State Fair Community College students placed in the top three spots in six categories at the National Professional Agriculture Students (PAS) conference that was held in March in Minneapolis, Minnesota.   

Seven SFCC agriculture students attended along with Brad Driskill, Agriculture program coordinator. They competed in contests designed to develop skills required by employers in the agriculture industry, attended workshops and a career fair, listened to speakers, and participated in mock interviews. SFCC brought home two first-place finishes, three second-places and one third-place. More than 400 students and instructors attended the national conference.

Results for SFCC students are as follows:

Career Planning: 

Agribusiness Management and Marketing Systems – Bailey White, Windsor, third place
Agriculture Education Systems – Haley Halsey, Odessa, second place
Ruminant Animal Systems – Bayleigh Hunziger, Cross Timbers, first place

Career Progress: 

Power, Structural and Technical Systems – Garrett Lammers, Boonville, second place

Employment Interview: 

Agribusiness Sales – Garrett Lammers, second place
Agriculture Education – Haley Halsey, first place

Jacob Dixon of La Monte, Wyatt Montgomery of Warrensburg and Shaye Siegel of Florence also represented SFCC at the conference. Two SFCC students currently serve as Missouri PAS officers. Haley Halsey is the secretary, and Bayleigh Hunziger is the reporter.

In addition to participating in all the conference activities, the students visited Two Harbors and did some sightseeing on the North Shores of Lake Superior. On the way to the conference, students toured the AgReliant Seed Corn Conditioning Plant in Ogden, Iowa, and the POET Ethanol Plant in Jewell, Iowa.

The National Professional Agricultural Student Organization is a student-led group that allows participants to build and sharpen their skills and prepares them to work in all areas of the agriculture industry.

For more information about SFCC’s Agriculture program, visit or contact Driskill at or (660) 596-7238.


In the photo: Seven State Fair Community College Agriculture students and one instructor attended the National Professional Agriculture Students conference in March in Minneapolis, Minnesota. From left, students Bayleigh Hunziger, Garrett Lammers, Haley Halsey, Wyatt Montgomery, Shaye Siegel, Jacob Dixon, Bailey White, and Ag program coordinator and instructor Brad Driskill. 

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