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State Dept. of Ag director speaks to hundreds of FFA members at local conference

Chris Chinn, the director of the Missouri Department of Agriculture, spoke to the high school students (KTVO)

It was a sea of blue corduroy in the Schuyler County High School gym Wednesday evening as 463 FFA members and guests attended the Area III FFA leadership conference.

Chris Chinn, the director of the Missouri Department of Agriculture, spoke to the high school students.

She told them about the importance of leadership in the agriculture industry, and what the possibilities are for the future.

Chinn is originally from Shelby County and both of her children are FFA members.

"FFA is great at teaching kids leadership, responsibility, what it means to start a project and see it through to the end, but most of all it teaches them the skills they're going to need when they get out into the business world as well," Chinn said.

State FFA Officer Audrey Martin of Meadville, Missouri, and National FFA Officer Candidate Sydney Mason from Marshall, Missouri also spoke at the leadership conference.

Around 24 area schools were represented at the event with their FFA chapters.

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