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Jones from Diamond FFA chapter named Area 11 Star Farmer

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., April 24, 2020-The Missouri FFA Association recognized Kolbe Dean Jones of the Diamond FFA Chapter as the Area 11 Star Farmer. His parents are Tony and Jenny Jones of Diamond. His advisors are Benny McWilliams and Sadie Steele.

Area Star Farmers are chosen based upon outstanding production agriculture in the student's supervised agricultural experience program and active participation in FFA. Area 11 includes 16 chapters in the Southwest District.

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

Jonesí SAE began when his dad introduced him to the world of horse racing.† Jonesí business, Bad Boys Racing, started with a four-year-old named Pipsqueak Shazoom. Pipís foals have helped Jones establish a reputable training facility. The racehorse business requires daily management decisions and responsibilities.

Jones currently serves as chapter president, and previously served as chapter secretary. He competed at the state level in horse selection and evaluation, and livestock evaluation career development events. Jones received the second-place state equine entrepreneurship proficiency award. Jones attended National FFA Convention & Expo, Washington Leadership Conference and state FFA convention.

In addition to FFA, Jones was team captain for both football and wrestling. He also is a member of National Honor Society and serves on the high school leadership team. Outside of school, he is a member of the American Quarter Horse Association and the Iowa Racing Commission.

After graduating high school, Jonesí plans include attending University of Missouri, Columbia, to study agricultural education, and continuing his partnership with Bad Boys Racing. Jones said he hopes to educate local kids who are interested in horses.

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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