Missouri FFA and Agriculture Education | Chad Laxton – VP
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Chad Laxton – VP

Strive For Success and Missouri FFA Will Rise

Chad Laxton

Chad Laxton, VP

Recently, members all across the state of Missouri came together for the 89th Annual Missouri FFA Convention. Thousands of dedicated Missouri FFA members gathered into one domain for many different reasons. Some may have attended to compete and further develop their skills, while others utilized their abilities to advocate for agriculture. No matter what their task at convention, each member demonstrated an act of hard work and dedication to get them to this event. It is obvious to anyone that in order to reach success, you must provide a consistent amount of practice and dedication.

 

State FFA Convention has been one of my favorite events throughout the past four years, simply because it is a time that members are rewarded for their success. As the days of this event progress, members have the opportunity to see the idea, “hard work results in success,” come to reality when hundreds of members walk across the iconic convention stage and receive recognition. This is an electrifying time for those being recognized and truly makes me proud to be serving the members of Missouri FFA in the upcoming year.

 

When the convention comes to a close and the final session is adjourned, members begin to feel relieved and overjoyed that all of the stress leading up to convention is finally over. Although, convention is over we must not forget the hard work we provided to get us to that point. I encourage everyone to never lose their passion and to always remember what this organization has to offer. We must continue to demonstrate the same commitment we put towards a successful convention to all other activities throughout the following year. If we all strive for success and implement hard work into our chapters, the upcoming year will be prosperous and Missouri FFA will rise!

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Share Your Passion

Chad Laxton

Chad Laxton, VP

As FFA members, we believe in the future of agriculture. We believe American agriculture can and will hold true to the best traditions of our national life and that we can exert an influence in our homes and communities which will stand solid for our part in that inspiring task. The last paragraph of the FFA Creed states we have confidence in American agriculture and we can assist in the strengthening of the industry. We can guide our industry and spread the word of agriculture in several ways, one of them is through public speaking.

 

Throughout the second week of June, I had the opportunity to attend Public Speaking Academy along with my fellow teammates and 65 members from across the state! This was an exciting and informative time, allowing members to utilize their voice and personal experiences to advocate for the agriculture industry. Throughout the two days, individuals from respective divisions practiced speech content, developed organization, and presented through effective delivery. As I facilitated the process, I soon became impressed by the passion and ability of Missouri FFA members!

 

When we apply our voices and share the message of agriculture with the passion and strength we all possess, we gain the ability to make a difference. Today’s population is three generations removed from farming, therefore those who have a connection to the farm must take the opportunity to inform others. FFA members, share your passion and livelihood with the world and make a difference!

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