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8th Grade Recruitment
March 12, 2018
On March 12, 2018, the 8th grade students from the Chillicothe Middle School were given the opportunity to visit the Litton Agriculture Campus. The purpose of the visit was to see what the Chillicothe Ag Department and Chillicothe FFA Chapter had to offer them next year as incoming freshmen in high school.
Senior members of the Chillicothe FFA gave an overview of what activities they could participate in, courses offered, and a tour of the campus. The 8th graders are beginning the class selection process for their freshmen year of high school.
A letter will be mailed home at the beginning of the week to all parents with what was discussed at the recruitment day.
Area II FFA Officer Candidates
March 7, 2018
On March 7, 2018, the Chillicothe FFA Chapter sent two
representatives to the Area II officer and state candidate interviews. The two representatives are Kaylee Lewis, area officer candidate, and Claire Shipp, state officer candidate.
Kaylee is the daughter of Clint and Angela
Lewis and was Chillicothe's representative for an Area II officer. Kaylee was selected as the Area II FFA 1st Vice President for the 2018-2019 school year. Some of the activities
Kaylee will serve in an official capacity are Area Greenhand Initiation, Greenhand Motivational Conference, North Central Missouri
Fair, Area Chapter Officer Institute, organizing area meetings, as well as leading the officer team.
Claire is the daughter of John and Annie
Shipp. She was Chillicothe's representative for Area II State Officer Candidate. Claire was selected
as one of the two Area II State Officer Candidates and will attend the next round of state interviews on April 13, 2018,
in Columbia, Missouri.
Central School Leadership Assembly
March 9, 2018
On March 9, 2018, the Central School 4th and 5th graders hosted a few of the Chillicothe FFA members
at their monthly Leadership Assembly. The Chillicothe FFA members involved were: Isaiah Boon, Elena Boon, Katelyn Clariday, Eric Davis, Gracie Ellis, Ben Hayen, Hunter Horton, Molly Jones, Cameron Moore, Konner Sewell, Claire Shipp, Drew Toedebusch, and Taylor Wilkison. The leadership class asked the FFA members to discuss the importance of leadership skills they learn in FFA. The FFA members discussed how each were talented in different ways, but when they wear their FFA jackets, they all represent the same thing
All FFA members have grown together while learning and utilizing similar leadership skills. Some of the leadership skills include being a team player, communication, accountability, involvement, work ethic, commitment; and, as you have heard, these are just a few of the attributes. Although at times they may wear different uniforms, together they are one group of leaders when they put on their FFA jackets. We would like to thank the Litton Crusaders and Jerry Litton Family Foundation for helping make this possible.
Bureau Coloring Contest
The Chillicothe FFA Chapter and Livingston County Farm Bureau held a coloring contest during National FFA Week and Thank-A-Farmer month for students in Kindergarten and First grade. Prizes were awarded to the first, second, and third place winners in each grade. The prizes were
McDonalds' gift cards. This activity was to help expose youth to agriculture. The winners were: Kindergarten
- 1st Caleigh Mathews, 2nd Austin Batson, 3rd Blair Norris; First Grade
- 1st Aislynn Burch, 2nd Olivia Estes, 3rd Bianca Cakranata. Congratulations to all the winners. All contestant pages will be displayed at our local banquet on May 4, 2018.
Kindergarten - Blair Norris, Austin Batson, Caleigh Mathews
First Grade - Bianca Cakranata, Aislynn Burch, Olivia Estes
March 2, 2018
Students from Mrs.
Howe's class at Central Elementary were having a hands-on learning experience on March 2, 2018. The students were learning about science with assistance from their Partners in Education
- ForSight Eyecare, LLC.
Dr. David Hoel and Stephanie Hoel visited the partner class once earlier in the year to have lunch with the students. Then they came back to have a fun learning experience with the students. Dr. Hoel explained the parts and functions of the eye, as well as how the eye works. Then with the help of the Litton Crusaders, the students were able to dissect a real cattle eye. The students identified the main parts and even touch them, if they chose to do so.
