Plackemeier of Silex FFA Chapter named Area 5 Star Farmer
SEDALIA, Mo., May 1, 2021 -The Missouri FFA Association recognized Alexis Plackemeier of the Silex FFA Chapter as the Area 5 Star Farmer and one of four finalists at the 93rd Missouri FFA Convention. Her parents are Steve and Suzie Plackemeier of Silex. Her advisor is Sean O’Brien.
Area Star Farmers are chosen based upon outstanding production agriculture in the student’s supervised agricultural experience program and active participation in FFA. Area 5 includes 19 chapters in the Northeast District.
MFA, Inc., Columbia, sponsors the 16 area Star Farmer awards and the State Farmer Award.
Plackemeier’s SAE includes a commercial cow-calf operation, row crops and poultry.
She began with showing Simmental heifers and steers at county fairs. Plackemeier has expanded to compete at state and national shows. She has developed her commercial cow-calf herd to 23 commercial SimAngus cows. She markets her open heifers in the Show-Me-Select Replacement Heifer Program. Plackemeier rents 152 row-crop acres, alternating soybeans and corn. She makes decisions about fertilizer and herbicide applications, planting, and harvesting. She sells her crops to St. Louis companies, Archer-Daniels-Midland Company and Bunge Limited. Plackemeier also has a flock of approximately 80 laying hens and sells eggs locally.
Plackemeier currently serves as area treasurer and chapter president, and previously served as chapter historian and secretary. She participated at state in the FFA knowledge leadership development event. She also participated in horse evaluation and selection, and livestock evaluation career development events. She placed second in the FFA knowledge LDE, sixth in the horse evaluation and selection CDE, and received a Group I individual rating in the livestock evaluation CDE. Plackemeier is a graduate of Helping Youth Maximize Agricultural eXperiences Academy, Helping Youth Prepare for Excellence Academy and Missouri Agribusiness Academy.
In addition to FFA, Plackemeier is National Honor Society secretary and executive student council vice president. Outside of school, Plackemeier was a founding ambassador for the Mo Beef Mo Kids Mo Fit, and member of the Lincoln/Pike County Cattlemen’s Association and Missouri Cattlemen’s Association. She served as Olney Blue Skies 4-H Club president and vice president. Plackemeier placed second in the Missouri 4-H Livestock Judging Contest, affording her opportunity to compete at the American Royal Association 4-H Livestock Judging Contest and Aksarben Stock Show American Foods Group Livestock Judging Contest. While at Aksarben, Plackemeier’s team received the High Beef Team Honor. She has served on the Lincoln County Livestock Youth Board and Northeast District Expo Livestock Board. Plackemeier also belongs to the American Maine-Anjou Association, American Simmental Association and Missouri Club Calf Association.
After graduating high school, Plackemeier’s plans include attending Northwest Missouri State University, Maryville, to study agronomy and animal science. Her plans are to then attend graduate school at Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma, to study agronomy. Plackemeier said her goal is to obtain a job as a field agronomist, continue to grow her current SAE and eventually take over the family 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 left are Suzie Plackemeir, Alexis Plackemeir, Steve Plackemeier and Advisor Sean O’Brien.