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30th Missouri Agribusiness Academy offers career insights for 30 students

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JEFFERSON CITY – The Missouri Department of Agriculture is offering 30 high school students representing 4-H clubs and FFA chapters, as well as farm families, throughout Missouri the opportunity to explore careers in agriculture through the 2017 Missouri Agribusiness Academy (MAbA). MAbA is a competitive program for sophomores interested in pursuing agriculture-related college degrees and careers.maba-acadmy-logo

“Each year, MAbA brings together 30 of the finest young agriculturalists in our state. Since 1988, many MAbA alumni have gone on to pursue careers in agriculture and become leaders in the industry. Perhaps most importantly, these young people will develop long-lasting friendships that will further promote their passion for agriculture,” said Director of Agriculture Richard Fordyce. “I am proud the Missouri Department of Agriculture has offered this exceptional program for three decades, and I look forward to seeing this year’s class carry on this proud tradition.”

The 2017 MAbA will be held June 5-9, and marks the program’s 30th year. Students interested in participating must submit an application by Feb. 1, 2017.

This year, the students selected will have the opportunity to learn about the many unique opportunities for careers in the Kansas City area. The 2017 schedule will be finalized in the spring and will include visits with industry and agribusiness leaders and tours of their facilities.

Since 1988, the Missouri Agribusiness Academy has graduated more than 850 students through a competitive application and interview process. Applications for the 2017 class are available online at Agriculture.Mo.Gov and are due no later than Feb. 1, 2017.
For applications and guidelines, as well as more information on the Department of Agriculture and its programs, visit the department online at agriculture.mo.gov.

George Freeman is a veteran journalist and photographer. An award-winning writer, editor and columnist in Springfield, Mo., with more than 50 years experience. His preference is for positive and uplifting stories about people, places, traditions and trends that make the Ozarks one of the most livable regions anywhere. A member of the Garden Writers Association of America, he is a past-president of the Society of Professional Journalists of Southwest Missouri, the Kansas and Ohio AP societies; a board member of Friends of the Garden and a member of the Rotary Club of Springfield. In 1976, he traveled to India as a member of a Rotary Foundation Group Study Exchange Team.

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