Fredrickson of Carl Junction FFA Chapter named Area 9 Star in Agribusiness

Fredrickson of Carl Junction FFA Chapter named Area 9 Star in Agribusiness


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COLUMBIA, Mo., April 22, 2022 — The Missouri FFA Association recognized Katelyn Fredrickson of the Carl Junction FFA Chapter as the Area 9 Star in Agribusiness at the 94th Missouri FFA Convention. Her parents are Steve and Tami Fredrickson of Carl Junction. Her advisors are Benny McWilliams and Kelli Nolting.


Area Stars in Agribusiness are selected based upon outstanding achievement in work experience in an agricultural business as part of a student’s supervised agricultural experience program and active participation in FFA. Area 9 includes 16 chapters in the Southwest District.


MFA Inc., Columbia, sponsors the 16 area Star in Agribusiness awards as well as the State Star in Agribusiness Award.


Fredrickson’s supervised agricultural experience consists of vegetable production where she raises tomatoes and peppers to sell at the local farmers market or a roadside stand. She bought her parents’ agritourism farm, Fredrickson’s Farms, when she was a freshman in high school. Fredrickson is also an intern for Webb City Florist and Joplin Centerfire.


Fredrickson has served as chapter treasurer and secretary, and currently serves as chapter president and Area 9 president. She placed in the top six at the Missouri Farm Bureau Public Speaking Contest. Fredrickson competed in the forestry and soils career development events. She won the area 9 vegetable production proficiency award. Fredrickson has attended Washington Leadership Conference, Food Insecurity Day at the State Fair, Area Officer Institute, State FFA Convention and National FFA Convention & Expo. 


In addition to FFA, Fredrickson was a member of student council and National Art Honor Society. She was selected to attend Tomorrow’s Leaders Today and Missouri Girls State. Fredrickson participated in softball, archery and trap shooting. She is also a member of the New Hope Methodist Church.


After graduating high school, Fredrickson’s plans include attending the University of Missouri-Columbia to study agriculture education. She hopes to return to her hometown to teach agriculture and establish a school farm to produce vegetables for the cafeteria and sell at farmers markets.  

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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From left: Advisor Benny McWilliams, Katelyn Fredrickson and Advisor Kelli Nolting. 

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