On February 19th Missouri Governor Mike Parson proclaimed February 16th through the 23rd as National Future Farmers of America Week in Missouri. Later that day Parson spent some time with over 80 local FFA members as he continued the tradition of driving a tractor to school.
February 16th was the start of National Future Farmers of America (FFA) Week in Missouri in 2019. Today, there are over 25,000 student members of Missouri FFA. Governor Parson took some time on February 19th to announce FFA Week along with talking with local FFA members who were waiting for him as he drove a tractor to the Capitol building during the proclamation ceremony.
Parson drove the tractor from the Governor’s Mansion to the Capitol as part of the FFA tradition- which is to drive a tractor to school during National FFA Week.
Furthering Missouri’s Economy
Parson continues to be supportive of FFA, knowing that agriculture is one of the largest driving forces in Missouri’s economy today. “I am so proud to let the members of Missouri FFA know that they have a friend in the Governor’s Office who is working day in and day out to protect their future,” Governor Parson said. “Whether it’s driving a tractor to work this morning or fighting for more STEM programs, I want to ensure the next generation of agriculture thrives.” 
Director of Agriculture Chris Chinn was also there for the proclamation ceremony and brought up how Missouri’s agricultural future is in the hands of the next generation. “The future of Missouri agriculture lies in the hands of these students,” Chinn said. “It’s important that we invest in them as young leaders now so that they can invent the next agriculture technology, return to the family farm, or help us share the story of Missouri agriculture.”
Proud to join @MissouriFFA today in celebration of #NationalFFAWeek. The future of Missouri agriculture lies in the hands of these students. We’re working to ensure the next generation of agriculture is successful. Thanks for joining the ‘drive to work’ @paxtondahmer15! pic.twitter.com/iwnUEYRLF5
— Governor Mike Parson (@GovParsonMO) February 19, 2019
- ^“Governor Mike Parson Proclaims National FFA Week in Missouri for More than 25,000 Agriculture Students | Governor Michael L. Parson.” 19 Feb. 2019, governor.mo.gov/press-releases/archive/governor-mike-parson-proclaims-national-ffa-week-missouri-more-25000. (go back↩)