News and Events at Chillicothe's National FFA Organization

FFA NEWS 2017-2018

  National Convention

National FFA Courtesy Corps | Fall Speaking Contests (11/01&08/17) | Barnwarming! (11/04/17) | 3 Star Chapter (10/28/17)
American FFA Degree (10/28/18\7) | Trapshoot (10/14/17) | Greenhand Initiation (10/11/17) | Pumpkin Patch (10/06 & 11/2017)
 
Parents' Night (10/04/17) | Old Time Harvest (09/22/17) | Jerry Litton Lecture Series (10/03/17)
Trenton Trap (09/16/17) | Hundley-Whaley (09/14/17) | Mud Volleyball | Chautauqua
Officer Retreat (07/09/17) | Washington Leadership Conference (06/06/17-07/29/17) | Precision Ag Academy (06/20-22/17)
HYPE (06/27-29/17) | HYMAX (06/09-11/17) | Dewey Ice Cream (06/26/17) | State FFA Camp (06/12-16/17)
June Meeting (06/08/17) | LEAD Conference (05/31/17) | First Meeting (05/30/17) | Farm Bureau MOASK (April 2017)
  Livestock Show Extravaganza (05/13-14/17) | Farm Bureau Leadership Day (04/27/17)

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15 Local Students Attend National FFA Convention
October 25 through October 27, 2017

On October 25 through October 27, 2017, 15 members of the Chillicothe FFA Chapter attended the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana. The students were involved in many events while they were in Indiana. The students attended leadership sessions, the career show, and the college fair while in the Convention Center. Students also attended a session where speaker Layla Ali, a retired professional boxer, gave a presentation. Students also attended a concert featuring Run Away Jude and Rascal Flatts, presented the flag for the National Anthem at Cinch World's Toughest Rodeo, attended a hypnotist show with Dr. Jim Wand, and toured the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Local members who attended the convention were Catey Trout, Sydney Baxter, Lanie Cowan, Courtney Jensen, Caitlyn Cothern, Sara Hopper, Montana Plattner, Jessica Moore, Kimberly Roney, Elitza Crouch, krystalynn Peel, Drake Lightner, Hunter Horton, Garrett Crammer, and Clayton Walker.

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National FFA Convention Courtesy Corps
Written by: Garrett Cramer (Chillicothe FFA Chapter 2nd Vice President)

October 25, 2017 - 6,800 people were sitting in the dimly lit Indianapolis Farmer's Life Coliseum as nervous teenagers carry a massive ribbon into the center of the dark arena. The lights brighten, the National Anthem begins, and they all, simultaneously, make one movement backwards, unveiling the American Flag across the entire arena. Everyone is standing; and it is truly an amazing moment for those teenagers and breathtaking for the audience. Those members were from the Chillicothe FFA Chapter, and their lives had just been changed forever.

The 90th National FFA Convention, held October 25-28 in Indianapolis, Indiana, was attended by 15 of the local Chillicothe FFA members. Participants from the Chillicothe chapter included Sydney Baxter, Caitlyn Cothern, Lainie Cowan, Garrett Cramer, Elitza Crouch, Sara Hopper, Hunter Horton, Courtney Jessen, Drake Lightner, Jessica Moore, Krystalyn Peel, Montana Plattner, Kimberlee Roney, Catey Trout, and Clayton Walker. These members went through an intensive selection process, including a written application, an interview, and a member vote along with a participation point transcript. While at Convention, these members were given the opportunity to be a part of the National FFA Convention Courtesy Corps and had the opportunity to present our American flag in the Indianapolis Farmer's Life Coliseum. Our members were one group, of only three, given the opportunity to present the flag. Our FFA chapter values patriotism and teaches its members to portray these values in public. The National FFA Courtesy Corps gives members the opportunity to express their patriotic values while at National Convention. Advisors Neal Wolf and Randy Plattner attended and supervised this year's convention's participants and worked with officials in charge of the National Convention Courtesy Corps to give chapter members this opportunity. Member Sydney Baxter said, "What a great honor to be able to represent both our chapter and country while in front of thousands of FFA members." All members who attended agree with Baxter on this and we're honored to be able to participate in the display of the American flag. Advisor Randy Plattner said, "It is a great opportunity to be able to put our students in the spotlight of National Convention and to display their patriotism that our chapter works to instill in its members." Chillicothe FFA members were all positively impacted by this event and are currently encouraging other members to apply for national convention and understand the value of participating in the National Convention Courtesy Corps.


Back L to R - Sara Hopper, Montana Plattner, Garrett Cramer, Hunter Horton, Lainie Cowen, Drake Lightner,
Clayton Walker; Front L to R - Caitlyn Cothern, Jessi Moore, Elitza Crouch, Sydney Baxter, Krystalyn Peel,
Courtney Jessen, Kimberlee Roney, Catey Trout

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Fall Speaking Contests
11/01 & 08/17

On November 1, 2017, Chillicothe FFA students participated in the Area II Fall Speaking Contest in Gallatin. Meredith Oesch competed in the Missouri Farm Bureau Contest, Garrett Cramer competed in the Missouri Pork Producers Contest, Malloree Summers competed in the Missouri Institute of Cooperatives, Claire Shipp competed in the Missouri Teach Ag, Sydney Baxter competed in the Missouri Soil and Water Conservation, McKayla Shady competed in the Missouri Cattleman’s, Kaylee Lewis competed in the Missouri Sheep Producers, and Caroline Warren competed in the Missouri Young Farmers speech contest. Meredith, Malloree, Claire, Kaylee, Caroline and Garrett moved on to the district competition on November 8, 2017.


