The first annual Mo Ag Stewardship Conference was held on January 27, 2022 in Concordia, MO. Nearly 50 people attended to hear from several great spea
Adam Jones, MFA moderates the farmer panel. The panel included Lynn Fahrmeier, Jon Hemme, Russ Jackson and Jimmy Emmons.
Missouri Director of Ag, Chris Chinn stopped by to greet the attendees and talk about Missouri agriculture.
The Annual Kickoff meeting was held on Monday, January 3rd at SF High School. Special guest speakers were MO State Representatives Terry Thompson and Kurtis Gregory.
AgPower was awarded the Friend of the AgriLeader award for their years of dedicated support. Each year they donate items for the Raffle. This year's Raffle items included a 8000 watt generator, 36" toolbox fully loaded with tools, and a Stihl powerhead set with 5 attachments.
The drawing for the Raffle took place at the end of the evening, winners were:
Dale Aversman - generator
Diane Schmidt - Stihl set
Cory Robison - tool box with tools
Santa Fe FFA was present to help serve the meal. Plowboys BBQ catered the meal.
On Monday, March 28 the Santa Fe AgriLeaders hosted Career Ag Day at Santa Fe High School. Around 100 students heard about the wide range of Careers related to Agriculture.
This is the second Career event the group has hosted, the first was held in January 2020. All FFA members, plus an Exploring Agriculture class of 8th graders attended the event.
Brittany Hemme, Advisor for the Santa Fe AgriLeaders, moderated the panel which included:
Gerry Stauch - Ag-Power
Larry Smith - KMMO Radio
Kelly Erdman - FCS Financial
Taylor Vollin - MO Farmers Care
The panel introduced themselves and gave the students a brief understanding of their educational backgrounds, what a typical day looks like, how they came to be in their career, who their mentors were and what they love most about their job. Two breakout sessions followed the panel discussion. The breakout sessions lasted 20 minutes each and gave students the opportunity to spend more time with their choice of two of the four Careers/Presenters. These sessions allowed the students to ask more specific questions and gave the presenters a chance to offer advice to the students by sharing more specific details about their career, education, and experiences.
Gerry shared from his perspective as manager and how John Deere has multiple facets of opportunities within their industry.
Larry spoke about his wide range of experiences before getting into radio and becoming the Ag Director for KMMO radio.
Kelly highlighted how her past jobs lead her to where she is now and how she found her perfect fit in insurance.
Taylor expressed her daily life lessons on how versatile Communications can be, especially when working remotely and balancing home with work life.
The Santa Fe AgriLeaders are proud to be able to offer this event to students in hopes it will inspire them to pursue a future Career in Agriculture.
We wish to thank Santa Fe High School and the staff for allowing us to use the facilities, to Jenny Hobbs for her help in coordinating the event, and to our sponsors, FCS Financial and MO Soybean Association.