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Stone of Centralia FFA Chapter named Area 4 Star in Agriscience

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., April 24, 2020 - The Missouri FFA Association recognized Zane Robert Stone of the Centralia FFA Chapter as Area 4 Star in Agriscience. His parents are Scott and Jeannette Stone of Centralia. His advisors are Scott Stone, Lori Lewis and Kelsay Bruns.

Area Stars in Agriscience are selected based upon outstanding achievement in agriscience as part of a studentís 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 Agriscience awards and the State Star in Agriscience Award.

Stone began his SAE program when he, his brother and sister decided to start raising broiler chickens to show and sell at fairs. He conducted an eight-week study to determine the difference in weight gain between birds fed organic or inorganic feed. They determined both feeds resulted in similar weights. He feeds his chickens organic feed so he can market them at a premium.

Stone currently serves as chapter president and area chaplain, and previously served as chapter 1st vice president. At the state level, he competed in the agricultural mechanics, dairy cattle evaluation, poultry and agricultural issues forum career development events. He received a Group I individual rating in the agricultural mechanics CDE. Stone won the area diversified horticulture proficiency award. Stone is a graduate of the Helping Youth Maximize Agricultural eXperiences Academy and the Helping Youth Prepare for Excellence Academy. He attended National FFA Convention & Expo, State FFA Leadership Camp, Missouri Governorís Conference on Agriculture, Missouri Youth Institute and Area Officer Institute.

In addition to FFA, Stone participated in football and basketball. He was a member of the concert choir and orchestra, and serves as treasurer of the National Honor Society. Outside of school, Stone is president of the F&L Hustlers 4-H club. He was a member of the Audrain County 4-H Livestock Judging Team, which competed at the National Western Roundup, Denver, Colorado.

After graduating high school, Stoneís plans include attending the University of Missouri, Columbia, to study agricultural systems management. Stone said he hopes to have a career in mechanical repair and maintenance, while continuing to expand his farming 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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