April 28, 2023
Columbia FFA member Sam Tummons is the 2023-24 Missouri State FFA president.
Delegates elected Tummons during the 95th Missouri State FFA Convention in Columbia. It marked the start of a yearlong extensive travel itinerary across the state, promoting ag education and FFA to members, legislators and ag industry representatives.
Tummons has built a successful custom hay business as part of his Supervised Agricultural Experience. He invested in a variety of equipment, including a pickup truck, flatbed trailer and a new tractor, to make his business more efficient and profitable.
Sam sells brome, orchardgrass, cool-season mix and prairie hay to local farmers, helping to improve the feed quality of their livestock. In addition, he repairs and resells farm equipment and runs a landscaping business, employing other FFA members to work on local jobs.
During his FFA career, Tummons served as chapter vice president and president, along with Area 4 president. He competed in leadership and career development events, such as the following:
extemporaneous public speaking
horse judging evaluation
livestock judging evaluation
After graduating high school, Tummons plans to attend the University of Missouri in Columbia to study agricultural education.
Ready for responsibility
Missouri is one of 50 chapters across the country, but one with high expectations. Here are some numbers:
962 state degrees (2023)
582 American FFA degrees (2022, first among all states)
$58 million in student income (2020 from SAEs)
Tummons is joined by 15 other FFA state officers who will continue to motivate members to excellence through their theme of Ignite, Embrace, Empower.
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