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Dahmer Tapped as National Officer

Dahmer Tapped as National Officer

Past State President Paxton Dahmer Elected National Central Region Vice President

Sixth-generation agriculturalist and third-generation FFA member Paxton Dahmer never saw himself as a National FFA Officer, but after being elected Central Region Vice President at the 93rd National FFA Convention last month, he hopes to reach more students in a unique way.

“Right now, we have a pretty unique opportunity with virtual interaction to reach additional students that we wouldn’t traditionally reach,” Dahmer says. “Whether that’s Zooming into a classroom or meeting a student face-to-face, we have the opportunity to dedicate a lot of time to doing just that. My hope is to engage with youth in as many ways as possible and try to develop them as FFA members so that ultimately we’re strengthening our industry along the way.”

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Missouri FFA Members Receive National Awards

Two tapped with proficiency award honors

Nationally, students enrolled in agricultural education can compete for awards in nearly 50 proficiency award areas ranging from agricultural communications to wildlife management. Proficiency awards are also recognized at local and state levels and provide recognition to members that are exploring and becoming established in agricultural career pathways.

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Leon Busdieker

State Ag Education Leader Honored Nationally

Leon Busdieker named Outstanding State Supervisor

The National Association of Supervisors in Agricultural Education (NASAE) recently named Leon Busdieker as the 2020 Outstanding State Supervisor. Since July 2011 Busdieker has been the director of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources for the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and serves as state advisor for the Missouri FFA Association.

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I lost my glasses a few months ago. I had just gone to the eye doctor, so I was bound and determined to find them.  I never did, so I bit the bullet and picked out a new pair. When they finally came in, I put them on and realized how much sharper everything was. Without my glasses, I have to stare at things endlessly before they come into focus.

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Anna Milazzo

Missouri State Fair Youth in Agriculture Scholarships Offered

Applications due Feb. 1, 2021

The Missouri State Fair and the Youth in Agriculture Committee are accepting applications for Youth in Agriculture scholarships for Missouri high school seniors graduating in 2021. The application form can be found on the Fair’s website. Applications should be submitted to the Missouri State Fair and must be postmarked by Feb. 1, 2021. Applicants must submit an original copy of their application and three additional copies.


These scholarships are possible thanks to the gracious contributions of many individuals and companies supporting Youth in Agriculture.  A total of 40 scholarships amounting to $68,500, the largest amount offered, will be awarded:

  • one $5,000 platinum scholarship sponsored by Youth in Agriculture supporters,
  • one $2,500 supreme scholarship sponsored by Sydenstricker Nobbe Partners/Sydenstricker Genetics,
  • four $2,500 supreme scholarships sponsored by the Missouri State Fair Foundation,
  • and thirty-four 1,500 scholarships sponsored by Youth in Agriculture supporters.


Applicants must be high school seniors and active members of Missouri 4-H or FFA, and have participated at least once as a 4-H or FFA exhibitor at the Missouri State Fair.  Selected students must enroll (fall and/or spring semester immediately following graduation from high school) in an accredited community college, college or university in the state of Missouri. Applicants are not required to pursue a degree in agriculture, however, a five point bonus will be given to applicants pursuing a degree in agriculture during the selection process.

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You Could Earn Cash!

Videos due April 1, 2021

Attention Missouri Agriculture teachers! 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 Contents to earn $500 cash! Read on to find out more about this exciting opportunity!

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Missouri FFA Pen Pal Program

Making Connections

Pen Pal Program launched to help Missouri FFA members build network

The Missouri FFA Pen Pal Program will give high school FFA members the opportunity to meet fellow FFA members across the state. An email will be sent to the two paired participants to connect them together. They will then be able to share their physical address, social media channels and start building relationships. The program is open to all Missouri FFA members still in high school and will continue for an extended period of time. 


To participate, complete the form via this link:

New Look for Greenhand Conferences

Greenhand Motivational Conferences will come with a new look this year. The annual conferences for first-year FFA members will be offered during December and January as an in-chapter visit or as a video conference depending on your school school district’s health restrictions and protocols. State officers will be taping a skit to use as the intro for the visit and will then conduct an opportunities workshop to conclude each visit. Your advisor will schedule your chapter’s conference through their district supervisor. The 2020-21 State Officer Team has set a goal of working to connect with all 349 Missouri FFA Chapters.