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Hilgedick from Ashland FFA chapter named Area 4 Star Farmer

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., April 24, 2020-The Missouri FFA Association recognized Ethan Hilgedick of the Ashland FFA Chapter as Area 4 Star Farmer. His parents are Rick and Donna Hilgedick. His advisors are Rebekah Hammett and Kris Rankin.

Area Star Farmers are chosen based upon outstanding production agriculture in the student's supervised agricultural experience program and active participation in FFA. Area 4 includes 22 chapters in the Northeast District.

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

Hilgedick’s SAE began with around 3 acres of river bottom ground to grow pumpkins. He has since rented additional acreage to grow seedless and seeded watermelons, soybeans, oat hay and alfalfa hay. Hilgedick takes care of all aspects of his business from production to marketing. He markets his products to five grocery stores in central Missouri. He additionally produces market hogs and cured bacon for the Boone County Fair, owns a small crossbred beef operation, raises broilers, and owns a lawn-mowing business.

Hilgedick is the current Ashland FFA 2nd vice president and previously served as chaplain. He has competed in meats evaluation, forestry, grasslands and poultry career development events. He was a vegetable production proficiency finalist at the 2019 National FFA Convention & Expo. At previous national conventions, Hilgedick served in Courtesy Corps and participated in the National FFA Day of Service. He also has attended the Washington Leadership Conference.

In addition to FFA, Hilgedick plays high school baseball and is a mentor for a sixth grade agriculture class. Hilgedick also is a certified team leader for Agriculture Education on the Move.

After graduating high school, Hilgedick plans to pursue a heavy-equipment operation certification at State Technical College of Missouri, Linn. After college, Hilgedick plans to further his SAE by working with family members to increase their row crop, hay and cattle production.

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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