It’s an annual tradition among many state FFA associations to visit with state government leaders as a way to promote FFA and agricultural education.

In Missouri this week, the state officer team continued that tradition and was even granted an opportunity to address the legislators from the floor. In his remarks, Missouri state president Colton Spencer touted a wide range of important accomplishments and themes showcasing Missouri FFA members.

A full video of Spencer’s “Growing Leaders, Building Communities, and Strengthening Agriculture” speech is available here:

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Watch Colton Spencer’s speech

Spencer’s address was covered by Missouri’s Marshall Democrat-News:

The FFA State Officer Team visited the State Capitol Tuesday to remind legislators of the importance of agricultural education in the state. The group was on hand to represent the more than 26,000 students who are currently involved in FFA.

 

They provided legislators with information showing that 342 high schools and career centers currently offer agriculture classes, and that more than 28,000 students are enrolled in agricultural education programs. In 2015, there were more than 5,400 agricultural education graduates in Missouri. Ninety-five percent of the graduates either went on to continue their education or secure employment, with 64 percent of them pursuing agriculture as a career.

Nice job, Colton and Missouri FFA!