FFA_EmblemListen to KMZU’s Andy Campbell interview Rustin Jumps with NCMC’s Barton Campus.

TRENTON, Mo — On the Barton campus at NCMC in Trenton, Missouri, a new academy for FFA members had its debut.  The HYPE academy stands for Helping Youth Prepare for Excellence.

The academy ran from July 7 – 9, 2015, and focused on advocating agriculture by developing personal and communication skills, and overcoming other obstacles.

This leadership training was only for 30 selected high school seniors taken from a field of countless applicants from all over Missouri.  They listened to various speakers, participated in group work, and interacted with state representatives and senators on agricultural issues.

Agriculture and Farm Manager at Barton campus Rustin Jumps, believes the academy was a huge success and will continue to be an important event for agricultural advocacy.

With agriculture being one of the largest industries in Missouri, it is no surprise that the state ranks fourth in the nation with over 25,000 FFA members.  That is compared to over 500,000 nationally.

For more information, contact Keith Dietzschold at [email protected]