Back L to R - Claire Shipp, Meredith Oesch, Kaylee Lewis, Garrett Cramer, Malloree Summers
Front L to R - Sydney Baxter, Caroline Warren, McKayla Shady

On November 8, 2017, Chillicothe FFA students participated in the Northwest District Fall Speaking Contest in Cameron. Meredith Oesch competed in the Missouri Farm Bureau Contest, Garrett Cramer competed in the Missouri Pork Producers Contest and was selected as alternate to state. Malloree Summers competed in the Missouri Institute of Cooperatives, Claire Shipp competed in the Missouri Teach Ag, Kaylee Lewis competed in the Missouri Sheep Producers, and Caroline Warren competed in the Missouri Young Farmers speech contest. Meredith received first place in the Young Farmers competition and will compete at the state level on December 3, 2017 in Lake Ozark, MO. Kaylee received first place in the Missouri Sheep Producers competition and will compete at the state level on December 3, 2017 in Lake Ozark, MO.

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Barnwarming!

On Saturday November 4, 2017, the Chillicothe FFA held its annual Barnwarming festivities. These festivities included a dance, games, and the coronation ceremony. This year's 2017 Barnwarming King and Queen are seniors Lane Peters and Liberty Cox. The Senior Class candidates Liberty Cox (Jeff and Terria Cox) and Lane Peters (Maria Peters and Kendall Whittmore) raised $12,171.12 with an average of $338.09/person; the Junior Class candidates Sydney Baxter (Shane and Kathy Baxter) and Lavery Jones (Michael and Nikki Jones) raised $12,574.00 with an average of $292.42; the Freshman Class candidates Gabby Hapes (Travis and Ashley Burton) and Mason Baxter (Shane and Kathy Baxter) raised $16,891.62 with an average of $213.82; the Sophomore Class candidates Macy Gutshall (Bill and Angie Gutshall) and Mack Anderson (Mark and Anne Anderson) raised $6,048.07 with an average of $118.59.

Candidates (Photo taken by Paula Murphy of Murphy Studios)
Back L to R - Lane Peters, Liberty Cox; Front L to R - Lavery Jones, Sydney Baxter, Mason Baxter, Gabby Hapes, Macy Gutshall, Mack Anderson.
Backdrop was a 1950 GMC on loan from Lawrence Hinnen of Hinnen Hauling.

King & Queen
 Lane Peters, Liberty Cox

The chapter raised $47,684.81 this year for the chapter's operations that averaged out to $228.16 per member. We would like to thank all the members of the community for the long- time support of our organization.

September 25, 2017 - The Chillicothe FFA has selected its King and Queen Candidates for the 2017 Barnwarming. These individuals will lead the charge in the fund raising efforts of the Chillicothe FFA members. The FFA members are now available to do your odd jobs around the house and farm. Give them a call, and they will organize a work team to help you in your fall cleanup activities. The class that averages the most money per member will have their candidates crowned King and Queen on November 4, 2017, at the annual Barnwarming Dance.


From Left: Juniors Lavery Jones and Sydney Baxter; Seniors Liberty Cox and Lane Peters;
Sophomores Mack Anderson and Macy Gutshall; and Freshmen Gabby Hapes and Mason Baxter

The candidates are as follows: Seniors, Liberty Cox (Jeff and Terria Cox) and Lane Peters (Maria Peters and Kendall Whittmore); Juniors, Sydney Baxter (Shane and Kathy Baxter) and Lavery Jones (Michael and Nikki Jones); Sophomores, Macy Gutshall (Bill and Angie Gutshall) and Mack Anderson (Mark and Anne Anderson); Freshmen, Gabby Hapes (Travis and Ashley Burton) and Mason Baxter (Shane and Kathy Baxter).

The chapter has set a goal to raise $25,000 this year for chapter operations. If you have any type of job, please give an FFA member a call or call one of the advisors at the Litton Agriculture Campus at 660-646-3131.

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3 Star Chapter
Chillicothe FFA chapter of Chillicothe, MO, named 3 Star Chapter for 2017 National Chapter Award by National FFA Organization

October 28, 2017

The National Chapter Award Program is designed to recognize FFA chapters that actively implement the mission and strategies of the organization. These chapters improve chapter operations using the National Quality Chapter Standards (NQCS) and a Program of Activities (POA) that emphasize growing leaders, building communities and strengthening agriculture. Chapters are rewarded for providing educational experiences for the entire membership.

In order to qualify for a state or national award, your chapter must complete at least 15 activities: one for each of the five quality standards in each of the three divisions. Additionally, the chapter must meet the minimum requirements as outlined in the National Quality Chapter Standards.

Chapters that receive a gold rating by their state FFA associations are eligible to compete for National FFA 3-star, 2-star or 1-star ratings. Each chapter that competes for these awards will receive a multi-year plaque and a spur designating their 3-star, 2-star or 1-star rating. They will receive additional spurs for each year they compete and receive a rating from the National FFA Organization. Chapters that receive a national 3-star chapter rating will be eligible to compete for the chapters that receive a national 3-star chapter rating will be eligible to compete for the National Premier Chapter Awards, Models of Excellence and Middle School Models of Excellence Awards.

Chapters that received star ratings during judging July 23-28 and were recognized at the 2017 National FFA Convention & Expo, Oct. 25-28 in Indianapolis.

All star FFA chapters receive honors made possible by corporate sponsor John Deere. "Feeding some 9 billion people by mid-century brings with it unprecedented challenges for today’s farmers," said Amy Allen, manager, national corporate contributions for John Deere. "The skills and experiences learned though the National Chapter Award Program will help meet the critical needs."

The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 649,355 student members who belong to one of 7,859 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The organization is also supported by 225,891 alumni members in 1,934 alumni chapters throughout the U.S.

