The Union FFA chapter had three sophomore students prepare and present speeches for the area contest.

The contest was held at Belle High School in October, and had students speaking from many local schools.

Abbi Eckstein gave a speech about the Missouri Institute of Cooperatives (MIC), which sponsors the fall speaking contests every year.

The speech subject was titled “Cooperatives Are Built to Serve” and focuses on how MIC contributes to education and FFA.

Megan Bell presented a speech in the “Missouri Young Farmers/Young Farm Wives” category. It centered on how FFA members can advocate for agriculture after high school. Melany Adkins gave a speech about Missouri pork producers.

She described how agriculture can improve quality standards and provide a top notch product for consumers.

The FFA strives to promote premier leadership, personal growth, and career success in all its members.

Article and photo submitted by Union FFA reporter, Katie Feth.