January 3, 2002

2001 Will Be A Year To Remember Thanks To September 11th (Year in Review Part 1)

January 4, 2001
Governor Roger Wilson asked the U.S. Department of Agriculture to expand two earlier requests for agricultural disaster aid to include all 114 Missouri counties due to adverse weather conditions in 2000 including the late summer drought.

January 11, 2001

Dr. Robert Schneider reaffirmed his commitment to area citizens when he signed a new contract to remain affiliated with Scotland County Memorial Hospital and the Memphis Medical Services clinic.

January 18, 2001

CaLea Ann Powell was born Friday, January 12 as the first baby of 2001 at Scotland County Memorial Hospital. She is the daughter of Charlotte Powell of Kahoka.

January, 25, 2001

Scotland County ranked 62nd in the eighth annual KIDS COUNT report that records measures of child well being. The ranking marked an improvement as the county ranked 73rd in 1999.

February 1, 2001

Scotland County voted nearly 2 to 1 in favor of Republican John Cauthorn who was elected to the Missouri Senate to represent the 18th Senatorial District. Cauthorn defeated Rep. Robert Clayton from Hannibal.

February 8, 2001

Dollar General workers took less than a week to complete the stores move from the site on the Memphis Square to the new facility located on Highway 136. The new store was open for business February 5.

February 15, 2001

A home located on Route D in Scotland County and owned by Richard Jutte was destroyed by fire on Sunday, February 11. The residence was unoccupied at the time of the blaze.

February 22, 2001

Area residents received an unpleasant surprise in their natural gas bills after a price hike was approved in February. The price increase completed a nearly 400% cost increase for natural gas customers from January 2000 to January 2001.

March 1, 2001

Boyer Broadcasting Company finalized its sale of KMEM radio to an Iowa group at the end of February. The purchasing group consisted of Mark and Karen McVey, Mark and Lisa Denney and Rich Brown.

March 8, 2001

A fire gutted the Geneva Brown residence at 504 N. Adams Street on March 4. A neighbor reported the blaze at 10:30 a.m. It was believed to have started in the garage area.

March 15, 2001

The Missouri Highway and Transportation Commission gave final approval to the proposed swap of roads in Scotland County between the county and MoDOT. MoDOT will take over 2.5 miles of County Road #253, or "Miller Bottom Road" in exchange for the county taking over 2.9 miles of Route Y.

March 22, 2001

The 2000 Census report indicated the population in Scotland County had risen approximately three percent during the decade. The county's population was reported at 4,983, and increase of more than 100 from the 1990 population of 4,822.

March 29, 2001

Typically foreclosure sales involve a small number of parties and don't make big news, but the March 21 sale on the steps of the Scotland County Court-house could affect the entire community in more ways than one. The MicroEnergy building on Highway 136 in Memphis was sold at the public foreclosure sale. The Scotland County Rec-Plex, a local not-for-profit organization, purchased the building to serve as the home for a proposed community recreational facility to serve Scotland County and the surrounding area. The move leaves the future of Converter Concepts, Inc. up in the air.

April 5, 2001

Brock Meeks returned home to Memphis 52 days after a near-fatal car crash. The teenager spent several weeks in the neuro-intensive care unit of University Hospital in Columbia before beginning his recovery at Ruske Rehabilitation Center.

April 12, 2001

The handwriting was on the wall two weeks earlier when no representatives from the company were present at the public foreclosure sale on the building, but Converter Concepts, Inc., made it official April 9 that the power-source manufacturer will be closing its Memphis plant. The roughly 30 employees at the plant had been wondering about their future ever since the February publication of the impending sale of the former MicroEnergy building.

April 19, 2001

A Rutledge woman and her passenger were both seriously injured in a one-vehicle accident at 9:39 p.m. April 12 in Knox County. Tina Brogan, 23, of Rutledge, was northbound on Highway 15, approximately mile north of Edina, in a 1989 Ford van when the vehicle struck the east side of a bridge. Brogan apparently lost control of the vehicle as it crossed the road and struck the west side of the bridge before coming to rest in the middle of the road on the bridge. A passenger in the vehicle, 36-year-old Tracy Howes also suffered serious injuries in the crash.

April 26, 2001

Two suspects in an armed robbery in Downing remained at large following the April 20 crime. Two suspects reportedly entered the Cheese Post in Downing and held the clerk at gun point while robbing the store.

May 3, 2001

The SCR-I Board of Education voted to place a petition on the August ballot that would consider adding approximately 3,900 acres from the Wyaconda C-I School District to the SCR-I District. The issue was later shot down in the courts but is currently being appealed.

May 10, 2001

After tireless work by area residents, special funding through the bond financing was approved to complete a 10.5 mile stretch of four lanes on Highway 61 from LaGrange to Canton. The Avenue of the Saints project remains a top transportation priority for all of northeast Missouri.

May 17, 2001

Mother Nature must have been a bit emotional, to the point of tears, from the celebration of Mother's Day in Scotland County as she stayed around all day May 13 dropping anywhere from five to eight-plus inches of rain across the county. The severe thunderstorms were isolated mainly to Scotland County in Missouri and Van Buren County in southern Iowa. After raining off and on all day Sunday, the brunt of the storm hit the region at approximately 9:30 p.m. and lasted for more than two hours. During that time period as much as five inches of rain fell in the Memphis area

May 24, 2001

Gov. Bob Holden asked U.S. Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman to declare 12 northeastern Missouri counties eligible for federal disaster assistance because of recent heavy rain and flooding that has swamped fields. Counties included in Holden's request are Clark, Lewis, Scotland, Knox, Schuyler, Marion, Monroe, Shelby, Ralls, Pike, Lincoln and St. Charles.

May 31, 2001

The Memphis Democrat may have been a little out of place among the "big boys" covering the final day of the Missouri State House of Representatives. However the Scotland County newspaper was in agreement with the likes of the St. Louis Post Dispatch and the Associated Press, that it was a productive legislative session that came to a close May 18. First District Representative Sam Berkowitz agreed that the law making session provided numerous improvements for citizens of his district as was the case for the entire state.

June 7, 2001

According to the Missouri Agricultural Statistics Service, Scotland County received 9.37 inches of rain during the period of April 30 to May 27. And it just kept coming, as rain fell on the region nearly every day through the first week of June. The wet weather threw local farm production well behind the 2000 pace. Less than half the local soybean crop had been planted for the first time, with many producers convinced they would have to replant much of the crop that was already in the ground. If the rain was not enough to cause concern, temperatures were an average of 10 degrees below the 30-year average during May, decreasing growing degree days dramatically over the first 30 days of the farm season

June 14, 2001

A Memphis man was in serious condition after being shot in the face following an altercation in northeast Schuyler County. Robert L. Barnes, 39, was shot at approximately 10:00 p.m. at the junction of Routes N and C. Two suspects in the shooting were taken into custody without incident at a motel in Bethany Monday, June 11. Officers from the Bethany Police Department and the Harrison County Sheriff's Department arrested Timothy G. Squires, 23, and Rae Ann Murray, 22, both of Memphis. They were taken to the Harrison County Jail on a 20-hour investigative hold on suspicion of committing class A felony assault in the first degree.

June 21, 2001

Scotland County will have a strong voice in future agricultural policy in the state of Missouri. Two local residents were named to the recently formed agricultural task force that is expected to provide key input on Missouri's farm policies to be shaped by the state government. John Eggleston and Brent Rockhold were among the 38 members named by Missouri Governor Bob Holden to serve on the newly formed committee.

June 28, 2001

A June real estate deal will help the Scotland County R-I School District meet special education and will allow the project to be fully paid for by federal funds. The board approved a lease agreement for the district to rent the metal building owned by Otho and Dorva Harbur, which is located just across the street from the North Elementary School. The building will house a Lifetime Learning Center for students of the district that require federally mandated special education programming.

July 5, 2001

The Highway 136 Corridor East group is under new leadership. The local trans-portation lobby group elected new officers at its last meeting. Cathy Middleton of Downing was elected chairperson. John Johnson of Memphis will serve as vice-chairman. Ann Marie Kuchinski will be the secretary and Rick Gregory will continue to serve as treasurer.

July 12, 2001

Two new city ordinances took effect July 5th following the final reading by the Board of Alderman at the July Memphis City Council meeting. Bill 2-01 deleted section 387.030 regarding safety equipment requirements for roller blading and skate boarding. The new ordinance repealed the requirements that a helmet, knee and elbow pads be worn by individuals participating in the outdoor sports on city property. Bill 3-01 amended section 340.120 of the municipal code which regulates the riding of all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) within city limits. The new ordinance added a subsection to 340.120 pertaining to exemptions from the prohibition against ATV use in the city.

July 19, 2001

Incentives for beginning farmers and those wanting to add value to their goods. Better access to organic and locally grown foods. Technical and financial support for the state's struggling dairy industry. Programs that encourage cattle owners to finish their livestock in Missouri, rather than shipping them to other states to be fed. These are just a few of the ideas that cropped up at the first two regional meetings conducted by members of Gov. Bob Holden's "One Missouri, One Agriculture" task force. The task force held public meetings in St. Joseph and Kirksville on July 10 and 11 respectively.

July 26, 2001

The Northeast Missouri Solid Waste Management District was set to break the 50,000-tire mark when the organization opened its fourth round of waste tire collection sites across the region. The organization had collected 46,906 waste tires in Scotland, Schuyler, Clark, Knox, Lewis and Adair counties since 1997. In conjunction with the Scotland County Commission, the NEMO SWMD held a collection in Scotland County on August 2 and 3 at the Scotland County Fairgrounds.

Buford Shuts Down Knox County In Conference Tourney Semifinals

Knox County had the bases loaded with just one out in the top of the second inning Saturday afternoon in Moberly in a 0-0 game in the Lewis & Clark Conference Tournament semifinals. But starter Aaron Buford buckled down and struck out Logan Miller and Jacobi Miller to end the scoring threat, and basically end the Eagles chances.

Buford was perfect over the final five innings, retiring the final 17 batters in order.

The Tigers finally got their bats going in the third inning of Knox County starter Isaiah Prebe. Will Pickerell led off with a base hit. Buford walked. Pickerell was caught trying to steal third, but the Tigers kept the pressure on. Gage Dodge plated Buford with a base hit. Will Fromm added a hit before a Knox County error allowed two more runs to score to put SCR-I up 3-0.

Elijah Cooley started the fourth inning with a bunt single. After a hit by Aaron Blessing, Cooley scored on a fielder’s choice by Pickerell. Buford doubled in a run and Dodge added an RBI hit to push the lead to 6-0.

The Tigers tacked on two more tallies in the bottom of the sixth. Blessing tripled and scored on a hit by Buford. Pinch runner Parker Triplett came in to score on a sacrifice fly by Fromm to make the final score 8-0.

Buford notched the shutout, holding the Eagles to just two hits and one walk while striking out 11 over seven innings of work.

He also went 2-3 at the plate with two RBIs and a run scored. Dodge was 2-3 with two RBI and Blessing went 2-3 with a run scored while Lane Pence went 2-4 as the Tigers out hit Knox County 11-2 on the day.

Scotland County improved to 12-0 with the win.

USDA Officials Visit Memphis to Announce $4.6 Million Loan for Wastewater System Upgrades

City of Memphis officials were joined by representatives of the United States Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development Division, and representatives from the offices of Rep. Sam Graves and Sen. Claire McCaskill to announce funding for a municipal wastewater project.

USDA Rural Development Acting Area Director Leann Gleason today announced a Water & Waste Disposal Loan of $4,641,500 to the City of Memphis. The funds are being used to upgrade the existing wastewater treatment system from a discharge to a no-discharge, land application system in order to comply with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, along with collection system improvements.

“Having a sanitary and up-to-date sewer system is very important to the livelihood of any community. Without wastewater treatment facilities, residences and businesses would not exist,” said Gleason. “The City of Memphis is taking proactive steps to make improvements to their wastewater treatment system for long term use. We are proud to be in partnership with the city to assure they have a system in place to preserve and improve the quality of life for the community.”

Memphis has operated a centralized sewer system for several decades. The city currently owns and operates a sewer collection and treatment system consisting of one facultative lagoon system and a combination of gravity sewer, lines and collective force mains. After the upgrades, the City of Memphis’ wastewater treatment facility will comply with the current MO DNR requirements.

