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Oct 04 2022

2022 National Finalists

  • Ag Communications-Columbia
  • Ag Issues Forum-Paris
  • Ag Sales – Troy
  • Ag Mechanics – North Shelby
  • Agronomy – North Shelby
  • Conduct of Meetings – North Shelby
  • Creed – Kaden Pham – Pierce City
  • Dairy Cattle – Butler
  • Dairy Handlers – Addison Tharp-Republic
  • Employment Skills – Gavin King-Pierce City
  • Extemp Speaking – Hannah Rice – Brunswick
  • Farm Business Mgt – Palmyra
  • Floriculture – North Callaway
  • Food Science – Monroe City
  • Forestry – Forsyth
  • Horse – Clinton
  • Livestock – Fair Grove
  • Meats – Bowling Green
  • Milk Quality – Halfway
  • Nursery/Landscape – Van-Far
  • Parliamentary – Troy
  • Poultry – Columbia
  • Public Speaking – Owen Neeley – Lockwood


Animal Systems – Division 3 – Abigail Burns-Gallatin

Environ Services/NRS – Division 3 – Jonah Visser – Tuscumbia

Food Products – Division 3 – Brooklyn Pendleton – Tuscumbia

Food Products – Division 5 – Spencer Vossler – Crest Ridge

Food Products – Division 6 – Lorelai Myers/Clara Smith-Pleasant Hope

Plant Systems – Division 3 – Colin Stokes-Tuscumbia


35 Three Star Chapters — Highest award for a chapter
Premier Chapter: Building Communities Finalist –Blue Springs

  • 582 American Degree Recipients – #1 in number recipients
  • National Officer Candidate – Colin Wilburn
  • 13 National Delegates
  • 3 National Talent Performers   
    • Easton Beezley – Ozark
    • Kennedy Parrish – Green City
    • Coy Stephan – Appleton City
  • 5 National Chorus Member
    Anna Barnes, Monroe City; Elias McKinley, Warrensburg; Sophia Mudd, Monroe City; Autumn Olejniczak, Smithton; Logan Petree, Tipton
  • 14 National Band Members
    Noelle Abend, Rich Hill; Dakota Forrester, Eldon; Taryn Fuemmeler, Glasgow; Juana Arely Gonzalez, Brunswick; Leah Guss, Warrenton; Cora Johnson, Montgomery County R-II; Doralynn Lee, Warrenton; Ashley Morsbach, Plattsburg; Austin Rush, Eldon; Hayden Schapeler, Rich Hill; Tinley Schneider, Macon; Carissa Simagna, Aurora; Brittney Simagna, Aurora; Corbin Woodall, Silex
  • 2 Teachers receiving Honorary American Degree
    Sherry Byram, Owensville, MO; Sarah Peterson, Mansfield, MO
  • 7 Individuals receiving Honorary American Degree
    Dave Baker, Columbia, MO;  The Late Edward Hager, Eugene, MO;  Eddie Sydenstricker, Mexico, MO; Aimee Hood, Mindy McDermott, Conner McKenzie
  • Hall of States – Centralia FFA
  • National FFA Delegate Committee Chairman –
    Colton Roy, State President will serve as the National Committee Chairs for the Agricultural Education Delivery Empowerment Committee.
  1. Agricultural Education – Emily Hoyt – Audrain Co. R-VI
  2. Mechanics Repair & Maintenance—Trentin Doss-East Buchanan
  3. Agricultural Sales – Entrepreneurship – Annamarie Stone –Centralia
  4. Beef Production – Placement – Jack Peterson-Carrollton Area Career Center
  5. Dairy Production-Entrepreneurship—Lila Wantland-Niangua
  6. Diversified Prod. – Entrepreneurship/Placement—Justin Duenke-Audrain Co. R-VI
  7. Diversified Crop Production – Placement – Corbin Sampson-Kirksville
  8. Diversified Horticulture Production – Entrepreneurship/Placement—Trenton Jones-Higginsville
  9. Equine Science Entrepreneurship –Jaron Thebeau-Mexico
  10. Equine Science Placement –Dylan Ellis-East Buchanan
  11. Fruit Production- Entrepreneurship/Placement—Tyler Hilgedick-Ashland
  12. Grain Production- Entrepreneurship/ Placement—Michael Dierking –Santa Fe
  13. Service Learning – Miranda Patterson-South Shelby
  14. Small Animal Production and Care- Entrepreneurship/Placement – Benjamin Byrd-Troy
  15. Swine Production-Placement –Colby Ruether-Troy
  16. Turf Grass Management- Entrepreneurship/Placement-Wayland Mckenzie-Boonville
  17. Wildlife Production and Management-Trent Dowell-Gallatin
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Dec 16 2021

2022 Greenhand Motivational Conferences

Date Location Times Area
January 3 Lincoln University-Richardson Aud. 9:00 A.M.  Registration and Pictures 8
January 4 UMC-Natural Resources Aud. 9:00 A.M.  Registration and Pictures 4
January 4 Bowling Green High School 4:00 P.M.  Registration and Pictures 5
January 4 Mo State Fair-Lowell Mohler Hall 9:00 A.M.  Registration and Pictures 6
January 4 Mo State Fair-Lowell Mohler Hall 12:00 P.M.  Registration and Pictures 7
January 4 Waynesville Career Center 2:00 P.M.  Registration and Pictures 13
January 4 Sullivan High School 8:30 A.M.  Registration and Pictures 14
January 5 Truman-Baldwin Audi. 9:30 A.M.  Registration and Pictures 3
January 5 Darr  Ag Center–MSU 12:00 P.M.  Registration and Pictures 9
January 5 Darr  Ag Center–MSU 9:00 A.M.  Registration and Pictures 10
January 5 West Plains Civic Ctr.-MSU 8:30 A.M.  Registration and Pictures 13
January 5 Tinnen Ctr-Three Rivers Comm. College 2:30 P.M.  Registration and Pictures 16
January 6 Ketcham Community Ctr-NCMC 8:00 A.M.  Registration and Pictures 2
January 6 Darr  Ag Center–MSU 12:00 P.M.  Registration and Pictures 11
January 6 Darr  Ag Center–MSU 9:00 A.M.  Registration and Pictures 12
January 6 University Center-SEMO 8:30 A.M.  Registration and Pictures 15
January 7 MO Western St. College Theater 8:30 A.M.  Registration and Pictures 1
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Dec 10 2021

FCS Financial Awards $25,000 in honor of 25,000 FFA members on #GivingTuesday

Missouri is home to approximately 25,000 current FFA members. FCS Financial sees the leadership skills and agriculture education these students are developing. This is why on #GivingTuesday, FCS Financial is donating $25,000, $1 per FFA member, to the newly formed Missouri FFA Foundation.


More than 60 FCS Financial staff members served as local, area, district or state FFA officers. FFA formed the leadership skills and foundation that many of our staff members rely on today to complete their jobs assisting Missouri’s farmers and ranchers.


“The importance of a strong handshake was the first of many communication and leadership skills FFA taught me. Those lessons continue to help me today in my role at FCS Financial,” says Madison Browning, financial services specialist in the Maryville office.


“The vision of the Missouri FFA Foundation closely aligns with the mission of FCS Financial to support rural communities. It seems fitting that on #GivingTuesday we make an inaugural donation of $25,000 in honor of each active member to support the Missouri FFA Foundation in their efforts to advance Missouri FFA,” said David Janish, FCS Financial CEO.


“FCS Financial has always been a friend of Missouri FFA,” says Keith Dietzschold, Missouri FFA Association state advisor and Agricultural Education director. “This donation to the Missouri FFA Foundation helps to secure our ability to continue meeting our vision; “To cultivate the next generation of leaders for the agriculture industry and communities” here in Missouri.”


#GivingTuesday is a global grassroots movement to encourage people to show acts of kindness and generosity in their communities. This is the ten-year anniversary of #GivingTuesday according to It occurs annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving.


FCS Financial provides numerous opportunities for youth involved in agriculture through community betterment grants, curriculum development and youth funding programs. To learn more about our involvement, check out our website or follow us on social media.

