About the 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 930 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 2019 MAbA class will tour agribusinesses, explore educational opportunities and meet with agricultural leaders in the Springfield area from June 3 – 7, 2019. 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, 2019. A link to the written application is below.

MAbA Application

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.

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, 2019. 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

Tuesday, March 19
Sedalia, Mo.
10:00 a.m.

Northeast Region

Tuesday, March 19
Paris, Mo.
10:00 a.m.

Northwest Region

Monday, March 18
Savannah, Mo.
10:00 a.m.

South Central Region

Tuesday, March 19
Rolla, Mo.
10:00 a.m.

Southeast Region

Monday, March 18
Cape Girardeau, Mo.
10:00 a.m.

Southwest Region

Monday, March 18
Springfield, Mo.
10:00 a.m.

Missouri Agribusiness Academy District Map

For questions about the Missouri Agribusiness Academy or application process, please contact Lacey Roark at Lacey.Roark@mda.mo.gov or 573-751-4762.

Congratulations to the Missouri Agribusiness Academy Class of 2018!

Additional photos of previous Missouri Agribusiness Academy tours are available on the Department’s Flickr stream, online at flickr.com/moagriculture.

Northwest Distict

  • Image of Sally Schmidt

    Sally Schmidt
    Carrollton, MO

  • Image of Anderson Rogers

    Anderson Rogers
    Bethany, MO

  • Image of Brooklyn Bennett

    Brooklyn Bennett
    Bolckow, MO

  • Image of Garrett Heil

    Garrett Heil
    Norborne, MO

  • Image of Maryanna Milazzo

    Maryanna Milazzo
    Galt, MO

Northeast Distict

  • Image of Parker Triplett

    Parker Triplett
    Rutledge, MO

  • Image of Katie Campbell

    Katie Campbell
    Memphis, MO

  • Image of Clint Bailey

    Clint Bailey
    Curryville, MO

  • Image of Lucy Schnitker

    Lucy Schnitker
    Middletown, MO

  • Image of Linsey Brady

    Linsey Brady
    Fayette, MO

Central Distict

  • Image of Hailey Schepers

    Hailey Schepers
    California, MO

  • Image of Ellie Coppock

    Ellie Coppock
    Eldon, MO

  • Image of Kaylee Lower

    Kaylee Lower
    Collins, MO

  • Image of Miles Bailey

    Miles Bailey
    Clinton, MO

  • Image of Justin Austin

    Justin Austin
    Appleton City, MO

South Central Distict

  • Image of Hannah Hoelscher

    Hannah Hoelscher
    Warrenton, MO

  • Image of Paul Boeckmann

    Paul Boeckmann
    Loose Creek, MO

  • Image of Madison Coleman

    Madison Coleman
    Rhineland, MO

  • Image of William Lee

    William Lee
    Truxton, MO

  • Image of Nicole Deeken

    Nicole Deeken
    Loose Creek, MO

Southwest Distict

  • Image of Kaitlyn Cloud

    Kaitlyn Cloud
    Carthage, MO

  • Image of Cade Shepherd

    Cade Shepherd
    Mount Vernon, MO

  • Image of Lauren Gilbert

    Lauren Gilbert
    Oldfield, MO

  • Image of Jacob Toombs

    Jacob Toombs
    Bolivar, MO

  • Image of Lauren Ford

    Lauren Ford
    Stockton, MO

Southeast Distict

  • Image of Ricanna Spargo

    Ricanna Spargo
    Naylor, MO

  • Image of Katelyn Young

    Katelyn Young
    Arcadia, MO

  • Image of Aaron Brown

    Aaron Brown
    Jackson, MO

  • Image of Elizabeth Mooney

    Elizabeth Mooney
    Fredericktown, MO

  • Image of Brittany Ladd

    Brittany Ladd
    Farmington, MO