MO FFA Today E-Newsletter


Living to Serve

Missouri Farmers Care Drive to Feed Kids offers matching grants to address food insecurity needs

This year the COVID-19 pandemic has brought much uncertainty for Missouri families. Missouri FFA in partnership with Missouri Farmers Care Drive to Feed Kids is offering chapters an opportunity to take part in a $300 matching mini-grant. The goal of the Chapter Mini-Grants is to provide FFA chapters a Living to Serve opportunity to address food insecurity needs or awareness. This is a one-time only opportunity.


Proposals will be reviewed and funded based upon individual merit and adherence with program guidelines. Mini-grant applications are being received through Sept. 30, 2020. Chapters interested in participating, should contact their advisor for application details.

Hands-On Approach

Bowling Green FFA’s Clint Bailey earns State Star in Agricultural Placement as hands-on learning grows his SAE.

Doing to Learn. These three words make up the second line of the FFA motto, the goal of a Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) and the definition of Missouri FFA’s State Star in Agricultural Placement’s dedication to growth in his SAE.


Clint Bailey of the Bowling Green FFA Chapter started his placement SAE at Bowling Green Veterinary Clinic walking dogs, cleaning kennels and providing animals with proper food and water. These tasks, while important and necessary to daily operations at the clinic, represent the start of a journey filled with learning and growth.

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What’s Your Impact?

Two weeks into quarantine and social distancing, an idea popped into my head but I wasn’t sure how I was going to carry out the plan with so much uncertainty in the world.


On April 4, 2020, I sent a text message that read, “Hello, I am Kaylee Lower, a senior at Weaubleau High School. I was wanting to get in contact with an individual about making cards for all of the nursing home residents.” Little did I know that the text message I sent would have such a positive impact on the lives of nursing home residents.

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Reaching for Research

Eldon FFA member Destinie Tunis wins State Star in Agriscience while preparing for career success throughout her SAE.

Part of the National FFA Organization’s mission is to prepare students for career success. Whether it’s through participating in public speaking, holding a chapter office or attending a leadership conference, members have a multitude of opportunities to prepare for the future throughout their time in the organization. Missouri FFA’s State Star in Agriscience has chosen to prepare for her future through her Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE). Destinie Tunis of the Eldon FFA Chapter has conducted three agriscience research projects relating to either human or animal health.

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Exploring Ag!

Middle school students engage in agriculture; FCS Financial announces video contest results 

From FCS Financial

Last year, middle school students across Missouri had the opportunity to explore agriculture through a new curriculum sponsored by FCS Financial and the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.


To celebrate the release of the ag curriculum, FCS Financial hosted a video contest for public schools located in their service area. Congratulations to the Verona and Elsberry school districts for their Exploring Animal Science and Exploring Plant Science winning videos. Each school district received $600. The winning videos can be viewed online at


In the 2020-2021 school year, Exploring Food Science and Exploring Natural Resources will be added to the curriculum. To participate, teachers can assign the project to students enrolled in an exploring agriculture curriculum topic and submit the top two videos per topic area to FCS Financial by April 1, 2021.