Missouri's top 30 FFA high school seniors completed the fifth annual Helping Youth Prepare for
Excellence (HYPE) FFA Academy June 25-27, in Columbia, MO. Chillicothe FFA member Montana
Plattner was one of those top 30 attending the program. The three-day intensive program is designed to
inform and empower students to effectively engage on pressing agriculture topics. Since 2015, the
Missouri Corn Merchandising Council has sponsored and facilitated the academy in conjunction with
Missouri FFA. This year's academy was hosted at the University of
Missouri's College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources.
Over the three-day conference, students participated in sessions promoting advocacy training, social media, communication, and stakeholder collaboration. In addition, topics included overcoming adversity, developing a personal brand, and engaging those with opposing viewpoints. Students learned from farmers, industry representatives, social media experts, and others on how to effectively advocate about issues facing the
industry. The group explored the Missouri Soybean Bay Farm and its innovations in crop production, research, and soybean biotechnology.
In culmination, participants testified on key issues during mock hearings with legislators at the Missouri State Capitol. This
year's topics included tariffs and trade, eminent domain, lab-produced meat labeling, river management, and the federal Renewable Fuel Standard. Missouri Sen. Mike Bernskoetter (R-Jefferson City) and State Reps. Rusty Black (R-Chillicothe), Barbara Washington (D-Kansas City), Don Rone (R-Portageville), Jeff Porter (R-Montgomery City), Kent Haden (R-Mexico), Louis Riggs (R-Hannibal), and Tracy McCreery (D-St. Louis) interacted with and challenged the students. Missouri Corn CEO Gary Marshall provided the closing keynote, empowering participants to use their newfound skills as they continue to represent Missouri’s number one industry.
HYMAX Academy at Camp Rising Sun
June 14-16, 2019
- One hundred members from across Missouri attended the Annual HYMAX Academy from June 14-16, 2019. HYMAX, Helping Youth Maximize their Agricultural eXperience, is a prestigious State Leadership Academy sponsored by the Missouri FFA Association and held at Camp Rising Sun located within the Lake of the Ozarks State Park. The 2019 HYMAX Academy provided extensive leadership training focusing on developing self, working on teams, agriculture advocacy, and learning how to enhance their Supervised Agricultural Experience. FFA members attending HYMAX 2019 were taught by agriculture and leadership
experts along with touring non-traditional agriculture businesses. The members from the Chillicothe FFA Chapter
who attended were Josh Eckert, Clara Leamer, Selby Miller, and Owen
These 100 high school entering sophomores were selected from numerous applicants to attend this specialized academy based on their FFA leadership involvement, community engagement, and
academics. The HYMAX Academy members were mentored by MO State FFA Officers, college student
aged Small Group leaders, Agricultural Educators and MO FFA State Staff. Students learn how to advocate for agriculture, overcome obstacles and develop their communication and personal
skills. The National FFA Organization makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their
potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.
Nationally there are over 500,000 FFA members. Missouri ranks 4th in the nation with over 25,000 FFA
May 28-31, 2019
Over 1200 local Chapter FFA
officers and 186 advisors from 138 chapters attended the annual LEAD training. The LEAD (Learn, Educate, Advance, and Develop) training is designed to help prepare each
officer team for their term of service for the 2019-2020 school year. There were 15 members of the
Chillicothe FFA Assistant and Chapter officer teams who attended. The officers were provided
team-building and bonding opportunities, the opportunity to increase their knowledge about advocating for agriculture and agricultural education,
time to work on their chapter's Program of Activities, guidelines for leading a chapter meeting, and help with planning an FFA event. They also had the opportunity to attend breakout sessions on leading a meeting, planning events, and more in-depth knowledge on advocating.
The choice to become active team members and make a positive difference in the lives of local FFA members, school, and community was evident at each site. These conferences are sponsored by the
Missouri FFA Leadership Fund and were held May 28-31, 2019 throughout Missouri.
