Missouri Agriculture Updates: ReachMORE Tour. MAbA. Youth Scholarships.

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December 1, 2017

reachMORE Tour

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This week marked the first week of the reachMORE Tour. With stops at MFA Inc. and Missouri Soil and Water Conservation District annual meetings on Nov. 28, the Department of Agriculture team exchanged handshakes, ideas and support with hundreds of farmers.

Director Chinn addressed the crowd of farmers and MFA employees at the Holiday Inn Executive Center, after the large majority of the audience visited the Department booth to offer their input via our customer satisfaction and Governor’s Conference on Agriculture survey.

Division directors, Director Chinn and Deputy Director Hawkins then traveled to Tan-Tar-A to speak to a packed room at the Missouri Soil and Water Conservation Districts meeting. Each division director shared information about the services they provide the state, and why they enjoy doing what they do each day.  The majority of our staff are from a farm background or currently live on the farm, so our passion for agriculture is deep. 

Tonight, we will be at the Missouri Livestock Symposium in Kirksville! 

See the rest of our ReachMORE Tour dates here: http://agriculture.mo.gov/more/tour.php


MAbA applications accepted through Feb. 1, 2018

Agriculture has a tremendous impact on our nation’s economy, and Missouri is at the heart of this industry. It is important that young people carry on the tradition and heritage of those who have made this state the agricultural leader it is today and develop the skills necessary to continue that legacy in the future.

Since 1988, the Missouri Agribusiness Academy (MAbA) has awarded 900 academy memberships through a competitive application and interview process. To be eligible for the Missouri Agribusiness Academy, students must come from a farming family or be an active member of the National FFA Organization or 4-H. The 2018 MAbA class will tour agribusinesses, explore educational opportunities and meet with agricultural leaders in the St. Louis area from June 4 – 8, 2018. The students will end their week with a graduation ceremony at the Missouri State Capitol in Jefferson City.

Apply now for the Missouri Agribusiness Academy!

Are you a high school sophomore interested in becoming a future leader in agriculture and your community? Then the Missouri Agribusiness Academy is for you! MAbA is a youth leadership program designed for thirty high school sophomores to explore career opportunities in agribusiness, government and production agriculture. Written applications accompanied by three letters of recommendation must be postmarked by Feb. 1, 2018. A link to the written application is below.

Learn more and download the application at Agriculture.Mo.Gov, or click here.

Youth in Agriculture

Youth in Agriculture Scholarships now available

The Missouri State Fair Foundation Youth in Agriculture scholarship application for Missouri High School seniors graduating in 2018 is now available. Applications should be submitted to the Missouri State Fair and must be postmarked by Feb. 1, 2018. 

These scholarships are possible thanks to the gracious contributions of many individuals and companies. One $5,000 platinum scholarship sponsored by Youth in Agriculture supporters, one $2,500 supreme scholarship sponsored by Sydenstricker John Deere of Missouri/Sydenstricker Angus Genetics, and thirty $1,500 scholarships sponsored by Youth in Agriculture are being offered.

Applicants must be high school seniors and active members of 4-H or FFA, and have participated at least once as a 4-H or FFA exhibitor at the Missouri State Fair. Eligible scholarship applicants must plan to enroll in an accredited Missouri community college or a four-year-college or university in the fall/spring semester immediately following graduation from high school. 

Missouri State Fair scholarships are funded through the generosity of Youth in Agriculture sponsors and buyers of the livestock sold during the annual Sale of Champions; the sponsors and buyers list is available here. A portion of each animal’s sale price is allocated to the scholarship program. Additional support is also provided by Guesa USA/Dairy Queen of Sedalia, Guesa USA/Steak ‘n Shake of Sedalia, the Missouri Department of Agriculture’s Annual Ag Golf Classic and the Missouri State Fair Foundation.

Download the application here.

This Week in Photos

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This week, we highlight Director Chinn's television interview on rural broadband, the Capitol Christmas Tree Ceremony with Butch and Darlene Augsburg from Philadelphia, Mo. and ReachMORE Tour visits to the MFA Annual Meeting and Missouri Soil & Water Conservation Meeting. 

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