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Newberry from West Plains FFA chapter named Area 13 Star Farmer

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., April 24, 2020-The Missouri FFA Association recognized Kaylynn Jewell Newberry of the West Plains FFA Chapter as the Area 13 Star Farmer. Her parents are Mike and Anne Marie Newberry of West Plains. Her advisors are Tonya Jedlicka, Sarah Elrod and Jay Hale.

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 23 chapters in the South Central District.

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

Newberry’s SAE began with the purchase of 11 black Angus heifers. She later expanded her operation with 19 Longhorn cows and 15 calves.  On the farm, Newberry’s responsibilities include daily maintenance of the herd. She also works for her family’s farm supply store in West Plains.

Newberry currently serves as chapter president and area historian, and previously served as chapter assistant vice president and chapter secretary. She competed at the state level in the nursery/landscape and dairy foods career development events. Newberry won the area agricultural mechanics repair and maintenance placement proficiency award. She was named Chapter Star Farmer. Newberry is a graduate of Public Speaking Institute and attended National FFA Convention & Expo, State FFA Leadership Camp and Greenhand Motivational Conference.

In addition to FFA, Newberry is a member of the National Honor Society; Family, Career and Community Leaders of America; Fellowship of Christian Athletes; A+ Program; and concert choir.

After graduating high school, Newberry’s plans include studying agricultural education at Missouri State University, West Plains. Newberry said she hopes to continue working at the family’s farm store and expand her cattle herd.

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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