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Briscoe Named MO FFA Executive Secretary

Teresa Briscoe

We are pleased to introduce Ms. Teresa Briscoe as the new Agricultural Education Leadership Supervisor (MO FFA Executive Secretary).  Teresa brings a wealth of knowledge with youth development and agricultural education to our team.  Her work experience includes 4-H Youth Specialist (4 years), Agriculture instructor and FFA Advisor (20 years of experience) with Mark Twain, Madison C-3, Keytesville, and Paris agricultural departments, and most recently experience working with two veterinary offices.  Many of you may know Teresa as one of the staff who has helped for years in the Swine Barn at the MO State Fair. Teresa enjoys time with her children – Mindy a veterinarian at Paris and Aaron a Captain in the Army National Guard flying helicopters out of Jefferson City.


Teresa stated in her application:  “I am excited for the possibility to contribute my talents and proficiency in a team atmosphere toward the promotion of career success, personal growth and leadership development.”


Teresa’s contact info:
Phone:  573-751-8578


Please join our staff and welcome Teresa back home in agricultural education/MO FFA.

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Dietzschold to Lead Missouri Agricultural Education

Keith Dietzschold, MO Ag Education DirectorThe Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education recently named Keith Dietzschold Agricultural Education director and Missouri FFA Association state advisor, effective July 1, 2021. He takes over for Leon Busdieker who retired June 30. Dietzschold was previously northwest district supervisor and state FFA executive secretary.


“The agriculture education profession has been an exciting one,” Dietzschold said. “I am an educational professional by choice, not by chance. Today’s students are our future, and I have the opportunity to work with people who help shape and mold the future leaders of this great state and nation. Nothing could be more rewarding!”


Dietzschold received a Bachelor of Science degree in animal science from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1982. After returning home to farm with his father in the family’s row crop and swine operation, Dietzschold returned to MU to complete a Master’s in Education, Agriculture Education emphasis, and graduated in December 1984.


A former agricultural education instructor and FFA Advisor, Dietzschold taught in Chillicothe, Cameron and Lathrop before joining DESE in 2011. He is a member of the National Association for Agriculture Educators and Missouri Vocational Agriculture Teachers Association (MVATA). He has also served on numerous committees for the National FFA Organization and MVATA. Dietzschold was honored in 2018 with the Peter Myers Distinguished Service Award, was named Teacher of the Year by the Missouri Vocational Association in 1997 and was an Eddy Award Winner from Missouri Public Education in 1998. He is also a past recipient of the MVATA Distinguished Service Award.


Dietzschold and his wife, Linda, reside in Boonville. They have two grown children and one granddaughter.


As director of agricultural education and state FFA advisor, Dietzschold will oversee Missouri’s agricultural education program, including the state’s 351 FFA chapters and 25,662 members. The FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.

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2021 National Finalists


CDE/LDE Participants

  • Ag Issues – Paris
  • Ag Sales – Audrain County R-VI
  • Ag Mechanics – Hermann
  • Agronomy – Hollister
  • Conduct of Meetings – North Shelby
  • Creed – Macy Stauffer – Eldorado Springs
  • Dairy Cattle – Savannah
  • Employment Skills – Trevor Campbell – Cass Career Center
  • Environmental/Nat Res. – St. James
  • Extemp Speaking – Vanessa Enslow – East Newton
  • Farm Bus. Mgt – Hermann – Advancing
  • Floriculture – Palmyra – Advancing
  • Food Science – Elsberry – Advancing
  • Forestry – Forsyth – Advancing
  • Horse – Clinton
  • Livestock – Troy
  • Meats – Van-Far
  • Milk Quality – Savannah
  • Nursery/Landscape – Archie
  • Parliamentary – Troy
  • Poultry – Paris
  • Public Speaking – Grant Norfleet – Mexico
  • Vet Science – Columbia
Animal: Freiburger & Freiburger, Verona
Environmental/ Natural Resources: Jonah Visser, Tuscumbia
Environmental/ Natural Resources: Schieffer & Winberry, Troy
Environmental/ Natural Resources: Jonah Visser, Tuscumbia
Food Products/Processing: Kylie Cline, Tuscumbia
Plant Systems: Abigail Burns, Gallatin
Plant Systems: White & Hillhouse, Verona
Plant Systems: George Frees, Cass Career Center
Power, Structural, Technical: Sam Tummons, Columbia
Social: Abby Eddy, Columbia
Social: Blakemore & Dureault, Walnut Grove
Model of Excellence — Aurora
Model of Excellence — Braymer
Building Communities — Centralia
Strengthening Agriculture — Elsberry
Strengthening Agriculture — Mexico
Model of Excellence & Growing Leaders — Paris
  • 539 American Degree Recipients
  • National Officer Candidate – Alexandra Gast
  • 14 National Delegates
  • 1 National Talent Performer   Owen Kloeppel, Vienna
  • National Nominating Committee Member – Jacob Knabel, Fatima
  • 3 National Chorus Members

