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Staples of Mound City FFA Chapter named Area 1 Star in Agribusiness

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., April 24, 2020 The Missouri FFA Association recognized Parker Staples of the Mound City FFA Chapter as the Area 1 Star in Agribusiness. His parents are Chris and Janet Staples of Mound City. His advisor is Connor Dignan.

Area Stars in Agribusiness are selected based upon outstanding achievement in work experience in an agricultural business as part of a student's supervised agricultural experience program and active participation in FFA. Area 1 includes 29 chapters in the Northwest District.

MFA Inc., Columbia, sponsors the 16 area Star in Agribusiness awards as well as the State Star in Agribusiness Award.

Staples’ SAE includes firewood sales, meat sales, as well as owning and operating a lawn-care service. His firewood sales started by clearing trees for his family farm and nearby landowners. He would later sell the firewood at a truck stop, a convenience store and to individuals. Staples also sold beef from his cattle herd offering different cuts of beef to customers. Staples said he finds out the preferred meat cuts, processes the beef accordingly, then delivers it to the customer. His lawn-care service, started in 2018, provides services in mowing, edging around obstacles and structures, spraying weeds, blowing off sidewalks and driveways, and landscaping.

Staples served as chapter assistant sentinel and sentinel, and currently serves as chapter president. He competed in livestock evaluation, soils, and farm management career development events at the district level. He was the winner of the 2019 Missouri FFA Forest Management Proficiency Award and received a silver award at the national level.

In addition to FFA, Staples has been a member of the high school football team for four years and his senior year, served as a team captain. He also is a member of the National Honor Society.

After graduating high school, Staples’ plans include returning to the family farm to raise cattle and sell processed beef. He also plans to expand his mowing and landscaping business.

The Missouri FFA has 25,945 members representing 348 chapters. The national organization has more than 700,000 members representing 8,612 chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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.

     Missouri FFA Association
     205 Jefferson St
     PO Box 480
     Jefferson City, MO 65102-0480
     Phone: 573-751-3544

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