About Missouri Agribusiness Academy

Missouri Agribusiness Academy logoAgriculture has a tremendous impact on our nation’s economy, and Missouri is at the heart of this industry. It is important that young people carry on the tradition and heritage of those who have made this state the agricultural leader it is today and develop the skills necessary to continue that legacy in the future.

Since 1988, the Missouri Agribusiness Academy (MAbA) has awarded 870 academy memberships through a competitive application and interview process. 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 2017 MAbA class will tour agribusinesses, explore educational opportunities and meet with agricultural leaders in the Kansas City area from June 5 – 9, 2017. The students will end their week with a graduation ceremony at the Missouri State Capitol in Jefferson City.

Apply Now!

Are you a high school sophomore interested in becoming a future leader in agriculture and your community? Then the Missouri Agribusiness Academy is for you! MAbA is a youth leadership program designed for thirty high school sophomores to explore career opportunities in agribusiness, government and production agriculture. Written applications accompanied by three letters of recommendation must be postmarked by February 1, 2017. A link to the written application is below.

About the Application Process

Applicants will be sorted into six geographical regions and five students from each region will attend the Missouri Agribusiness Academy. The applicant’s region is determined by the county of their high school’s physical location. Student’s will be evaluated and compared only to the other applicants in their region. A link to the MAbA district map is below.

Written applications will be scored by a panel of independent judges. The top ten applicants per region will move into the semi-finals and will be invited to an interview. Students will be emailed about the results of their written application by March 1, 2017. Semi-finalists must attend their regional interview on the date and location listed below. The five applicants with the highest combined written and interview scores from each region will be selected to participate in the Missouri Agribusiness Academy.

Central Region

Wednesday, March 22
Sedalia, Mo.
10:00 a.m.

Northeast Region

Tuesday, March 21
Paris, Mo.
10:00 a.m.

Northwest Region

Monday, March 20
Savannah, Mo.
10:00 a.m.

South Central Region

Tuesday, March 21
Rolla, Mo.
10:00 am.

Southeast Region

Wednesday, March 22
Cape Girardeau, Mo.
10:00 a.m.

Southwest Region

Monday, March 20
Springfield, Mo.
10:00 a.m.

For questions about the Missouri Agribusiness Academy or application process, contact Emily LeRoy at Emily.LeRoy@mda.mo.gov or 573-522-6715.

Congratulations to the Missouri Agribusiness Academy Class of 2016!

Additional photos of the selected students and the 2016 tour stops in the Springfield region are available on the Department’s Flickr stream, online at flickr.com/moagriculture.

Northwest Distict

  • Image of Marley Anderson

    Marley Anderson
    Dawn, MO

  • Image of Liberty Cox

    Liberty Cox
    Chillicothe, MO

  • Image of Emily Kasinger

    Emily Kasinger
    Trenton, MO

  • Image of Alexandria Lock

    Alexandria Lock
    Carrollton, MO

  • Image of Hannah Persell

    Hannah Persell
    Trenton, MO

Northeast Distict

  • Image of Elise Bailey

    Elise Bailey
    Curryville, MO

  • Image of Allison Binder

    Allison Binder
    Salisbury, MO

  • Image of Corbin Eckler

    Corbin Eckler
    New London, MO

  • Image of Jordan Hasty

    Jordan Hasty
    Brookfield, MO

  • Image of Camden Williams

    Camden Williams
    Milan, MO

Central Distict

  • Image of Carolyn Faber

    Carolyn Faber
    Windsor, MO

  • Image of Elizabeth Fahrmeier

    Elizabeth Fahrmeier
    Wellington, MO

  • Image of Hattie Grisham

    Hattie Grisham
    Eldon, MO

  • Image of Halle Oliver

    Halle Oliver
    California, MO

  • Image of Hannah Wheeler

    Hannah Wheeler
    Osceola, MO

South Central Distict

  • Image of Adriene Aubuchon

    Adriene Aubuchon
    Owensville, MO

  • Image of Andrew Hall

    Andrew Hall
    Wright City, MO

  • Image of Madalyn Jenkins

    Madalyn Jenkins
    Linn, MO

  • Image of Taylor Scheulen

    Taylor Scheulen
    Linn, MO

  • Image of Hannah Strain

    Hannah Strain
    Rolla, MO

Southwest Distict

  • Image of Kara Cloud

    Kara Cloud
    Carthage, MO

  • Image of Dallas Kleiboeker

    Dallas Kleiboeker
    Stotts City, MO

  • Image of Donell Kleiboeker

    Donell Kleiboeker
    Stotts City, MO

  • Image of Tegan Roller

    Tegan Roller
    Racine, MO

  • Image of Lora Wright

    Lora Wright
    Verona, MO

Southeast Distict

  • Image of Quentin Carlyle

    Quentin Carlyle
    East Prairie, MO

  • Image of Erin Coleman

    Erin Coleman
    Farmington, MO

  • Image of Johnee Hargis

    Johnee Hargis
    Fredrickton, MO

  • Image of Savannah Hinkle

    Savannah Hinkle
    Fredricktown, MO

  • Image of Tate Kiefer

    Tate Kiefer
    Sedgewickville, MO