Sophia Mudd, Monroe City; Emaleigh Wallace, Winfield; Grace Williams, Winfield

  • 10 National Band Members

Maddy Aust, Pierce City; Taryn Fuemmeler, Glasgow; Oscar Hilgedick, Ashland; Cora Johnson, Montgomery County R-II; Gavin King, Pierce City; Owen Neely, Lockwood; Hannah Rice, Brunswick; Brooke Wagner, Ashland; Taylor Watts, Elsberry; David Welter, Stewartsville

  • 2 Teachers receiving Honorary American Degree

Jay Shepherd, Mount Vernon; Jeff Voris, Halfway

  • 7 Individuals receiving Honorary American Degree

Tami Craig Schilling, St. Louis; Erik Curry, St. Louis; Mike Deering, Columbia; Jill Fansler, Jefferson City; Diane Slater, Columbia; Gary Wheeler, Jefferson City; Amy Wieberg, Jefferson City

  • 1 VIP Citation – Leon Busdieker, Hawk Point
  • Hall of States – Winston FFA
Agricultural Education: Brylee Williams, Princeton
Agricultural Sales – Entrepreneurship: Keiren Watkins, Northwest Technical School
Agricultural Sales – Placement: Brittany Hirsch, Thayer
Agriscience Plant Systems Research: George Frees, Cass Career Center
Diversified Crop Production – Entrepreneurship: Connor Keithley, Chillicothe
Environmental Science & Natural Resource Management: Kale Campbell, Chillicothe
Poultry Production: Arin Starne, Bronaugh
Service Learning: Ethan Chapman, Paris
Specialty Animal Production: Jason Douglas, East Prairie
Veterinary Science: Brett Montgomery, Brookfield
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Sep 06 2021

Drive to Feed Kids Provides More than 2 Million Meals to Missourians in Need

Missouri Farmers Care Foundation proudly announced Saturday, Aug. 21, that resources were raised to provide 2,015,088 meals to help feed hungry children across our state through the 2021 Drive to Feed Kids.


“Over 10 years ago, the leadership of Missouri Farmers Care saw there was a gap between the hard work of our farmers and ranchers producing food year-round for consumers, and what ended up on Missourians’ dinner tables,” said Executive Director of Missouri Farmers Care Foundation Ashley McCarty. “They felt called to fill in that gap on behalf of those who couldn’t do anything to change their situation. Out of that effort evolved the Drive to Feed Kids.”


This year, Missouri’s agricultural youth programs partnered with the Drive to raise meals for communities across the state. Missouri 4-H members donated 356,665 meals during their 4-H Feeding Missouri campaign which ran January – April 2021 and packed an additional 500 meal boxes for veterans at the Missouri State Fair. On Aug. 17, more than 700 Missouri FFA Association members and agricultural leaders came together at the Missouri State Fair to pack 203,544 family meals for the Missouri FFA Food Insecurity Day.


The Drive to Feed Kids campaign continues to expand its partnerships and ways to donate. The Hogs for Hunger program, previously known as the Missouri Farmers Care Pork Partnership, connected Missouri pig farmers, 4-H and FFA exhibitors to meat processors and local food banks. More than 900 pounds of ground pork was provided by Missouri State Fair swine exhibitors and a partnership with Feeding Missouri has contributed an additional 205,883 pounds of high-quality protein to all six regional food banks. Missouri pig farmers can still donate to their local food bank through this program. Missouri Farmers Care Foundation will reimburse $1 per pound donated to cover processing fees.


