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FFA Day to Kick Off Expo

An FFA Ag Career Day will kick off the 2018 Heart of America Dairy Expo.

The Expo, presented by Hiland Dairy, runs January 18-20, at the Oasis Hotel and Convention Center in Springfield, Mo.



This is the first time since the expo was launched six years ago that it will host FFA members.


“The Missouri Dairy Association (MDA) Board of Directors wanted to show their support for FFA and to introduce our young people to the many career opportunities in agriculture,” says Ted Sheppard, MDA president and a dairy farmer from Cabool.


Registration for the FFA Career Day is free to FFA students and their advisors, thanks to support from the expo's sponsors, according to Dave Drennan, MDA Executive Director and Expo Sales Manager.


The sponsors include MDA, the Missouri Dairy Products Association, Missouri Dairy Growth Council, Alltech, American National Insurance Company, Central Life Sciences, Midwest Dairy Association, Mycogen Seeds and Multimin USA.


FFA member registration will start at 2:30 p.m., January 18, followed by the program at 3. The keynote speaker is Dr. Jim Spain, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies and eLearning, at the University of Missouri. View the agenda.


Following Dr. Spain will be an industry panel moderated by John D. Anderson, Chairman Business, Applied and Technical Services, General Farm Manager, College of the Ozarks. FFA students will also have the opportunity to visit with college exhibitors during the program.


After the formal FFA program, the students and their advisors will enjoy the Heart of America Dairy Expo Grand Opening Buffet Reception in the Expo trade show and have the opportunity to visit with over 65 commercial exhibitors. 


The Grand Opening Reception also includes an Early Bird Seminar featuring “How to get the most from your insurance dollar” with Vallery Eisenmann, Ag & Commercial Lines Field Specialist, American National Insurance Company. 

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