Cole and Smith Earn State FFA Degree

Local FFA members receive the state’s highest FFA honor


JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., April 24, 2021 – Mallan Cole and Ryan Smith of Milan will receive the State FFA Degree, the highest degree members can receive at the state level.

The Milan FFA members are one of the 858-degree recipients receiving the honor during the State FFA Degree Ceremony at the 93rd  Missouri FFA Convention, April 30 – May 1, on the Missouri State Fairgrounds, Sedalia.

Awarding of the degree is based on a member’s supervised agricultural experience program in agribusiness or production agriculture and leadership ability as demonstrated through involvement in FFA, school, and community activities. The State FFA Degree award charms are sponsored by MFA Inc., Columbia.

“The State FFA Degree is the highest recognition a state can award, representing a select group of members, who have achieved a high level of success,” said State FFA Advisor Leon Busdieker. “On the national level, Missouri has the largest number of American FFA Degree recipients of any state.  In October 2020, 505 Missouri FFA members received the American FFA Degree.”

Show-Me More is the theme for this year’s Missouri FFA Convention.

The Missouri FFA has 25,662 members representing 351 chapters. The national organization has more than 760,000 members representing 8,739 chapters in all 50 states and Puerto Rico.

The FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth, and career success through agricultural education.