NWMSU-MARYVILLE, Mo. – Northwest Missouri State University student Cara Fordyce has been selected as one of 20 national collegiate agriculture ambassadors with the FFA during 2013-2014.
Fordyce, a junior agriculture business major from Kidder, was selected to serve as a national collegiate ambassador in July. She recently completed specialized training in Greensboro, N.C., and will spend the next year advocating for agriculture and agricultural education throughout the country.
“I love agriculture, so what better affiliation to be involved with than one that has a team of individuals who have a passion for agriculture,” Fordyce said. “I believe I am a good presenter, and with this opportunity I will not only strengthen my presentation skills but spread the knowledge of agriculture.”
Fordyce receives a $1,000 scholarship toward tuition and other school expenses. She must complete a minimum of 30 hours of presentations to businesses, schools and community groups. She also will facilitate seminars and workshops to audiences of all ages interested in learning more about the agriculture industry.
Individuals who applied for the national ambassador role submitted a resume, written application and video presentation. Fordyce chose to apply for the ambassador position because she is passionate about agriculture. She also wants to become a stronger presenter and expand her knowledge about agriculture while networking with others in the field.
“We live in a time where the agriculture industry faces some issues, and with the help of everyone spreading what agriculture is about we will not only succeed but become more successful than ever,” Fordyce said. “Nothing gives me a better feeling than teaching others about agriculture and seeing their eyes light up when it all connects.”
FFA ambassadors help increase public understanding of the food, fiber and natural resources industry. They promote awareness of the scientific, economical and mechanical resources needed to produce a safe and reliable food source. Once chosen, it is their role to increase awareness of career opportunities in the agriculture industry for collegiate students and the general public and help provide growth opportunities in leadership, facilitation and the agricultural industry for the collegiate agriculture ambassador team.
The National FFA Organization is a national youth organization of 557,318 student members as part of 7,498 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.