High school students learn leadership on the future of food

1 year 10 months 3 days ago Thursday, April 21 2016 Apr 21, 2016 Thursday, April 21, 2016 6:36:00 PM CDT April 21, 2016 in Continuous News
By: Rachel Leigh, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA - It's likely you've seen the sea of high school students dressed in corduroy jackets all around Columbia on Thursday. Students from 300 schools across Missouri gathered for the 88th annual National Future Farmers of America Organization convention hosted in the Hearnes Center Thursday and Friday. FFA expects about 8,500 students and parents to attend the convention.    

"Whenever I've walked around people will come up and ask me why are you wearing that blue corduroy? What are you doing here? People are interested and curious," said Brandlyn Martin, Missouri FFA vice president.

The high school students in blue are part of the National FFA organization that revolves around helping prepare students for careers in agriculture. The organization has work-based learning type instruction, competitions and career and leadership development events.

Missouri State FFA Advisor Leon Busdieker said careers in agriculture aren't just raising cows and plowing fields. 

"One out of ten people in Missouri are involved in agriculture," Busdieker said. " One is involved in production agriculture but the other nine support that industry providing the seed, the chemicals the technology that the farmer uses on the other side and is taking that product and putting it into an formula that the consumer wants and desires."
 
Busdieker said that agriculture is a top industry in Missouri. He doesn't expect that to change any time soon. 
 
"I think sometimes we don't see that business or occupation as being directly tied to production in agricultural so we think it's something else but it's all connected. It's all providing the food and fiber that we as consumers have come to rely on," Busdieker said.
 
Busdieker said the main goal of the convention is to get students excited about different careers and leadership opportunities within agriculture. 
 
Martin is a freshman at the University of Missouri and has been involved with FFA since high school. She said FFA has helped her in her future career choice as an agriculture journalist. 
 
"I actually do not come from a convention farming background. FFA has taught me that even though I don't have that background I can still learn about agriculture and still have a passion for industry without the farm background," Martin said. 
 
Busdieker encourages the Columbia community to talk to the FFA students while they are here to continue the conversation about food getting from the farm to the table. 
 
"If you see agricultures a whole and the opportunities for students today, as long as four out of four people continue to eat, we're going to need agriculture," Busdieker said.
  
 

More News

Grid
List
ST. CHARLES - The man accused in the death of trooper James Bava is facing lowered charges as his second... More >>
51 minutes ago Friday, February 23 2018 Feb 23, 2018 Friday, February 23, 2018 5:45:00 PM CST February 23, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - The Columbia Police Department spent the morning investigating a possible threat against Columbia Public Schools. The post... More >>
2 hours ago Friday, February 23 2018 Feb 23, 2018 Friday, February 23, 2018 4:27:00 PM CST February 23, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Mary Ratliff grew up in the small community of Ripley, Mississipi. It is a community where she said... More >>
4 hours ago Friday, February 23 2018 Feb 23, 2018 Friday, February 23, 2018 1:52:00 PM CST February 23, 2018 in News
UPDATE COLUMBIA - Columbia Public Schools sent out a release Friday afternoon to the families of CPS, clarifying... More >>
4 hours ago Friday, February 23 2018 Feb 23, 2018 Friday, February 23, 2018 1:46:00 PM CST February 23, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Missouri has never removed a governor through impeachment. But after Gov. Eric Greitens' felony indictment yesterday, some... More >>
5 hours ago Friday, February 23 2018 Feb 23, 2018 Friday, February 23, 2018 12:55:00 PM CST February 23, 2018 in News
REPUBLIC (AP) — Police have seized five guns and two books from a 13-year-old boy officers allege had threatened... More >>
5 hours ago Friday, February 23 2018 Feb 23, 2018 Friday, February 23, 2018 12:39:46 PM CST February 23, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Governor Eric Greitens was indicted Thursday afternoon on a felony charge of invasion of privacy. The indictment alleged... More >>
5 hours ago Friday, February 23 2018 Feb 23, 2018 Friday, February 23, 2018 12:39:00 PM CST February 23, 2018 in News
BELLAFONTAINE NEIGHBORS (AP) — Police have found three dead in what officers suspect is a murder-suicide in a St.... More >>
6 hours ago Friday, February 23 2018 Feb 23, 2018 Friday, February 23, 2018 12:34:52 PM CST February 23, 2018 in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — Seven people have been indicted in a Kansas City drug-trafficking conspiracy that included two... More >>
8 hours ago Friday, February 23 2018 Feb 23, 2018 Friday, February 23, 2018 10:24:18 AM CST February 23, 2018 in News
ST. LOUIS - Gov. Eric Greitens will step down from the Republican Governors Association's executive committee amid backlash from... More >>
8 hours ago Friday, February 23 2018 Feb 23, 2018 Friday, February 23, 2018 10:12:00 AM CST February 23, 2018 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Latest on the indictment of Republican Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens (all times local):... More >>
10 hours ago Friday, February 23 2018 Feb 23, 2018 Friday, February 23, 2018 8:34:00 AM CST February 23, 2018 in Top Stories
JEFFERSON CITY - The Pantry is offering people a chance to donate food and help the community on Friday. The... More >>
10 hours ago Friday, February 23 2018 Feb 23, 2018 Friday, February 23, 2018 7:49:00 AM CST February 23, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA – President Donald Trump on Thursday defended his proposal to arm teachers. KOMU 8 asked educators and other mid-Missourians... More >>
23 hours ago Thursday, February 22 2018 Feb 22, 2018 Thursday, February 22, 2018 6:50:00 PM CST February 22, 2018 in Top Stories
FULTON - The Callaway County Sheriff’s Office is requesting a more than $9,000 grant from the Missouri Department of... More >>
1 day ago Thursday, February 22 2018 Feb 22, 2018 Thursday, February 22, 2018 6:20:00 PM CST February 22, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - For those who watch the winter Olympics and think "I could do that", there is an opportunity... More >>
1 day ago Thursday, February 22 2018 Feb 22, 2018 Thursday, February 22, 2018 6:02:00 PM CST February 22, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA – No. 11 Mizzou will look to keep the good times rolling on Senior Night tonight as they tip... More >>
1 day ago Thursday, February 22 2018 Feb 22, 2018 Thursday, February 22, 2018 4:58:00 PM CST February 22, 2018 in Sports
COLUMBIA - It's the day Tigers fans have been waiting for; the return of Michael Porter Jr. Mizzou Athletics... More >>
1 day ago Thursday, February 22 2018 Feb 22, 2018 Thursday, February 22, 2018 4:50:00 PM CST February 22, 2018 in News
ST. LOUIS - Gov. Eric Greitens is calling his indictment on invasion of privacy a "disappointing and misguided political decision."... More >>
1 day ago Thursday, February 22 2018 Feb 22, 2018 Thursday, February 22, 2018 4:19:00 PM CST February 22, 2018 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 38°
7pm 38°
8pm 37°
9pm 37°
10pm 37°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

6:30p
Wheel of Fortune
7:00p
2018 Olympic Winter Games
10:00p
KOMU 8 News @ 10
6:30p
Family Guy
7:00p
The 3rd Annual Howie Mandel Stand-Up Gala
8:30p
Whose Line Is It Anyway?

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
2018 Olympic Winter Games
7:00p
The 3rd Annual Howie Mandel Stand-Up Gala
8:30p
Whose Line Is It Anyway?
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld