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Missouri Agribusiness Academy accepting applications

Deadline to submit applications is Monday, February 1st, 2016

By Diego Flammini,

High school students who are thinking about pursuing a career and/or education in agriculture are encouraged to apply to attend the 2016 Missouri Agribusiness Academy.

The academy gives the attendees opportunities to learn about the many different career avenues agriculture can provide them with. Scheduled to take place between June 6th and 10th, 2016, students will learn about the opportunities the Springfield area can provide for them.

“Spending a week surrounded by 29 of your agriculture peers from around the state is an experience our young people will never forget,” said Director of Agriculture Richard Fordyce. “These future leaders walk away with an increased knowledge and passion for agriculture, which is exactly what we need in order to ensure a bright future for our industry.”

According to the 2012 Census of Agriculture, a majority of Missouri’s farms, 19,661 to be exact, are operated by people between 55 and 64 years old. Only 326 farms are operated by people 25 years old or younger.

30 students representing 4-H chapters, FFA chapters and farm families will be given the opportunity to attend, but must submit a written application that will require them to answer questions including what the biggest challenge is to Missouri agriculture and the role agriculture plays in society.

The Missouri Agribusiness Academy has provided students with the opportunities to explore agriculture careers and education since 1988, helping more than 800 students along the way. Those chosen to attend will be given a graduation ceremony at the Missouri State Capital in Jefferson City.

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