Howe's class wants to thank ForSight Eyecare and Dr. and Mrs. Hoel for all their help and support.
National FFA Week has come to an end. For FFA members around the country, this past week is one that many look forward to during the school year. This amazing organization continues to grow rapidly each year. This year there are approximately 649,355 members enrolled in FFA from all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. FFA Week is the perfect opportunity for FFA students to show their community the love they have for agriculture and what FFA means to them.
American Dress-Up Day
Throughout the years, the Chillicothe FFA Chapter has been involved in many activities; this year was no exception. On Friday, February 16th, our chapter partnered with the Chillicothe Chamber of Commerce to host the annual Appreciation Breakfast. This is an event the Chillicothe FFA does to give back to the community and show how much they mean to us. On Sunday, February 18th, our chapter attended Lifepoint Church for a morning service. Every member that attends church
wore official dress. Some members read scripture and collected the offering.
Lifepoint Church Morning
During the school week, members showed their creativity. Throughout the week, there were dress up
days for members to participate in including: Camo Day, 'Merica' Day, and Official Dress Day. Our state
FFA officer from Area 2, Mariah Fox, visited, and a coloring contest took place Dewey Elementary
Wearing FFA Gear
Although National FFA Week is full of exciting activities, this organization teaches
today's youth about the importance of agriculture and its impact on our everyday lives. The Chillicothe FFA Chapter would like to thank all of our supporters and community members who have helped us to achieve our goals. Our FFA Chapter is very thankful for all that the community does not only during FFA Week, but year-round.
News - New Chillicothe FFA members got their first taste of proudly being FFA members by showing the rest of the school that they now are part of FFA. First-year members, also known as
Greenhands, dyed their hands green on Tuesday at the Litton Agricultural Education Center on the Litton Agri-Science Learning Center campus. The dying of the hands was just one way these students could show that they now are part of the largest nationwide student organization. After dying their hands, the students went about their regular class schedule. The Chillicothe FFA chapter has 79 Greenhands this year and is celebrating National FFA Week this week.
C-T Photo / Catherine Stortz Ripley 02 22 18
Parent's Night was a huge success with more than 300 guests and members attending.
Freshmen were presented with their FFA jackets and their Greenhand Degrees while Sophomore members received their Chapter Degrees.
C-T Photo / Catherine Stortz Ripley, 02 20 18
On February 4, 2018, the Chillicothe FFA held their annual Bowling Party at the Fast Lane in Chillicothe. This party represents a reward for members as well as a time for fellowship. There were approximately 73 members present,
and everyone seemed to enjoy the afternoon.
| BEST BOWLERS
Hunter Horton (second place bowler)
Jylian Davis (first place bowler)
| WORST BOWLERS
Connor Keithley (first place bowler)
Madelyn Wilford (second place bowler)
Baby Pig Hands-On Learning
Students from Dewey Elementary kindergarten and first grade classes were having a hands-on learning experience on February 2, 2018. The Litton Crusaders and the Livingston County Farm Bureau made this visit possible as part of the
Thank A Farmer program. The students were learning about habitats and animals with assistance from the Litton Crusaders program. The students
had the opportunity to handle a baby pig and learn a little about them from the high school students. During the visit,
students learned about their pigs' gender, name (ear notch), breed, what they eat, and
any other questions they came up with. Later on in the school year, the students will take a field trip out to the Litton Agriculture Campus and
revisit those baby pigs as market hogs.
Students from United Methodist Preschool classes were having a hands-on learning experience on February 1, 2018. The students were learning about animals with assistance from the Litton Crusaders program. The students had the opportunity to handle baby pigs and learn a little about them from the high school students. During the visit, students learned about their pig’s gender, name (ear notch), breed, what they eat, and whatever other questions they came up with. Later on in the school year, the students will revisit one of those baby pigs as a market hog.
Missouri Fairs and Festivals Speech Contest
The Missouri Association of Fairs and Festivals (MAFF) Public Speaking Contest is designed to develop agricultural leadership, provide for member participation in agricultural public speaking activities, and stimulate interest in leadership and citizenship. Contestants may choose any current subject for their speeches, which is of an agricultural character relating to county fairs and which is of general interest to the public. Liberty Cox represented the Livingston County 4-H and FFA Fair at this contest held January 26, 2018, in Columbia, MO.
Class (Central Elementary)
Students from Mrs.
Howe's leadership class at Central Elementary School were having a hands-on learning experience on January 26, 2018. The leadership group is the nature/agriculture group where the students get to meet once a week to learn how leadership connects with nature and agriculture. The Litton Crusaders assisted the class this week with planting, growing, harvesting, and using corn in their classroom. Students then enjoyed some food products made from corn and made slime to take home. The materials were provided by the Litton Crusaders program and Livingston County Farm Bureau.
Later, the students will plant seeds to grow plants in their outdoor classroom at school. The students would like to thank all involved with the planting activity, as well as the Jerry Litton Family Memorial Foundation for supporting this activity through the Litton Crusaders program and the Livingston County Farm Bureau.
Science I & II
Students from the Ag Science I and Animal Science classes at the Litton Agriculture Education Center were having a hands-on learning experience at the Litton Agri-Science Learning Center during January. The students were learning about animal reproduction in class and then were experiencing the real thing in person. While at the Litton Ag Campus, the students gave the newborn baby pigs an iron shot, ear notched, clipped tails, and cut needle teeth. The students during first semester were in charge of charting the heat cycle, expected pregnancy date, name of sire, and day of artificial insemination for some of the sows housed at the Litton Agri-Science Learning Center.
At left: Jaylynn Broyles is clipping the needle teeth of this baby pig.
Missouri FFA Members
"GO for the GOLD"
65 Chillicothe FFA members attended the Northwest District FFA Greenhand Motivational Conference
held on the NCMC campus in Trenton, Missouri, on January 10, 2018. These members also got the
opportunity to tour the Barton Ag Campus following the conference. Over 4500 first year FFA members from more than 320 Missouri High Schools had the opportunity to learn about being positive role models, learning to get involved, making sound choices, becoming active team members and making a positive difference in their lives, school and community at the annual Greenhand Motivational Conferences. These conferences presented by the State FFA Officers and sponsored by MFA Incorporated were held January 8-12, 2018, throughout Missouri. Through interactive workshops and skits the State FFA Officers
encouraged first-year FFA members to explore their talents and reach outside their comfort zone for the opportunities provided through FFA membership. They helped the new agriculture students set goals for their education, careers, and FFA experience.
The State Officers of the Missouri FFA Association recently conducted Greenhand Motivational Conferences in Missouri.
MFA Incorporated helped sponsor the conferences. Seated from left to right are: Vice President Dakota Allen, Fairfax; Past Secretary Jacqueline Janorschke, De Kalb; Vice President Elizabeth Knipp, Tipton; Vice President Ben Luebbering, Fatima; State Secretary Sydnee Mason, Marshall; and Vice President Aaron Mott, Columbia.
Eighteen conferences were held at 13 different locations throughout the state: Missouri State Fair Grounds, Sedalia; Bowling Green High School, Bowling Green; Truman State University, Kirksville; Sullivan High School, Sullivan; Three Rivers Community College, Poplar Bluff; Missouri State University, West Plains; Lincoln University, Jefferson City; Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau; Waynesville High School, Waynesville; Missouri State University, Springfield; Missouri Western State College, St. Joseph; University of Missouri, Columbia; and North Central Missouri College, Trenton.
The FFA is a national youth organization of over 650,000 student members preparing for leadership and careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture with 343 chapters and more than 25,900 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.
for Children's Mercy (Ag Science II)
December 22, 2017
Nearly 120 years ago, two compassionate sisters in Kansas City set out to provide the best medical care possible to all children in their community
regardless of the family's ability to pay, and they knew they would need the
community's support to do it. The founding sisters wrote a list of needs on a chalkboard
in front of the hospital. Neighbors rallied to help, and the hospital grew. Generous communities continue
to provide for our patients and their families by donating goods needed during their time in our care. Every
gift to Children's Mercy is a gift of love, healing, and hope for kids in need.
