Rhode of East Buchanan FFA Chapter named Area 1 Star Farmer
SEDALIA, Mo., May 1, 2021 -The Missouri FFA Association recognized Isaac Rhode of the East Buchanan FFA Chapter as the Area 1 Star Farmer at the 93rd Missouri FFA Convention. His parents are Jeff and Susan Rhode of Stewartsville. His advisors are Chuck Wilson and Ronetta Walkup.
Area Star Farmers are chosen based upon outstanding production agriculture in the student’s supervised agricultural experience program and active participation in FFA. Area 1 includes 29 chapters in the Northwest District.
MFA, Inc., Columbia, sponsors the 16 area Star Farmer awards and the State Star Farmer Award.
Rhode’s SAE consists of a beef cattle herd, swine and custom meat processing. He began his herd as a 4-H beef project with purebred Angus and Hereford cattle. He has increased and improved his herd by using artificial insemination and purchasing purebred females. He is raising heifers, which he shows at state and national levels, and marketing bulls in association sales and to commercial producers. Rhode partners with his uncle, to utilize heifers not retained in his herd, for a commercial herd. He is responsible for breeding, animal health decisions, feeding, facilities, maintenance and other management duties. Rhode added a swine component to diversify his project. He purchases market barrows to show. In partnership with a local processor, he sells custom meat products.
Rhode served as area first vice president, and chapter president, treasurer, and sentinel. He has competed in livestock evaluation, soils and meats evaluation career development events. Rhode was one of 50 FFA members selected to participate in the 2020 National FFA Next Generation Animal Systems Conference. He also was selected for the Missouri FFA Chorus. He is a graduate of Missouri Agribusiness Academy, and attended National FFA Convention & Expo and State FFA Leadership Camp.
In addition to FFA, Rhode is a member of the National Honor Society, student council, Future Business Leaders of America and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He is an honor roll student and participates in the A+ program. He was team captain of varsity football, and participated in basketball, golf and power-lifting. Outside of school, Rhode served as Missouri Junior Hereford Association vice president and secretary, Missouri Junior Cattlemen’s Association vice president, and Missouri Junior Angus Association director. He has served as president, vice president and treasurer of the Number 5 4-H Club, and served on the Buchanan County 4-H Council. He also was selected as a finalist for the Cotillion for Achievement.
After graduating high school, Rhode plans to attend the University of Missouri, Columbia, to study animal science. Rhode said he plans to start a career in agribusiness, focusing on improving efficiency and profitability for livestock operations. Rhode also plans to continue growing his purebred and commercial beef cattle herds.
The Missouri FFA has 25,662 members representing 351 chapters. The national organization has more than 760,000 members representing 8,739 chapters in all 50 states and Puerto Rico.
The FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.
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From front left: Susan Rhode, Isaac Rhode and Jeff Rhode
From back left: Advisor Chuck Wilson and Advisor Ronetta Walkup