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Fall Speaking Contest
On November 2, 2016, Chillicothe FFA students participated in the
Area II Fall Speaking Contest in Gallatin. Jaime Albertson competed in the Missouri Farm Bureau Contest, Madelyn Warren competed in the Missouri Pork Producers Contest, Marley Anderson competed in the Missouri Institute of Cooperatives, Sarah Mason competed in the Missouri Teach Ag, Meredith Oesch competed in the Missouri Soil and Water Conservation, Garrett Cramer competed in the Missouri
Cattleman's, and Liberty Cox competed in the Missouri Young Farmers speech contest. Madelyn, Jaime, Liberty, and Garrett moved on to the district competition on November 9, 2016.
L to R - Meredith Oesch, Garrett Cramer, Marley Anderson, Liberty Cox,
Jaime Albertson, Madelyn Warren, Sarah Mason
On November 9, 2016, Chillicothe FFA students participated in the
Northwest District Fall Speaking Contest in Cameron. Jaime Albertson competed in the Missouri Farm Bureau Contest, Madelyn Warren competed in the Missouri Pork Producers Contest, Marley Anderson competed in the Missouri Institute of Cooperatives, Garrett Cramer competed in the Missouri
Cattleman's, and Liberty Cox competed in the Missouri Young Farmers speech contest. Liberty received first place in the Young Farmers competition and will compete at the state level on February 4, 2017, in Columbia, MO.
On November 5, 2016, 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 13 individuals shoot on Saturday; Brady Bothwell, Drake Bradley, Austin Case, Garrett Cramer, Ethan Davis, Madison Eller, Brock Gott, Peyton Hein, Wyatt Maddux, Sam Meservey, Jackson Pauley, Christian Reed, Clayton Walker, Randy Plattner (FFA Advisor), Tony Burtch (volunteer coach), and Sarge Ralls (volunteer coach) that traveled to Trenton. The 5-member first place team consisted of Brady, Garrett C., Eric D., Peyton, Clayton, with a score of 229 out of 250.
Trap Team - Garrett Cramer, Peyton Hein, Eric Davis, Clayton Walker, Brady Bothwell
Madison Eller received the honor of first place female individually with a score of 37 out of 50. Eric Davis
received the honor of first place male individually with a score of 49 out of 50. The members of the team are looking forward to more events.
| Madison Eller
|| Eric Davis
of the Blue Jacket
Richard Fordyce, Missouri Director of Agriculture, talks to a group of Litton Agriculture Education Center students on Wednesday, November 2, 2016, at the MW Jenkins Expo Center at the Litton Agriculture Campus.
Missouri's Director of Agriculture, Fordyce has set forth priorities to advance youth in agriculture, international trade, farm safety, consumer awareness and environmental stewardship.
Fordyce spoke with students regarding their role in agriculture and how the opportunities and skills provided by FFA will turn them into the leaders of tomorrow. Agriculture is
Missouri's leading industry and will need strong leadership in the future.
The American Royal began its existence in 1899 as The National Hereford Show. Since that time, the American Royal Livestock Show has grown to become one of the largest livestock shows in the nation!
The American Royal has developed a reputation as one of the most prestigious and toughest
competitions and draws an audience of owners, breeders, future business and agriculture leaders, and
animal enthusiasts from across the country. The Livestock Show is a national show that strives to impact
the future of agriculture by providing educational experiences and scholarships.
In 2016, more than 1,700 exhibitors from 33 states made the trip to Kansas City for the Royal. Throughout the two-week show, over
2,000 head of the nation's highest quality cattle, hogs, sheep, and goats were exhibited at the American
Royal Complex. Three Chillicothe FFA members exhibited their swine SAE projects on October 21-22,
2016. Cole Gutshall, Kaylee Lewis, and Zach Trout represented our chapter well at the national event.
Kaylee Lewis brought home the title of Reserve Champion Chester Gilt.
| Kaylee Lewis
|| Zach Trout, Kaylee Lewis, Cole Gutshall
RECORD SETTING YEAR for the Chillicothe FFA Barnwarming!