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Local Students Received American FFA Degree
October 28, 2017

Indianapolis, IN - Each year, the National FFA Organization honors FFA members who show the utmost dedication to the organization through their desire to develop their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. The American FFA Degree is bestowed up on a select group of students in recognition of their years of academic and professional excellence. This year, 4,0680 American Degrees will be awarded. Lane Bonderer son of Chris and Janet Bonderer, Erin Campbell daughter of Angie Campbell and the late Jarret Campbell, Joseph Circo son of Allen & Michelle Anderson and Joe Circo, Helena McNamee daughter of Larry and Amanda Spainhour, Rachel Nowland daughter of David and Nancy Nowland, Victoria Overton daughter of Paul Overton and Steve & Sherri Palmer, Robert Parkey son of Mike and Becky Parkey, Colby Reed son of Joe and Tonya Reed, Margaret Resor daughter of Mike and Julie Resor, Colton Webb son of Bill and Laurie Webb received the American FFA Degree at the 90th National FFA Convention in Indianapolis on Saturday, October 28, 2017. It is the highest degree awarded by the National FFA Organization only given to 1% of FFA membership and recognizes demonstrated leadership abilities and outstanding achievements in agricultural business, production, processing and service programs.

FFA members who qualify for the American FFA Degree: Have received the State FFA Degree, have been an active member for the past three years (36 months) and have a record of satisfactory participation in the activities on the chapter and state level. Have satisfactorily completed the equivalent of at least three years (540 hours) of systematic secondary school instruction in an agricultural education program, or have completed at least the equivalent of 360 hours of systematic secondary school instruction in agricultural education and one full year of enrollment in a postsecondary agricultural program, or have completed the program of agricultural education offered in the secondary school last attended. Have graduated from high school at least 12 months prior to the national convention at which the degree is to be granted. Have in operation and have maintained records to substantiate an outstanding supervised agricultural experience program, through which the member has exhibited comprehensive planning and managerial and financial expertise. A student after entering agricultural education must have: a. Earn at least $10,000 and productively invested $7,500 or b. Earned and productively invested $2,000 and worked 2,250 hours in excess of scheduled class time. Any combination of hours, times a factor of 3.56, plus actual dollars earned and productively invested must be equal to or greater than the number 10,000. Hours used for the purpose of producing earnings reported as productively invested income shall not be duplicated as hours of credit to meet the minimum requirements for the degree. Have a record of outstanding leadership abilities and community involvement and have achieved a high school scholastic record of "C" or better as certified by the principal or superintendent. Have participated in at least 50 hours of community service within at least three different community service activities. These hours are in addition to and cannot be duplicated as paid or unpaid supervised agricultural experience hours.

Each recipient of the American FFA Degree receives a gold American FFA Degree key and a certificate after being recognized on stage at that national convention.

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Trapshooting
October 14, 2017

On October 14, 2017, the Chillicothe FFA Chapter attended the area trapshoot held at the Trenton Trap Range. The first place overall team was the Chillicothe team. The students enjoyed the day and learned a lot about competition. The Chillicothe FFA Chapter had 4 teams/27 individuals shoot on Saturday; Wyatt Maddux-B 49,Eric Davis-A 48, Clayton Walker A-42, Mack Anderson A-43, Garrett Cramer A-44, Peyton Hein-A 44, Garrett Donoho A-42, Christian Reed B-44, Drake Bradley B-38, Colby Gillespie B-39, Malloree Summers B-26, Brock Gott C-43, Dakota Ferrell C-34, Chandler Stedem C-23, Cole Wolf C-21, Ryan Panholzer C-22, Chase Neptune D-33, Tucker Burtch D-40, Keegan Valbracht D-37, Morgan Anderson D-31, Trace Rardon D-44, Trent Norman B-39, Brook Horton D-31, Austin Case C-29, Sullevin Diegelman–25, Jessie Case-23, Montana Plattner-21, Randy Plattner (FFA Advisor), Tony Burtch (volunteer coach), and Sarge Ralls (volunteer coach) that traveled to Trenton.

Chillicothe Team A received first place, Team B received second, Team D received fifth, and Team C received tenth place (tie) in the team competition. Individuals with top five honors were 1st - Wyatt Maddux, 2nd - Eric Davis (3-way tie). The members of the team are looking forward to more events.

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Greenhand Initiation
October 11, 2017

On October 11, 2017, 67 Greenhands of the Chillicothe FFA Chapter attended the Area II Greenhand Initiation ceremony in Gallatin, MO. The Area II officer team, which includes Reporter Claire Shipp of the Chillicothe FFA Chapter, conducted the initiation. During the initiation, the Greenhands listened to the 2016 Area Creed speaker, Rachel Holt (Chillicothe), recite the creed, watched a slideshow featuring Area II Greenhands, listened to State FFA 1st Vice President, Mariah Fox, speak, and were presented their Greenhand pins during the Greenhand Ceremony.

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Papa Charlie's Pumpkin Patch Visits
October 6 & 11, 2017

Students from Pre-Kindergarten classes at Garrison Elementary School were having a hands-on learning experience at Papa Charlie's Pumpkin Patch on October 6, 2017. The students learn about agriculture in the classroom through their regular curriculum and assistance from the Litton Crusaders program. During the school year students will learn all about animals on the farm, crops grown on the farm, and what farmers provide to the general population. As part of the Litton Crusaders program students got the opportunity to go to Papa Charlie's Pumpkin Patch for a farm experience with a little fun mixed in. The students got to pet several animals in the petting zoo, visit with "Romeo" the donkey, see some Longhorn cattle in their nature habitat, walk through a corn field, shoot a pumpkin cannon, and get up close to hay bales. All in all, the kids had a fun day and would like to thank the Livingston County Farm Bureau and the Jerry Litton Family Memorial Foundation for supporting this activity through the Litton Crusaders program.

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Students from all the Kindergarten classes (126 students) at Dewey Elementary School were having a hands-on learning experience at Papa Charlie's Pumpkin Patch on October 11, 2017. The students learn about agriculture in the classroom through their regular curriculum and assistance from the Litton Crusaders program. During the school year students will learn all about animals on the farm, crops grown on the farm, and what farmers provide to the general population. As part of the Litton Crusaders program students got the opportunity to go to Papa Charlie's Pumpkin Patch for a farm experience with a little fun mixed in. High school students (16 students) from the Litton Agriculture Education Center assisted in the days' activities. The students got to pet several animals in the petting zoo, visit with "Curly" the pig, see some Longhorn cattle in their nature habitat, walk through a corn field, take a hayride, pedal a tractor, and get up close to hay bales. All in all, the kids had a fun day and would like to thank the Jerry Litton Family Memorial Foundation for supporting this activity through the Litton Crusaders program.

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Jerry Litton Lecture Series
October 3, 2017

On October 3, 2017, members of the Chillicothe FFA Chapter attended the Jerry Litton Lecture Series held at the Monsanto Auditorium in the Christopher S. Bond Life Sciences Center on the University of Missouri campus.

The lecture series is part of CAFNR's Jerry Litton Fund for Agricultural Leadership designed to expand the entrepreneurial potential of students. The fund brings interesting speakers to campus, supports faculty activities, and assists students through scholarships. The fund was endowed in 2010 by the Jerry Litton Family Memorial Foundation.


Cole Wolf, Malloree Summers, Liberty Cox, Claire Shipp

The series brought Dr. Peter H. Raven, President Emeritus Missouri Botanical Garden, to speak to faculty, staff, students, and community members. Dr. Raven spoke on "Global Sustainability: How to Achieve It." The Chillicothe FFA members would like to thank the Jerry Litton Family Memorial Foundation and CAFNR for the opportunity to attend the lecture.

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Parents' Night
October 4, 2017

On October 4, 2017, the Chillicothe FFA held their annual Parents' Night with 374 members and guests attending. This event welcomes the first year FFA members and their parents to our organization and showcases some of our members' talents.

The evening began with FFA opening ceremonies followed by a motivating welcome given by Claire Shipp, Chillicothe FFA President, as well as a school district welcome given by Dr. Roger Barnes, Chillicothe R-II School Superintendent. The Chillicothe FFA Chapter officers and Chillicothe FFA Assistant Officers presented the program. The program consisted of the Greenhand FFA Degree ceremony, Chapter FFA Degree ceremony, a Chapter Degree speech, a creed, as well as five (5) creeds presented by Greenhands.


Ella Leamer, Mason Baxter, Tucker Wagers, Lucas Campbell, Hannah Dominique 

The creed was presented by Carson Anderson, Mason Baxter, Madison Biswell, Tucker Burtch, Lucas Campbell, McKenna Campbell, Jessie Case, Braden Constant, Hannah Dominique, Mollie Ellis, Chloe Funk, Allison Haley, Seth Hansen, Gabby Hapes, Conner Keithely, Matt Kelchen, Ella Leamer, Spencer Mattsin, Warren Meservy, Chase Neptune, Samual Pauley, Sheldon Rader, Trace Rardon, Aundraya Shady, Spencer Shira, Chandler Stedem, Keegan Valbracht, Tucker Wagers, Patrick Warren, Matney Waters. The Chapter Degree speech was presented by Macy Gutshall and the creed by Rachel Holt.

Macy Gutshall Rachel Holt

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Old Time Harvest Days
September 22, 2017

On September 22, 2017, students from the Litton Agriculture Education Center attended the 2017 "Old-Time Harvest Days" sponsored by The Livingston County Steam & Gas Association held at the Litton Agriculture Campus. Students could take part in several historical agriculture events such as apple cider making, butter making, hay thrashing, rope making, corn shelling, and many other educational activities. By attending this event, students see how some of the "simple" things of today did not use to be so simple. The students, as part of the Litton Crusaders program, assisted in some of the various working demonstrations assisting the other 520 Livingston County youth who were attending the Old-Time Harvest Days.

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Trenton Trap Shoot
September 16, 2017

On September 16, 2017, the Chillicothe FFA Chapter attended the area trapshoot held at the Trenton Trap Range. The first place overall team was the Chillicothe team. The students enjoyed the day and learned a lot about competition. The Chillicothe FFA Chapter had 4 teams/21 individuals shoot on Saturday, including, Eric Davis A-47, Clayton Walker A-46, Mack Anderson A-46, Garrett Cramer A-45, Peyton Hein A-41, Garrett Donoho A-40, Christian Reed B-45, Drake Bradley B-35, Colby Gillespie B-33, Malloree Summers B-26, Sam Meservey C-39, Brock Gott C-35, Dakota Ferrell C-30, Chandler Stedem C-27, Cole Wolf C-27, Ryan Panholzer C-20, Chase Neptune D-42, Tucker Burtch D-42, Keegan Valbracht D-32, Morgan Anderson D-30, Parker Keeney D-28, Randy Plattner (FFA Advisor), Tony Burtch (volunteer coach), and Sarge Ralls (volunteer coach) who traveled to Trenton.

Chillicothe Team A received first place, Team D fourth place, Team C fifth, and Team B tenth in the team competition. The top five individual honors went to Chillicothe FFA members 1st Eric Davis, 2nd Clayton Walker, 2nd Peyton Hein, 4th Garrett Cramer, 4th Christian Reed. The members of the team are looking forward to more events.


