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Lewis of Centralia FFA Chapter named Area 4 Star in Agribusiness

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., April 24, 2020 — The Missouri FFA Association recognized Dallas Lewis of the Centralia FFA Chapter as the Area 4 Star in Agribusiness. His parents are Tim and Lori Lewis of Centralia. His advisors are Lori Lewis, Scott Stone and Kelsay Burns.

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 4 includes 22 chapters in the Northeast District.

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

Lewis’ SAE includes his own baling operation. In his first SAE year, Lewis baled and sold about 400 small bales of straw using his dad's equipment. This past year Lewis expanded his operation by producing approximately 6,000 straw bales. In addition, Lewis works at Haskell Farms, Centralia, where he is responsible for calculating feed rations for about 4,000 cattle.

Lewis currently serves as chapter president, and previously served as chapter parliamentarian and vice president. He participated at the state level in the poultry, entomology and agricultural mechanics career development events. He received a Group I individual rating in the poultry and agricultural mechanics CDEs. Lewis won the area forage production proficiency award. He was named Chapter Star Agribusiness. Lewis is a graduate of Helping Youth Maximize Agricultural eXperiences Academy. He also attended National FFA Convention & Expo, Missouri Youth Institute and Greenhand Motivational Conference.

In addition to FFA, Lewis has been a member of the National Honor Society and Beta Chi Pi. He also participated in football, cross country, basketball, and track and field.

After graduating high school, Lewis’ plans include attending the University of Missouri, Columbia, to study agricultural systems management. Lewis said he hopes to find a career in agricultural sales, and start a row-crop and cattle operation.

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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