News and Events at Chillicothe's National FFA Organization

FFA NEWS 2018-2019

Litton Meetings
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.

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Area 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.

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Chapter Officer Retreat
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.

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LEAD Conference
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.

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Livestock Extravaganza!
May 12 & 13, 2018

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.

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