The Missouri FFA Association recognized Matthew Black of the Richland FFA Chapter as the Area 13 Star in Agribusiness at the 90th Missouri FFA Convention. Black is the son of Greg and Adreanne Black of Richland. His advisor is Shane Kardosz.

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 13 includes 22 chapters in the South Central District.

MFA Inc., Columbia, sponsors the 16 area Star in Agribusiness awards as well as the State Star in Agribusiness Award.

Black’s SAE includes a cow-calf operation and a lawn mowing business. He has grown his cattle herd from seven to 16 cows. In addition, he has grown his lawn mowing business income significantly.

Black has served as chapter president, vice president and chaplain. He has competed at the state level in Division I and II prepared public speaking and farm management career development events. He has attended National FFA Convention and Expo.

In addition to FFA, Black is active in community service events at his church. He has also participated in youth Sunday preaching at his church.

After graduation, Black plans to study agriculture at Missouri State University, Springfield.

The Missouri FFA has 25,375 members representing 343 chapters. The national organization has more than 653,000 members representing 8,568 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.