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Save the Date – Drive to Feed Kids

The first ever Missouri FFA Food Insecurity Service Day was held last August during the 2017 Missouri State Fair, and plans are already well underway for this year’s event.


Set for Aug. 14, this year’s project hopes to package 100,000 meals for food banks across Missouri.


Missouri FFA teamed with Missouri Farmer’s Care for the first Missouri FFA Food Insecurity Service Day. On Aug. 15, 2017, more than 350 FFA students and volunteers spent the day packing 52,032 meals to feed families of up to six people.


In an effort to combat childhood food insecurity in the state, Missouri Farmers Care has launched a summer of service with Drive to Feed Kids, a program that leverages existing food bank and distribution networks to deliver kid-friendly meals to youth. Food is delivered through backpack programs and in-school food pantries to help children in food-insecure households.


Dr. Alan Wessler, chairman of Missouri Farmers Care, said the Missouri State Fair is an appropriate venue to celebrate the best of Missouri agriculture as well as address the food-security challenges that too many Missourians face.


“Hunger isn’t an issue that only happens somewhere else,” Dr. Wessler said. “It is a pervasive concern across Missouri’s rural communities.” A recent study from Feeding America revealed that food insecurity exists in every county in the nation, from a high of 38 percent in Jefferson County, Mississippi, to a low of 3 percent in Grant County, Kansas. The study also showed that:


  • Children are at greater risk of hunger than the general population. Across all counties, 21 percent are food insecure, compared to 14 percent of the general population.


  • Food-insecure individuals are often ineligible for federal nutrition programs such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and free and reduced-priced school lunch programs, underscoring the importance of not only the charitable food assistance sector but also a strong and effective safety net of public nutrition assistance programs.


  • 76 percent of counties in the top 10 percent of food-insecure counties are rural. Predominantly rural counties have higher rates of food insecurity than urban counties.


“All of us in agriculture are focused on doing our best to produce food,” Dr. Wessler said. “But we’re also focused on making our communities the best place they can be. When our youth face uncertainty about access to nutritious food, it presents challenges in coming to school ready to learn and thrive. It is time to consider what we can do to help. The good news is that our partner through Drive to Feed Kids, Feeding Missouri, has a proven and efficient way to deliver food to those who most need it.”

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Living to Serve

Interested in serving other FFA members?

Consider sharing your skills and talents by becoming a Missouri State FFA Officer?

Check out the state officer application procedure at state convention here.


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Missouri Youth Institute

Do you want to help change the world? The Missouri Youth Institute is a life-changing experience at the University of Missouri where high school students engage with local leaders and experts on critical global challenges, participate in hands-on activities, and explore exciting ways to make a difference in Missouri and around the world.

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MO FFA Teams Up with Missouri Cattlemen

Eat beef! You can help support the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association and Missouri FFA by purchasing a raffle ticket for a quarter of beef from the 2017 Missouri State Fair Grand Champion Steer.

Tickets will be sold until January 6. Individual tickets are $5 or five tickets for $20. You may purchase tickets online at mocattle.com or from participating local FFA chapters. Winners will be selected at the MCA Convention on January 6.

Two winners will receive a quarter of beef and the top two selling chapters will win the other quarters. Money collected will go towards a cash prize to the top exhibiting FFA chapter at the 2018 MCA All Breeds Junior Show, June 8-10.

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Greenhand Motivational Conferences Kick Off in January

First year FFA members are invited to participate in Greenhand Motivational Conferences to be held across the state in January. Conferences will be held Jan. 9-12 for each chapter’s respective area and provide new FFA members with learning and leadership opportunitites.

  • Jan 8 – 8:30 a.m., Area 8
    Lincoln University, Jefferson City
  • Jan 9 – 8:30 a.m., Area 1
    Missouri Western State University, St. Joseph
  • Jan 9 – 9:00 a.m., Area 6
    State Fair Community College, Sedalia
  • Jan 9 – 2 p.m., Area 13
  • Jan 10 – 8:30 a.m., Area 13
    North Central Missouri College, Trenton
  • Jan 10 – 8:30 a.m., Area 13
    Missouri State University, West Plains
  • Jan 10 – 11:30 a.m., Area 2
    North Central Missouri College, Trenton
  • Jan 10 – 9:00 a.m., Area 9
    Missouri State University, Springfield
  • Jan 10 – 12 p.m., Area 9
    Missouri State University, Springfield
  • Jan 10 – 2:30 p.m., Area 16
    Three Rivers CC, Poplar Bluff
  • Jan 11 – 8:30 a.m., Area 15
    Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau
  • Jan 11 – 9 a.m., Area 11
    Missouri State University, Springfield
  • Jan 11 – 9:30.m., Area 3
    Truman State University, Kirksville
  • Jan 11 – 12 p.m., Area 12
    Missouri State University, Springfield
  • Jan 11 – 4 p.m., Area 5
    Bowling Green
  • Jan 11 – 4 p.m., Area 14
  • Jan 12 – 9 a.m., Area 4
    University of Missouri, Columbia
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2017 Missouri 3-Star Chapters

Missouri is home to 23 chapters that received the highest
chapter rating awarded, which is 3 Star.

