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University of Central Missouri
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG, MO (Sept. 24, 2010) – Jason Scales, associate professor of agriculture at the University of Central Missouri, will be recognized for his contributions to agriculture education as he receives the Honorary American Farmer degree from the National FFA organization at the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis.
Dr. Jason Scales
The Honorary American Farmer degree is the highest honor presented by the National FFA. The honor is conferred upon individuals who have provided exceptional service to agriculture, agricultural education, or the National FFA. Scales is one of four Missourians who will receive the honor at the general session of the convention on Friday, Oct. 22.
Scales is a graduate of Blue Springs High School. He received a bachelor’s degree in agriculture education and a master’s degree in career and technology education from the University of Central Missouri, and a doctorate in agriculture education from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
He began his teaching career with the Warrensburg R-VI School district as a vocational agriculture teacher, coordinating and teaching programs in the Leeton and Chilhowee school districts and starting FFA chapters at both schools. In 2003 he joined the faculty of the UCM Department of Agriculture, where he teaches courses in agriculture education and agriculture mechanization. He is credited with making UCM’s agriculture mechanization shop a state-of-the-art educational facility.
Scales was instrumental in obtaining a $300,000 grant from the Missouri Department of Conservation for the development and construction of the Agriculture and Conservation Education Center, located at UCM’s Prussing Research Farm. The center houses a shotgun range and trap and skeet facility that hosts the FFA high school trap shooting league, which brings more than 250 central district high school students to the range annually for league participation.
Scales and his wife, Carrie, reside near Warrensburg with their three daughters.