Missouri's top 30 FFA high school seniors completed the fourth annual Helping Youth Prepare for
Excellence (HYPE) FFA Academy June 26-28, in Columbia, Mo. 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. Garrett Cramer from the Chillicothe FFA Chapter was one of the thirty FFA members in attendance.
"The HYPE program is a solid investment in the future of our
industry," said Missouri Corn Merchandising Council Chairman Mark Scott of Wentzville.
"I am impressed with FFA members every time I am around them, and this academy is no exception. It shows young people what goes into agriculture as a whole; it is not just growing crops or raising cattle. The legislative side is key and can have a great impact on the
Over the three days, 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
Association's 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, the 2018 Farm Bill, lab-produced meat labeling, a Foot and Mouth vaccination bank, and an E15 Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) approval. Missouri Sens. Brian Munzlinger (R-Williamstown) and Caleb Rowden (R-Columbia) and State Reps. Sonya Anderson (R-Springfield), Rusty Black (R-Chillicothe), Jay Houghton (R-Martinsburg), Deb Lavender (D-Kirkwood), Hannah Kelly (R-Mountain Grove) and Tracy McCreery (D-St. Louis) interacted with and challenged the students. Missouri Director of Agriculture Chris Chinn concluded the academy by empowering participants to use their newfound skills as they continue to represent Missouriís number one industry.
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. 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.
June 15-17, 2018
- Connor Keithley, a member from the Chillicothe FFA Chapter, attended the 6th Annual
HYMAX Academy from June 15-June 17, 2018. HYMAX (sponsored by the Missouri FFA Association)
was held at Camp Rising Sun located within the Lake of the Ozarks State Park. The academy provided 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. They were trained by MO State FFA
officers as well as 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.
AgriVision, Northwest partner to host third agriculture summer academy
June 22, 2018
From handheld GPS units to auto-guided tractors and remote-controlled Segways, a select group of high
school students and agriculture educators got hands-on experience with the future of the industry this
week as Northwest Missouri State University hosted the third annual AgriVision Equipment Group
Precision Agriculture Summer Academy.
The three-day summer academy held June 19-21st
incorporates hands-on activities with state-of-the-art equipment and networking with industry
professionals to advance the knowledge of students and agricultural educators in precision agriculture technologies. Students explore precision application, remote sensing, geographic information systems and data collection and management in the agriculture field.
"With the ever-changing technology in agriculture, it exposes not only the high school students to that technology, but it exposes the ag
teachers as well, and that's important because they can take it back into the
classroom," Rod Barr, the director of Northwest's School of Agricultural Sciences, said.
"We're exposing students to the latest technology, and they take it back to their school and make a difference in the
industry." Twenty-four high school students who recently completed their sophomore and junior years and are active members of a 4-H club or FFA chapter were selected to participate along with their agriculture teachers. Participants receive a scholarship that covers the cost of lodging, food, materials, supplies and tuition.
Northwest student Holly Hatfield holds her camera to take a photo of her group during a GPS challenge on Tuesday that was part of the AgriVision Equipment Group Precision Agriculture Summer Academy.
(Photo by Brandon Bland/Northwest Missouri State University)
Northwest agriculture students also played an active role in the summer academy, mentoring and leading groups of students through activities. Holly Hatfield, a junior from Kirksville, Missouri, who is majoring in agriculture education, agronomy and horticulture, was among those Northwest students.
"It's important to get high school students on campus because it provides them the opportunity to think about coming to
Northwest," said Hatfield, who didn't grow up on a farm but developed her passion for agriculture by
participating in her local FFA and 4-H groups. "AgriVision has supplied us with everything we need to
teach them that this is an opportunity. This is a place they can come and learn and a place they can
return and work for the future of agriculture."
James Shughart, an agriculture teacher at Harlan Community School in Iowa, said he appreciated the
opportunity to learn farming trends and methods that he can take back to his classroom, and his
students may then apply those things on their family farms. "It gives me different opportunities to take
back to my students in the classroom, and it gives them chances to have hands-on immersion in
precision agriculture, which is something we don't have in our curriculum back
home," Shughart said.
Northwest began its partnership with AgriVision Equipment in 2015 to enhance the profession-based
experiences agriculture students receive at the University and in the region. AgriVision Equipment
proactively collaborates with Northwest by participating in its Career Day and Mock Interview Days, and
its employees serve on advisory committees. "When we started talking about precision agriculture and
where itís headed, some things that we talked about three years ago are now
happening," Barr said. "With this growth and the expertise that they have and they put forth,
we're truly appreciative of their time and their financial support of this
24 students were selected from Missouri and Iowa to attend the Precision Ag Academy developed in partnership by Northwest Missouri State University and AgriVision Equipment Group. Chillicothe FFA members Sam Meservey and Clayton Walker participated in the Academy this year.