Governor Mike Parson and First Lady Teresa Parson, along with Missouri elected officials and agricultural leaders, joined the cause on Thursday, Aug. 19. Together, they packed 500 share boxes that will provide nourishment to central Missouri families in need.


Fairgoers participated in the events by bringing non-perishable food items and monetary donations on Missouri Farmers Care Food Drive $2 Tuesday. Through these activities and a generous canned food donation by Woods Supermarket, more than 13,000 pounds of non-perishable food was donated to local pantries. In addition, Missouri FFA donated fresh produce from FFA student projects on display at the fair. The year-long campaign concluded Saturday, Aug. 21 at the Missouri State Fair.


“There are thousands of hard-working Missourians who can’t make ends meet and don’t have enough to feed their families. That’s just a reality in Missouri,” said State Director of Feeding Missouri Scott Baker. “However, another reality is the heart and commitment of Missouri’s farmers to do all they can to help neighbors in need. The impact of the Drive to Feed Kids campaign is substantial and we are truly grateful.”


To learn more about Drive to Feed Kids events and how you can get involved, Photos from this year’s Drive to Feed Kids’ events can also be found on the Missouri Farmers Care Flickr pageClick Here.


Sponsorship of Missouri Farmers Care Foundation’s Drive to Feed Kids was provided by: Bayer, Brownfield Ag News, Missouri Farmers Care, American Family Insurance, FCS Financial, MFA Incorporated, Missouri Farm Bureau, Missouri Soybean Association, Missouri Corn Merchandising Council, Missouri Bicentennial Commission, NutraBlend, Allen P. & Josephine B. Green Foundation, Jerry Litton Family Memorial Foundation, American Family Dreams Foundation, Missouri Pork Association, Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives, Forrest and Charlotte Lucas – Founders of Protect the Harvest, Missouri State Fair Foundation, Dr. and Mrs. Alan Wessler, Midwest Dairy, Sydenstricker Nobbe Partners John Deere, PFI Western Store, Citizens Electric Cooperative, Platte Clay Electric, Ricketts Farm Service, Inc., Robert Hertzog, DVM, Mid-Buchanan FFA Alumni Boosters, Missouri FFA Association, Missouri Department of Agriculture, Missouri State Fair, Missouri 4-H and the contributions of many Missouri farmers, ranchers and agribusinesses.

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Jun 30 2021

Missouri Corn and Missouri FFA Helping Build Future Leaders

Thirty incoming seniors from across the state participated in the Missouri FFA HYPE Academy, sponsored by the Missouri Corn Merchandising Council, June 22-24 in Jefferson City to sharpen their leadership and advocacy skills. Photo Credit: Missouri Corn Merchandising Council

Missouri’s top 30 FFA high school seniors completed the seventh annual Helping Youth Prepare for Excellence (HYPE) FFA Academy June 22-24, in Jefferson City, Mo. The three-day intensive program is designed to inform and empower students to effectively engage on pressing agriculture topics. Since 2015, the Missouri Corn Merchandising Council (MCMC) has sponsored and facilitated the academy in conjunction with Missouri FFA.


“Missouri Corn is proud to support the HYPE Academy and invest in the future of our industry,” said MCMC board member Jay Fischer of Jefferson City. “Having visited with the FFA students this week, I was impressed with their understanding of issues impacting agriculture and their passion for making a difference. It is clear the future is bright for these young adults, and we look forward to welcoming them to the agriculture industry after they complete their education.”


Over the three days, students participated in sessions promoting advocacy training, social media, communications, and stakeholder collaboration. In addition, discussions included overcoming adversity, developing a personal brand, and engaging those with opposing viewpoints. Students learned from farmers, industry representatives, social media experts, and others on effectively advocating on issues facing the industry. The group also explored the Missouri Soybean Center for Soy Innovation.


“HYPE is a great opportunity for students to engage in real-world agricultural issues and sharpen their leadership and advocacy skills,” noted Missouri FFA Advisor Leon Busdieker. “By sharing what they have learned when they return home, participants create a ripple effect within their chapter, strengthening the voice of members across the state.”


