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Young Leaders Compete in Beef Speaking Contest
Missouri Ag Connection - 01/12/2018

Madelyn Derks, representing the King City FFA chapter, was named the winner of the 2018 Missouri Cattle Industry FFA Public Speaking Contest. The final round of the competition was held during the 50th Annual Missouri Cattle Industry Convention and Trade Show in Columbia. Derks presented her winning speech during the convention banquet honoring youth.

"This contest is truly the highlight of the convention," said Missouri Cattlemen's Association (MCA) Executive Vice President Mike Deering. "We are committed to empowering the next generation and this contest puts the talents of our future leaders on full display. These young leaders leave us with absolute contest that the future of Missouri agriculture is in good hands."

Six finalists competed in the state competition. These FFA members qualified for the state level by advancing through area and district competition. Matthew Morgan, Lamar FFA, placed second in the contest and Trinity Crouch, Eldon FFA, placed third. The three other finalists included Lauren Robnett, Laddonia Community R-5 FFA, Madison Coleman, Hermann FFA, and Abbagale Franklin, Perryville FFA.

Each finalist received $100 and the top three places were awarded additional money. Third placed received $200, second place received $300 and first placed received $500. The competition was hosted by MCA and the Missouri CattleWomen's Association. The contest was sponsored by the Missouri Beegf Industry Council; Kent and Linda Blades; Apex Financial; and Duckworth Farms.

Go to to watch Derks present her speech at the annual convention.

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