Back L to R - Tucker Wagers, Cole Wolf, Morgan Anderson, Clayton Walker, Mack Anderson 
Front L to R - Chase Neptune, Mallorree Summers, Garrett Cramer, Christian Reed 

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MU Hundley-Whaley
September 14, 2017

On September 14, 2017, students from the Ag Management and Agronomy classes at the Litton Agriculture Campus attended the MU Hundley-Whaley Research Center Agriscience Day in Albany, MO. The students had the opportunity to visit 19 learning stations which included: Fire Safety, Computers on the Farm, Soil Pit Demo, Drones for Ag Use, Fistulated Cow, Scouting Corn & Soybeans, Precision Ag, Preparing for College, Sport Turf Management, Selecting Forages, Highway Patrol Demo, Soil Erosion Demo, Cover Crops, Training Dogs for Farm Use.

Over 350 FFA students, advisors, MU Specialists, and staff were in attendance. We would like to thank the Hundley-Whaley Research Center staff for making this day possible.

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Kickin' Up Mud for the Flood
September 13, 2017

On September 13, 2017, the Chillicothe FFA Chapter held its fourth annual Mud Volleyball Tournament. The tournament consisted of 28 teams with a double elimination event. There were 330 members and spectators present at the tournament with pork burgers and chips provided for everyone.

The team members consisted of FFA members, FFA Alumni, parents, and staff. The tournament was held to encourage a fun atmosphere for freshman members to become more acquainted with upperclassmen as well as to fuel a little friendly competition. A freshman parent meeting was also held to assist parents who child is joining FFA.

This year members decided to assist their fellow FFA members who have been affected by the hurricane. The following local businesses sponsored a pit during the tournament: Trans ova Genetics, Farm Bureau Insurance Joe Neptune, BTC Bank, FCS Financial Mitzi Winder Crop Agent, Sydenstricker John Deere  Chillicothe, and T&R Soil Services. Each team also paid an entry fee to play. All proceeds from the event will go to FFA Chapters affected by Hurricane Harvey. The tournament raised $1100 for those chapters in need.

This year's winning team was the Junior Parents - Jamy Brown, Ryan Brobst, Mandy Gatson, Jason Kieffer, Kim Kieffer, Tony Lightner, Justin Pfaff, and Chris Trout.


Junior Parents (winners) - Chris Trout, Tony Lightner, Kim Kieffer,
Jason Kieffer, Justin Pfaff, Mandy Gatson, Jamy Brown, Ryan Brobst

The second place team was the Senior Parents - Arte Boon, Clint Campbell, Steve Case, Heather Davis, Scott Davis, and Jeff Marshall.


Senior Parents (2nd place) - Steve Case, Jeff Marshall, Arte Boon, Clint Campbell, Scott Davis, Heather Davis

The members would also like to thank the parents who helped prepare food and the parents and staff who participated in the tournament.

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Chautauqua Petting Zoo
September 9-10, 2017

Again this year, the Chillicothe FFA Chapter sponsored the petting zoo at the Chautauqua in the Park; this was our 15th year participating in the Chautauqua. Our FFA Chapter took this opportunity to share information with community members about agriculture. Approximately 85 members assisted with the petting zoo, which is enjoyable for people of all ages! The petting zoo contained of all sorts of animals such as a calf, puppies, rabbits, pigs, sheep, goats, chickens, kittens and horses.

This year, the Chillicothe FFA Chapter also provided a coloring contest for the local youth. Prizes were given to each youth who completed the contest. Winners included: Pre-K and under division Dominique Massey, Kindergarten-2nd grade division Tyler, and 3rd-6th grade division Kaylee Flowers. Congratulations to all the winners.

We would like to thank our local supporters: Chillicothe Orscheln's Farm and Home for the use of the gates, the Livingston County Farm Bureau who assisted with the coloring contest, signs, and hand sanitizer, and Sydenstricker of Chillicothe for providing prizes for the scavenger hunt. Thanks to all of the individuals who visited the Chillicothe FFA Chautauqua Petting Zoo!

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Chillicothe FFA Chapter Officer Retreat
July 9-10, 2017

On July 9-10, 2017, the Chillicothe FFA Officer teams held their annual officer retreat - this year at Mozingo Lake in Maryville, Missouri. The retreat focused on activities planning, communication skills, teamwork, and leadership. The officer teams set goals, planned activities for the chapter, worked on team building skills, and had a little fun. The officers had some time on the lake as well. When the work was done, the officers enjoyed swimming at the lake, having some good fun around the campfire, and participating in the MOERA obstacle course.


Back L to R - Marley Anderson, Claire Shipp, McKayla Shady, Montana Plattner, Clayton Walker, Mack Anderson,
Maggie Pfaff, CJ Pfaff, Kaylee Lewis, Kennedie Kieffer; Front L to R - Malloree Summers, Bryce Wolf, Meredith Oesch,
Catey Trout, Garrett Cramer, Cameron Dudley, Kiley Kirkpatrick, Madelyn Wilford, Sydney Baxter, Isaiah Boon, Liberty Cox

MOERA is designed to develop climbing skills, leadership development, self-esteem, and empowerment activities. All in all, the officers enjoyed their time together and have some new and fun events planned for the year.

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Washington Leadership Conference
June 6 - July 29, 2017

Thousands of FFA members from throughout the country are converging on Washington, D.C., this summer to evaluate their personal skills and interests, develop leadership talent, and create service plans that will make a difference in their communities. More than 2,300 students registered for the 2017 Washington Leadership Conference, the second-largest student experience that the National FFA Organization hosts each year. Created in 1969 and held annually, the conference begins June 6 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel. FFA members attend the conference during one of seven weeks through July 29. They spend the week under the guidance of professionals, counselors, and FFA staff. In workshops, seminars, and small groups, members focus on identifying and developing their personal strengths and goals while undergoing comprehensive leadership training that will help them guide their local FFA chapters. The capstone of the event is a civic engagement activity where participants apply what they have learned to a hands-on activity. Members also analyze the needs of their communities, develop wide-ranging and high-impact community service initiatives, and implement their plans with the help of their FFA chapters upon return home. Students in recent years have promoted agricultural literacy; brought attention to abuse; collected and distributed shoes to individuals in Haiti; created a hunger awareness plan; and more.


