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.

Upcoming Events
Oct 5 MU CAFNR College & Career Exploration Day - Columia
Oct 6 MSU Agriculture Career Fair - MSU Darr Center, Springfield
Oct 6 Southeast District Grasslands Contest - Location TBA
Oct 7 FFA Field Day - Barton Ag Research Center, SEMO Cape Girardeau
Oct 8 Northwest District Grasslands Contest - Maysville
Oct 8 Northeast District Grasslands Contest - Location TBA
Oct 8 Southwest District Grasslands Contest - Location TBA
Oct 8 South Central Grasslands Contest - Location TBA
Oct 15 State Grassland Evaluation Contest - Columbia vicinity
Oct 25-Nov 1 American Royal Livestock Show - Kansas City
Oct 28-31 National FFA Convention - Louisville, Kentucky

Thank you to CASE IH for their continued support of the Missouri FFA Public Speaking Academy held each summer! CASE IH will donate $100 per touchdown that the University of Missouri scores in the CASE IH Red Zone at home football games. Thank you for continuing to support members all across Missouri and for helping to build tomorrow's leaders.

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National FFA Convention - Oct. 28-31, Louisville, Kentucky
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Missouri FFA has two National Star Award Finalists. Read more about...
Dylan Massa, Liberal FFA, American Star Farmer Finalist
Benjamin Niendick, Wellington-Napolean FFA, American Star in Agribusiness Finalist

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New Leadership Academy Launches at North Central Missouri College 

Rebecca Sjostrand (standing) of the Ashland FFA Chapter presents her testimony to Missouri Sens. Brian Munzlinger and Dan Hegeman and State Reps. J. Eggleston and Allen Andrews during a mock legislative hearing at the 2015 HYPE Academy in Trenton.
(TRENTON, Mo.) – Twenty-nine high school seniors from across Missouri attended the first Helping Youth Prepare for Excellence (HYPE) FFA Academy July 7-9, in Trenton, Mo. The new three-day academy is designed to empower agriculture students to effectively engage in today’s issues. It was sponsored by the Missouri Corn Merchandising Council and held at North Central Missouri College.

“It was an extremely successful event,” said Missouri FFA President Adam Kirby of Trenton. “These members learned what it means to advocate. They have a lot of new experiences and information to take home and share with their chapters. We hope to continue and grow the event so more members can go out and share the positive message of agriculture.”

Students learned how to effectively talk about their experiences in agriculture, overcome obstacles and develop their communication and personal skills. Learning sessions included advocacy training, communication basics and social media outreach. Students also heard from farmers, industry representatives, bloggers and Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler about putting advocacy into action.

29 FFA Members entering their senior year of high school converged on the North Central Missouri College campus in Trenton, Mo., this week for the first HYPE Academy. The academy was sponsored by the Missouri Corn Merchandising Council and designed to empower agriculture students to effectively engage on today’s issues.
Additionally, participants put their skills into action during mock legislative visits and hearings. Students presented on key issues to Missouri Sens. Brian Munzlinger and Dan Hegeman and State Reps. Allen Andrews, Bill Reiboldt, J. Eggleston, Glen Kolkmeyer and Nate Walker. A question and answer session with the legislative panels followed the visits.

“Less than 2 percent of America’s population is involved in farming. It is imperative to tell our story and explain how and what we do,” said Missouri Corn Merchandising Chairman Morris Heitman of Mound City. “These students are the voice of the next generation. The conversations will continue and we want them to be a part of the discussion.”

The National FFA Organization makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. Nationally there are over 600,000 FFA members. Missouri ranks 5th in the nation with over 25,000 FFA members. 

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