Two Missouri FFA members will serve as advocates for agriculture as part of the National Collegiate Agriculture Ambassador team compiled by the National FFA Organization.
Cara Fordyce of Kidder and Courtney Spencer of Aurora will join 18 other FFA members from 14 states that will spend the year promoting agriculture and agriculture education in schools, businesses and community groups.
All 20 FFA members underwent specialized training Aug. 5-9 in Greensboro, N.C., to learn how to best advocate for agriculture and agricultural education throughout the nation. Each ambassador must complete a minimum of 30 hours of presentations to businesses, schools, community groups and more. They will also facilitate seminars and workshops to audiences of all ages interested in learning more about the agriculture industry.
Together, this group of ambassadors help increase public understanding of the food, fiber and natural resources industry; promote awareness of the scientific, economical and mechanical resources needed to produce a safe and reliable food source; increase awareness of career opportunities in the agriculture industry for collegiate students and the general public and help provide growth opportunities in leadership, facilitation and the agricultural industry for the collegiate agriculture ambassador team.
Those selected as ambassadors were chosen in early July after submitting an application to the program and participating in an interview process. Each ambassador will serve a year in their role and receive a $1,000 scholarship for their efforts that can be used toward tuition and other school expenses.
The 2013-14 National Collegiate Ambassador program is sponsored by Syngenta, BASF and Cargill.
The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 557,318 student members in grades seven through 12 who belong to one of 7,498 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
The team includes:
FLORIDA: James Barringer and Elise Stoddard, both of New Smyma Beach
MINNESOTA: Sara Colombe of Little Falls
ARKANSAS: Ashton Dawson of Bentonville and L. Jade Halliburton of Crossett
ILLINOIS: Jacob Dickey of Gibson City, Justice Plummer of Chicago and Nicole Zeien of Belvidere
MISSOURI: Cara Fordyce of Kidder and Courtney Spencer of Aurora
NORTH CAROLINA: Beverly Hampton of Mount Ulla
PENNSYLVANIA: K. Janae Herr of Lancaster and Carolyn Lawrence of Chambersburg
IOWA: Katie Johnson of Milford
MONTANA: Karoline Rose of Bozeman
WISCONSIN: Sam Tauchen of Bonduel
CALIFORNIA: Kiah Twisselman of Santa Margarita
KANSAS: Alexis Wingerson of Smith Center
RHODE ISLAND: Lauren Woloohojian of West Greenwich
UTAH: Katherine Nye of Delta
More information on the FFA is available at their website.