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 $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.
A panel of judges selected Marlena Long, of Paris, Mo., and Wyatt Wilson, of Ava, as 2019 Missouri Farm Bureau (MOFB) Ambassadors during the organization’s 104th annual meeting Dec. 2 at the Lake of the Ozarks.
Long represented the Monroe County Farm Bureau. Her parents are Greg and Laura Long. Long is a senior at Paris RII High School and has already completed more than 50 dual credit college hours. She will use those at the University of Missouri-Columbia to work toward a degree in biotechnology. Long is a cheerleader who is very active in 4-H and FFA. She is chapter FFA president, Area 4 FFA president and plans to run for state FFA president.
Long’s parents are deeply rooted in Farm Bureau. Her dad has served as Monroe County Farm Bureau president and her mom won the MOFB Young Farmer & Rancher Discussion Meet to compete nationally in Reno, Nevada, several years ago.
Wilson represented the Douglas County Farm Bureau. His parents are Jon and April. He is a freshman at Missouri State University (MSU) in Springfield pursuing a degree in agricultural education. Extracurricular activities include Collegiate Farm Bureau, Collegiate FFA and the MSU Cattlemen’s Association. When not in school, he is a ranch hand for both Wilson and Warrick Farms. The family farm raises Black Angus cattle. Work on the farm has helped him earn a State FFA Proficiency award in Beef Production, as well as a State FFA degree award.
His family is also active in Farm Bureau with his father a member of the county board, legislative chair, and promotion and education chair. Jon and April are regulars to a number of state Farm Bureau meetings.
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.