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Welch of Mountain Grove FFA Chapter named Area 13 Star in Agribusiness

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., April 24, 2020 — The Missouri FFA Association recognized Megan Lynn Welch of the Mountain Grove FFA Chapter as the Area 13 Star in Agribusiness. Her parents are Eddie Welch of Mountain Grove and Jennifer Deener of Rogersville. Her advisors are Ramona Andrus and Keeland Nix.

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 13 includes 23 chapters in the South Central District.

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

Welch's SAE began in middle school with halter breaking, showing, and finishing cattle for 4N Farms, a registered Angus cow-calf operation. She established a business that includes working with cattle and representing farms at different shows. Welch starts with halter breaking the cattle, then prepares them for the show ring through feeding, washing and clipping. In addition, Welch is a partner with her father at EWK Farms, a registered Angus operation.

Welch has served as chapter historian and reporter, and currently serves as secretary. She competed at the state level in career development events including dairy cattle evaluation, agronomy, horse evaluation and grasslands evaluation, where she placed third. Welch attended State FFA Leadership Camp, where she received a State FFA Camp Leadership Medal.

In addition to FFA, Welch has been a member of the National Technical Honor Society, BETA Club, visual arts society and honor choir. She has served as president and vice president of visual arts society, and creative director and secretary of BETA Club. In addition, Welch is a member of Wright County 4-H and Elk Creek Baptist Church.

After high school graduation, Welch’s plans include continuing to work at Town & Country Bank, and starting a show-calf raising and finishing operation. Welch said she hopes to eventually advance to a management position at Town & Country Bank in Mountain Grove.

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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