Wantland of Niangua FFA Chapter named Area 10 Star Farmer

Wantland of Niangua FFA Chapter named Area 10 Star Farmer


Joyce Cutright: 417-880-2625
Jeremy Whistance: 573-268-0009
Email: convention.media@missouriffa.org
Website: Convention.MissouriFFA.org

COLUMBIA, Mo., April 22, 2022 -The Missouri FFA Association recognized Lila Wantland of the Niangua FFA Chapter as the Area 10 Star Farmer and one of four finalists at the 94th Missouri FFA Convention. Her parents are Jeff and LeAnn of Niangua. Her advisor is Cody Starnes.


Area Star Farmers are chosen based upon outstanding production agriculture in the student’s supervised agricultural experience program and active participation in FFA. Area 10 includes 23 chapters in the Southwest District. 


MFA, Inc., Columbia, sponsors the 16 area Star Farmer awards and the State Star Farmer Award.


Wantland’s supervised agricultural experience consists of dairy production placement. She works on the family dairy farm where her responsibilities consist of feeding, caring for all of the young stock, milking, and keeping files on the cows. Wantland uses the files to register the cows for identification in the National Holstein Association, American Guernsey Association and the American Jersey Cattle Association. 


Wantland served as a chapter secretary, chapter reporter and an Area 10 officer. She has earned chapter scholar and leadership medals, and her greenhand and chapter degrees.


In addition to FFA, Wantland is a member of Future Business Leaders of America, Niangua Student Council and Beta Cub. She also participates in school sports. Outside of high school, she is involved in her county 4-H club and numerous dairy breed associations.


After graduating high school, Wantland’s plans include studying animal science to broaden her knowledge of animals. She plans to use the experiences on her family farm to work in the dairy industry after college.

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: LeeAnn Wantland, Lila Wantland, Jeff Wantland and Advisor Cody Starnes.

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