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Mock of Neosho FFA Chapter is named Area 11 Star in Agribusiness

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., April 24, 2020 — The Missouri FFA Association recognized Dawson Mock of the Neosho FFA Chapter as the Area 11 Star in Agribusiness. Mock is the son of Gerald and Katie Mock. His advisors are Austin Steele, Kelin Kruse and Jennifer Thogmartin.


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 11 includes 17 chapters in the Southwest District.


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


Mock’s SAE began with working on the family farm and in the Neosho High School fabrication and repair shop. During his sophomore year, he started working with a computer numerical control plasma table. He designs and cuts custom projects using the CNC plasma table. Mock has created custom farm signs, fabricated machinery parts and other shop activities.


Mock is serving as the chapter sentinel, and previously served as chapter assistant reporter and reporter. He competed on the state level in dairy cattle evaluation and livestock evaluation career development events where he received a Group I individual rating. He was winner of the area diversified agriculture production proficiency award. He has attended State FFA Leadership Camp; Lead, Educate, Advance, Develop Conference for Chapter Officers; and Greenhand Motivational Conference.


In addition to FFA, Mock is a member of National Honor Society, Pilots Program and science club. Mock also was on the football team.


After graduating high school, Mock’s plans include attending Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma, to study agricultural engineering and machine systems. He said he hopes to purchase his own CNC plasma table to design and fabricate custom parts.


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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