Murphy of Sweet Springs FFA Chapter named Area 6 Star Farmer
SEDALIA, Mo., May 1, 2021 -The Missouri FFA Association recognized Cole Allen Murphy of the Sweet Springs FFA Chapter as the Area 6 Star Farmer and one of four finalists at the 93rd Missouri FFA Convention. His parents are Brent and DeEtta Murphy of Houstonia. His advisors are Brent Niemeyer and Kristen Fenner.
Area Star Farmers are chosen based upon outstanding production agriculture in the student’s supervised agricultural experience program and active participation in FFA. Area 6 includes 19 chapters in the Central District.
MFA, Inc., Columbia, sponsors the 16 area Star Farmer awards and the State Star Farmer Award.
Murphy’s SAE consists of owning and operating a cattle business, and showing and producing swine. Murphy is the owner and operator of Cole Murphy Herefords, consisting of Hereford, Simmental, and crossbred cattle. He produces seedstock for local producers, and show cattle for 4-H and FFA members competing at local, state and national levels. His management duties include feeding, breeding decisions, monitoring the health of his herd and business dealings. Murphy adds consignments to his family’s bull and female sale, and the Missouri Hereford Association Missouri Opportunity Sale. He exhibited the Missouri State Fair Reserve Champion Steer and has made the American Royal Junior Premium Livestock Auction five times. In addition, Murphy produces show pigs. In 2020, he exhibited the Grand Champion Overall Gilt at the National Junior Show, Missouri State Fair and Aksarben Stock Show. In partnership with his brother, he started Murphy Brothers Pork. They purchase Berkshire butcher hogs to feed out and sell locally and at farmers markets in Kansas City.
Murphy currently serves as area president and chapter 1st vice president, and previously served as chapter secretary and 2nd vice president. He participated at state in conduct of chapter meetings, Division I prepared public speaking and parliamentary procedure leadership development events. Murphy received a Group I individual rating in conduct of chapter meeting and Division I prepared public speaking LDEs, and placed fourth in the parliamentary procedure LDE. Murphy was top six at state in the Missouri Cattle Industry Speaking Contest. He also attended the University of Missouri Pork Institute, and National FFA Convention & Expo.
In addition to FFA, Murphy has been a member of National Honor Society, National Junior Honor Society, S-Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, student council and Future Business Leaders of America. He also served as class president. He is a member of the Math Team and the Academic Team, and received I-70 All-Conference honors. Murphy participated in varsity football, basketball, baseball, and track. Outside of school, he also has served as Kennedy 4-H Club president.
After graduating high school, Murphy’s plans include attending Lakeland Community College, Kirtland, Ohio, on a livestock judging scholarship. Then, his plans are to attend Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma, to study animal science and nutrition. Murphy said he hopes to return home to grow his show cattle herd and swine 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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