Kempker of Tuscumbia FFA Chapter named Area 8 Star Farmer
COLUMBIA, Mo., April 22, 2022 -The Missouri FFA Association recognized Brenden Kempker of the Tuscumbia FFA Chapter as the Area 8 Star Farmer at the 94th Missouri FFA Convention. His parents are Matt and Jennifer Kempker of Eugene. His advisor is Lily Grant.
Area Star Farmers are chosen based upon outstanding production agriculture in the student’s supervised agricultural experience program and active participation in FFA. Area 8 includes 25 chapters in the Central District.
MFA, Inc., Columbia, sponsors the 16 area Star Farmer awards and the State Star Farmer Award.
Kempker’s supervised agricultural experience consists of diversified livestock production. He raises beef cattle and feeds out market pigs. His beef operation began with four crossbred cows and one bull, and now consists of 18 crossbred beef cattle. Kempker focuses on producing calves and replacement heifers to expand his herd. He assists with his family’s beef and turkey operations. Kempler also lends a hand at the local sale barn and cares for 150 head of cattle for Sam Rush Farms.
Kempker has served as chapter sentinel and Area 8 historian. He participated in the dairy cattle evaluation and poultry evaluation career development events. Kempker has won the area beef production entrepreneurship and placement proficiency awards. He attended State FFA Leadership Camp, State FFA Convention and National FFA Convention & Expo.
In addition to FFA, Kempker participated in basketball. He participates in his local 4-H club and is active in his local farm bureau organization. Kempker is also a member of the Church of Nazarene Youth Group.
After graduating high school, Kempker’s plans include attending the State Technical College of Missouri, Linn, to achieve a certificate in Heavy Equipment Operations. After college, Kempker plans to work as a heavy equipment operator for a local business while continuing to grow his cattle operation and help at the family’s turkey barns.
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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