4 FFA members recognized for beef production proficiency
Proficiency awards recognize FFA members who excel as agricultural entrepreneurs, employees or volunteers while gaining hands-on career experience. Beef Production Entrepreneurship and Beef Production Placement are two of 49 proficiency award areas recognized at the state level. The Missouri Cattlemen’s Association sponsored the award.
Dylan Massa of Lamar, Mo., won the Missouri FFA Beef Production Entrepreneurship Proficiency Award. He is a graduate from Liberal High School and the son of Russ and Denny Massa of Lamar, Mo. His chapter advisor is Allie Runnels. William Inglish of California, Mo., received the second place Missouri FFA Beef Production Entrepreneurship Proficiency Award. Inglish, a graduate of California R-I High School, is the son Michael and Patricia Inglish. His chapter advisors are Lee Longan and Adam Bieri.
Chase Thummel of Sheridan, Mo., won the Missouri FFA Beef Production Placement Proficiency Award. He is a senior at Worth County R-III High School and the son of Jeff and Deborah Thummel. His advisor is Josh Smith. Nate Warthen of Joplin, Mo., received the second place Missouri FFA Beef Production Placement Award at the 85th Missouri FFA Convention. He is a senior at Diamond High School and the son of Ed and Brenda Warthen. His chapter advisors are Steven Johnson and Becky Wait.
“I would not have been able to create the program I have today had it not been for my dad and grandpa’s encouragement and support,” Massa said. “Also, being apart of the FFA has been a great part of my life. It has helped me understand how to keep accurate records and the importance of keeping track of your expenses.”
The Missouri FFA has 25,062 members representing 331 chapters. The national organization has more than 550,000 members representing 7,489 local chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
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