Schuyler County grad wins Missouri FFA proficiency award

Jake Pantry

Jake Pantry, of Lancaster, Mo., received the Missouri FFA Goat Production Entrepreneurship and Placement Proficiency Award at the 86th Missouri FFA Convention.

Pantry, a graduate of Schuyler R-I High School, is the son of Ron and Jennifer Pantry. His advisor is Trenton Tallman.

Pantry's supervised agricultural experience program in goat production began with the purchase of Boer goats. The following year, he decided to breed Kiko and Savannah goats instead due to their hardier nature. Pantry had one guard dog, but found out the hard way one was not enough. Pantry has purchased two more dogs to make sure all goats are protected. Pantry also works with a professor at the University of Missouri Columbia to market his goat kids at their meat lab. He has learned a lot from his SAE, including vaccinating, worming, castration and how to maintain the goatâ??s hooves. He also learned how to use multiple types of equipment to feed and water his herd.

As an FFA member, Pantry has received the Missouri State FFA Degree. He has also attended state and national FFA conventions, Missouri Farm Bureau Leadership Day, Missouri FFA Leadership Camp and LEAD Conference. In addition to FFA, Pantry is a Schyler County 4-H Council Member, Queen City 4-H Club President, Students Against Destructive Decisions Vice President, and class president.

Proficiency awards recognize FFA members who excel as agricultural entrepreneurs, employees or volunteers while gaining hands-on career experience. Goat Production Entrepreneurship and Placement Combined is one of 50 proficiency award areas recognized at state level. The Missouri Meat Goat Producers-North Division sponsored this award.

The Missouri FFA has 25,852 members representing 334 chapters. The national organization has more than 579,000 members representing 7,570 local 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.

(information provided by Missouri State FFA)