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How much can be accomplished in 4 days time? Ask any member of the Missouri State FFA Convention Media Room this question and they will tell you, “300 press releases and 400 photo captions.”

2012 State Convention logo and theme!

Last week I had the privilege to work in Columbia, Mo., doing just that, writing and editing press releases, taking candid photos and networking with individuals working within agricultural education.

Wondering what exactly I mean by a press release? Here’s the first release that I wrote and assisted with the 2nd and 3rd edit prior to its publication on the Missouri FFA Media Room website.

Lafferty places second in agricultural education entrepreneurship and placement combined proficiency award area

COLUMBIA, Mo., April 20, 2012 – Paige Lafferty of Springfield, Mo., received second-place in the Missouri FFA Agricultural Education Entrepreneurship and Placement Combined Proficiency Award at the 84th Missouri FFA Convention.

Lafferty, a senior at Logan-Rogersville High School, is the daughter of John and Sharon Lafferty. She is a member of the Logan-Rogersville FFA Chapter. Her FFA advisors are Chad Bybee and Jayson Shriver.

As an FFA member, Lafferty has participated in several local, state, and national FFA events. She has attended National FFA Convention, State FFA Leadership Camp, and the Learn, Educate, Advance, Develop Conference. Lafferty served on multiple chapter committees and as an officer in her FFA chapter. She competed in grasslands evaluation, floriculture, and soils career development events.

Lafferty began her FFA career by participating in local summer FFA activities with her chapter. Under her Supervised Agricultural Experience, Lafferty has educated community peers and younger students on the importance of agriculture by giving presentations. Lafferty has helped to organize volunteer activities, which include Convoy of Hope, Relay For Life and agriculture awareness events.

Proficiency awards recognize FFA members who excel as agriculture entrepreneurs, employees or volunteers while gaining hands-on career experience. Agricultural Education Entrepreneurship and Placement Combined is one of 49 proficiency award areas recognized at the state level. The Missouri Vocational Agriculture Teachers Association sponsored this award.

The Missouri FFA has 25,760 members representing 327 chapters. The national organization has more than 540,000 members representing 7,489 local chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.