December 06, 2016

Applications Now Available for 30th Missouri Agribusiness Academy


(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 2017 Missouri Agribusiness Academy (MAbA). MAbA is a competitive program for sophomores interested in pursuing agriculture-related college degrees and careers.  

“Each year, MAbA brings together 30 of the finest young agriculturalists in our state. Since 1988, many MAbA alumni have gone on to pursue careers in agriculture and become leaders in the industry. Perhaps most importantly, these young people will develop long-lasting friendships that will further promote their passion for agriculture,” said Director of Agriculture Richard Fordyce. “I am proud the Missouri Department of Agriculture has offered this exceptional program for three decades, and I look forward to seeing this year’s class carry on this proud tradition.”

The 2017 MAbA will be held June 5-9, and marks the program’s 30th year.  Students interested in participating must submit an application by Feb. 1, 2017.

This year, the students selected will have the opportunity to learn about the many unique opportunities for careers in the Kansas City area. The 2017 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 850 students through a competitive application and interview process. Applications for the 2017 class are available online at and are due no later than Feb. 1, 2017.

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