The Missouri FFA Association has just recognized Mead as an Area Star Farmer, who are chosen based upon outstanding production agriculture in the student's supervised agricultural experience program and active participation in FFA.

Juliette Mead has been involved in agriculture since she was a little girl. She is a fifth-generation farmer and proud to say she has a passion for the industry that motivates her to not only work in the family operations but to choose the career she intends to pursue.

The Missouri FFA Association has just recognized Mead as an Area Star Farmer, who are chosen based upon outstanding production agriculture in the student's supervised agricultural experience program and active participation in FFA. Area 8 includes 24 chapters in the Central District. Mead was also the state winner in beef production placement proficiency award area

By this time next year, Mead is planning on being a freshman the University of Missouri, studying biochemistry with plans to attend veterinarian school, specializing in large animals.

Her passion started on the family farms. The daughter of Alan and Amy Mead, who run several farms in the lake area. At a young age she started learning about their operations, especially the cattle operations.

“My dad has a passion for the industry,” Juliette said. “And having the cow/calf operation sparked my interests. I get to be actively involved with the cattle industry and my operation at home. I also show cattle at local, state and national shows. This has helped me develop a deeper appreciation for cattle industry more specifically. I have been able to make so many connections and lifelong friendships through the agriculture industry.” 

Mead has spent the last four years in Camdenton’s FFA program. She serves not only as president of the chapter but as an area association officer along with spending the last five years in 4H. She is also a member of the National Honor Society at Camdenton, participates in Math Club and completed the A+ plus program and is involved with student council. Mead is also a student ambassador for LCTC. 

She is described by her FFA Advisors at Camdenton High School, Jeff Kitchens and Josh Toops, as a standout among agriculture students. This year, as a senior, Mead was chosen as the LCTC Student of the Year while also serving as chapter president for the school’s FFA Chapter. And it has been a year to remember for the senior. 

Mead’s SAE began with a few registered Angus cows and she has now expanded her herd. She attended the Genex AI School to learn to breed cattle, and now improves her herd’s genetics by incorporating artificial insemination and in vitro fertilization. She shows her cattle at the county, state and national levels. To keep herself up-to-date on the cattle industry, Mead attends conferences and conventions to obtain knowledge about new techniques and medicines.

Mead’s supervised agricultural experience program consists of employment on her family’s farm, Mead Farms, Barnett, where they raise registered Angus cattle. Her daily responsibilities on the farm include feeding grain and hay, and treating sick cattle. Mead also uses artificial insemination to breed the cows and heifers. In addition, she promotes Mead Farms through booth displays and exhibition of cattle.

In FFA, Mead competed at state level in the livestock evaluation career development event. She attended National FFA Convention & Expo; Lead, Educate, Advance, Develop Conference for Chapter Officers; and Greenhand Motivational Conference.

Mead currently serves as president and area parliamentarian, and previously served as chapter vice president. She has competed on the state level in the livestock evaluation career development event, where she received a Group I individual rating. Mead won the area beef entrepreneurship and beef placement proficiency awards. She attended the Lead, Educate, Advance, Develop Conference for Chapter Officers; National FFA Convention & Expo; and Greenhand Motivational Conference.

In addition to FFA, outside of school, Mead serves as Eldon Nobles 4-H Club President and 2nd vice president for the Missouri Junior Angus Association. She also is a member of the National Junior Angus Association and Missouri Junior Hereford Association.

Despite her achievements, Mead said she is always looking for ways to improve her operation and learn more. 

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.

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