More than 200 community members accepted the invitation to dine on eggs, bacon, sausage, biscuits and gravy, hash browns and fruit, and to wash it down with milk, juice and coffee during Friday’s annual Businessman’s Breakfast hosted by the Neosho High School Future Farmers of America (FFA).

More than 200 community members accepted the invitation to dine on eggs, bacon, sausage, biscuits and gravy, hash browns and fruit, and to wash it down with milk, juice and coffee during Friday’s annual Businessman’s Breakfast hosted by the Neosho High School Future Farmers of America (FFA).
“It’s just an opportunity for us to thank all of our supporters that we have throughout the year, the teachers and the community members,” said Jennifer Thogmartin, advisor. “It’s kind of an end-of-the-week celebration for FFA week.
“Without the support of the community and all the people who are a part of our program, we wouldn’t have the program we do. Most of the food that we have today is donated by local businesses, so they’ve always been a huge supporter of the breakfast and the activities that we have going on.”
About 220 students are involved in Neosho’s FFA.
“We work really hard to teach them leadership skills and things that are going to help them in the future,” she said. “We’re gearing up for contest season right now, which is our competitive season, which is where a lot of the kids really get involved and learn some skills that can help them in future careers.”
Those in the FFA meats contests learn how to grade meat and identify different cuts, Thogmartin said. There are contests where students judge different types of livestock, identify different parts of the poultry industry and many other options.
The FFA contest season began Saturday and runs through April. Seven Neosho teams qualified for state competition last year. Thogmartin hopes to improve on that in 2016.