About the School of Agricultural Sciences
- Northwest's School of Agricultural Sciences is experiencing rapid growth and serves about 12 percent of the
University's undergraduate population. The School offers facilities such the 448-acre R.T. Wright Farm
- which is home to beef, swine, dairy and sheep enterprises as well as row and forage crops
- a horticulture complex and applied research and demonstration plots that provide students with hands-on, profession-based experience. The School,
which is headquartered in the Dean L. Hubbard Center for Innovation, also places about 95 percent of its
bachelor's degree earners into employment or continued education within six months of graduation.
Additionally, Northwest and the School are in the planning stages and pursuing private support to help
fund an $8.5 million, 29,000-square-foot Agricultural Learning Center at the Wright Farm to supplement
and enhance the academic curriculum. The School offers agricultural majors in agricultural business,
agricultural education, agricultural science, agronomy, animal science, animal science-pre vet and
horticulture in addition to minors, a two-year farm operations certificate and
master's programs in agriculture, education and economics. For more information, contact the School of Agricultural Sciences at 660.562.1155 or visit
Chillicothe Honors Those Who Serve
June 13, 2018
HONOR - the word has a tremendous meaning, especially to those have sacrificed and whom honor has been deemed worthy. The Veterans of our branches of military have definitely earned the right to be
honored for their service to the citizens of our country. The Chillicothe FFA members understand
honor; and in an effort to show their appreciation, have contributed many hours of labor and the proceeds
toward honoring Veterans through the Central Missouri Honor Flight Program.
The fundraising effort joined the Chillicothe High School Leadership Classes event of the Red, White and Blue 5K led by Hayden Montgomery. The combined effort of both groups developed from the Veterans Day Program realized almost $6,000 in a donation check presented by Hayden Montgomery and Garrett Cramer towards sending WW II, Korea and Vietnam Veterans on an amazing trip to Washington D.C.
The Central Missouri Honor Flight is planning its 53rd Flight to honor our Veterans on July 5th. If you are a veteran who would like a spot on a future Honor Flight, or a caring individual interested in lending a hand, please visit the website
centralmissourihonorflight.com for an application or to learn more.
Hayden Montgomery and Garrett Cramer present the Central Missouri Honor Flight with a donation check of almost $6,000 on June 17 at the Columbia Courtyard by Marriott Hotel. Pictured to the right are Honor Flight representatives along with Hayden Montgomery and Garrett Cramer.
Chillicothe FFA Establishes Goals for New Year
June 13, 2018
The Chillicothe FFA Assistant Officer Team converged on The Litton Ag Center on Wednesday, June 13, for a retreat to plan activities for the 2018-19 school year. The baseball-themed workshop, led by Katelyn Galloway (Litton Center Summer Intern), focused on developing and writing chapter goals for several activities throughout the year. After completing the workshop, officers enjoyed dinner together on their way to learn more about leadership and communication by watching the Kansas City Royals baseball team. The Retreat was successful with the Assistant Officer Team developing stronger communication skills and strengthening their bond through this activity. They are eagerly looking forward to a successful year as Assistant Officers. In attendance were officers Seth Hansen, Trace Rardon, Lucas Campbell, Mason Baxter, Tucker Burtch, Chloe Funk, Colby
Connor Keithley, Warren Meservey,
Tucker Wagers, Advisor-Randy Plattner and Litton Summer; Intern Katelyn Galloway
June FFA Meeting
June 3, 2018
On June 3, 2018, 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 Garrett Cramer threw out the first pitch of the game. The purpose of the June FFA meeting was to promote fellowship among the members.
June 5, 2018
On June 5, 2018,
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, 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, 1 breeding
goat, and 7 cattle owned by 31 Livingston County youth.
II Sports Day
June 1, 2018
On June 1, 2018, the Chillicothe FFA participated in the Area II FFA Sports Day in Cameron, MO with 14
members. This sand volleyball tournament represents a reward for members as well as a time for
fellowship. There were approximately 215 area members present and everyone seemed to enjoy the day.
May 23-24, 2018
On May 23-24, 2018,
the Chillicothe FFA Officer teams had their annual officer retreat, this year at Long Branch State Park in Macon, MO. 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 over the officers enjoyed swimming at the lake, having some good fun around the camp fire. All in all the officers enjoyed their time together and have some new and fun events planned for the year.
May 30, 2018
Chillicothe FFA Officer Teams attend the LEAD conference on May 30, 2018. Over 1200 local Chapter
FFA officers and 200 chapter officers and advisors attended the annual LEAD training held at the NCMC
campus in Trenton, MO. The LEAD (Learn, Educate, Advance, and Develop) training is designed to help
prepare each officer team for their term of service for the 2018-2019 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,
given guidelines for leading a chapter meeting, and helped 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.
