A panel of judges selected Chloe Momphard, of Troy, and Ben Luebbering, of St. Thomas, as 2020 Missouri Farm Bureau (MOFB) Ambassadors during the organization’s 105th annual meeting Dec. 8 at the Lake of the Ozarks.
The MOFB Ambassador Program selects a male and female student 17-to-21 years of age to represent agriculture and Farm Bureau for one year. Each Ambassador receives a $2,500 educational scholarship and travels to Washington, D.C., in March on a Farm Bureau legislative trip. As ambassadors, Momphard and Luebbering will make select appearances throughout 2020 promoting agriculture on behalf of MOFB. They will assist with Farm Bureau events at the Missouri State Fair and elsewhere.
Momphard represented Lincoln County Farm Bureau. Her parents are Douglas and Margaret Momphard. A sophomore at the University of Missouri-Columbia, Momphard is studying animal science. At UMC, Momphard is a member of Alpha Delta Pi Sorority, Pre-Vet Club, CAFNR True Tigers and Ambassadors, and Collegiate Farm Bureau. Although her parents are not active farmers, Momphard was very involved in 4-H and FFA, becoming a state FFA officer traveling the state. This year, Momphard was selected the Missouri State Fair queen.
She plans to attend veterinary school to become a doctor of veterinary medicine.
Luebbering represented Osage County Farm Bureau and is the son of Douglas and Tami Luebbering. He is a senior at the University of Missouri-Columbia studying agribusiness management. Luebbering is president of the Mizzou Swine Club, a student council representative and a member of CAFNR True Tiger. He is a past state FFA officer and National Pork Board Pig Farmer of Tomorrow.
The Luebbering family cares for 160-sows and raise pigs from birth to market weight. They also manage 125 cows on their row crop farm.
The contest began Sunday morning as judges interviewed the 15 students competing. 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.