This year, the Chillicothe FFA
Chapter chose to raise money to donate to Children's Mercy Hospital. Members raised $600 during their
December chapter meeting to give to the hospital. Ag Science II students made 26 fleece blankets during
class for patients at the hospital. The assistant officer team took the donations to the hospital on
December 22, 2017, and received a tour of the hospital. PICTURED:
Students making blankets in class.
B L to R - Caroline Warren, Clayton Walker, Mack Anderson,
F L to R - Madelyn
Wilford, Bryce Wolf,
Kiley Kirkpatrick, Cameron Dudley, Macy Gutshall, Montana Plattner
B L to R - Clayton Walker, Mack Anderson;
F L to R - Caroline Warren, Cameron Dudley,
Kiley Kirkpatrick, Macy Gutshall, Madelyn Wilford, Bryce Wolf, Montana Plattner
December 9, 2017
On December 9, 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/24 individuals shoot on
Saturday: Wyatt Maddux-B 36, Clayton Walker A-40, Mack Anderson A-43, Garrett Cramer A-38, Peyton Hein-A 41, Christian Reed B-42, Malloree Summers B-30, Dakota Ferrell C-21, Cole Wolf C-18, Tucker Burtch D-41, Keegan Valbracht D-30, Morgan Anderson D-20, Brook Horton D-29, Austin Case C-21, Sullevin Diegelman–28, Jessie Case-14, Sam Meservey C-24, Parker Keeney D-19, Hunter Horton B-35, Eric Davis A-35, Chase Neptune D-27, Colby Gillespie B-19, Montana Plattner
10, Kim Roney 16 Randy Plattner (FFA Advisor), Tony Burtch (volunteer coach), and Sarge Ralls (volunteer coach)
who traveled to Trenton.
Chillicothe Team A received first place, Team B received fourth (tie), Team D received fifth, and Team C received sixth place in the team competition. Individuals with top five honors overall were
1st Mack Anderson, 2nd Christian Reed, 3rd (tie) Peyton Hein, and 3rd (tie) Tucker Burtch. Individuals
with top five honors in the female division were 1st Malloree Summers and 2nd
Brook Horton. The members of the team are looking forward to more events.
December 6, 2017
On December 6, 2017, the Chillicothe FFA held their annual Christmas Party at the Chillicothe Middle
School. This party represents a reward for members on an excellent Barnwarming this year as well as a
time for fellowship. The members enjoyed dinner and then moved into the field house for some games. Members could
play basketball, dodge ball, volleyball, or participate in other activities. The winners of the 3-on-3 coed
basketball tournament were Adler Marshall, Konner Sewell, and Kennedie
L to R - Konner Sewell, Kennedie Kieffer, Adler Marshall
The winners of the dodge ball tournament were Hunter Horton, Lavery Jones, Cameron Moore, Lane
Peters, Zoe Souders, and Drew Toedebusch.
L to R - Lavery Jones, Zoe Souders, Cameron Moore, Meredith Oesch, Hunter Horton, Drew Toedebusch
The students also held a drive to raise funds to donate to
Children's Mercy Hospital. There were approximately 155 members present, and everyone seemed to enjoy the evening.
Missouri Farm Bureau
December 3, 2017
The Missouri Farm Bureau Public Speaking Contest is designed to develop agricultural leadership,
provide for member participation in agricultural public speaking activities, and stimulate interest in
leadership and citizenship. Contestants may choose any current subject for their speeches, which is of
an agricultural character relating to the general interest to the public. Meredith Oesch represented the
Livingston County Farm Bureau at the Missouri Farm Bureau Conference contest held December 3,
2017. The contest consisted of students preparing a 6-8 minute speech on the topic of
Agricultural Opportunities Abound... How Can Farm Bureau Assist and Meet the
Challenges? Meredith received first place at the district level and moved on to the state competition where she placed second at state.
