Kleffner of Rolla FFA Chapter named Area 13 Star Farmer
SEDALIA, Mo., May 1, 2021 -The Missouri FFA Association recognized Caitlyn Thresa Kleffner of the Rolla FFA Chapter as the Area 13 Star Farmer at the 93rd Missouri FFA Convention. Her parents are Larry Kleffner of Brinktown and Christy Green of Rolla. Her advisors are Cord Jenkins and Randy Stockstill.
Area Star Farmers are chosen based upon outstanding production agriculture in the student’s supervised agricultural experience program and active participation in FFA. Area 13 includes 25 chapters in the South Central District.
MFA, Inc., Columbia, sponsors the 16 area Star Farmer awards and the State Star Farmer Award.
Kleffner’s SAE consists of her ownership of sheep, cattle and a flock of hens. Her SAE began with nine Katahdin sheep, 21 crossbred Amerifax cattle, and 10 brown egg laying hens. She expanded to 23 Katahdin sheep, 20 crossbred Amerifax heifers and 21 hens.
Kleffner has served as area president, and chapter president, reporter, and assistant secretary. She participated in FFA creed speaking and Division II prepared public speaking leadership development events, and poultry and grasslands evaluation career development event teams. Kleffner won the area sheep entrepreneurship proficiency award. She is a graduate of Helping Youth Maximize Agricultural eXperiences Academy, Helping Youth Prepare for Excellence Academy and Missouri Agribusiness Academy.
In addition to FFA, Kleffner is a member of the National Honor Society and latin club. She has served as historian and secretary for the Rolla High School Key Club.
After graduating high school, Kleffner’s plans include attending the University of Missouri, Columbia to study animal science, animal nutrition, and agricultural business. After graduation from college, Kleffner said she plans to work as a nutritionist for various companies before opening her own consulting firm and mineral mill, all while continuing to grow her farm.
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 are Larry Kleffner, Caitlyn Kleffner and Christy Green. Back from left are Advisor Randy Stockstill and Advisor Cord Jenkins.