Nix of Mountain Grove FFA Chapter named Area 13 Star Farmer
COLUMBIA, Mo., April 22, 2022 -The Missouri FFA Association recognized Payton Reese Nix of the Mountain Grove FFA Chapter as the Area 13 Star Farmer at the 94th Missouri FFA Convention. Her parents are Lacy and Keeland Nix of Mountain Grove. Her advisors are Ramona Andrus and Keeland Nix.
Area Star Farmers are chosen based upon outstanding production agriculture in the student’s supervised agricultural experience program and active participation in FFA. Area 13 includes 25 chapters in the South Central District.
MFA, Inc., Columbia, sponsors the 16 area Star Farmer awards and the State Star Farmer Award.
Nix’s supervised agricultural experience consists of diversified livestock production. Nix raises registered Dorset and Dropper sheep and a few black faced ewes she plans to use in embryo transfer for her other registered stock. She buys goats at auction and from her family’s farm in Oklahoma. Nix sells the lambs she has as show goats for local FFA members. She also owns a herd of cattle.
Nix is currently serving as chapter president and Area 13 treasurer. She has served as chapter vice president and reporter. She participated in meats evaluation, dairy cattle evaluation and agricultural sales career development events, and the conduct of chapter meetings, Division I prepared public speaking, Division II prepared public speaking, and advanced public speaking leadership development events. She was selected for the Missouri Agribusiness Academy and Helping Youth Prepare for eXcellence Academy.
In addition to FFA, Nix has been involved in the National Honor Society, National Technical Honor Society, Beta Club, Future Business Leaders of America, Student Council, Drama Club, Foreign Cultures Club, Key Club, American Junior Dorper Sheep Breeders Society, and Team Purebredand Continental Dorset Club. She has also served as an officer of her local 4-H club and a member of the Missouri State 4-H Dairy Judging Team.
After graduating high school, Nix plans to study pre-veterinary science and veterinary medicine at Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma. She plans to expand her livestock herd.
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 Keeland Nix, Payton Nix, Lacy Nix