Wantland is state winner in dairy production entrepreneurship proficiency award area
COLUMBIA, Mo., April 21, 2022 – Lila Wantland of Niangua won the Missouri FFA Dairy Production Entrepreneurship Proficiency Award at the 94th Missouri FFA Convention.
Wantland, a senior at Niangua High School, is the daughter of Jeff and LeeAnn Wantland. She is a member of the Niangua FFA Chapter. Her FFA advisor is Cody Starnes.
Wantland’s supervised agricultural experience consists of helping run their family dairy operation. Her responsibilities include taking care of calves, milking stock and keeping records. She caters to each animal’s nutritional and breeding needs by monitoring feed rations and keeping genetic records to ensure the use of mindful breeding strategies.
Through FFA, Wantland has participated in several events; Lead, Education, Advance, Develop Conference for Chapter Officers; Area Officer Institute; and Fall Public Speaking in the Sheep Producers Division.
Outside of FFA, Wantland is a member of student council, the American Jersey Cattle Association, the American Junior Holstein Cattle Association, and BETA Club.
In the future, Wantland plans to pursue a degree in animal science. She said she wants to hopefully use this degree to further her love and knowledge for animals and to continue working in the dairy industry.
Proficiency awards recognize FFA members who excel as agricultural entrepreneurs, employees or volunteers while gaining hands-on career experience. Dairy Production Entrepreneurship is one of 48 proficiency award areas recognized at the state level. Midwest Dairy Association 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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