The Water & Waste Disposal Loan and Grant Program provides funding for clean and reliable drinking water systems, sanitary sewage, disposal, sanitary solid waste’ disposal, and storm water drainage to households and businesses in eligible rural areas. Further information on additional programs is available by visiting the USDA Missouri Rural Development website at http://www.rd.usda.gov/mo. Interested parties may also. contact the Kirksville Area Office at (660) 665-3274 Ext 4.

USDA, through its Rural Development mission’ area, has an active portfolio of more than $216 billion in loans and loan guarantees. These programs are designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers and ranchers and improve the quality of life, in rural America.

NANCY JUNE BARNES (9/13/1942 – 4/24/2017)

Nancy June Barnes, age 74, of Edina, MO, passed away Monday, April 24, 2017, in Edina, MO.  She was born September 13, 1942 in Peoria, IL the daughter of Perry Riley and Zerita Faye Wright Meeks.

She was united in marriage to Gerald James Barnes on April 10, 1960, in Edina, MO, and he preceded her in death on September 3, 2011.  Nancy was also preceded in death by her parents, one brother Hollis Meeks, two sisters Jewel Skelton and Virginia Meeks.

Surviving are three children, Brenda Strange of Edina, MO, Jimmy (Sharon) Barnes of Novinger, MO, and Richard (Teresa) Barnes of LaPlata, MO, one brother Perry (Ruth) Meeks of Wheaton, IL, eight grandchildren, Juston and friend Mindy, John and wife Kim, Eric and friend Traci, Todd and friend Sabrina, Mark and friend Sara, Shyanne and husband Jerome, Kylea and husband Cody and Lexi, eight great grandchildren, Ava, Paisley, Addison, Brylee, Ariel, Eliza, Scotty and Krystina, several brothers and sisters-in-law, Darrell, Harold and Linda Barnes, Stanley Purdin, Donna Patterson, Sandra Hoskins, Kay Cassidy, Larry, Ronnie and Jana Barnes, Donna and Perry Meeks.  Several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Nancy received her education in Scotland County.  She was employed for 19 years with Edina Elementary and Knox County High School as a Cook.  She was also employed with Knox County Home Health, Midge’s Greenhouse and Knox County Nursing Home.  Nancy enjoyed being with her family and friends, gardening, quilting and reading books.  She was a past 50 year member of Colony Eastern Star, and an active member of the Edina First Christian Church.

Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, April 29, 2017, in the Hudson-Rimer Funeral Home, in Edina, MO.  Reverend Dewayne Wellborn will officiate the services assisted by Steve Miller.  Burial will be in the Linville Cemetery.

Music will be Rita Worthington and Wynona Banks.  Selections will include In The Garden.

Casket bearers will be John Strange, Todd Strange, Mark Strange, Phillip Spory, Dave Fagan and Joe Campbell.

Honorary bearers will be brothers and sisters-in-law and Perry Meeks, Lexi Barnes, Eric Strange and Juston Barnes.

Visitation will be held Friday, April 28, 2017, after 4 p.m. with family receiving friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Hudson-Rimer funeral Home in Edina, MO.

Memorials may be made to Edina First Christian Church or Hospice Compasses.   Memorials may be left at or mailed to Hudson-Rimer Funeral Home, P.O. Box 1, Edina, MO 63537.

Classified Ads

GARDEN TILLERS FOR SALE – Rear and front tine tillers.  All makes and sizes.  Lots of Troy Bilts. Kahoka, MO 660-216-1809.

FARMER’S MARKET – Each Thursday starting May 4, 2017 at Memphis Medical Building (SC Hospital). 2:00-6:00 p.m.  Vendors welcome to join us.

JUST ARRIVED – Garden Seed, Seed Potatoes and Onion Sets are in at  Countryside Flowers. 465-8521.

HOUSE FOR RENT – Three bedroom house in Memphis.  No Smoking. Call 660-341-4819.

FOR SALE – Fresh homegrown asparagus.  Call 660- 945-3020.

