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Thirty Sophomores Selected for the 2020 Missouri Agribusiness Academy

Thirty high school sophomores were recently selected to participate in the Missouri Department of Agriculture’s Missouri Agribusiness Academy. The students will spend time throughout the year exploring various segments of Missouri agriculture.  The Department is exploring virtual avenues for professional and leadership development.

Students selected in the region are from St. Mary, East Prairie, Fredericktown, Mountain Grove, Farmington, and Perryville. The announcement was made in a press release from the Missouri Department of Agriculture, on Tuesday.

As social distancing measures allow, MAbA will also be working to bring students together for tours of agriculture businesses, guest speaker presentations and visits with influential leaders in agriculture to learn about career opportunities in agribusiness, animal health, farming, ranching and more.

Director of Agriculture Chris Chinn commented on the MAbA class of 2020:  "I am so proud of the 2020 Missouri Agribusiness Academy class. These students are a bright spot in Missouri agriculture and represent the promise of our next generation. It is our hope that MAbA will further develop their leadership skills and introduce them to new career opportunities in agriculture.”

This marks the 33rd year of the Missouri Agri-business Academy, promoting careers in agriculture to high school sophomores. 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.