Youth Leadership

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

On Thursday, April 8, 2021, Missouri Farm Bureau celebrated Virtual Youth Leadership Day with a video designed for classrooms and homes throughout the state! Missouri Farm Bureau President Garrett HawkinsMissouri Governor Mike Parson and Missouri Department of Agriculture Director Chris Chinn joined us to provide valuable insight for Missouri students. The video is available for viewing both below or on our YouTube channel.

In addition, a number of Missouri state legislators have agreed to make themselves available (when possible) to speak to students via either virtual or in-person appearances. These appearances are not limited to April 8. Click here to see the names and contact information of the Missouri state legislators who are participating this year.

In a traditional year, 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.

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Student Resources

MOFB places significant emphasis on leadership and education. Young agriculturalists have many opportunities for student, consumer and member involvement. These modules cover six different categories: Individuality, Intentional Leadership, Teamwork, Take Action, Our Generation’s Agriculture, and Overcoming Challenges. We hope to continue building a strong relationship with Missourians and advocating for agriculture.

Module 1 – Individuality How does Missouri Farm Bureau represent and support me as an individual?

Module 2 – Intentional Leadership How can I be a leader with Missouri Farm Bureau?

Module 3 – Teamwork How does Missouri Farm Bureau encourage teamwork? How can I participate?

Module 4 – Take Action How does Missouri Farm Bureau take action?

Module 5 – Our Generation’s Agriculture How does Missouri Farm Bureau support the agriculture industry?

Module 6 – Overcoming Challenges How has Missouri Farm Bureau helped its members overcome challenges?

Historical Highlights


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 $2,500 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.

2020 Ambassadors

 

 

A panel of judges selected Chloe Momphard of Lincoln County and Ben Luebbering of Osage County as the 2020 Missouri Farm Bureau Ambassadors during the organization’s 105th annual meeting Dec. 3 at the Lake of the Ozarks.

 

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. 

Questions? Contact Jennifer Poindexter, Director of Promotion and Education, at 573.893.1414 or jennifer.poindexter@mofb.org.