To “prepare and motivate students to achieve career success” is the mission of the Troy FFA Chapter. With this in mind, the Troy FFA Chapter has recently embarked on their inaugural Troy Agri-Business Leadership Event, TABLE, in which to give students a broader variety of career experiences that directly relate to agriculture in the community.
On June 16 the chapter traveled to St. Louis to tour and experience agricultural businesses at their finest. This three day leadership experience was packed with many tours of successful companies in the St. Louis area. On Monday, Ag students toured and talked with representatives of Novus International, Rabo Agri-Finance, and Monsanto. Troy FFA students learned about careers within the companies, degrees that are required to be qualified for the jobs and saw revolutionary science in the making. The next day, students traveled to OsbornBarr, Busch Wildlife Conservation, and Bunge North America. FFA students highly enjoyed the advertising and marketing agency of OsbornBarr. OsbornBarr is tasked with giving a voice to rural America. Some of their biggest clients include Monsanto, Michelin, Merck Animal Health, and Dekalb. The Troy FFA students learned valuable tips about achieving career success.
“After touring OsbornBarr, it really opened my eyes to all of the opportunities that are available. I even changed what I want my career path to be. I would love to work with OsbornBarr,” said Troy FFA Student Lisa Kitchen.
The last day of the trip included tours and conversations with Purina Research Farm in Gray Summit, Nestle Purina, located in downtown St. Louis, and the St. Louis Zoo. FFA students had the opportunity to tour the Purina Pilot Plant and see how the dog and cat food seen on grocery store shelves is made. Throughout the entire trip, the students gained leadership and personal development skills to help start their career. While reflecting on TABLE Briley Browning expressed that, “TABLE was an experience that I will never forget. It has really opened my eyes to career opportunities in the field of Agriculture. I am thankful to Troy FFA and its supporters for giving me this wonderful opportunity and hope that this is a program that they can continue in the future so that other students can have this same opportunity.”
Students participating included: Katie Arnold, Wendy Benhardt, Kirsten Bowman, Briley Browning, Morgan Campbell, Julia Chesser, Madeline Colyer, Kimmy Doll, Elizabeth Edwards,Morgan Hartwig, Jessica Hoelting, Emily Holmes, Taylr Ingham, Jacie Jones, Lisa Kitchen, Samantha Leek, Caroline Schlueter, Kacy Schniedermeyer, Karissa Skibinski, Katie St. Pierre, Brittney Stephens, Kaitlyn Thornton, Courtney Zanzant, Kennedi Wagoner, Kenzie Wyble, Clayton Carroll, Brent Farrell, Parker Geisendorfer, Nick Mennemeyer, Trent Orf, Kyle Sachs and Micah Thomas.
Article written by: Julia Chesser & Jessica Hoelting.