Missouri FFA members thirst for leadership

Posted January 17, 2013 at 10:53 am

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NEVC FFA AT GREENHAND CONFERENCE – Five Northeast Vernon Co FFA Chapter Greenhands attended the Area 9 Conference at Missouri State University, Springfield, on Jan. 9. Pictured are (back row) Chance Messier and Victoria Stutzman; (front row) Jayce Vantellman, Trenton Rader and Ethan Haddix.

Over 4,000 first year FFA members from more than 300 Missouri High Schools had the opportunity to learn about being positive role models, learning to get involved, making sound choices, becoming active team members and making a positive difference in their lives, school and community at the annual Greenhand Motivational Conferences. These conferences presented by the State FFA Officers and sponsored by MFA Incorporated were held Jan. 8-11 throughout Missouri.

Through interactive workshops and skits the State FFA Officers encouraged first-year FFA members to explore and reach outside their comfort zone for the opportunities provided through FFA membership. They helped the new agriculture students set goals for their education, careers and FFA experience.

Nineteen conferences were held at 13 different locations throughout the state: University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg; Bowling Green High School, Bowling Green; Truman State University, Kirksville; Sullivan High School, Sullivan; Three Rivers Community College, Poplar Bluff; Missouri State University, West Plains; Lincoln University, Jefferson City; Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau; Waynesville High School, Waynesville; Missouri State University, Springfield; Missouri Western State College, St. Joseph; University of Missouri, Columbia; and North Central Missouri College, Trenton.

The FFA is a national youth organization of over 550,000 student members preparing for leadership and careers in the science, business, and technology of agriculture with 330 chapters and more than 25,500 members in Missouri. The FFA strives to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agriculture education.