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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Upcoming Events
Aug 13-23 Missouri State Fair
Sept 2 MU Fisher Delta Research Center Field Day - Portageville
Sept 10 Ag Ed Field Day - MU Southwest Center, Mount Vernon
Sept 11 MSU/Farm Bureau Salute to Agriculture - MSU Darr Center, Springfield
Sept 12 MYSSA Fall Classic Youth Trap Tournament - Linn Creek
Sept 12-19 SEMO District Fair - Cape Girardeau
Sept 15 Ag Ed/FFA Day - MU Bradford Research Center, Columbia
Sept 15 MU Thompson Farm Research Center Field Day - Spickard

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. 

The 2015 Leadership Adventure
The Leadership Adventure is for students who want to learn the basics of self-discovery and understanding their leadership potential. The cost per student for the conference is $60, which includes lunch. Training will be conducted by Past National FFA Officers Andrew McCrea and Corey Flournoy, and the 2015-2016 State FFA Officers.

The Leadership Adventure will be offered this year as a one day conference at each of two locations:
>> 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Thurs., July 30, 2015, at the University of Missouri Bradford Research and Extension Center, Columbia.
>> 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Friday, July 31, 2015, in the Bond Learning Center at the Missouri State University Darr Agricultural Center, Springfield.

• Registration is limited to the first 175 registrations received for each location.
•  Advisors are encouraged to attend with their students.

For more information, contact your local agriculture instructor or view the registration website.
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Thank you to Case IH for their continued support of the Missouri FFA Public Speaking Academy held each summer! Thank you for continuing to support members all across Missouri and for helping to build tomorrow's leaders.

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