INDIANAPOLIS —  The National FFA Officer Team has its first representative from Missouri in decades.

Paxton Dahmer, an MU junior from Nevada studying agricultural education and leadership was selected on Thursday to serve as the 2020-21 central region vice president. Dahmer says getting to represent his state and its history in agriculture is a surreal feeling.

“I’ve had the opportunity for the past two years to travel our state and interact with members and stakeholders across our state that are so deeply rooted in production agriculture,” Dahmer says. “This organization — the foundation is agriculture just like agriculture is the backbone of our state. It’s just so surreal to be able to reflect on that and understand I have the opportunity to not only represent Missouri agriculture, but American agriculture as well.”

Dahmer says he is the most inspired by the connections he’s made throughout his time in FFA.

“FFA members are strong,” Dahmer says. “They’re diverse; they all have a different background. When you can tear down those barriers and really get vulnerable and talk about those situates, that’s inspiring to me to be able to understand where they’re coming from and what they’ve had to overcome in order to become who they are today. It’s what drives me forward and what inspires me everyday.”

Keep up with KMZU for a full interview with Dahmer in the upcoming week.