Missouri’s Dahmer named national FFA officer
Missouri has its first national FFA officer in 13 years. Paxton Dahmer from Nevada, Missouri is the new FFA central region vice president.
Dahmer tells Brownfield Missouri’s diverse agricultural production has helped prepare him for the role.
“Rice and cotton in the bootheel and then there’s the cattle country and then there’s row crop country, we kind of have it all,” he said. “So, in terms of representing the central district, I’ve had the opportunity to have my hand in almost all types of agriculture that we have through here. So, I think that’s the start of it.”
He said traveling to show livestock also gave him the chance to learn about a wide range of agricultural practices.
Looking ahead to his year in office, Dahmer said the COVID-19 pandemic has changed what the FFA organization is doing, like visiting FFA chapters virtually, but it hasn’t changed why they’re doing it.
“I still have the opportunity to meet those members where they’re comfortable,” he said. “If we’re [the officer team] zooming into a classroom or if we’re on a Microsoft teams or whatever it might be and we’re meeting those students in the classroom, then they’re going to be comfortable. They’re going to want to talk about their stories, they’re going to be able to share who they are.”
Dahmer was selected to the role last week during the virtual national FFA convention. He currently attends the University of Missouri studying agricultural education and leadership.