications DUE
Feb. 7 MO YF/YFW State FFA Speaking Contest - Columbia
Feb. 9-10 Missouri Pork Association Pork Expo - Columbia
Feb. 10 Missouri Pork Assoc. State Speaking Finals - Columbia
Feb. 20-22 Western Farm Show - Kansas City
Feb. 21-28 National FFA Week

Missouri Ag Students Receive New Curriculum

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., September 4, 2014 — Agriculture students in Missouri high schools and junior colleges are learning from a new curriculum this school year. Funded by FCS Financial through a grant to the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), the Ag Management, Economics & Sales curriculum is the first curriculum developed as a partnership between the public and private sectors.
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Orrick FFA Working to Repair Following Tornado
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Missouri Sheep Merchandising Council American Lamb Meat Promotion 2014-15

The Missouri Sheep Merchandising Council has allotted $ 5,000 for the promotion of American Lamb. Missouri FFA and/or Missouri FCCLA Chapters are eligible to apply for a grant through the MSMC. This opportunity is available to Missouri FFA and/or Missouri FCCLA Chapters. The main objective is for Missouri youth to have the opportunity to prepare and taste lamb meat. MSMC hopes to increase lamb consumption and it all starts with our youth.

During the 2013-14 school year, 13 FCCLA and 10 FFA chapters applied for and received grants.

For more information and a funding request form, please e-mail milligansheep@hotmail.com or call 816-583-2198.


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