Over 4,500 first year FFA members from more than 320 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 Conference. These conferences presented by the State FFA Officers and sponsored by MFA Incorporated were held January 5-8 throughout Missouri.
Through interactive workshops and skits the State FFA Officers encouraged first-year FFA members to explore their talents 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.
Eighteen conference were held in 13 different locations throughout the state. University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg; Bowling Green High School, Bowling Gree; Truman State University, Kirksville; Sullivan High School, Sullivan; Three Rivers Community College, Popular 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 University, St.Joseph; University of Missouri, Columbia; and North Central Missouri College, Trenton.
The FFA is a national youth organization of over 629,000 student members preparing for leadership and careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture with 341 chapters and more than 25,800 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 education.
The State Officers of the Missouri FFA Association recently conducted eighteen Greenhand Motivational Conferences in Missouri. MFA Incorporated helped sponsor the conferences.
Seated from left to right are: Vice President Hunter Corman, Willow Springs; Past State Officer Samantha Marre, Elsberry; State Secretary Alex Stichnote, Ashland; Vice President Rylee Streit, Holden; Vice President Maggie Voisard, Mid-Buchanan; and Vice President, Ty Whittaker, Miller. Rich Hill FFA members standing directly behind the State Officers are Allie Schmitt, Bryce Lewis, Caleb Politte, Jacob Querry, Adam Bridgewater, Taron Mumma. Back row: Mark Bush, Katie Malone, Jadyn Swickhamer, Levi Nichols, and Garrett Brooks.