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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 1,060 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 2024 MAbA class will tour agribusinesses, explore educational opportunities and meet with agricultural leaders in the Springfield area from June 3-7, 2024. 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 or emailed by February 1, 2024. 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. 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, 2024. Semi-finalists must attend their regional interview at 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.


Monday, March 11
10:00 a.m.

South Central

Monday, March 11
10:00 a.m.


Monday, March 11
10:00 a.m.


Tuesday, March 12
10:00 a.m.


Tuesday, March 12
10:00 a.m.


Tuesday, March 12
10:00 a.m.
Cape Girardeau

2024 MAbA Class - Calendar of Events

MAbA Tour Missouri State Fair Session Winter Session Graduation
June 3-7, 2024 August 15, 2024 FFA Week
February 2025*
State FFA Convention
April 2025*
Springfield, MO Sedalia, MO Jefferson City, MO Columbia, MO

*Date and time to be determined closer to date