Ling of New Madrid County Central FFA Chapter named Area 16 Star in Placement
SEDALIA, Mo., May 1, 2021 – The Missouri FFA Association recognized Edwin Ling of New Madrid County Central FFA Chapter as the Area 16 Star in Placement at the 93rd Missouri FFA Convention. His parents are Justin and Tonya Ling of New Madrid. His advisor is Ethan Hunziker.
Area Stars in Placement are selected based upon outstanding achievement in work experience in an agricultural business as a part of a student’s supervised agricultural experience program and active participation in FFA. Area 16 includes 22 chapters in the Southeast District.
MFA Inc., Columbia, sponsors the 16 area Star in Placement awards and the State Star in Placement Award.
Ling’s SAE consists of working as an employee on his family’s farm, Ling Farms. Ling Farms grows a variety of crops, including corn, soybeans, cotton and wheat. He assists in the preparation and maintenance of the farm equipment needed for field work. Ling is learning the importance of crop rotation, the impact these crops have on the land, and about scheduling the proper times for irrigation, fertilization and crop chemical use. He realizes all of these decisions impact the profitability of the farm.
Ling served as chapter vice president and president. He won the area fiber and oil crop production proficiency and area diversified crop production placement proficiency awards. He attended Lead, Educate, Advance, Develop Conference for Chapter Officers, and Southeast Missouri State University Field Day.
In addition to FFA, Ling was a member of Beta Club. He placed fifth on the 12th grade agriscience test at the Missouri Beta Club state convention. He qualified to take the test at the National Beta Club event. Ling also participated on the high school football and track teams.
After graduating high school, Ling’s plans include attending college. He said he plans to return to the family farm with hopes of owning the operation one day.
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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