Schneider named State Star in Agribusiness

The Missouri FFA Association has named Megan Schneider of the Hermann FFA Chapter as a State Star in Agribusiness.


Schneider is the daughter of Jon and Cheryl Carey of Hermann. Her advisors are Doug Ridder and Tracy Vedder. In a preliminary honor, she was named an an Area Star in April.


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 14 includes 20 chapters in the South Central District. State Stars demonstrate further proficiency in a series of agriculture-related disciplines.


MFA Inc., Columbia, sponsors the State Star in Agribusiness Award.


Schneider’s SAE (Supervised Agricultural Experience), started with showing pigs. Eventually, she started breeding and raising show pigs and feeder pigs. As her business grew, Schneider started selling a variety of pork meat products at local farmers’ markets and through other outlets.


Over time, Schneider has expanded her selection to include various beef and poultry products.


Schneider has served as chapter president and vice president, as well as area reporter. She competed at the national level in the farm management career development event and at the state level in the meats evaluation and livestock evaluation CDEs (Career and Leadership Development Events). Schneider has attended the National FFA Convention and Expo and Washington Leadership Conference.


In addition to FFA, Schneider serves as her class’s president and is involved with the National Honor Society; Family, Career and Community Leaders of America; and varsity basketball. She also serves as the current Gasconade County Fair queen.


After graduating high school, Schneider’s plans include studying biochemistry at East Central College in Union before transferring to the University of Missouri-Columbia. She hopes to eventually work as a biochemist or as an agricultural lawyer.


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.


Officials said the FFA strives to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth, and career success through agricultural education.