The Missouri Department of Agriculture is offering 30 high school students representing 4-H clubs, FFA chapters and farm families throughout Missouri the opportunity to explore careers in agriculture through the 2017 Missouri Agribusiness Academy (MAbA), a competitive program for sophomores interested in pursuing agriculture-related college degrees and careers.

The 2017 MAbA will be June 5-9. It marks the program’s 30th year.

This year, the students selected will have the opportunity to learn about the many unique opportunities for careers in the Kansas City area. The 2017 schedule will be finalized in the spring and will include visits with industry and agribusiness leaders and tours of their facilities.

Since 1988, the Missouri Agribusiness Academy has graduated more than 850 students through a competitive application and interview process.

Applications for the 2017 class are available online at and are due no later than Feb. 1, 2017.

For applications and guidelines, as well as more information on the Department of Agriculture and its programs, visit the department online

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