Sjostrand is state winner in diversified livestock production proficiency award area

Sjostrand is state winner in diversified livestock production proficiency award area


Joyce Cutright: 417-880-2625
Jeremy Whistance: 573-268-0009

COLUMBIA, Mo., April 21, 2022 – Nicole Sjostrand of Ashland won the Missouri FFA Diversified Livestock Production Proficiency Award at the 94th Missouri FFA Convention. 


Sjostrand, a senior at Ashland High School, is the daughter of Brian and Jeanne Sjostrand. She is a member of the Ashland FFA Chapter. Her FFA advisors are Rebekah Hammett and Justin Belew. 


Sjostrand’s supervised agricultural experience consists of raising laying hens and broilers, swine production and equine placement. She currently has 170 hens and sells her eggs to individuals in the community and local restaurants. She also processes her own broilers with equipment from a National FFA Grant. Sjostrand’s swine operation currently consists of 17 sows. 

As an FFA member, Sjostrand has participated in National FFA Premier Chapter Interviews, National Model of Excellence Interviews, National FFA Convention, Helping Youth Prepare for Excellence Academy, State FFA Leadership Camp and Helping Youth Maximize Agricultural eXperiences Academy.. She has received a Group I ranking for the Missouri FFA Knowledge Leadership Development Event.


In addition to FFA, Sjostrand is a member of Boone County 4-H Junior Council, Engelwood 4-H Club, International Order of the Rainbow for Girls, Missouri Farm Tractor Puller Association, and a part of the Southern Boone A Honor Roll.


After high school, Sjostrand plans to attend State Fair Community College to obtain a degree in Elementary Education.


Proficiency awards recognize FFA members who excel as agricultural entrepreneurs, employees or volunteers while gaining hands-on career experience. Diversified Livestock Production is one of 48 proficiency award areas recognized at the state level. This award was sponsored by the Area 2 Agriculture Teachers Association. 

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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