Redhage of Union FFA Chapter named Area 14 Star Farmer
SEDALIA, Mo., May 1, 2021 – The Missouri FFA Association recognized Austin Thomas Redhage of the Union FFA Chapter as the Area 14 Star Farmer at the 93rd Missouri FFA Convention. His parents are James and Christine Redhage of Beaufort. His advisors are Danielle Blair, Josh Roehrs and Katelyn Priest.
Area Star Farmers are chosen based upon outstanding production agriculture in the student’s supervised agricultural experience program and active participation in FFA. Area 14 includes 20 chapters in the South Central District.
MFA, Inc., Columbia, sponsors the 16 area Star Farmer awards and the State Star Farmer Award.
Redhage’s SAE consists of his cow-calf operation, lawn care business and working for Lakebrink Heating and Air Conditioning, Union. His SAE began with one bred Angus heifer and has expanded to 29 breeding cows and two registered bulls. He currently rents 116 acres on three different farms. Redhage is responsible for the health and breeding of all of his cattle. He also owns a lawn care business and cuts firewood. In addition, he works part-time at Lakebrink Heating and Air Conditioning, where he assists with installation of ductwork and heating and air conditioning systems.
Redhage currently serves as chapter president, and previously served as chapter treasurer. He participated in dairy cattle evaluation, farm management and forestry career development events. He placed third in the Missouri Cattle Industry Speaking Contest. Redhage won the area turf grass management proficiency award. He has attended the National FFA Convention & Expo, and Greenhand Motivational Conference.
In addition to FFA, Redhage is a member of the National Honor Society and is on A honor roll. Outside of school, he volunteers at the Franklin County Youth Fair, Washington Town-n-Country Fair, Adopt-a-Highway and Operation Clean Steam. Redhage is also a member of the Immaculate Conception Cathloic Church, Union.
After graduating high school, Redhage’s plans include studying heating, ventilation and air conditioning at the State Technical College of Missouri, Linn. Redhage said he plans to move back to Union to expand his cow-calf operation.
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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