Front L to R - Garrett Cramer, Malloree Summers, McKayla Shady, Kennedie
Kieffer, Sydney Baxter; Middle L to R - Caroline Warren, Montana Plattner, Chloe Funk, Colby Gillespie;
Back L to R - Trace Rardon, Warren Meservey, Tucker Wagers
The facilitators consisted of past state officers;
and they were divided into a north and a south team. The trainings were held at
eight 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.
May 12 &
On May 12 and 13, 2018,
the Litton Agriculture Campus-MW Jenkins Expo Building hosted three swine shows and three lamb shows.
Approximately 1060 head of hogs were shown during the two-day event and 224 head of lambs.
On Saturday morning,
the Wolf Showpig Bonanza was sponsored by the Chillicothe FFA Alumni with 420
head of hogs at the show. The sponsors were Platinum Sponsor - Show Stock Outfitters; Gold Sponsors
- American Family Insurance - JR Reid Agent (Concordia, Sweet Springs, and Sedalia), BTC Bank,
Chillicothe Area Chamber of Commerce, Chillicothe State Bank, Chula Farmers Coop, FCS Financial
Group - Mitzi Winder, Genter Show Stock, Grand River Technical School - Jayme
Caughron, Director and Adam Wolf, Assistant Director, Hutchinson & Company, Investors Community Bank, Lance Martin Show Pigs, Rafter C Online Auctions, Sydenstricker John
Deere Chillicothe, Wolf Brothers, Wolf Farms, Woodworth Manufacturing; Silver Sponsors
- Copeland Development & Construction, DQ Precision Planting & Tillage, Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott
Chillicothe, Farm Bureau Insurance Joe Neptune, Farmers Electric Cooperative, GFG Ag Services, LLC., H.E. Smith Company, Hinnen Hauling &
Construction, LLC., Remington & Riggin Isaacs, Rusty Black MO State Representative, Trans Ova
Genetics; Bronze Sponsors - Butterfield's Grain & Associates, Inc., Chillicothe Animal Hospital,
Chuck's Pest Control, Curtis Show Pigs, Grand River Livestock Market,
Jim's Welding & Construction, LLC., Price & Johnson Insurance, T&R Soil Service. The results of the show were Supreme Gilt went to Olivia Loges, Reserve Supreme Gilt went to Olivia Loges, 3rd Overall Gilt went to Remington Isaacs, 4th Overall Gilt went to Macy Johnson, and 5th Overall Gilt went to Bryce Romine. Supreme Barrow went to Brylee Williams, Reserve Supreme Barrow went to Garrett Wolf, 3rd Overall Barrow went to Alyssa Reed, 4th Overall Barrow went to Drew Jacobson, and 5th Overall Barrow went to Drew Jacobson. Showmanship results are Champion Novice Showmanship went to Truman Wilson, Reserve Novice Showmanship went to Rigging Isaacs, Runner-up Novice Showmanship went to Karsen Parrish, 4th Runner-up Novice Showmanship went to Waylon Nolting, 5th Runner-up Novice Showmanship went to Kalli Parrish; Champion Junior Showmanship went to Tyne Wilson, Reserve Junior Showmanship went to Callie Jennings, Runner-up Junior Showmanship went to Tate Mikus, 4th Runner-up Junior Showmanship went to Lydia Nolting, 5th Runner-up Junior Showmanship went to Clayton Jennings; Champion Intermediate Showmanship went to Tate Welch, Reserve Intermediate Showmanship went to Ryan Rounsavall, Runner-up Intermediate Showmanship went to Newt Hodge, 4th Runner-up Intermediate Showmanship went to Payden Nolting, 5th Runner-up Intermediate Showmanship went to Drew Welch; Champion Senior Showmanship went to Alyssa Reid, and Reserve Senior Showmanship went to Kaycee Vandiver, and Runner-up Senior Showmanship went to Zach Trout, 4th Runner-up Senior Showmanship went to Anna Kate Link, and 5th Runner-up Senior Showmanship went to Marlena Long.
The Crossroads Classic hosted one swine
show and one lamb show held on Sunday, May 13, 2018, with 320 head of swine and 60 head of lambs. The Princeton FFA Jackpot Show hosted one swine show on Sunday, May 13, 2018,
with 320 head of swine. Two lamb shows - Missouri Club Lamb Futurity (approximately 60 head)
and the Youth Lamb Show (approximately 104 head) - were held on May 12, 2018,
were put on by the Missouri Lamb Breeders Associations.