December 10, 2015

Applications Now Available for 29th Missouri Agribusiness Academy

The 2016 class will convene in Springfield for a hands-on look at careers in agriculture.

(JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.) – The Missouri Department of Agriculture is offering 30 high school students representing 4-H clubs and FFA chapters, as well as farm families, throughout Missouri the opportunity to explore careers in agriculture through the 2016 Missouri Agribusiness Academy (MAbA). MAbA is a competitive program for sophomores interested in pursuing agriculture-related college degrees and careers.  

“Spending a week surrounded by 29 of your agriculture peers from around the state is an experience our young people will never forget,” said Director of Agriculture Richard Fordyce. “These future leaders walk away with an increased knowledge and passion for agriculture, which is exactly what we need in order to ensure a bright future for our industry.”

The 2016 MAbA will be held June 6-10, and marks the program’s 29th year.  Students interested in participating must submit an application by Feb. 1, 2016.

This year, the students selected have the opportunity to learn about the many unique opportunities for careers in the Springfield area. The 2016 schedule will be finalized in the spring and will include visits with industry and agribusiness leaders and tours of their facilities. 

Since 1988, the Missouri Agribusiness Academy has graduated more than 800 students through a competitive application and interview process. Applications for the 2016 class are available online at and are due no later than Feb. 1, 2016. 

For applications and guidelines, as well as more information on the Department of Agriculture and its programs, visit the department online at