Garver of St. James FFA Chapter named State FFA Vice President

Garver of St. James FFA Chapter named State FFA Vice President


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COLUMBIA, Mo., April 21, 2022 – During the 94th Missouri FFA Convention, Cody Garver was named the 2022-2023 State FFA Vice President. Garver is a member of the St. James FFA Chapter. His parents are Dale and Lori Garver of St. James. His advisors are Tim Davis and Whitney McWhorter. 


Garver’s supervised agricultural experience program consists of working as a farm hand at Gahr Farms. His responsibilities include working on pasture fences and facilities, repairing and maintaining equipment, improving pasture quality, producing forage, and taking care of livestock. 


During high school, Garver served as Area 14 president and parliamentarian, chapter president, vice president, treasurer, and greenhand treasurer.


Garver participated in the Missouri Farm Bureau Public Speaking Contest, Missouri Teach Ag FFA Fall Public Speaking Contest, and was a state finalist for the Missouri Association of Soil & Water Conservation Districts FFA Speaking Contest. He competed in the grasslands evaluation and agronomy career development events, and FFA knowledge leadership development event. Garver was part of the state winning grasslands evaluation team in 2019. He was also named the winner of the state forage production proficiency award and received a gold star rating at national competition in 2021. Garver was named the Chapter Star Greenhand, Chapter Star in Placement, and received the Chapter Leadership and Chapter Scholarship Awards. 


In addition to FFA, Garver was a member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He participated in cross country and track and field. Outside of school, he is a member of the St. John Lutheran Church. Garver also volunteers with the St. James Kiwanis Organization and the St. James Caring Center.


After graduating high school, Garver’s plans include attending State Technical College-Linn to study agribusiness. After graduation, he plans to attend Missouri Welding Institute- Nevada to earn welding certifications and become a combination pipe welder. Garver plans to stay active in the agriculture industry by owning a beef cattle operation and becoming a member of the St. James FFA Chapter’s supporters group.

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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