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.
On behalf of more than 25,000 members of Missouri FFA, on Tuesday, Feb. 19, Governor Mike Parson proclaimed Feb. 16-23, 2019, to be National FFA Week in Missouri. Joined by more than 80 local Missouri FFA members, Gov. Parson was welcomed to the Capitol as he replicated the FFA tradition of driving a tractor to school during National FFA Week. The tractor was fueled by B20 Biodiesel and led from the Governor’s Mansion to the Capitol this morning by the Missouri FFA van sponsored by the Missouri Corn Merchandising Council.
“I am so proud to let the members of Missouri FFA know that they have a friend in the Governor’s Office who is working day in and day out to protect their future,” Governor Parson said. “Whether it’s driving a tractor to work this morning or fighting for more STEM programs, I want to ensure the next generation of agriculture thrives.”
Missouri 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.
“The future of Missouri agriculture lies in the hands of these students,” Director of Agriculture Chris Chinn said. “It’s important that we invest in them as young leaders now so that they can invent the next agriculture technology, return to the family farm, or help us share the story of Missouri agriculture.”
“Agriculture is a driving force behind Missouri’s economy, and FFA is preparing students to succeed as farmers, biologists, veterinarians, business leaders, and more,” Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education Margie Vandeven said. “We are proud of our FFA members’ contributions to their communities, their schools, and our state.”
Immediately following the proclamation ceremony, FFA members heard from eight panelists about Missouri agriculture’s workforce and the skills they will need to develop before being career-ready. FCS Financial and the Agriculture Leadership of Tomorrow program provided panelists for the discussion.
Panelists for the agriculture workforce development discussion were the following:
—Adapted from a release from Governor Michael L. Parson.
Take a peek into feature stories from the latest issue of Missouri FFA Today!
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The Missouri State FFA officer team presents the “Living to Serve Network” again this year.
For the last 28 years our State President has had the honor of addressing the House of Representatives in Missouri. The theme of this year’s speech of Cultivate Tomorrow, Today with the FFA’s Vision of Growing Leaders, Building Communities, and Strengthening Agriculture intertwined.
DEADLINE: MARCH 1, 2019
Since 2004, FCS Financial has provided more than half a million dollars to Missouri high school seniors seeking higher 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.
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.
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