Miller FFA Chapterís Rinehart named Area 9 Star in Placement

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

The Missouri FFA Association recognized Brenden Keith Rinehart of the Miller FFA Chapter as the Area 9 Star in Placement.

Rinehartís SAE began, as a freshman, when he started working for Maple Grove Dairy. His responsibilities included milking a 300-head herd, breeding management, feeding and care of calves and heifers, and vaccinating and treatment of cattle. His sophomore through senior years he worked for Grassland Consultant Dairy, a grassland dairy modeled after New Zealand dairy farms. His responsibilities include pasture and forage management, breeding and calving management, herd nutrition, and milking. The Grassland Consultant Dairy recently changed their name to Roaming Pastures Dairy to emphasize their high-quality, grass-based dairy products. Rinehart has worked over 3,400 hours for his dairy production placement SAE.

Rinehart was a top-three individual in the state meats evaluation and dairy cattle evaluation career development events. He also received a Group I rating in the state farm management CDE. As a member of the Miller FFA Chapter, Rinehart was instrumental in the Food for America program.

In addition to the FFA, Rinehart is a member of Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America; and Peer Assistance and Leadership. He was a member of Miller High School football team and lettered all four years.

After graduating high school, Rinehartís plans include moving to New Zealand for a two-year internship on a grassland dairy. Rinehart said, when he returns, he hopes to become farm manager for Roaming Pasture Dairy.

Rinehart is the son of Kyle and Tammy Rinehart of Sarcoxie. His advisors are Emily Paul and Lyle Whittaker.

Area Stars in Placement are selected based upon outstanding achievement in work experience in an agricultural business as a part of a studentís supervised agricultural experience program and active participation in FFA. Area 9 includes 16 chapters in the Southwest District.

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