As National FFA Week comes to a close, Missouri’s top ag leaders are paying tribute to the organization and its importance in shaping the future of agriculture in the state. Department of Agriculture Director Chris Chinn says that included a proclamation presented Tuesday by Governor Mike Parson.

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Chinn addressed FFA chapters that visited the Western Farm Show Friday in Kansas City. Previewing her speech, she says she wants to encourage students to become a voice for agriculture, even if their career path doesn’t lead to the farm.

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Chinn was joined by the 2018 American Star Farmer, Austin Stanton of Centralia. The Western Farm Show continues Saturday and Sunday.

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