 L to R - McKenzie Anderson, Marley Anderson, Elena Boon, Claire Shipp,
Sam Graves (US Representative), Liberty Cox, Isaiah Boon, Austin Case

FFA members experience the history of the nation's capital and tour landmarks including the Washington Monument, War Memorial, the National Mall, Arlington National Cemetery and the U.S. Capitol, among others. Members also have an opportunity to participate in congressional visits during the week. The 2017 Washington Leadership Conference is sponsored by title sponsors CSX, Monsanto, Farm Credit and weekly sponsor Valent. For more information, visit FFA.org/WLC.

Chillicothe FFA members who attended the conference this year were: Marley Anderson, McKenzie Anderson, Elena Boon, Isaiah Boon, Austin Case, Liberty Cox, and Claire Shipp. As well as the other activities students participated in, they also met with Sam Graves, US Representative, and received a tour from his staff.

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Precision Ag Summer Academy
June 20-22, 2017

Garrett Cramer of the Chillicothe FFA Chapter was one of the 24 students representing 20 area high schools receiving hands-on lessons June 20-22 in the ever-changing world of precision agriculture technologies when Northwest Missouri State University hosted the second annual AgriVision Equipment Precision Agriculture Summer Academy. "The AgriVision Equipment Precision Agriculture Summer Academy is a great example of how the agricultural industry and the University can come together to promote profession-based learning experiences," Rod Barr, the director of Northwest's School of Agricultural Sciences, said. "The students and teachers who participated in the academy are better able to understand the impact of technology on agriculture due to the support of AgriVision.”"

Northwest faculty and AgriVision staff lead the instruction as students explore the use of global positioning systems (GPS), auto-guidance technology, precision application, remote sensing, geographic information systems and data collection management. Students are selected for the summer academy on the basis of an application and reference letters. Participating students have completed their sophomore or junior years of high school and are active members of a 4-H club or FFA chapter. High school agriculture educators from schools of the selected students also participate.

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Helping Youth Prepare for Excellence (HYPE) FFA Academy
June 27-29, 2017

Thirty high school seniors from across Missouri completed the third annual Helping Youth Prepare for Excellence (HYPE) FFA Academy June 27-29, in Columbia, Missouri. Chillicothe FFA member Liberty Cox was selected to attend the three-day academy designed to inform and empower agriculture students to effectively engage in today's issues. It was sponsored by the Missouri Corn Merchandising Council and hosted by the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources at the University of Missouri. "The young people involved in agriculture are our future," noted Missouri Corn board member Gary Porter of Mercer who shared his farm story and the importance of being involved during an industry panel.

"We must give them every advantage possible and the knowledge we have accumulated over the years to help them, and the industry as a whole be successful. Having three sons active in agriculture and coming back to the farm, I especially know how big of an impact these FFA members will have on Missouri agriculture." Students learned how to effectively talk about their experiences in farming, overcome obstacles and develop their communication and personal skills. Learning sessions included advocacy training, communication basics and social media outreach. Students heard from farmers, industry representatives, bloggers and Congressman Jason Smith on how to effectively advocate on issues. The group also toured the University's Bradford Farm to learn more about advancements in crop production and research for a stronger agriculture future.

Wrapping up the academy, participants put their skills into action during mock legislative hearings at the Missouri State Capitol. Students presented on key issues to Missouri Sens. Brian Munzlinger and Caleb Rowden and State Reps. Rusty Black, Bill Reiboldt, Jay Houghton, Joshua Peters and Tracy McCreery. Students also had a chance to meet with Missouri Director of Agriculture Chris Chinn. "Being part of the HYPE Academy will help not only me but my community," said HYPE participant Drew Ryan Smith of Appleton City. "In the past, we haven't been the boldest when it comes to advocacy. I'd like to take the social media, legislative and communication skills I learned and share them with fellow FFA members, community members and local farmers. More people need to be involved to successfully tell agriculture's story." The Missouri Corn Merchandising Council is an organization of corn growers dedicated to developing and expanding corn markets, educating growers and customers and exploring new research opportunities.

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HYMAX Academy at Camp Rising Sun
June 9-11, 2017

Kaiser, MO - Lainie Cowan, Montana Plattner, and Cole Wolf, members from the Chillicothe FFA Chapter, attended the 5th Annual HYMAX Academy from June 9-11, 2017. HYMAX, sponsored by the Missouri FFA Association, was held at Camp Rising Sun located within the Lake of the Ozarks State Park. The academy provids extensive leadership training for 100 high school students who are members of FFA across Missouri every year.

The high school sophomore students were selected out of many applicants to attend this Agricultural Advocacy Academy and were trained by MO state FFA officers, past MO state FFA officers, agricultural educators, Teach Ag Ed Ambassadors, and MO FFA state staff. Students learn how to advocate for agriculture, strengthen their Supervised Agricultural Experience, and develop their communication and personal leadership 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 members.

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Kindergarten Ice Cream
June 26, 2017

On June 26, 2017, the Livingston County Farm Bureau went to the visit the Kindergarten summer school class (approximately 47 students) at Dewey School in honor of National Dairy Month. Suzi Beck, Livingston County Farm Bureau Board member, spoke with the students and discussed what products are made from milk and where milk comes from. Through the generosity of the Livingston Farm Bureau, the students then enjoyed an ice cream sandwich. This activity was to help educate youth about agriculture.