  • Ashland
  • Aurora
  • Boonville
  • Brookfield
  • Bucklin
  • Centralia
  • Chillicothe
  • Higbee
  • Marshall
  • Monroe City
  • New Franklin
  • Paris
  • Salisbury
  • Sarcoxie
  • Seneca
  • Seymour
  • Sherwood
  • Sweet Springs
  • Tipton
  • Trenton
  • Troy
  • Union
  • West Plains
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Paris FFA Named 2017 National Premier Chapter: Growing Leaders Winner

The Paris FFA Chapter from Missouri has been named the 2017 National Premier Chapter: Growing Leaders winner at the 90th National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis.
The National Chapter Award program recognizes outstanding FFA chapters that actively implement the mission and strategies of the organization. These chapters improve chapter operations using the National Quality FFA Chapter Standards and a Program of Activities that emphasizes growing leaders, building communities and strengthening agriculture. Chapters are rewarded for providing educational experiences for the entire membership.
During “Beef Up Reading,” Paris FFA encouraged elementary students to get excited about reading. They challenged elementary students to read and log more than 95,000 minutes of reading in a month. FFA members visited classrooms to motivate the students and share about the importance of reading. The chapter even got parents involved by hosting a free barbecue brisket dinner for all students, parents and teachers during the Title I Reading Night. FFA members enjoyed setting goals and helping the elementary students to reach them to reinforce the importance of reading.
Chapters eligible to compete for the National Premier Chapter: Growing Leaders award demonstrate competency in doing innovative things or taking traditional concepts and applying a creative twist in the growing leaders division of the chapter’s Program of Activities. Ten three-star chapters competed in a presentation and interview process for the top honor during this year’s national convention. Paris FFA received a plaque in an onstage ceremony during the convention’s second general session on Thursday, Oct. 26.
The National Chapter Award program is sponsored by John Deere.
The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 653,359 student members who belong to one of 8,568 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The organization is also supported by 344,239 alumni members in 2,051 alumni chapters throughout the U.S.
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10 Missouri FFA Members Named National Proficiency Finalists

Participants in the National FFA Agricultural Proficiency Awards program receive a rating of National Finalist, Gold, Silver, Bronze, Participant or Disqualified. Four “National Finalists” are selected for each of the award areas and go on to compete for a national proficiency award.

Missouri's National Finalists
  • Ag Communications – Mariah Fox – Trenton
  • Ag Sales – Placement – William Davis – Mexico
  • Beef Production Entrepreneurship –Cole Diggins – Bronaugh
  • Dairy Production Entrepreneurship –Ashton Atteberry – Conway
  • Diversified Crop Production – Entrepreneurship – Luke Henneke – Linn
  • Diversified Crop Production – Placement – Derek Stimpson – Trenton
  • Diversified Horticulture – Morgan LaBoube – Hermann
  • Grain Production – Entrepreneurship – Matthew Gastler – Audrain Co. R-VI
  • Outdoor Recreation – Jacob Blank – Richland
  • Specialty Animal Production — Derek Anderson – Paris
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2017 National FFA Convention Highlights

National FFA Band
  • 15 of approximately 100 members selected nationally:
  • Allison Binder, Salisbury
  • Trace Chambers, Fayette
  • Cathryn Denny, Carl Junction
  • Walker Easley, Orrick
  • Noah Findling, Kirksville
  • Fayne Hamilton, South Harrison
  • Emma Ricketts, Salisbury
  • Mardee Sadowsky, North Harrison
  • Natalie Schaeffer, Cameron
  • Avery Shultz, Memphis
  • Olivia Sloan, Salisbury
  • Jessica Spencer, Pierce City
  • Luke Vaughn, Marceline
  • Jacob Wilson, Gallatin
  • Koltan York, Crocker
National FFA Chorus
  • 5 of approximately 75 members selected nationally:
  • Felicity Bruegel, Seneca
  • Emalee Flatness, Willard
  • Trenton Gabriel, Worth County
  • Colin Joesting, Tarkio
  • Chloe Moss, Crocker
National FFA Talent Performers
  • 3 selected nationally:
  • Amber Chapman, Paris
  • Maggie Frakes, Portageville
  • Bailey Wilkinson, Vienna
Honorary American FFA Degree
  • 13 recipients
  • Don Koonce, Holts Summit
  • Robin Horstmeier, O’Fallon
  • Ted Probert, Mansfield
  • Halbert Smith, Gainesville
  • Stan Adler, Warsaw
  • Zach Crews, Slater
  • Brandon Duff, Carthage
  • Randy Lightfoot, Fair Play
  • Susan Marsh, Atlanta
  • Joe Moore, Exeter
  • Chuck Reece, Butler
  • Stephen Schniedermeyer, Nodaway-Holt
  • A.J. Wingard, Pleasant Hill
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