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"Education is the most powerful tool you can use to change the world."

- Nelson Mandela

Youth in Agriculture

There is no better way to cultivate the future of agriculture than by investing in today's youth. The Missouri State Fair Foundation is dedicated to investing in the next generation of farmers, ranchers, and Agri-business leaders. This dedication is reflected in our Youth in Agriculture Committee ~ a group of volunteers from across the state who work tirelessly throughout the year to raise funds for the benefit of youth involved in agriculture. Since 1992, the Youth in Agriculture Committee has awarded 606 scholarships totaling $616,500.

The Youth in Agriculture Committee celebrates all 4H & FFA exhibitors by hosting a special youth dance each year on the first Friday of the Fair. The youth dance is held in the Taylor Wood’s Youth Center on the Missouri State Fairgrounds.

Youth in Agriculture Scholarships

The Missouri State Fair Foundation Youth in Agriculture scholarship application for Missouri High School seniors graduating in 2019 is now available. Applications should be submitted to the Missouri State Fair and must be postmarked by Feb. 1, 2019.

These scholarships are possible thanks to the generous contributions of many individuals and companies. One $5,000 platinum scholarship sponsored by Youth in Agriculture supporters, one $2,500 supreme scholarship sponsored by Sydenstricker John Deere of Missouri/Sydenstricker Angus Genetics, and forty $1,500 scholarships sponsored by Youth in Agriculture supporters are being offered.

Missouri State Fair Foundation Scholarships are funded through the generosity of Youth in Agriculture sponsors and buyers of the livestock sold during the annual Sale of Champions and the sale of the Grand Champion Ham, Reserve Ham and Grand Champion Bacon at the Governor's Ham Breakfast. Additional support is also provided by Guesa USA/Dairy Queen of Sedalia, Guesa USA/Steak ‘n Shake of Sedalia, the Missouri Department of Agriculture’s Annual Ag Golf Classic, and the Saint Louis Science Center.

Youth in Agriculture Scholarship Application

2019 Youth in Agriculture Scholarship Recipients

Recipient is Caitlin Jedlicka, of Koshonong, MO
Sponsored by Youth in Agriculture Supporters

Recipient is Kaylee Nicole Lewis, of Chillicothe, MO
Sponsored by Sydenstricker John Deere of Missouri/Sydenstricker Angus Genetics

The following youth have been selected to receive $1,500 scholarships:

· Jullian Alkire, Bevier

· Hannah Anderson, Ionia

· Matthew Bauer, St. Charles

· Sydney Baxter, Chillicothe

· Kendra Betz, Trenton

· Conner Jackson Bolch, Platte City

· Alexis Borgstadt, Concordia

· Truman Byergo, Dearborn

· Trace W. Chambers, Fayette

· Jacey Cook, Hamilton

· Tayton E. Dains, Rockville

· Dustin Lane Davies, Dawn

· Megan Edwards, Salisbury

· Haleigh Ferguson, Smithton

· Alexandra Gast, Nevada

· Kathryn Grant, Carrollton

· Caroline Laura Green, Troy

· Koy A. Harris, New Franklin

· Taylor Kemp, Macon

· Brenden Kleiboeker, Stotts City

· Ashlyn Laffey, Maryville

· Shane Colton Leakey, Richmond

· Amelia Liebhart, New Boston

· Reagan Limbach, Eugene

· Anna Kate Link, Moberly

· Matthew Morgan, Lamar

· Marguerite Pfaff, Chillicothe

· Graydee P. Rains, Gallatin

· Nicholas Rhodes, Brookfield

· Brooke Schnarre, Centralia

· Taylor Scott, Lexington

· Savannah Seals, Purdin

· Rebekah Seipel, Callao

· Heather Snow, Columbia

· Nicholas Melvin Stone, Eolia

· Karson Thomas, Republic

· Paige Wait, Moundville

· Kody Walters, Centralia

· Logan M. Wilson, Vandalia

· Drake A. Wood, Lee's Summit

Join us in supporting Youth in Agriculture

Youth in Agriculture Contribution

If you would like to make a contribution to the Youth in Agriculture Fund, please complete the form below.
Donate to Youth in Agriculture
All donations are tax deductible.
Youth in AG Gold
$1000 - $1,999
Youth in AG Silver
$500 - $999
Youth in AG Bronze
$250 - $499
Youth in AG - Other
$50 - $249
Youth in AG - Hometown Support Only
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