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 960 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 2020 MAbA class will tour agribusinesses, explore educational opportunities and meet with agricultural leaders in the Kansas City area from June 1-5, 2020. 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 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, 2020. 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, 2020. 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 17
Sedalia, Mo.
10:00 a.m.

Northeast Region
Tuesday, March 17
Paris, Mo.
10:00 a.m.

Northwest Region
Monday, March 16
Savannah, Mo.
10:00 a.m.

South Central Region
Tuesday, March 17
Rolla, Mo.
10:00 am.

Southeast Region
Monday, March 16
Cape Girardeau, Mo.
10:00 a.m.

Southwest Region
Monday, March 16
Springfield, Mo.
10:00 a.m.

For questions about the Missouri Agribusiness Academy or application process, contact Katie Luebbering at katie.luebbering@mda.mo.gov or 573-751-4339.

Congratulations to the Missouri Agribusiness Academy Class of 2019!

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 Ada Fox

    Ada Fox
    Galt, MO

  • Image of Seth Hansen

    Seth Hansen
    Chillicothe, MO

  • Image of Rylee Johnson

    Rylee Johnson
    Laredo, MO

  • Image of Jessica Miller

    Jessica Miller
    Barnard, MO

  • Image of Isaac Rhode

    Isaac Rhode
    Stewartsville, MO

Northeast Distict

  • Image of Schyler Angell

    Schyler Angell
    Centralia, MO

  • Image of Emily Hoyt

    Emily Hoyt
    Martinsburg, MO

  • Image of Grant Norfleet

    Grant Norfleet
    Mexico, MO

  • Image of Alexis Plackemeier

    Alexis Plackemeier
    Silex, MO

  • Image of Sydney Stundebeck

    Sydney Stundebeck
    Salisbury, MO

Central Distict

  • Image of Michael Dieckmann

    Michael Dieckmann
    Sibley, MO

  • Image of Kylee Gengler

    Kylee Gengler
    Syracuse, MO

  • Image of Abby Miller

    Abby Miller
    Olean, MO

  • Image of Cooper Parsons

    Cooper Parsons
    Warrensburg, MO

  • Image of Amanda Stover

    Amanda Stover
    Tipton, MO

South Central Distict

  • Image of Caitlyn Kleffner

    Caitlyn Kleffner
    Rolla, MO

  • Image of Thomas Owings

    Thomas Owings
    Potosi, MO

  • Image of Madison Ridder

    Madison Ridder
    Marthasville, MO

  • Image of Trey Riley

    Trey Riley
    St. James, MO

  • Image of Dawn Sherman

    Dawn Sherman
    Warrenton, MO

Southwest Distict

  • Image of Cooper Beaver

    Cooper Beaver
    Neosho, MO

  • Image of Christin Gayer

    Christin Gayer
    Mansfield, MO

  • Image of Carson Hoth

    Carson Hoth
    Anderson, MO

  • Image of Kraysen Leonard

    Kraysen Leonard
    El Dorado Springs, MO

  • Image of Avery Schiereck

    Avery Schiereck
    El Dorado Springs, MO

Southeast Distict

  • Image of Lane Bollinger

    Lane Bollinger
    Jackson, MO

  • Image of McKenzie Bowen

    McKenzie Bowen
    Bloomfield, MO

  • Image of Lane Falch

    Lane Falch
    Farmington, MO

  • Image of Daniel Miranda

    Daniel Miranda
    East Prairie, MO

  • Image of Tanner Robinson

    Tanner Robinson
    Poplar Bluff, MO