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Byram of Bronaugh FFA Chapter named Area 9 Star in Agribusiness

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., April 24, 2020 — The Missouri FFA Association recognized Kaleigh Byram of the Bronaugh FFA Chapter as the Area 9 Star in Agribusiness. Byram is the daughter of Mike and Meghan Byram of Sheldon. Her advisor is Kaitlyn Smalley.

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 9 includes 16 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.

Byram’s SAE started when she noticed a need for another show-feed provider in her area. Pigs, cattle, sheep and goats are her speciality. Her custom feed business serves exhibitors in Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma.  She supplies shavings, feed and additives for exhibitors. Byram also shows pigs at the county, district, state and national levels.

Byram previously served as chapter vice president and is currently serving as chapter president and an area officer. She competed on the district level in livestock evaluation, entomology and floriculture career development events. She has attended National FFA Convention & Expo, and Greenhand Motivational Conference.

In addition to FFA, Byram is a member of the National Honor Society, science club and art club. She also was a member of the Eastern Kansas Swine Show Series Junior Board and the Vernon County 4-H Council.

After graduating high school, Byram’s plans include studying animal science, then attending veterinary school to specialize in animal chiropractic services. Byram said she hopes to start her own veterinary practice, and combine that practice with her current business, creating a “one-stop-shop” for feed, bedding and livestock care.

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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