FOR SALE – Green Mountain Pellet Grill, Daniel Boone Model.  Works perfect. Paid over $600, will take $500, OBO.  Still 1½ year guarantee remaining.  Includes grill cover and a bag of pellets.  Contact Richard Harper at 660-328-6216 or 660-341-4327.

FOR SALE – 4 plots in the New Catholic Cemetery, Edina, Section NE West half F11.  Good location in upright stone section. 660-627-1688.

MULTI-FAMILY GARAGE SALE – Friday, April 28 (8-4) and Saturday, April 29 (8-12).  Tons of shirts and dresses, shoes and coats, boys’ and girls’ clothes up to 2T, new infant caps, changing table, high chair, car seats, sweeper, Cabella’s Camp Chairs, rocking chair/ottoman, grill (propane), meat grinder, baked goods and much more.  One mile west of Memphis, Good Residence.  Beside Ed’s Machinery.

SCR-I School Menus

Breakfast

Thursday, April 27 – Breakfast Burrito, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Orange Wedge/Grapes, Juice/Milk

Friday, April 28 – Sausage/Gravy, Biscuits, Choice of Cereal, Chocolate Chip Muffin, Banana, Juice/Milk

Monday, May 1 – Mini Breakfast Bites, Choice of Cereal, Cinnamon Biscuit, Orange Slices, Juice/Milk

Tuesday, May 2 – Cinnamon Rolls, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Orange Rings, Juice/Milk

Wednesday, May 3 – Bacon/Egg/Cheese Sandwich, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Fruit Medley, Juice/Milk

Thursday, May 4 – Breakfast Burrito, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Orange Wedge/Grapes, Juice/Milk

Lunch

Thursday, April 27 – Goulash, Chicken Stir Fry, Hamburger Bar, Green Beans, Dinner Roll, Fruit Cocktail, Fresh Fruit

Friday, April 28 – Walking Taco, Fish Sticks, Diced Tomatoes, Cottage Cheese, Sliced Peaches, Fresh Fruit

Monday, May 1 – Mini Corn Dogs, Chicken Nuggets, 5th/6th Grade Chef Salad, Macaroni and Cheese, Mixed Vegetables, Chocolate Pudding, Mandarin Orange Slices, Fresh Fruit

Tuesday, May 2 – Cheeseburger/Bun, Chicken Patty/Bun, 5th/6th Grade Taco Bar, Oven Ready Fries, Tomato Slices and Pickles, Applesauce, Fresh Fruit

Wednesday, May 3 – Pork Choppette, Chicken and Noodles, 5th/6th Grade Potato Bar, Whipped Potatoes/Gravy, Buttered Corn, Dinner Roll, Sliced Pears, Fresh Fruit

Thursday, May 4 – Spaghetti/Meat Sauce, Chicken Wrap, Hamburger Bar, Green Beans, Garlic Bread, Applesauce, Fresh Fruit

Scotland County Senior Nutrition Center

MENU

Thursday, April 27 – Roast Pork, Mashed Potatoes/Gravy, Bread, Sauerkraut, Cranberry Sauce, Pudding

Friday, April 28 – Fish Fillets, Sweet Potatoes, Broccoli Salad, Peas, Cornbread, Cream Pie

Monday, May 1 – Juicy Burger/Bun, French Fries, Cauliflower Blend Veggies, Peaches, Cookie

Tuesday, May 2 – Meatloaf, Baked Potato, Marinated Tomatoes, Lima Beans, Slice Bread, Pudding

Wednesday, May 3 – Fried Chicken, Mashed Potatoes/Gravy, Buttered Corn, Hot Roll, Fruit Salad

Thursday, May 4 – Ham and Beans, Carrot-Pineapple Salad, Buttered Beats, Cornbread, Cake

ACTIVITIES

Thursday, April 27 –Card Party at 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday, May 3 – Red Hats will join us for lunch today.

Thursday, May 4 –Card Party at 5:00 p.m.

