Missouri FFA holds convention in Columbia this weekend

Thursday, April 19, 2012 | 8:16 p.m. CDT; updated 11:19 a.m. CDT, Friday, April 20, 2012
FFA is holding its state convention in Columbia on Thursday and Friday at MU and the Forum Christian Church.

COLUMBIA — Plant goals, harvest success — that's the theme of this year's FFA Missouri state convention, held in the Hearnes Center.

At the convention, members will receive awards in various agricultural skill areas. These areas include communications, dairy production and food science, career development events, floriculture and horse judging, according to a Missouri FFA news release.

FFA was formerly known as Future Farmers of America.

As part of the convention's horse judging, participants pit their horses against other contestants' animals to attain the highest rating.

The event started Thursday and will continue through Friday. Both days of competition last 11 hours, and more than 8,000 people are expected to attend, according to the news release.

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