A panel of judges selected Jessie Fowler of Vandalia, Mo., as one of six finalists in the 2014 Missouri Farm Bureau Ambassador contest during the organization’s 99th annual meeting Dec. 8 at the Lake of the Ozarks.
The Missouri Farm Bureau ambassador program selects a male and female student, 17-22 years of age, to represent agriculture and Farm Bureau for one year. Each Ambassador receives a $1,250 educational scholarship and travels to Washington, D.C., in March on a Farm Bureau legislative trip. The ambassadors make selected appearances throughout 2014 promoting agriculture on behalf of Missouri Farm Bureau and assist with Farm Bureau events at the Missouri State Fair and elsewhere. Fowler was picked as a finalist from a field of 18 contestants selected by county Farm Bureaus. As a finalist, she received a $500 scholarship.
Fowler represented the Ralls County Farm Bureau. Her parents are Bruce and Martha Fowler. She currently attends the University of Missouri-Columbia where she is majoring in agri-business management. She is a College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR) ambassador, a CAFNR student council representative, Mizzou Collegiate 4-H treasurer, Missouri 4-H social media coordinator and Ag Community President – Schurz Hall.
The contest began Sunday morning as judges interviewed each student. During the Sunday evening program, six finalists presented five-minute speeches and extemporaneously responded to a question before judges selected the winners. The Ambassador program is sponsored by the Missouri Farm Bureau Promotion and Education Committee. Scholarship funds come from the Missouri Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture.