FFA members from across the state will meet in Columbia on April 19 and 20 to honor fellow members for outstanding achievements, to conduct association business, to elect new officers and to participate in leadership workshops at the 84th Missouri FFA Convention.
"Plant Goals, Harvest Success" is the theme for this year's annual convention at Hearnes Center on the University of Missouri campus in Columbia.
According to Keith Dietzschold, Missouri FFA executive secretary, the state association will present Missouri FFA degrees to 773 members who, as a result of their agricultural and leadership achievements, have qualified for the state's highest FFA degree. The State Star Farmer, the State Star in Agribusiness and the State Star in Placement also will be named.
Members will receive awards in various agricultural proficiency areas, including: communications, dairy production and food science; career development events including agricultural sales, floriculture, horse judging and speaking competitions; and other organizational program areas.
The Missouri FFA also will present awards to several adults and groups for their support of agricultural education and FFA through the presentation of 26 Honorary State FFA Degrees.
The Missouri FFA Association has 25,760 members, ranking fourth as a state in membership. 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 agricultural education.