Word of Saxony Lutheran FFA Chapter named Area 15 Star Farmer

Word of Saxony Lutheran FFA Chapter named Area 15 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, 2021 -The Missouri FFA Association recognized Cory Word of the Saxony Lutheran FFA Chapter as the Area 15 Star Farmer at the 94th Missouri FFA Convention. His parents are Todd and Carol Word of Frohna. His advisor is J. Micah Bristow.


Area Star Farmers are chosen based upon outstanding production agriculture in the student’s supervised agricultural experience program and active participation in FFA. Area 15 includes 23 chapters in the Southeast District. 


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


Word’s supervised agricultural experience consists of beef production entrepreneurship and placement. His operation started with a heifer and a steer and expanded into three heifers, two steers and 30 goats. He raises feeder pigs and owns three rental grain bins. Word also works for his grandfather’s farm, Hellwege Farms LLC, a beef cattle and crop operation. The operation produces corn, soybeans and hay.


Word served as Area 15 president, vice president and treasurer. He participated in FFA creed speaking and FFA knowledge leadership development events. Word competed in  livestock evaluation, grasslands evaluation and agricultural mechanics career development events. He placed top three in  agricultural mechanics and grasslands evaluation. Word was a national finalist with the environmental science and natural resources management proficiency and received 2nd in the state for the swine production entrepreneurship proficiency. He was a member of the National FFA Band.


In addition to FFA, Word has been a member of the National Honor Society, Beta Club, and president of the local 4-H club. He has also been a member of the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association. Word attended the National Shorthorn Junior Livestock Show and Conference serving as a state delegate. He is a member of Concordia Lutheran Church and youth group.


After graduating high school, Word plans to attend Ranken Technical College, St. Louis,  to study diesel technology. Word plans to return to the family farm after graduation. 

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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