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About the Missouri Agribusiness Academy

Agriculture 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 1,000 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 2021 MAbA class will tour agribusinesses, explore educational opportunities and meet with agricultural leaders in the Kansas City area from June 7-11, 2021. The students will end their week 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 30 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, 2021. 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. Regions correspond with regions determined by the Missouri FFA program. Students 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 10 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, 2021. 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 16
Sedalia, Mo.
10:00 a.m.

Northeast Region
Tuesday, March 16
Paris, Mo.
10:00 a.m.

Northwest Region
Monday, March 15
Savannah, Mo.
10:00 a.m.

South Central Region
Tuesday, March 16
Rolla, Mo.
10:00 am.

Southeast Region
Monday, March 15
Cape Girardeau, Mo.
10:00 a.m.

Southwest Region
Monday, March 15
Springfield, Mo.
10:00 a.m.

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