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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 1,030 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 2022 MAbA class will tour agribusinesses, explore educational opportunities and meet with agricultural leaders in the Kansas City area from June 6-10, 2022. The students will end their week in Jefferson City.

Congratulations to the Missouri Agribusiness Academy Class of 2022!

Additional photos of previous Missouri Agribusiness Academy tours are available on the Department’s Flickr stream, online at flickr.com/moagriculture.

Northeast Distict

  • Image of Bailey Schneider

    Bailey Schneider
    Warrenton, MO

  • Image of Nicole Benne

    Nicole Benne
    Warrenton, MO

  • Image of Mikaela Rojas

    Mikaela Rojas
    New Boston, MO

  • Image of Shelby Lewis

    Shelby Lewis
    Centralia, MO

  • Image of Grant Oaks

    Grant Oaks
    Harris, MO

Central Distict

  • Image of Dayton Hoffman

    Dayton Hoffman
    Archie, MO

  • Image of Chase Schlup

    Chase Schlup
    California, MO

  • Image of Case Melzer

    Case Melzer
    Harrisonville, MO

  • Image of Ryley Wood

    Ryley Wood
    Harrisonville, MO

  • Image of Annika Riekhof

    Annika Riekhof
    Higginsville, MO

Southeast Distict

  • Image of Leah Thompson

    Leah Thompson
    Fredericktown, MO

  • Image of Gavin Graham

    Gavin Graham
    Farmington, MO

  • Image of Ty Bollinger

    Ty Bollinger
    Jackson, MO

  • Image of Josey Meier

    Josey Meier
    Jackson, MO

  • Image of Alex Porter

    Alex Porter
    Dexter, MO

Southwest Distict

  • Image of Macy Stauffer

    Macy Stauffer
    El Dorado Springs, MO

  • Image of Kallie Cloud

    Kallie Cloud
    Carthage, MO

  • Image of Emma Robinson

    Emma Robinson
    Republic, MO

  • Image of Abigail Blakemore

    Abigail Blakemore
    Aldrich, MO

  • Image of Maelyn Wright

    Maelyn Wright
    Neosho, MO

South Central Distict

  • Image of Hailey White

    Hailey White
    Union, MO

  • Image of Benjamin Veasman

    Benjamin Veasman
    Brinktown, MO

  • Image of Alexa Hall

    Alexa Hall
    Dixon, MO

  • Image of Allison Boedges

    Allison Boedges
    Hermann, MO

  • Image of Maria Vedder

    Maria Vedder
    New Haven, MO

Northwest Distict

  • Image of Gabriel Derks

    Gabriel Derks
    King City, MO

  • Image of Gavin Rhode

    Gavin Rhode
    Stewartsville, MO

  • Image of Ella Fischer

    Ella Fischer
    St. Joseph, MO

  • Image of Delaney Davies

    Delaney Davies
    Dawn, MO

  • Image of Payton Rodgers

    Payton Rodgers
    Savannah, MO

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.