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The Missouri Department of Agriculture is giving 30 high school students representing 4-H clubs and FFA chapters throughout Missouri the opportunity to explore careers in agriculture through the 2013 Missouri Agribusiness Academy - a competitive program for sophomores interested in pursuing agriculture-related college degrees and careers. The 2013 Missouri Agribusiness Academy will be held June 3-7 and marks the program's 26th year.

The Agribusiness Academy is an opportunity for bright young people in our state to sit down with top leaders in agriculture, government and education to explore the many opportunities ahead of them," said Director of Agriculture Dr. Jon Hagler. "Agriculture impacts every sector of our economy and every community in our state. There is a bright future for youth in agriculture and it is vital that we attract and educate the next generation of leaders."

This year, the students selected have the opportunity to learn about the many unique opportunities for careers in southwestern Missouri. The group will head southwest to spend the week in the Springfield area, visiting with industry leaders and agribusinesses specializing in animal health, communication, sales and financial management.

Since 1988, the Missouri Agribusiness Academy has awarded more than 750 academy memberships through a competitive application and interview process. Applications for students interested in becoming part of the 2013 class are available online and are due no later than February 1, 2013.

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