Missouri Ag Ed Family;
Challenging times to say the least. I believe the best way to keep a positive attitude during difficult times is to keep things in perspective. Even though our Ag Ed world has been turned upside down, we as a profession are being asked to do things we never imagined possible. I think it’s important to reflect on how others are being impacted. Health care workers in cities at the epicenters of the pandemic are being asked to provide life-saving care without the necessary resources to do so. Families in parts of the country have lost family members. Record numbers of Americans are filing for unemployment. No one knows exactly how things will play out over the next several months. We can only hope that closing schools and limiting social contact will lessen the impact of the virus. As a profession we will determine how best to adapt to the challenges we have been given.
State staff is continuing to gather information, monitoring Governor’s directives, CDC recommendations, DHSS recommendations, host site restrictions and student travel restrictions as we plan for upcoming FFA events. Over the next couple of weeks we hope to develop a clearer picture of the situation so more detailed contingencies can be shared.
Now that the dust has settled from making the challenging decision to postpone State Convention we are working to clarify how we are going to move forward not only on State Convention and its related events but on other activities that we expect could be impacted by COVID-19. State Officer Selection, LEAD, CAMP, AOI, PSA, HYMAX and HYPE are all being discussed. We anticipate providing you with an update by April 1st and further updates at least every two weeks as things become clearer. I expect National FFA will be pushing back deadlines as they are having discussions on how to help state associations through this difficult time.
Ag Ed/FFA Family,
In light of the current health issues and concerns resulting from the coronavirus (COVID-19), the State FFA Convention scheduled for April 23 and 24 is being postponed. Ag Ed staff members are working on a contingency plan for the State Convention program, State Leadership Development and State Career Development Events. My recommendation is that you reconsider holding all area and district FFA events involving significant numbers of students. While a variety of factors go into making a decision like this, be assured that the health and safety of our students and stakeholders is always our primary concern.
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?
Did your chapter have a service event over the holidays?
Does your chapter have a service event planned for FFA Week?
Be sure to share your impacts as part of the Living to Serve Chapter Challenge to help FFA complete 930,000 volunteer hours by next year’s 93rd National FFA Convention & Expo!
Visit FFA.org/ChallengeAccepted to log service hours, impacts and upload a few photos. The first Monday of each month National FFA will host a Facebook Live event and draw two (2) chapters to receive exclusive Living to Serve Chapter Challenge t-shirts as well as highlighting projects to inspire others to serve.
More than 200 Missouri FFA members representing 34 chapters converged on Jefferson City Feb. 28 as Gov. Mike Parson proclaimed Feb. 22-29, 2020, National FFA Week. The proclamation was a joint effort with the governor’s office, Missouri Department of Agriculture, Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and Missouri FFA.
Are you using the new Exploring Agriculture curriculum to teach one or more middle school classes? Consider applying for the Exploring Ag in Missouri Video Contest to earn $500 cash!
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.
Check back for more important deadlines to come!
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The Mizzou Agricultural Education Society empowers values-driven, pre-professionals to lead and serve in schools, businesses, and communities. We believe that FFA prepares students for success at the post-secondary level, and think that every student deserves the chance to stay connected to their roots while broadening their horizons and earning their degrees.
We are pleased to be offering TWO $500 scholarships to high school seniors attending the University of Missouri in the Fall of 2020!
For the application and more details please follow the link: https://forms.gle/yDVArbQL2Bvb49jH6
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1 day ago
•Not to stick my snout in your business, but I am just wanting to wish you a happy and safe Tuesday!
• I have bred, raised, and exhibited hogs for as long as I can remember. As showmen, our animals depend upon us to care for them. However, given the circumstances, my hogs have been caring for me. Social distancing is no easy task, and I am saying that as an individual who loves to be around others. The show barn has been my escape these past weeks and will continue to be until quarantine comes to a close.
• Personally, caring for my animals has been purposeful in a time of uncertainty. The gilt pictured above always greets me with excitement and loves a good ear rub. She may just be sweet on me because I give her treats, but that is beside the point. If you take away anything from this post Missouri FFA members, I STRONGLY encourage you to find something during quarantine that makes you feel purposeful.
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2 days ago
Name: Hannah Shanks
District: South Central
Chapter: Vienna FFA
What is your SAE?
"I have three parts to my SAE. I work in Ag services at the Maries County Bank serving as a teller. I process transactions for customers such as debits and credits, and I help the customers with any service they may need that the bank offers. I also work at a JBS contracted pig farm, Higbie Farms. As part of my SAE, I care for approximately 6,000 head of pigs. I raise them from 4-10 pounds up to 40-60 pounds. My daily tasks include feeding, treating sick pigs, doing maintenance to the barns, and completing paperwork and keeping records. For the final part of my SAE, I am starting my own cattle business, Diamond H Cattle Co. As of now, I am raising registered Herefords."
What is your favorite FFA Contest?
"My favorite contest would have to be public speaking. I have done Creed Speaking, Division II Prepared Public Speaking, and Job Interview as well as various Fall Public Speaking topics. I enjoy learning about the different topics my speeches are about. I like getting to spread the message of agriculture with lots of different people and it helps give me a platform to share my passion for agriculture. With public speaking, I have gotten to meet lots of new people and build tons of relationships. It has really opened up my eyes
to how vast the agricultural industry is!"
What are your plans after high school?
"My plans after high school include staying employed with the Maries County Bank and Higbie Farms while obtaining a degree at Mizzou. I want to double major in agribusiness management with an emphasis in finance and in animal science. I plan to receive my masters in both. I also plan to continue to grow my cattle operation."
What is your favorite part of FFA?
"My favorite part of FFA would definitely have to be the fact that we are all one big family. I have made so many lasting friendships and relationships that had I not been in FFA I would have never of had the chance. It’s an amazing feeling to know that I am a part of an organization that is much bigger than me. Everyone comes together with their different backgrounds and we are all working to achieve the same goal. It is very encouraging to be in an organization that stands behind young entrepreneurs in the agricultural industry. My whole life I have been immersed in agriculture and I truly feel at home when I am in my blue corduroy jacket. I would not want to trade this FFAmily of mine for anything in the world. My time in FFA has made me a better person, a harder worker, and made me eternally grateful!"
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Yeah, Hannah! Glad to see you recognized for your hard work.
Lily Wagner, did u see this? I saw her name and thought it sounded familiar and then I saw Vienna, and was like oh, I know her
This is awesome, Hannah!!
Proud FFA "auntie".
Way to go Hannah!!
Hannah Shanks you go girl!
Good job, Hannah Shanks.
3 days ago
Ever since I was a little girl, I loved looking at pictures. Anytime I felt upset, I would sit down and look at photo albums for hours on end. There’s something about memories that make the heart smile. This morning, I was reflecting on my year as a state officer as I looked through pictures. Despite not being able to now see my teammates or visit chapters like I had planned, I am thankful for the memories that I HAVE made, the people who have become best friends and the pictures that remind my heart to smile. So here are some of my favorite pictures from this year to remind us all of the good.
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