The Missouri FFA Association will honor fellow members for outstanding achievements April 20–24, utilizing video releases accessible through social media and association websites.
The 92nd Missouri FFA Convention was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, but video releases and a summer event will replace many activities normally held during the annual April convention.
Missouri FFA Executive Secretary Keith Dietzschold detailed this year’s plans.
“Due to the pandemic facing our state, nation and world, the tough decision was made to postpone our convention,” Dietzschold said. “As of press time, we are weighing all options, and are hopeful we can have a one-day summer convention held face-to-face or virtually. In the meantime, we are moving ahead to recognize many of our outstanding members. (During) April 20-24, we will be releasing the names of award recipients in the following categories - proficiency awards, chapter awards and the top-four star candidates, along with a list of state degree winners. To share this information, we will use Missouri FFA Facebook and Instagram pages, as well as missouriffa.org, and the convention media website. We are exploring when and how to hold Career and Leadership Development Events. Hopefully, later this spring, we can shed light on when these can be held and in what fashion – face-to-face or virtual. Our number-one concern is your safety, and we are asking you to continue following guidelines set in place by our leaders.”
The winners of State Star Farmer, State Star in Agribusiness, State Star in Placement, and State Star in Agriscience will each be named during a summer event, with area stars and the top four in each category to be recognized through the April video releases.
During the video releases, 578 FFA members will be recognized with awards in 46 agricultural proficiency areas for development of their supervised agricultural experience program. The proficiency areas are varied and include production, management, and communications disciplines.
In Missouri, SAE programs during the 2018-19 school year generated more than $50 million in student income.
Missouri FFA Association Advisor Leon Busdieker said the state association will present the State FFA Degree to a record 988 members who, as a result of their agricultural and leadership achievements, have qualified for the state’s highest FFA degree.
“Missouri FFA members have always considered earning the State FFA Degree an honor,” said Busdieker. “Instead of limiting the number of individuals eligible to earn the degree, the Missouri FFA Association has established a minimum set of qualifications, increasing the number of recipients. This gives students a more defined path to the recognition.”
Missouri has the largest number of American FFA Degree recipients of any state. In October 2019, 520 Missouri FFA members received the American FFA Degree during the National FFA Convention held in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Convention results on the State FFA Med
The Missouri FFA will present awards this summer to several adults and groups for their support of agricultural education and FFA. This year, 26 Honorary State FFA Degrees will be presented. An additional 16 honorary degrees will be presented to parents of retiring state officers.
The Missouri FFA Association is recognizing Diane Olson, Jefferson City, Missouri, with the Distinguished Service Citation. Olson from 1985 to 2019 worked with promotion and education programming for Missouri Farm Bureau. Presentation of the Distinguished Service Citation will take place this summer.
The Missouri FFA Association has 348 chapters and 25,945 members, ranking sixth 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.