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National FFA Convention: Who are you rooting for?National FFA Convention: Who are you rooting for?

Show-Me Life: Here is the rundown of Missouri FFA members and chapters who earned a spot in the national competition. Cheer like you mean it!

Mindy Ward

November 1, 2023

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I remember the video vividly, my nieces and nephews standing in front of the TV at their home waiting. Then, total eruption. Cheering, jumping and dancing. I laughed, then cried as they heard my girl’s name and watched her walk across the stage to receive her American FFA degree.

Their reaction was priceless. Kudos to my brother and sister-in-law for capturing it. It was a moment to celebrate after years of hard work. And it makes you think, if only we all celebrated our outstanding Missouri FFA members like that during the National FFA Convention. Good news, we can.

The National FFA Convention and Expo starts today, and Missouri is well represented with an impressive:

  • eight national proficiency finalists

  • three chapters in Leadership Development Events

  • four members in LDEs

  • 17 chapters in Career Development Events

  • one member in talent

  • six members in the National FFA Chorus

  • 11 members in the National FFA Band

Click through the photo gallery to learn more about those representing the Show-Me State this year.

I’m certainly proud of these young people who put themselves out there to learn another skill, master it and ultimately find success. I know you are as well.

Join me this week as we cheer them on. Whether in person or from the comfort of your couch, jump up and pump that fist as our Missouri FFA members make us proud!

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About the Author(s)

Mindy Ward

Editor, Missouri Ruralist

Mindy resides on a small farm just outside of Holstein, Mo, about 80 miles southwest of St. Louis.

After graduating from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural journalism, she worked briefly at a public relations firm in Kansas City. Her husband’s career led the couple north to Minnesota.

There, she reported on large-scale production of corn, soybeans, sugar beets, and dairy, as well as, biofuels for The Land. After 10 years, the couple returned to Missouri and she began covering agriculture in the Show-Me State.

“In all my 15 years of writing about agriculture, I have found some of the most progressive thinkers are farmers,” she says. “They are constantly searching for ways to do more with less, improve their land and leave their legacy to the next generation.”

Mindy and her husband, Stacy, together with their daughters, Elisa and Cassidy, operate Showtime Farms in southern Warren County. The family spends a great deal of time caring for and showing Dorset, Oxford and crossbred sheep.

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