Missouri FFA is 25,375 members strong – the sixth highest state membership in the nation.

Students received recognition for outstanding achievements in agriculture education at the 91st annual Missouri FFA Convention April 25 and 26. From food production to agriculture sales to livestock evaluation and more, FFA students received comprehensive agriculture education and were honored for their accomplishments. More than 8,000 FFA members, advisers and guests from across the state gathered for the convention at the University of Missouri’s Hearnes Center.

In acknowledgment of their agricultural and leadership achievements, 760 members received the state’s highest FFA degree. According to Missouri FFA Executive Secretary Keith Dietzschold, Missouri has the highest number of American FFA Degree recipients of any state.

In addition, 576 FFA members received awards for development of their supervised agricultural experience (SAE) program. The proficiency areas are varied and include production, management and communications disciplines.

Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education Margie Vandeven and Missouri Director of Agriculture Chris Chinn spoke during the event.

Several Nodaway County FFA members were recognized. Read more about them in the 5/2 printed edition.