On Saturday November 5, 2016,
the Chillicothe FFA held its annual Barnwarming festivities. These festivities included a dance, games, a hay tunnel, and the coronation ceremony. This
year's 2016 Barnwarming King and Queen are the seniors Brady Bothwell and Kristina
Class candidates - Kristina Hamilton (Randy and Ann Hamilton) and Brady Bothwell (Barrie and Julie
Bothwell) - raised $17,508.60 with an average of $416.87/person; the Sophomore Class
candidates - Carleigh Crawford (Reece and Shelby Crawford) and Garrett Cramer (John and Janet Cramer)
- raised $15,766.24 with an average of $267.22; the Junior Class candidates
- Marley Anderson (Mark and Anne Anderson) and Adler Marshall (Jeff and Kim Marshall)
- raised $8,662.00 with an average of $184.30; the Freshman Class
candidates - Lainie Cowan (Angie Dedrick) and Brock Gott (Noel and Ellen
Gott) - raised $10,949.57 with an average of $171.08.
Back, L to R - Brock Gott, Adler Marshall, Brady
Bothwell, Garrett Cramer
Front, L to R - Lainie Cowan, Marley Anderson, Kristina Hamilton, Carleigh Crawford
The chapter raised $52,886.41 this year for the
chapter's operations that average out to $249.46 per member. This broke the previous record of $ 37,582.52 set in 2015. The senior class also broke the highest class average
of $320.99 set in 2011. We would like to thank all the members of the community for the long-time support of our organization.
Front Row, L to R - Carleigh Crawford, Garrett Cramer, Lainie Cowan, Brock
Marley Anderson, Adler Marshall; Back Row, L to R - Kristina Hamilton, Brady Bothwell
The tractor belongs to Brady Bothwell, a 1968 Allis Chalmers D17, which he restored during the
2015-2016 school year in his agriculture mechanics class. >>
Students from Mrs.
Howe's leadership class at Central Elementary School were having a hands-on
learning experience on October 28, 2016. The leadership group is the nature/agriculture
group wherein the students get to meet once a week to learn how leadership connects with nature and agriculture.
The Litton Crusaders assisted the class
with a field trip to Sydenstricker's of Chillicothe and a field farmed by Boon Farms.
Sydensticker's John Deere of Chillicothe allowed the students to get up
close and personal with farm equipment. Brad Newman, store manager, gave a short tour and sent the students home with a little souvenir.
Next, the students stopped by a soybean field farmed by Boon Farms. During their time at the field,
students saw what the plants looked like when they were ready to be harvested. The students would like to thank all involved with the field trip, as well as the Jerry Litton Family Memorial Foundation for supporting this activity through the Litton Crusaders program.
Students from all the Kindergarten and First Grade classes (248 students) at Dewey Elementary School
enjoyed a hands-on learning experience at Papa Charlie's Pumpkin Patch on October 27, 2016. 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 are given the opportunity to go to Papa
Charlie's Pumpkin Patch for a farm experience with a little fun mixed in.
High school students (21 students) from the Litton Agriculture
Education Center assisted in the days' activities. The students 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.
National FFA Courtesy Corps
Almost any event becomes more intriguing when viewed from behind the scenes. The 89th National FFA Convention, which includes everything from arena stage events to the Day of Service and workshops for nearly 55,000 attendees, is no exception. It takes many volunteers to help make a convention of this magnitude a positive experience for all of its guests. This year,
approximately 900 FFA members, including students from the Chillicothe FFA Chapter, formed the National FFA Courtesy Corps. The
students viewed the convention from the other side - backstage - playing a crucial role in the
event's logistics. Local members participating in the National FFA Courtesy Corps were Marley Anderson,
McKenzie Anderson, Kaylie Campbell, Austin Case, Liberty Cox, Carleigh Crawford, Colten Johnson,
Kennedie Kieffer, Kaylee Lewis, Jared Loney, Meredith Oesch, Maggie Pfaff, Taylar Simmer, and
Malloree Summers. The 89th National FFA Convention was held October 19
- October 22, 2016 in Indianapolis, IN.