Capping off the three-day HYPE Academy, participants presented testimony to Missouri legislators during mock hearings on agricultural issues June 24 in the State Capitol. Photo Credit: Missouri Corn Merchandising Council

In culmination, participants testified on key issues during mock hearings with legislators at the Missouri State Capitol. This year’s topics included the federal Renewable Fuel Standard, estate taxes, waterway infrastructure, agriculture inspections, and eminent domain. Missouri Sens. Mike Bernskoetter (R-Jefferson City) and Barbara Washington (D-Kansas City), and State Reps. Rusty Black (R-Chillicothe), Kent Haden (R-Mexico), Greg Sharpe (R-Ewing), Sara Walsh (R-Ashland), Louis Riggs (R-Hannibal), and Tracy McCreery (D-St. Louis) interacted with and challenged the students. Missouri Director of Agriculture Chris Chinn concluded the academy by empowering participants to use their newfound skills as they continue to represent Missouri’s number one industry.


The Missouri Corn Merchandising Council is an organization of corn growers dedicated to developing and expanding corn markets, educating growers and customers, and exploring new research opportunities. The National FFA Organization makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth, and career success through agricultural education. Contact Missouri Corn Associate Director of Communications Hilary Black at (800) 827-4181 or for more information about HYPE Academy.

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Apr 26 2021

Find Your Best Self

Former FFA member Rhonda Ludwig blazes a trail for women in Missouri FFA.

In the early 1980s, Rhonda (Scheulen) Ludwig was just another Missouri farm kid. Growing up in what she calls “salt of the earth farming,” Ludwig worked in pig pens and hauled hay. The former Fatima FFA member embraced public speaking opportunities, showed hogs at county and state fairs and built her supervised agricultural experience project in swine production.


Little did she know, though, she would help pave the way for other Missouri farm girls as Missouri’s first female state FFA president.


“I credit FFA with everything, every bit of success I’ve had,” Ludwig explains.


An FFA member who could both walk-the-walk and talk-the-talk, Ludwig says at the time she was elected to lead Missouri’s largest youth organization she only felt blessed to serve the membership.


“At the time, I was very accepted and was just grateful to have the opportunity,” Ludwig says.


While women were first able to join the National FFA Organization in 1969, Ludwig became Missouri’s first female state president in 1981. She went on in 1983 to become the state’s first and only female national officer.


As men dominated the agricultural landscape in the 1980s, Ludwig says she might have received additional recognition as a female officer but never considered herself any different than her peers. She remembers as a Greenhand aspiring to become a state officer, but never the first female state president.


“I was a farm kid who had a great opportunity, who was blessed with skills primarily in public speaking,” she explains. “I tell kids all the time, whatever God gave you as a talent, use it. For me, that was public speaking.”

After graduating high school, Ludwig attended the University of Missouri-Columbia where she majored in agricultural journalism. She says the communications skills she honed through FFA helped her discover her niche in that career path.


“(Developing) those communications skills — the ability to write and speak — in FFA were the biggest things that led me to agricultural journalism,” Ludwig says.


There, Ludwig found her comfort zone, which led her to a more than 30-year-career in agricultural media sales.


“Had it not been for those communication and speaking opportunities through FFA, I’m not sure I would have found it,” she says.


Ludwig’s career path includes 12 years of agricultural radio advertising sales with the Brownfield Network in Jefferson City as well as 12-plus years with Farm Progress where she sold print advertising and another six years with RFD-TV as a Midwest account manager. Today, the former FFA member lives on a farm near Linn, Missouri, with husband, Dale. The couple has three children — Trent, Claire and Troy.


“FFA has been a huge part of my entire career,” Ludwig explains. “My first job out of college, I got because of the contacts I made through FFA. Then each one you make more contacts, and it eventually leads to another opportunity down the road.”


As a National FFA Officer, Ludwig says she was afforded many travel opportunities that helped her meet people all across the country.


“FFA gave me a leg up, a great start and a great opportunity,” she says.


Ludwig encourages FFA members to embrace moments when they can make a positive impression and put forth extra effort.


“Always take every opportunity to put forth your best self,” Ludwig says. “You can’t win a public speaking contest without doing what every great athlete has to do. You have to work at it. If you work at it and practice, you develop those skills. Then it pays off.”


Agriculture has changed much since Ludwig’s days in the blue corduroy. Industry pathways now include a vast array of opportunities from beyond traditional production agriculture, and Ludwig says that alone underscores the connections FFA brings to its members.


