Missouri Farm Bureau works to develop agricultural leaders from an early age. We work with 4H, FFA and other agriculturally-related organizations to help youth develop the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in their future careers. Our Ambassador Program and Youth Leadership Day have developed many future agriculture leaders for Farm Bureau and Missouri agriculture.
Youth Leadership Day
Every spring, MOFB hosts a Youth Leadership Day at our home office in Jefferson City. At this event, students learn about the agricultural and rural issues impacting our state. Attendees visit the state capitol and meet with their elected officials. By hearing from speakers about a variety of issues affecting state government and youth, students gain an understanding of the importance of becoming informed and involved citizens.
Youth Leadership Day typically draws about 400 students and chaperones to Jefferson City, coming from over 60 counties across the state. Students interested in attending should contact their agricultural education teacher for more information.
Missouri Farm Bureau Ambassador Program
Each year, Missouri Farm Bureau selects one male student and one female student ages 17 to 22 to represent agriculture and Farm Bureau as an Ambassador. Each Ambassador receives a $1,250 educational scholarship and travels to Washington, D.C., in March on a Farm Bureau legislative trip. They assist with Farm Bureau events at the Missouri State Fair and elsewhere.
For 2018, a panel of judges selected Charlie Ebbesmeyer, of Armstrong, and Jacqueline Janorschke, of St. Joseph, as 2018 Missouri Farm Bureau Ambassadors during the organization’s 103rd annual meeting.
Ebbesmeyer is the son of Gerald and Karen Ebbesmeyer from Howard County. He is a junior at the University of Missouri, Columbia, where he also works as an agronomy research assistant. Ebbesmeyer is involved with the MU Collegiate Farm Bureau and Fayette FFA. He has been a director for CAFNR Week at MU, earned the American FFA degree and been on CAFNR’s dean’s list. He grew up on a family farm raising traditional and non-traditional livestock – cattle and Bobwhite quail.
Janorschke is the daughter of John and Michelle Janorschke from Buchanan County. She is a sophomore at the University of Missouri, Columbia, where she is majoring in science and agricultural journalism. She is also employed with Tractor Supply Company and owns a beekeeping enterprise selling honey and beeswax products. Janorschke is active in Collegiate Farm Bureau, Agriculture Future of America and is a Jerry Litton Leaders cohort for 2017- 2018 at MU.
The Ambassador program is sponsored by the Missouri Farm Bureau Promotion and Education Committee. Scholarship funds are provided by the Missouri Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture.
How to Apply
To apply, applicants must be 17-22 years of age and their family must be a Farm Bureau member one year prior to the September 30 deadline. Applicants must also be enrolled or planning to enroll in a two- or four-year college, university, or vocational/technical school. Candidates begin the process by applying through their county Farm Bureau; those selected to represent their counties go on to compete in the state wide competition in December. Contact Diane Olson for more information.