Front L to R - Colten Johnson, Carleigh Crawford, Meredith
Oesch, Maggie Pfaff, Malloree Summers,
Marley Anderson, Austin Case; Back L to R - Taylar Simmer, Kaylie Campbell, Kaylee Lewis, Liberty Cox,
Kennedie Kieffer, McKenzie Anderson, Jared Loney
"Participants in the National FFA Courtesy Corps provide valuable services for the overall convention
operation," says National FFA Advisor Dr. Steve Brown. "FFA gains a tremendous resource, and the
participants gain wonderful volunteer experience and an insight into the planning and logistics necessary
to ensure a safe and successful convention. They are key to our ability to create a premier leadership
and educational event for nearly 55,000 guests."
The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 610,240 student members in grades seven through 12 who belong to one of
7,665 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The FFA mission is 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. The National FFA Organization
operates under a federal charter granted by the 81st United States Congress and it is an integral part of
public instruction in agriculture. The U.S. Department of Education provides leadership and helps set direction for FFA as a service to state and local agricultural education programs.
National FFA Convention
On October 19 through October 21, 2016, 14 members of the Chillicothe FFA Chapter attended the National FFA Convention in Louisville, KY. The students attended many activities while in Louisville. The students attended leadership sessions, the career show, college fair, and convention sessions while at the convention hall. Students also attended a session
where the speaker was Diana Nyad, Author and Long-Distance Swimmer, a concert featuring Cole Swindell and Chris Young, Dr. Jim Wand
- Hypnotist, and visited the St. Louis Arch.
Front L to R - Marley Anderson, Malloree Summers, Kaylee Lewis, Maggie Pfaff,
Carleigh Crawford, Meredith Oesch, Austin Case; Back L to R - Jared
Loney, Colten Johnson,
Kennedie Kieffer, McKenzie Anderson, Liberty Cox, Taylar Simmer, Kaylie Campbell
Front L to R - Kaylie Campbell, Marley Anderson, Maggie Pfaff, Kaylee Lewis,
Carleigh Crawford, Malloree Summers, Meredith Oesch; Back L to R - Taylar Simmer,
McKenzie Anderson, Kennedie Kieffer, Liberty Cox, Austin Case, Colten Johnson, Jared Loney
who attended the convention were Marley Anderson, McKenzie Anderson, Kaylie Campbell, Austin Case, Liberty Cox, Carleigh Crawford, Colten Johnson, Kennedie Kieffer, Kaylee Lewis, Jared Loney, Meredith Oesch, Maggie Pfaff, Taylar Simmer, and Malloree Summers.
Local Students Received American FFA Degree
- 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, 3,780 American Degrees will be awarded. Timber Ballantyne the son of Jerry and Jeannie Ballantyne, Kiley Boley the daughter of Rick and Rachel Boley, Lauren Haley the daughter of Steve and Brenda Haley, Katlyn Hamilton the daughter of Randy and Ann Hamilton, Bailey Henry the daughter of Melinda Henry, Carlee Johnson the daughter of Russ and Sheila Thomspon, Hallee Jones the daughter of Pat and Ginger Jones, Zach Quinn the son of Raymond and Robin Quinn, Colby Ruoff the son of Chris and Brenda Ruoff, and Haelee Shady the daughter of Layne and Misty Shady received the American FFA Degree at the 89th National FFA Convention in Indianapolis on Saturday, October 22, 2016. It is the highest degree awarded by the National FFA Organization 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.
Sponsored by The American FFA Degree program is sponsored by ADM Crop Risk Services, Case IH, DuPont Pioneer, Elanco, Farm Credit and Syngenta as a special project of the National FFA Foundation, the award recognizes demonstrated ability and outstanding achievements in agricultural business, production, processing or service programs. 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.
The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 610,240 student members in grades seven through 12 who belong to one of 7,665 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The FFA mission is 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. The National FFA Organization operates under a federal charter granted by the 81st United States Congress and it is an integral part of public instruction in agriculture. The U.S. Department of Education provides leadership and helps set direction for FFA as a service to state and local agricultural education programs. For more, visit the National FFA Organization online at
www.FFA.org, on Facebook, Twitter and the official National FFA Organization blog.