2017 Missouri Sheep Producers FFA State Public Speaking Contest
December 3, 2017
The 2017 Missouri Sheep Producers State FFA Speaking contest was held at Tan-Tar-A Resort on
Sunday, December 3, 2017. The contest is designed to develop individual public speaking skills and to
promote interest in and awareness of the many different aspects of the sheep industry. Participants
earned the right to compete at the state contest by winning their respective district competitions. District winners
included: F Southeast - Logan Dunlap Poplar Bluff FFA, South Central -
Faith Ford Rolla FFA, South Central - Sydney Parson Halfway FFA. Results of the competition were as
follows: First Place - Leo Elsasser, Columbia FFA; Second Place - Kaylee Lewis,
Chillicothe FFA; Third Place - Grace Henley, California FFA. Ed DeOrnellis, MSP representative,
presented each of the participants a plaque and check from MSP.
L to R -
Kaylee Lewis, 2nd place winner (Chillicothe FFA),
Ed DeOrnellis, MO Sheep Producers Public Speaking Contest Chairman
Class (Central Elementary)
November 18, 2017
Students from Mrs.
Howe's leadership class at Central Elementary School were having a hands-on
learning experience on November 18, 2017. The leadership group is the nature/agriculture
group, and the students get to meet once a week to learn how leadership connects with nature and agriculture. The Litton Crusaders assisted the class this week with parts of a seed, seeds to germinate, and seed distribution in their classroom. The materials were provided Litton Crusaders program and Livingston County Farm Bureau. Later, the students will plant seeds to grow plants in their outdoor classroom at school.
The students would like to thank all involved with the planting activity, as well as the Jerry Litton Family Memorial Foundation for supporting this activity through the Litton Crusaders program and the Livingston County Farm Bureau.
November 11, 2017
On November 11, 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 with 27 individuals shoot on Saturday: Wyatt Maddux-B 44, Clayton Walker A-41, Mack Anderson A-46, Garrett Cramer A-42, Peyton Hein-A 42, Christian Reed B-40, Drake Bradley B-29, Malloree Summers B-35, Brock Gott C-38, Dakota Ferrell C-33, Chandler Stedem C-22, Cole Wolf C-15, Ryan Panholzer C-22, Tucker Burtch D-36, Keegan Valbracht D-22, Morgan Anderson D-28, Brook Horton D-40, Austin Case C-32, Sullevin Diegelman-34,
Jessie Case-24, Sam Meservey C-31, Parker Keeney D-22, Hunter Horton
B-38. Also traveling to Trenton were Randy Plattner (FFA Advisor), Tony Burtch (volunteer coach), and Sarge Ralls (volunteer coach).
Chillicothe Team A received third place, Team B received first, Team D received sixth (tie), and Team C received fourth place in the team competition. Individuals with top five honors overall were
1st - Mack Anderson and 4th - Wyatt Maddox. Individual with top five honors in the female division were 1st
- Brook Horton, 2nd - Malloree Summers, and 3rd - Jessie Case. The members of the team are looking forward to more events.
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.
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.
FFA Convention Courtesy Corps
Written by: Garrett Cramer (Chillicothe FFA Chapter
2nd Vice President)
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
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
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.
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.
(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
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
The candidates are as follows:
Seniors, Liberty Cox (Jeff and Terria Cox) and Lane Peters (Maria Peters and Kendall
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
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
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.
Local Students Received American FFA Degree
October 28, 2017
- 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.
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.
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.
Charlie's Pumpkin Patch Visits
October 6 &
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Chautauqua Petting Zoo
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.
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!
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.
June 6 - July 29,
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.
Ag Summer Academy
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
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.
Helping Youth Prepare for Excellence (HYPE) FFA Academy
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.
HYMAX Academy at Camp Rising Sun
- 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.
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.
State FFA Leadership Camp Rising Sun
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
Missouri Farm Bureau Federation and Affiliated Companies
Students Receive Technical Skills Certificates
Estil Fretwell, Director of Public Affairs, www.mofb.org
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."
May 13 and
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.
click on this photo to see a closer view.
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
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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.