Aurora FFA Chapter member, Colton Spencer has spent the past year representing the Missouri FFA Association as the 2016-17 State FFA President. He served as part of a 16-member officer team representing the 26,057 FFA members across Missouri.

Along with his fellow officers, Spencer was charged with developing and conducting leadership training and career development training events and conferences throughout the state. These included State FFA Leadership Camp, State LEAD conference, Public Speaking Academy, Area Officer Institute, HYMAX Leadership Academy, HYPE Leadership Academy, Statewide Greenhand Motivational Conference and the Leadership Adventure Conference. In addition, he spoke to numerous agricultural and education conferences throughout the year as well as conducting chapter visit presentations to the chapters within his home area, the Area XI FFA association.

Spencer’s supervised agriculture experience program consists of raising registered Gelbvieh and Balancer beef cattle, exhibiting cattle at local, state and national shows and working at Journagan True Value in Aurora.

Spencer has served as chapter president and vice president, as well as area president.

Spencer competed on the state level in Division I, II and advanced prepared public speaking, FFA knowledge, State Champion Horse Evaluation team, Reserve State Champion Livestock Evaluation team and State Champion Farm Management team. Additionally he was a member of the National 4-H Champion Beef Judging team and the Reserve Champion Scottish Royal Highland Livestock judging team.

He attended the Missouri Agribusiness Academy and Missouri FFA Public Speaking Academy. He also was a top 16 state finalist in the Agriculture Education and Agriculture Communication proficiency award areas.

In addition to FFA, Spencer serves as treasurer and as a national board of director for the American Gelbvieh Junior Association. He has been selected as a University of Missouri Jerry Litton Scholar, College of Agriculture Ambassador and is a member of the Mizzou Cattleman Association, Collegiate Farm Bureau, Mizzou Block & Bridle and President of the College of Agriculture True Tiger organization.

Spencer is attending the University of Missouri – Columbia, pursuing a degree in Agricultural Education. Upon graduation, he plans to begin a career as an Agriculture instructor and FFA advisor.

The Missouri FFA has 26,057 members representing 342 chapters. The national organization has more than 649,000 members representing 7,589 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.