SEDALIA – Thirteen Richmond High School students are among 4,500 first-year FFA members from more than 320 Missouri high schools who attended the annual Greenhand Motivational Conferences.
The Richmond students went to the conference in Sedalia, where they had the opportunity to learn about being positive role models, getting involved, making sound choices, becoming active team members and making a positive difference in their own lives, as well as in their school and community.
Presented by the State FFA Officers and sponsored by MFA Inc., the conferences took place Jan. 6-10 throughout Missouri.
Through interactive workshops and skits, State FFA Officers encouraged attendees to explore their talents and reach outside their comfort zones for opportunities provided through FFA. They helped the new agriculture students set goals for their education, careers, and FFA experience, FFA information states.
Eighteen conferences took place at 13 locations: Missouri State Fairgrounds, Sedalia; Bowling Green High School, Bowling Green; Truman State University, Kirksville; Sullivan High School, Sullivan; Three Rivers Community College, Poplar Bluff; Missouri State University, West Plains; Lincoln University, Jefferson City; Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau; Waynesville High School, Waynesville; Missouri State University, Springfield; Missouri Western State College, St. Joseph; University of Missouri, Columbia; and North Central Missouri College, Trenton.
The FFA is a national youth organization of over 700,000 student members preparing for leadership and careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture with 348 chapters and more than 25,900 members in Missouri,” FFA information states. “The FFA strives to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.”