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Michael Carpenter of Hardin won the Missouri FFA Diversified Agriculture Production Entrepreneurship and Placement Combined Proficiency Award at the 86th Missouri FFA Convention.
Carpenter, a senior of Hardin High School, is the son of David and Gaye Carpenter. He is a member of the Hardin FFA Chapter. His advisor is Erica McBee.
Carpenter’s supervised agriculture experience program consists of crop and beef cattle production. He currently operates 56 acres of the family farm where he grows corn and soybeans. He also has a herd of 24 non-breeding feeder heifers. Carpenter said he has gained knowledge in several areas, including soil preparation, crop rotation, crop sales and marketing feeder heifers.
As a member of FFA he has attended state and national FFA conventions, and the Washington Leadership Conference. He participated in the Missouri FFA Convention Courtesy Corp and has been a Missouri State Fair exhibitor.
In addition to FFA, Carpenter has been involved in football, track, basketball, scholar bowl and Missouri Boy’s State. He is a member of the Trinity Lutheran Youth Group and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Carpenter plans on attending the University of Missouri to major in agricultural systems management. After college, Carpenter said he wants to return to the family farm to work in partnership with his father and brother to help maintain the strong reputation they have built in the cattle industry.
“My supervised agricultural experience has taught me about the business side of our farm and has prepared me for my future career,” Carpenter said.
Proficiency awards recognize FFA members who excel as agricultural entrepreneurs, employees or volunteers while gaining hands-on career experience. Diversified Agriculture Production Entrepreneurship and Placement Combined is one of 50 proficiency award areas recognized at the state level. Missouri Farmer Today sponsored this award.
Sarah Davis of Richmond received the second-place Missouri FFA Equine Science Placement Proficiency Award at the 86th Missouri State FFA Convention.
Davis, a senior at Richmond R-XVI High School, is the daughter of Bobby and Kim Davis. She is a member of the Richmond FFA Chapter.
Her advisors are Adam Brock and Joe Robinson.
Davis’ interest in horses began at an early age showing Missouri Foxtrotters and Tennessee Walkers. Her Supervised Agricultural Experience Program began when she was asked to train a rescue stud horse named Stormy. Under the watchful eye of her father, Davis learned the process of training the stud and realized his breeding potential.
“My SAE project would not be a success if not for taking the chance with Stormy,” Davis said.
Davis’ family no longer shows horses, but continues to maintain a herd of 16 horses. Davis personally owns 14 horses and has an exchange of labor agreement with her parents to cover expenses like feed costs, pasture rent, and any veterinary expenses. She manages the financial management, breeding and living situations for her herd of stock horses.
As an FFA member, Davis was president and secretary of her chapter. She served on Courtesy Core at National FFA Convention. She has also attended LEAD Conference, The Leadership Adventure and exhibited at the Missouri State Fair. In addition to FFA, Davis is involved in Future Business Leaders of America, basketball, tennis, National Honor Society, Rock Falls Baptist Church, and honor roll.
Davis’ future plans include attending Middle Tennessee State University to receive a bachelor’s degree in Aerospace with an emphasis in Flight Dispatch. She plans to continue training and maintaining her horses. Davis hopes to work with more rescue horses after securing funds and living space for her herd.
“No matter which path I choose, there will always be room for a horse or two in my future,” Davis said.
Stephens College Equestrian Studies sponsors this award.