Quick to point out that her experiences in the organization were life changing, Ludwig says the work ethic she learned at home on the farm combined with her FFA involvement and learning to set goals helped her find success.


“There are no limits to what anybody can do, but it doesn’t just happen,” she advises. “You have to work hard; you have to earn it. “You have to put in the time, and you have to figure out what you want, what your goals are. Everyone’s goals are different.”

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2021 MO FFA Convention Theme
Apr 26 2021

Missouri FFA Convention Kicks Off This Week

93rd Annual event slated for April 30, May 1 in Sedalia

2021 MO FFA Convention Theme

Missouri FFA is gearing up for its 93rd Annual State FFA Convention to be held later this week in Sedalia, Missouri. In the effort to hold an in-person event celebrating accomplishments of FFA members across the state while being responsible with current Covid-19-related health concerns, the event is set for April 30 and May 1 at the Mathewson Exhibition Center on the Missouri State Fairgrounds. The recognition-only event will be limited to award winners and two advisor/chaperones per school. Guest speakers, including National FFA Central Region Vice President and Missouri native Paxton Dahmer, will highlight the sessions, which will be live streamed for those unable to attend in person.


Morning and afternoon convention sessions are scheduled for Friday, April 30 and Saturday, May 1 with a goal of recognizing chapter activity awards, honorary state degree recipients, new FFA chapters, career development and leadership development event (CDE and LDE) winners, proficiency awards, star state degrees and state degree recipients. Other scholarship and essay winners will also be honored at the convention. CDEs and LDEs are currently planned during April at various times and locations in Columbia to accommodate social distancing protocols.


The sessions can be viewed via livestream at:


Student Workshops

Student workshops will be available the week of April 26 on, highlighting 12 presentations from Dahmer, current state FFA officers, as well as Teach Ag Ambassadors and Post-Secondary Student organization officers, and can be viewed via a password-protected verification system for members.


Media Coverage

Missouri FFA will have a limited press room and have a new convention media website, which can be found at: Four marked areas are available to media for interviews. These, along with our photographer and press room, will be in the Lowell Mohler Assembly Hall.  In the meantime, if we can help you find information you are used to having let us know.



As we work to recognize our sponsors, we have developed session sponsor videos.  We will play these at the beginning of each session and then share on social media.  Even though we are limiting attendance, we want to recognize our sponsors.  The success of Missouri FFA members is directly related to the support our sponsors provide.  We cannot thank you enough.


Covid Response

There is no higher priority of the Missouri FFA Association than the health, safety and well- being of our members, staff, volunteers and community partners. As we continue to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic, we continue to make decisions with this in mind. As part of the Missouri FFA Association community, we all have a responsibility to help protect each other at all times. In compliance with current CDC recommendations, local mandates and/or statewide protocol, all attendees of the annual state FFA convention are asked to adhere to the following guidelines:


  • In an effort to provide our award winning FFA members an in-person experience, attendance will be limited to award winners, 2 advisor/chaperones per chapter and a few special guests.


  • Convention attendees are expected to wear face protection/face coverings in all indoor areas at all times.


  • Social distancing is expected at all times while attending convention.


  • Floor seating will be reserved for award winners only. Seating in the bowl area of Mathewson Exhibition Center will be limited to every other row. Some seating areas in the bowl area will be reserved.


  • Convention attendees are strongly encouraged to practice good hygiene, wash hands frequently, not touch their face, and cover coughs and sneezes with the inside of their elbow or upper arm. Please stay home if you have a fever, cough or other COVID symptoms.


  • Hand sanitizer stations will be placed throughout the convention meeting space.


  • COVID-19 protocol signage will be posted in highly visible locations that promote everyday protective measures.


  • Temperatures of convention staff will be taken daily. All individuals with a temperature of 100 degrees or higher will be isolated and sent home immediately.


  • Daily temperature screenings are the responsibility of the Ag Instructor for their chapter attendees. Missouri FFA has implemented preventative measures to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. However, Missouri FFA cannot guarantee that members and attendees will not be exposed or infected.

For complete convention coverage follow @MissouriFFA on Facebook and visit



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