Back L to R - Macy
Gutshall, Warren Meservey, Connor Keithley, Matt Hawkins, Keagan
Valbracht, Caroline Warren, Claire Ripley; Front L to R - Josh Eckert, Ellie
Barrnett, Montana Plattner, Madelyn Wilford, Abby Burton, Clara Leamer, Rachel Holt,
The facilitators consisted of past state officers
divided into a north team and a south team. The trainings were held at
eight different locations throughout the state: Paris High School, North Central Missouri College Ketchum Center, Trenton; State Fair Community College, Sedalia; Polo High School, Crowder College, Neosho; Logan-Rogersville High School, Rolla Junior High School, Rolla; and Cape Girardeau Technical School, Cape Girardeau. Through interactive workshops, the facilitators encouraged the officer teams to reach outside their comfort zone to provide leadership opportunities for their local chapters.
May 11 and 12, 2019
On May 11 and 12, 2019,
the Litton Agriculture Campus- MW Jenkins Expo Building hosted three swine
shows and three lamb shows. There were approximately 1,030 head of hogs shown during the two-day
event and 220 head of lambs.
On Saturday morning,
the Wolf Showpig Bonanza was sponsored by the Chillicothe FFA Alumni with 369 head of hogs at
the show. The sponsors were Platinum Sponsor - Show Stock Outfitters;
Gold Sponsor - American Family Insurance-JR Reid Agent (Concordia, Sweet Springs, and Sedalia), BTC Bank, Chillicothe Area Chamber of Commerce,
Chuck's Pest Control, Grand River Technical School - Jayme Caughron, Director
& Adam Wolf, Assistant Director, Farm Bureau Insurance - Joe Neptune, Investors Community Bank, Keenan Auction Service, Lance Martin Show Pigs, Sydenstricker John Deere-Chillicothe, Wolf Brothers Show Pigs, Wolf Farms Show Pigs, Woodworth Manufacturing;
Silver Sponsor - Chillicothe Animal Hospital, Chillicothe State Bank, Chula Farmers Coop, Copeland Development & Construction, Curtis Show Pigs, DQ Precision Planting & Tillage, Comfort Inn & Suites
Chillicothe, Farmers Electric Cooperative, FCS Financial Crop Insurance - Mitzi Winder, Friends of Rusty Black
MO State Representative, Genter Show Stock, GFG Ag Services, LLC., Hutchinson & Company, Trans Ova Genetics;
Bronze Sponsor - Butterfield’s Grain & Associates, Inc., Friends of the Livingston County Library, Grand River Livestock Market, Price & Johnson Insurance, Remington & Riggin Isaacs.
The results of the show were Supreme Gilt,
Tate Welch, Reserve Supreme Gilt Rachel Grimes, 3rd Overall Gilt Remington Isaacs, 4th Overall Gilt Remington Isaacs, and 5th Overall Gilt Kylie
Koechner. Supreme Barrow Riggin Isaacs, Reserve Supreme Barrow Peyton
Niemeier, 3rd Overall Barrow Colton Ogle, 4th Overall Barrow Kaycee Vandiver, and 5th Overall Barrow Brylee Williams. Showmanship results are Champion Novice Showmanship
Truman Wilson, Reserve Novice Showmanship Clara Copenhaver, Runner-up Novice Showmanship Lynnox Harrison, 4th Runner-up Novice Showmanship Macie Rodenberg, 5th Runner-up Novice Showmanship Crosby Humphreys; Champion Junior Showmanship
Elliot Cooley, Reserve Junior Showmanship Waylon Nolting, Runner-up Junior Showmanship Ty Murphy, 4th Runner-up Junior Showmanship Tate Mikes, 5th Runner-up Junior Showmanship Kalli Parrish;
Champion Intermediate Showmanship Carlee Long, Reserve Intermediate Showmanship Ryan
Rounsavall, Runner-up Intermediate Showmanship Chezney Early, 4th Runner-up Intermediate Showmanship Baylee Wade, 5th Runner-up Intermediate Showmanship Annika Riekhof; Champion
Senior Showmanship Marlena Long, and Reserve Senior Showmanship Payden Nolting, and Runner-up
Senior Showmanship Eli Henke, 4th Runner-up Senior Showmanship Kaycee Vandiver, and 5th
Runner-up Senior Showmanship Tayler Cope.