SC Ministerial Alliance Plans for National Day of Prayer Thursday, May 4

Dion Elmore, Chief Communications Officer of the National Day of Prayer Task Force, states, “The National Day of Prayer is not just a vital part of America’s heritage, but is as relevant and critical today as it was at the first call by our Continental Congress in 1775.”  Established in public law by a joint resolution of Congress signed by President Truman in 1952, then amended to designate the day under the 100th Congress and President Reagan in 1988, it states that “The President shall issue each year a proclamation designating the first Thursday in May as a National Day of Prayer on which the people of the United States may turn to God in prayer and meditation at churches, in groups and as individuals.”

Elmore goes on to say, “As our nation struggles with foreign and domestic threats, economic insecurity, cultural tensions, and continual challenges to basic constitutional rights, citizens of the United States are preparing to heed the call by our elected leaders to exercise one of their most precious freedoms – the right to gather, turn to God, and pray.  In response, millions will assemble at thousands of local events across the nation, where they will take time out of their daily schedules to intercede on behalf of their communities, their nation, and their leaders.”

The theme for the 2017 National Day of Prayer observation is For Your Great Name’s Sake! Hear Us…Forgive Us…Heal Us! Based upon Daniel 9:19, it emphasizes our need as a nation to cry out to God who is sovereign over all governments and authorities; “O Lord, Listen! O Lord, Forgive! O Lord, Hear and Act!”

The Scotland County Ministerial Alliance invites everyone to the First Christian Church in Memphis on Thursday, May 4th at noon to join them in praying for our nation.

Preparation is Key to Successful Blood Donation

Healthy individuals are needed every day to maintain an adequate blood supply for patients in need.  Once a donor has made the commitment to give blood, it is important to take a few simple steps to prepare and help ensure a good donation experience.

The Red Cross recommends getting a good night’s sleep, eating a good breakfast or lunch, and drinking water and fluids to help replace the volume you will donate.  Additionally, they suggest avoiding caffeinated beverages and eating iron-rich foods to boost your iron level.

Donating blood is an easy way to help others and only takes about an hour of your time.  The Red Cross encourages donors to give blood every time they are eligible: every 56 days for whole blood donations and every 112 days for double red cell donations.

Make an appointment and encourage your family and friends to donate on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 from 1:30-6:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, 910 N. Weaver in Memphis.

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information.  All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients.  A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in.  Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood.  High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

The American Red Cross provides shelter, food and clothing to victims of disasters; supplies more than 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches lifesaving skills; ministers international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families.  The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission.  For more information, please visit redcross.org or join their blog at blog.redcross.org.

Sheriff’s Office to Offer Drug Take Back Day

The Scotland County Sheriff’s Office is participating in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on April 29, 2017.

Expired or no longer needed prescription drugs can be dropped off at the Sheriff’s Office on the north end of the lower floor of the Courthouse in Memphis from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

While the Sheriff’s Office will take medications all year long, this day and time focuses awareness about disposing of medications in a environmentally safe way.

Having a dedicated disposal date also assists with eliminating the potential for abuse or accidental ingestion by an adult or child who has not been prescribed the medication.

All medications are eligible to be taken back with the exception of inhalers or aerosol-propelled medications, or any kinds of needles or “sharp?. api-pens (epinephrine injectors) can be accepted only if they are in a box.

Spring clean the medicine cabinet knowing you have place to go with what you no longer want or need!

Local Students Receive State FFA Degrees

SCR-I seniors Sadie Davis, Lane Mohr, Calesse Bair, and McKaela Bradley each received their State FFA Degree at the 89th Annual Missouri FFA Convention held in Columbia April 21-22, 2017.

Four members of the Memphis FFA Chapter, Calesse Bair, McKaela Bradley, Sadie Davis, and Lane Mohr, received their State FFA Degree, the highest degree members can receive at the state level.

The Memphis FFA members were 4 of 761 degree recipients who received the honor during the State FFA Degree Ceremony at the 89th Missouri FFA Convention. The annual convention was held April 20-21 at the Hearnes Center in Columbia, Missouri.

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 three percent of the total Missouri FFA membership per year,” said State FFA Advisor Leon Busdieker.

Embrace Change, Respect Tradition was the theme for this year’s Missouri FFA Convention More than 8,500 youth and guests were in attendance.

The Missouri FFA has 26,057 members representing 342 chapters. The national organization has more than 649,000 members representing 7,589 chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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.

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