Molly Cureton, daughter of Mike and Patty Cureton of Fredericktown, attended the Missouri Agribusiness Academy over the summer. She was one of the thirty students selected throughout Missouri to attend. On this trip she traveled from Jefferson City to Springfield where she and the other students stayed for one week. During the week she got had the opportunity to view first hand the many career opportunities available in agriculture and plan for her future education and career goals.
She met with many leaders during this period of time, which helped her build communication and educational skills. The places she toured were: Rinehart’s Meat Inc. in Branson, Missouri, College of The Ozarks, Persimmon Hill Farm which is a berry and mushroom farm, Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery which is Missouri’s largest cold-water facility for raising rainbow and brown trout. Dairy Farmers of America, FCS Financial, Regen Technologies remanufactures John Deere engines and components for the agricultural industry, Willow Brook Foods they provide deli foods and retail, Hiland Dairy Foods in Springfield Missouri, American Dehydrated Foods, KYTV/KY3 NBC News Station where she was able to sit and watch a newscast, Missouri State University Darr Agricultural Center, and Hammons a black walnut producers in Stockton Missouri.
The Missouri Agribusiness Academy is sponsored by the Missouri Department of Agriculture.