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State FFA Leadership Camp Rising Sun
June 12-16, 2017

Kaiser, MO - 14 members from the Chillicothe FFA Chapter attended the State FFA Leadership Camp from June 12-16, 2017. The camp sponsored by the Missouri FFA Association was held at Camp Rising Sun located within the Lake of the Ozarks State Park. The Institute provided leadership training for over 1200 high school students who are members of FFA across Missouri. The high school students are trained by State FFA officers as well as a Leadership Director who is a past State FFA Officer. Students learn how to overcome obstacles and develop their communication and personal skills.

The Chillicothe FFA Chapter results are as follows: State FFA Leadership Medal recipients Rebecca Allred, Caitlyn Cothern, Cameron Dudley, Kennedie Kieffer, Montana Plattner, McKayla Shady, Malloree Summers, Gabrielle Tiblow, Caroline Warren, Madelyn Wilford, Cole Wolf; Chillicothe FFA placed 1st in the FFA Rituals contest; Creed Speaking 1st place Caroline Warren, 3rd place Montana Plattner; Impromptu Speaking 2nd place Montana Plattner; FFA Knowledge 1st place (tie) Montana Plattner; All Around Camper Cole Wolf.

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 members.

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June Meeting
06/08/17

On June 8, 2017, the Chillicothe FFA Chapter members met for their June FFA Meeting. The meeting was held at the Mudcat's baseball game held at Shaffer Park. The 65 members in attendance held a tailgate before the game then enjoyed watching the Mudcat's win their home game. Chillicothe FFA President Claire Shipp threw out the first pitch of the game, and Assistant 1st Vice President Macy Gutshall sang the national anthem. The purpose of the June FFA meeting was to promote fellowship among the members.

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Missouri FFA Chapter Officers Participate in Training
May 31, 2017

Chillicothe FFA Officer Teams attend the LEAD conference on May 31, 2017. Over 1200 local Chapter FFA officers, 24 advisors, and 156 chapter officers 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 2017-2018 school year. The officers were provided team-building and bonding opportunities, the opportunity to increase their knowledge about advocating for agriculture and agricultural education, work on their chapters 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.

The facilitators consisted of past state officers and they were divided into a north and a south team. The trainings were held at 8 different locations throughout the state. Through interactive workshops the facilitators encouraged the officer teams to reach outside their comfort zone to provide leadership opportunities for their local chapters.

The FFA is a national youth organization of over 620,000 student members preparing for leadership and careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture with 343 chapters and more than 25,800 members in Missouri. The FFA strives to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.

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First Meeting
May 30, 2017

On May 30, 2017, youth from Livingston County began their work at the Litton Agri-Science Learning Center. The Litton Agri-Science Learning Center was designed for the youth of Livingston County to learn more about agriculture as well as house their 4-H and FFA projects. In exchange for housing their projects there, the youth assist in the care and maintenance of the Litton Ag Campus. Local youth sign a contract that states they will provide care for their animal and help maintain the Litton Ag Campus grounds. In exchange, they are allowed to use the facilities and livestock equipment.

In the picture above, local youth are going over their contracts and learning what duties are expected of them. Most of the livestock will be housed at the Litton Ag Campus from early April to late August. This allows the youth to participate in local, state, and national livestock shows. This year at the Litton Agriculture Campus, there are 46 market hogs, 2 market lambs, 2 market goats, 2 breeding goats, and 7 cattle owned by 37 Livingston County youth.

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Missouri Farm Bureau Federation and Affiliated Companies MOASK Program
Students Receive Technical Skills Certificates
Estil Fretwell, Director of Public Affairs, www.mofb.org
April 2017

JEFFERSON CITY, MO - High school students enrolled in agriculture education courses have the unique opportunity to go beyond the classroom and learn real-world applications in a number of disciplines. Whether it is in agricultural mechanics, livestock evaluation, or a dozen other areas of learning, the Missouri Agricultural Skills and Knowledge Assessment Industry Recognized Credential (MOASK IRC) program recognizes students performing at a proficient level as determined by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).

The students enrolled in the agriculture education program at the Grand River Technical School have completed the required education/training and demonstrated proficiency in one or several of 15 skill areas. They are: Jaime Albertson - Farm Business Management, Mack Anderson - Dairy Cattle Evaluation, McKenzie Anderson - Livestock Evaluation, Sydney Baxter - Soils Evaluation, Brady Bothwell - Farm Business Management, Riley Brobst - Soils Evaluation, Clayton Campbell - Agriculture Mechanics & Farm Business Management, Kaylie Campbell - Livestock Evaluation, Caitlyn Cothern - Forestry, Garrett Cramer - Agronomy, Carleigh Crawford - Agronomy, Mason Daniel - Farm Business Management, Eric Davis - Livestock Evaluation, Nick Duncan - Farm Business Management, Audrey Edmisson - Farm Business Management, Laney Gatson - Agronomy, Brock Gott - Dairy Cattle Evaluation, Cole Gutshall - Farm Business Management & Livestock Evaluation, Kristina Hamilton - Farm Business Management, Kyle Hansen - Farm Business Management, Peyton Hein - Livestock Evaluation, Jordan Hopper - Soils Evaluation, Hunter Horton - Livestock Evaluation, Colten Johnson - Forestry, Ben Jones - Farm Business Management & Livestock Evaluation, Kennedie Kieffer - Soils Evaluation, Kole Larkins - Dairy Cattle Evaluation, Gunnar Leach - Livestock Evaluation, Emma Leamer - Farm Business Management, Tanner Lent - Farm Business Management, Kaylee Lewis - Soils Evaluation, Sarah Mason - Farm Business Management, Julia Minnis - Farm Business Management, Cameron Moore - Livestock Evaluation, Jessica Moore - Forestry, Meredith Oesch - Agronomy, Kaylee Peel - Farm Business Management, Maggie Pfaff - Soils Evaluation, Kade Plattner - Farm Business Management, Jalynn Reeter - Farm Business Management, Rylee Reeter - Farm Business Management, Jake Sampsel - Farm Business Management, Logan Sampsel - Farm Business Management, Hannah Stotts - Farm Business Management, Kevin Stover - Farm Business Management, Malloree Summers - Agronomy, Levi Surber - Farm Business Management, Zach Trout - Farm Business Management & Livestock Evaluation, Clayton Walker - Dairy Cattle Evaluation, Madelyn Warren - Farm Business Management, Jaden Winder - Dairy Cattle Evaluation, Cole Wolf - Livestock Evaluation.

