Inspiring young leaders with Missouri FFA

A photo of President Choi addressing Missouri FFA members in the Hearnes Center.
President Choi addressing the closing session of the Missouri FFA Convention in the Hearnes Center. It was the 91st time the convention was held on campus.

Last week, we hosted around 9,000 Missouri FFA members, parents and guests for their annual convention. The inaugural convention was held on Mizzou’s campus in 1929. What started with a few hundred members in Waters Hall now fills the Hearnes Center and brings in participants from around the state.

FFA members are current high school students studying agriculture and natural resources. They also engage in leadership development throughout the year. During the convention, members had the chance to expand on these skills through Career Development Events facilitated by CAFNR faculty. Since FFA members have a range of career interests, we also offered tours of our Sinclair School of Nursing, College of Engineering and College of Veterinary Medicine.

Both Missouri FFA and Mizzou share a mission to serve and educate the next generation of state leaders. We enjoyed hosting the convention and building on our historic partnership.

— Mun