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.

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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Celebrating a Century
Mr. Raymond Hagan will celebrate his 100th birthday March 5, 2015. Mr Hagan has been involved with FFA for most of those 100 years as a member, a teacher, the Missouri State FFA Executive Secretary, but mostly as a mentor and friend. Be sure to RSVP to the number on the invitation link if you plan to attend.
Send birthday greetings to: Mr. Raymond Hagan, 2230 South Ozark Avenue, Joplin, MO 64804
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Upcoming Events
Feb. 20-22 Western Farm Show - Kansas City
Feb. 21-28 National FFA Week

Community Improvement Grants Available to 4-H & FFA Youth
Developing a thriving rural Missouri is important to FCS Financial. The Shaping Rural Missouri grant program offers Missouri 4-H and FFA organizations $500 grants to implement projects that will benefit their rural communities and youth development.

“Providing opportunities for rural community development is important to FCS Financial because our employees and customers live in these same areas,” said Scott Gardner, Vice President, Sales & Marketing. “These grants not only strengthen our rural communities but allow our youth to work as a team to accomplish a goal.”

Funds are awarded to assist club or chapter members in bringing positive change by establishing projects that make their local communities better places to live. FCS Financial encourages applicants to collaborate with other community organizations to develop and complete their improvement project.

Last year, FCS Financial funded 49 projects across Missouri. Projects improved local communities by building picnic tables, planting trees and landscaping school grounds.

Applications are due April 1, 2015. An application and more information on the Shaping Rural Missouri grant program can be found at www.myfcsfinancial.com under the How We’re Different tab or by calling 1-800-369-3276 ext. 1173.

FCS Financial serves 102 counties through 22 offices in Missouri. FCS Financial is a member of the Farm Credit System. The system is a nationwide network of cooperative lending institutions that provides credit and financial services to farmers, ranchers, rural residents and agribusinesses. With more than 95 years of agricultural lending experience, the Farm Credit System is the largest single provider of agricultural credit in the United States.

Cole Edwards,Nora Faris and Yia Yang presented Mr. Bill Streeter with the Honorary American FFA Degree. Mr. Streeter and MFA have been long time sponsors of Missouri FFA. We thank you. We wish congratulations to Mr. Streeter on his upcoming retirement from MFA.

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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