Kleiboeker of Pierce City FFA Chapter named Area 11 Star Farmer
SEDALIA, Mo., May 1, 2021 -The Missouri FFA Association recognized Kaitlin Kleiboeker of the Pierce City FFA Chapter as the Area 11 Star Farmer at the 93rd Missouri FFA Convention. Her parents are Philip and Margaret Kleiboeker of Stotts City. Her advisors are Heather DeOrnellis and Isaac Melin.
Area Star Farmers are chosen based upon outstanding production agriculture in the student’s supervised agricultural experience program and active participation in FFA. Area 11 includes 16 chapters in the Southwest District.
MFA, Inc., Columbia, sponsors the 16 area Star Farmer awards and the State Star Farmer Award.
Kleiboeker SAE consists of working at Mineral Valley Farms, Stotts City, raising 150 hogs for an all natural meat company and a small cattle herd. At Mineral Valley Farms, she is responsible for daily animal care, developing treatment options, selecting animals and operating equipment. In exchange for her labor, Kleiboeker receives housing and land for the 150 hogs she raises for an all natural meat company. Daily, with the small cattle herd, she checks them, and feeds grain and hay.
Kleiboeker serves as chapter president and area vice president. Kleiboeker competed in livestock evaluation career development event, and FFA knowledge, and Division II prepared public speaking, FFA creed speaking, and advanced prepared public speaking leadership development events. She received a Bronze rating at the National FFA Creed Speaking LDE and placed first at the Missouri FFA Advanced Prepared Public Speaking LDE. Kleiboeker won the area swine production entrepreneurship proficiency award. She attended the National FFA Next Generation Animal Systems Conference, and is a graduate of Helping Youth Maximize Agricultural eXperiences Academy and Helping Youth Prepare for Excellence Academy.
In addition to FFA, Kleiboeker is a member of student council, foreign language club, science club, scholar bowl and math league. She also is president of National Honor Society. Outside of school, Kleiboeker is president of Stockmen’s 4-H Club and participated in the National 4-H Livestock Judging Contest, Louisville, Kentucky. In addition, she is member of the Trinity Lutheran Church, Freistatt.
After graduating high school, Kleiboeker’s plans include attending University of Missouri, Columbia, to study animal science. After graduating, she plans on studying veterinary medicine.
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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