MIssouri FFA Holds Convention in Columbia
Future farmers from all across the state gathered to kick off Missouri's 84th annual Future Farmers of America convention in Columbia early Thursday morning.
Thursday marks the start of the two day convention that is expected to attract more than 8,000 students and guests to the Hearnes Center on the University of Missouri campus.
Members will participate in leadership workshops and be recognized for outstanding achievements. Awards will be given to members who have excelled in various agricultural areas including dairy production, communications, and food science.
Aside from honoring exemplary members, the convention will also have a talent competition starting Friday evening at 5:15.
This year's keynote speaker is author Grant Baldwin from Springfield. Baldwin is the author of "Reality Check", a book that aims to help students transition from high school into college.
There are a total of 7,489 FFA chapters in the United States and 327 in Missouri alone, making it the fourth largest state for FFA membership.
The theme of this year's convention is "Plant Goals, Harvest Success".