After serving as the Missouri State FFA executive secretary, Keith Dietzschold is taking on the role of state FFA advisor.
“The agriculture education profession has been an exciting one,” Dietzschold said in a news release. “I am an educational professional by choice, not by chance. Today’s students are our future, and I have the opportunity to work with people who help shape and mold the future leaders of this great state and nation. Nothing could be more rewarding!”
The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) recently named Dietzschold agricultural education director and Missouri FFA Association state advisor. He takes over for Leon Busdieker, who retired June 30.
As director of agricultural education and state FFA advisor, Dietzschold will oversee Missouri’s agricultural education program, including the state’s 351 FFA chapters and 25,662 members. FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.
Dietzschold received a Bachelor of Science in animal science from the University of Missouri in 1982. After returning home to farm with his father in the family’s row crop and swine operation, Dietzschold returned to MU to complete a master’s in education, with an agriculture education emphasis, and graduated in December 1984.
A former agricultural education instructor and FFA advisor, Dietzschold taught in Chillicothe, Cameron and Lathrop before joining DESE in 2011. He not only served as the Missouri State FFA executive secretary, but also as the Northwest District supervisor.
Dietzschold is a member of the National Association for Agriculture Educators and Missouri Vocational Agriculture Teachers Association. He has also served on numerous committees for the National FFA Organization and MVATA.
In 2018, he was honored with the Peter Myers Distinguished Service Award, named Teacher of the Year by the Missouri Vocational Association in 1997 and recognized as an Eddy Award Winner from Missouri Public Education in 1998. He is also a past recipient of the MVATA Distinguished Service Award.
He and his wife, Linda, reside in Boonville. They have two grown children and one granddaughter.