Kussman of Brunswick FFA Chapter named Area 4 Star Farmer
SEDALIA, Mo., May 1, 2021 -The Missouri FFA Association recognized Gustav Kussman of the Brunswick FFA Chapter as the Area 4 Star Farmer at the 93rd Missouri FFA Convention. His parents are Joe and Shelly Kussman of Dalton. His advisor is Kendra Krapfl.
Area Star Farmers are chosen based upon outstanding production agriculture in the student’s supervised agricultural experience program and active participation in FFA. Area 4 includes 22 chapters in the Northeast District.
MFA, Inc., Columbia, sponsors the 16 area Star Farmer awards and the State Farmer Award.
Kussman’s SAE includes feeder heifers and working for Kussman Farms. He began his freshman year purchasing 350-400 lb. feeder heifers, finishing to 700-800 lb., then selling to feed lots or through sale barns. While expanding his own herd, Kussman also helps with his father’s herd. He also works with pecan and hay production for Kussman Farms.
Kussman served as chapter treasurer. He participated in the entomology, agricultural sales and soils career development events, and qualified for state in the soils CDE. Kussman won the area forage production proficiency award and received second in the area fruit production proficiency award.
In addition to FFA, Kussman served as president of National Honor Society and Future Business Leaders of America. He has participated in basketball, baseball, track and cross country. Kussman is a member of St. Boniface Catholic Church.
After graduating high school, Kussman’s plans include studying business at Benedictine College, Atchison, Kansas. Kussman said he plans on pursuing a sports management career, while growing his feeder-heifer herd.
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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