College & Career Ready System of Support Meeting
On October 19, 2016, the
Agriculture Education on the Move: Missouri Farmers Care, FCS Financial and Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council hosted the College & Career Ready System of Support Meeting in Chillicothe at the Farm Credit Services Building. Northwest Missouri school counselors and educators attended this
"Educator to the Farm" Tour Series. This tour was designed to assist educators about the value of agriculture in our communities and our schools. The attendees heard from FCS Financial, MFA AgriService, Brookfield Growth Partnership, and Chillicothe FFA members: Sarah Mason and Madelyn Warren. While many of the attendees had some knowledge, it is always beneficial to hear it from the perspective of students. The group also toured Show Me Ethanol, LLC in Carrollton, Missouri.
Students from Pre-Kindergarten classes at Garrison Elementary School were having a hands-on learning experience at Papa
Charlie's Pumpkin Patch on October 14, 2016. 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
contribute to the general population. As part of the Litton Crusaders program, students
were given the opportunity to go to Papa Charlie's Pumpkin Patch for a farm experience with a little fun mixed in. The students
pet several animals in the petting zoo, visited with "Romeo" the donkey,
saw some Longhorn cattle in their nature habitat, walked through a cornfield,
shot a pumpkin cannon, and got 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.
On October 12, 2016, 51 Greenhands of the Chillicothe FFA Chapter attended the Area II Greenhand Initiation ceremony in Gallatin, MO. The Area II officer team, which includes 1st Vice
President Madelyn Warren of the Chillicothe FFA Chapter, conducted the initiation. During the initiation, the Greenhands listened to the 2015 Area Creed speaker, Kaylee Lewis (Chillicothe) recite the creed, watched a slideshow featuring Area II Greenhands, listened to State FFA Officer, Logan Korff, speak, and were presented their Greenhand pins during the Greenhand Ceremony.
On October 8, 2016, the Chillicothe FFA Chapter attended the area trapshoot held at the Trenton Trap
Range. The second place overall team was the Chillicothe team. The students enjoyed the day and
learned a lot about competition. The Chillicothe FFA Chapter had 13 individuals shoot on
Saturday. Brady Bothwell, Drake Bradley, Austin Case, Garrett Cramer, Ethan Davis, Madison Eller, Brock Gott, Peyton Hein, Wyatt Maddux, Sam Meservey, Jackson Pauley, Christian Reed, Clayton Walker, Randy Plattner (FFA Advisor), Tony Burtch (volunteer coach), and Sarge Ralls (volunteer coach)
traveled to Trenton for the event.
at left: Madison Eller
The 5-member first place team consisted of Brady, Garrett C., Eric D., Clayton,
and Wyatt with a score of 202 out of 250. Madison Eller received the honor of first place female individually with a score of 41 out of 50. The members of the team are looking forward to more events.
Back L to R - Randy
Plattner, Tony Burtch, Eric Davis, Drake Bradley, Sarge Ralls
Front L to R - Madison Eller, Peyton Hein, Wyatt Maddox, Christian Reed, Garrett Cramer, Brady
Clayton Walker, Austin Case, Brock Gott, Sam Meservey. (Jackson Pauley, not pictured)
With the help of the Chillicothe School District, school administration, and the Missouri Department of Conservation, the FFA is teaching students the self-discipline and responsibility of shooting sports. The objectives are to involve students in the highest standards of safety, sportsmanship, and ethical behavior, along with safe and responsible use of firearms. Additionally, the program helps to develop
self-confidence, personal discipline, sportsmanship, and teamwork. The students were required to pass the Missouri Department of Conservation Hunter Education program and attended one of the safety meetings sponsored by the Ag Education Department.
October 5, 2016
On October 5, 2016, the Chillicothe FFA held their annual
Parents' Night, which 367 members and guests attended. This event welcomes the first year FFA member and their
parents to our organization and showcases some of our members' talents.
