THE FFA VISION
THE FFA VISION
Students whose lives are impacted by FFA and agricultural education will achieve academic and personal growth, strengthen American agriculture and provide leadership to build healthy local communities, a strong nation and a sustainable world.
Missouri FFA is 25,920 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.
How is your chapter Living to Serve? FFA offers Day of Service Mini-Grants for $400 to support chapters in planning community service events. The application is easy, and you can apply for funds to support a one-day service event that focuses on topics such as Community Safety; Hunger, Health and Nutrition; Environmental Responsibility; or Community Engagement.
Find out more at FFA.org/LivingToServe/grants.
If you have questions, the Living to Serve team is here to help. You can email them at LTS@FFA.org.
A number of scholarships and leadership development programs have application deadlines coming up. Mark your calendar for these important dates.
The Missouri Corn Growers Association and Missouri Corn Merchandising Council will be awarding seven deserving students $1,000 scholarships. Applications for the Missouri Corn Scholarship Program are now available for high school seniors and college juniors pursuing a degree in agronomy or related area of agriculture.
Students must submit an application form, official high school or college transcript and at least one letter of recommendation to the Missouri Corn office by Feb. 16, 2018 to be eligible.
The Missouri State FFA officer team presents the “Living to Serve Network” again this year.
The Missouri State Fair Foundation Youth in Agriculture scholarship application for Missouri High School seniors graduating in 2018 is now available. Applications should be submitted to the Missouri State Fair and must be postmarked by February 1, 2018.
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Since 2004, FCS Financial has provided more than half a million dollars to Missouri high school seniors seeking high education. Up to 35 scholarships, each at $1,500, will be awarded to children or grandchildren of FCS Financial members. The scholarship deadline is March 1 and recipients will be notified in April.
Ten state organizations provided opportunities for more than 820 FFA members this fall to enhance their public speaking skills. Members were also able to enhance their knowledge of the organization they were speaking about as well as broaden their knowledge of current topics in agriculture.
Your Missouri State FFA officers have spent the past few months working on presentations and would love to meet with your chapter! Find out which officers are available in your area.
I believe that this organization offers each member the opportunity to succeed and belong. Regardless of their background or ability, I hope to encourage members to find something they can excel at in the FFA. I was able to find a community and discover my potential through the blue jacket and I know that every member can do the same.
- Chad Laxton, Vice President
FFA members motivate me to be my best on every day. Their passion and care for others has the power to brighten the darkest of days.
- Ben Luebbering, Vice President
We do not gain experience or skills by not participating or challenging ourselves. Find something you are passionate about and run with it. That is how progress is made. Passionate people push industries.
- Abby Turner, Vice President
Here in Missouri FFA, if we share our love for our industry, our commitment to cultivating a bright future and the experiences within our organization that have impacted us for the better, we will continue to blaze a clear path for our and the future generations. It’s on us.
- Abby Bertz, President