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Gray from Clark County FFA Chapter named Area 3 Star Farmer

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., April 24, 2020 - The Missouri FFA Association recognized Nick Gray of the Clark County FFA Chapter as the Area 3 Star Farmer. He is the son of James and Laura Gray. His advisors are Mark Lemmon and Daniel Oilar.

Area Star Farmers are chosen based upon outstanding production agriculture in the studentís supervised agricultural experience program and active participation in FFA. Area 3 includes 24 chapters in the Northeast District.

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

Grayís SAE includes purchasing feeder cattle and raising them to market weight. His herd consists of Angus and a few crossbred calves. He prefers to purchase cattle weaned and vaccinated in order to earn a larger profit. Gray currently rents land where he runs 75 head, and said he hopes to increase to 250 this year. Gray tends to his herd each day, learning new and efficient ways to increase herd productivity.

Gray has received the chapter beef proficiency award, Chapter Star Farmer and Chapter Leadership Award. He placed 11th at state in the livestock evaluation career development event. He served on Courtesy Corps at National FFA Convention & Expo and state FFA convention. Gray also attended Area 3 Leadership Conference and District Greenhand Motivational Conference.

In addition to FFA, Gray was a member of the Clark County R-1 football team. This year he earned first team defensive lineman at the conference and district level. He also earned third team All-State Defensive Lineman.

After graduating high school, Grayís plans include continuing to work on the family farm, consisting of 3,000 tillable acres and 1,800 to 2,000 cattle. Gray said he hopes in the future to increase the herd, and to rent land to share-crop.

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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