Missouri Agribusiness Academy
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 1,060 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 2023 MAbA class will tour agribusinesses, explore educational opportunities and meet with agricultural leaders in the St. Louis area from June 5-9, 2023. The students will end their week in Jefferson City.
Congratulations to the Missouri Agribusiness Academy Class of 2023!
Additional photos of previous Missouri Agribusiness Academy tours are available on the Department’s Flickr stream, online at flickr.com/moagriculture.
South Central Distict
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 are 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. Semi-finalists must attend an in-person interview. The five applicants with the highest combined written and interview scores from each region will be selected to participate in the Missouri Agribusiness Academy.