Duenke is state winner in diversified agricultural production proficiency award area

Duenke is state winner in diversified agricultural production proficiency award area


Joyce Cutright: 417-880-2625
Jeremy Whistance: 573-268-0009
Email: convention.media@missouriffa.org
Website: Convention.MissouriFFA.org

COLUMBIA, Mo., April 21, 2022 – Justin Duenke of Laddonia, Missouri, won the Missouri FFA Diversified Agricultural Production Proficiency Award at the 94th Missouri FFA Convention. 


Duenke, a graduate of Community R-VI High School, is the son of Mike and Vicki Duenke. He is a member of the Audrain County R-VI FFA Chapter. His advisors are Stacy French and Britton Francis.


Duenke’s supervised agricultural experience program consisted of placement for Duenke Farms, a diversified row crop and livestock farm. He also raised commercial cow-calf pairs, show steers, and heifers. His responsibilities include working calves through the chute, breeding cows through artificial insemination and helping with bull selection for his herd. He also runs the grain cart during harvest season. Duenke’s responsibilities have grown into making management-based decisions alongside his father and brother.


As a member of FFA, Duenke competed in the agricultural sales and grasslands evaluation career development events at the national level. He competed at state in the livestock evaluation, trap shoot, agronomy, and floriculture career development events. He was an exhibitor at the Missouri State Fair and attended State FFA Convention and National FFA Convention & Expo.


In addition to FFA, Duenke is a member of the Audrain County Cattlemens Association, Merry Martins 4-H Club and Missouri Cattlemens Association.


After graduating high school, Duenke’s plans include studying animal science at State Fair Community College to study animal science. 


Proficiency awards recognize FFA members who excel as agricultural entrepreneurs, employees or volunteers while gaining hands-on career experience. Diversified Agricultural Production one of 48 proficiency award areas recognized at the state level. Missouri Farmer Today sponsored this award. 

The Missouri FFA has 25,626 members representing 353 chapters. The national organization has more than 735,000 members representing 8,817 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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Pictured is Justin Duenke and his advisor Stacy French.

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