Farmington High School’s Lane Falch is among 30 high school sophomores recently selected to participate in the Missouri Department of Agriculture’s Missouri Agribusiness Academy.
The selected students will spend the first week of June in the Springfield region exploring various segments of Missouri agriculture.
“The most valuable thing we can do to develop the next generation of agriculture’s workforce is to share with them the wide variety of careers that may interest them,” said Director of Agriculture Chris Chinn. “These young men and women have proven themselves to be some of the highest achieving students in agriculture. It is our hope that MAbA will further develop their leadership skills and introduce them to their future in agriculture.”
Since 1988, the Missouri Agribusiness Academy has awarded more than 930 students through a competitive application and interview process. The 2019 MAbA marks the program’s 32nd year of promoting careers in agriculture to high school sophomores. To be eligible for the Missouri Agribusiness Academy, students must come from a farming family or be an active member of the National FFA Organization or 4-H.
The MAbA class will convene at the Missouri Department of Agriculture on June 3. After a department overview and tour, the students will travel to Springfield for the week. During the 2019 Missouri Agribusiness Academy, the students will visit agriculture businesses and learn about career opportunities in agribusiness, animal health, farming, ranching and more.