Lance Martin, Randy Plattner, Leda Schreiner, and Neal Wolf joined Sherry Jones, Livingston County Farm Bureau President, in presenting the MOASK IRC certificates. The technical skills assessments are conducted much like FFA judging events, but the results are used to determine a student's proficiency and not for competitive award purposes. The program compliments the three circle model for delivering agricultural education in schools. The circles represent learning in the classroom, leadership development through the FFA and hands on training through each student's Supervised Agricultural Experience. Sponsors Missouri Farm Bureau and the Missouri Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture are proud to partner with DESE and take an active role in the program. County Farm Bureau leaders are responsible for verifying the rigor of each event, ensuring requirements are met and providing certificates for students deemed proficient. "Ultimately, we want to add value to the experiences our youth gain through agriculture education," said Jones. "We believe these credentials will benefit students as they pursue higher education and/or vocational training, apply for scholarships and ultimately enter the workforce."

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Livestock Show Extravaganza
May 13 and 14, 2017

On May 13 and 14, 2017, the Litton Agriculture Campus - MW Jenkins Expo Building - hosted three swine shows and three lamb shows. There were approximately 1030 head of hogs shown during the two-day event and 290 head of lambs.

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On Saturday morning, the Wolf Showpig Bonanza was sponsored by the Chillicothe FFA Alumni with 456 head of hogs at this show. The sponsors were Platinum Sponsor - Show Stock Outfitters; Gold Sponsors - American Family Insurance (JR Reid Agent, Concordia, Sweet Springs, and Sedelia), BTC Bank, Chillicothe Area Chamber of Commerce, Farm Bureau Insurance (Joe Neptune), FCS Financial Group (Mitzi Winder), GFG Ag Services, Grand River Technical School, Graves Cattle Company (Preston, Sam, and Beau Ann Graves), Hutchinson & Company, Investors Community Bank, RALCO Show Feed/ MFA Agri-Services, Sydenstricker John Deere - Chillicothe, Trans Ova Genetics, Wolf Brothers, Wolf Farms, Woodworth Manufacturing; Silver Sponsors - Barnes Baker Motors, Boon Farms, Chillicothe Animal Hospital, Chillicothe State Bank, Copeland Development & Construction, DQ Precision Planting & Tillage, Farmers Electric Cooperative, Remington and Riggin Isaacs; Bronze Sponsors - Butterfield & Associates Grain, Inc., Chuck's Pest Control, Curtis Show Pigs, Price & Johnson Insurance, Russ & Sheila Thompson, T&R Soil Service. Supreme Gilt went to Mackenzie Mawson, Reserve Supreme Gilt went to Brady Adams, 3rd Overall Gilt went to Cole Gutshall, 4th Overall Gilt went to Brady Adams, and 5th Overall Gilt went to Cody Birt. Supreme Barrow went to Brooklyn Adams, Reserve Supreme Barrow went to Austin Clithero, 3rd Overall Barrow went to McKenzie Mawson, 4th Overall Barrow went to Cole Murphy, and 5th Overall Barrow went to Brooklyn Adams. Champion Novice Showmanship went to Truman Wilson, Reserve Novice Showmanship went to Ty Murphy, Runner-up Novice Showmanship went to Tate Mikus, 4th Runner-up Novice Showmanship went to Riggin Isaacs, 5th Runner-up Novice Showmanship went to Waylon Nolting; Champion Junior Showmanship went to Tyne Wilson, Reserve Junior Showmanship went to Remington Isaacs, Runner-up Junior Showmanship went to Megan Bottcher, 4th Runner-up Junior Showmanship went to Maci Johnson, 5th Runner-up Junior Showmanship went to Pacey Cope; Champion Intermediate Showmanship went to Cole Murphy, Reserve Intermediate Showmanship went to Tate Welch, Runner-up Intermediate Showmanship went to Rachel Grimes, 4th Runner-up Intermediate Showmanship went to Payden Nolting, 5th Runner-up Intermediate Showmanship went to Ella Johnson; Champion Senior Showmanship went to Zach Trout, and Reserve Senior Showmanship went to Kaylee Lewis, and Runner-up Senior Showmanship went to Taylar Cope, 4th Runner-up Senior Showmanship went to Bridget Carson, and 5th Runner-up Senior Showmanship went to Cole Gutshall.

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The Crossroads Classic hosted one swine show and one lamb show on Sunday, May 14, 2017, and had 336 head of swine and 85 head of lambs. The Princeton FFA Jackpot Show hosted one swine show on Sunday, May 14, 2017, with 336 head of swine. The two lamb shows - Missouri Club Lamb Futurity (approximately 93 head) and the Youth Lamb Show (approximately 134 head) - were held on May 13, 2017, sponsored by the Missouri Lamb Breeders Associations.

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