Kaleb Mullikan, Kole Larkins, Caroline Warren, Mack Anderson, Clayton Walker
Montana Plattner, Alayna Mason, Kiley Kirkpatrick, Olivia Cross, Cameron Dudley
The evening began with FFA opening ceremonies followed by a motivating welcome given by Cole Gutshall, Chillicothe FFA President,
and 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 creeds presented by Greenhands.
||Julius Humphreys, Austin
Minnis, CJ Pfaff, Josie Reeter, Dylan Holder
The Chapter Degree speech was presented by Meredith Oesch and the creed by Kaylee Lewis. The creed was presented by Mack Anderson, Lanie Cowan, Olivia Cross, Cameron Dudley, Brock Gott, Macy Gutshall, Dylan Holder, Julius Humphreys, Kiley Kirkpatrick, Kole Larkins, Alayna Mason, Austin Minnis, Kaleb Mullikan, CJ Pfaff, Montana Plattner, Josie Reeter, Clayton Walker, Caroline Warren, Madelyn Wilford, and Jaden Winder.
Macy Gutshall, Lanie Cowan, Madelyn Wilford, Jaden Winder, Brock Gott
September 24, 2016
Mr. Wolf's Agronomy class at the Litton Agriculture Education Center
is giving a new meaning to the phrase "Learning by Doing".
performed an exercise to help them understand the plant cell better. The students took edible food and created a model of a plant cell. Students then got to enjoy the benefits of their knowledge and labor.
September 24, 2016
On September 24, 2016, the Chillicothe FFA Chapter attended the area
trap shoot 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 15 individuals shoot on
Saturday: Mack Anderson, Brady Bothwell, Drake Bradley, Austin Case, Garrett Cramer, Ethan Davis, Garret Donoho, Madison Eller, Brock Gott, Peyton Hein, Hunter Horton, Wyatt Maddux, Jackson Pauley, Christian Reed, Clayton Walker, Randy Plattner (FFA Advisor), Tony Burtch (volunteer coach), and Sarge Ralls (volunteer coach)
who traveled to Trenton. The 5-member first place team consisted of Brady, Garrett C., Clayton, Wyatt, Garret D. with a score of 179 out of 250. Eric Davis received the honor of first place individually with a score of 48 out of 50.
Back L to R - Brady
Bothwell, Clayton Walker, Mack Anderson, Eric Davis, Jackson Pauley;
Front L to R - Peyton Hein, Garrett Cramer, Garret Donoho, Brock Gott, Austin Case, Drake Bradley, Madison Eller
L to R - Tony Burtch, Brady Bothwell, Garret Donoho, Eric Davis (High Individual),
Clayton Walker, Garrett Cramer, Sarge Ralls, Randy Plattner. (Not pictured
- Wyatt Maddux)
The members of the team are looking forward to more events.
With the help of the Chillicothe School District, school administration, and the Missouri Department of Conservation,
FFA is teaching students the self-discipline and responsibility of shooting sports. The objectives are to involve students in the highest standards of safety, sportsmanship, and ethical behavior, along with safe and responsible use of firearms. Additionally, the program helps to develop self-confidence, personal discipline, sportsmanship, and teamwork. The students were required to pass the Missouri Department of Conservation Hunter Education program and attended one of the safety meetings sponsored by the Ag Education Department.
Time Harvest Days
September 23, 2016
On September 23, 2016,
students from the Litton Agriculture Education Center attended the 2016
"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 are able to see how some of the "simple" things of today did not used to be so simple. The students, as part of the Litton Crusaders program, assisted in some of the various working demonstrations to assist the other 450 Livingston County youth
who were attending the Old-Time Harvest Days.
September 22, 2016
On September 22, 2016, Mr. Caleb Wickham from Missouri Welding Institute came to speak with the junior and senior agricultural mechanics students at the Litton Agriculture Education Center. Mr. Wickham came to speak with the students about furthering their education after high school. Mr. Wickham says that furthering your education will help when entering the work force. He also had a question answer session with the students regarding enrollment, scholarships, and general information.
The past couple of weeks,
the 65 FFA Greenhands have been working on presenting the FFA Creed in class. The FFA Creed states the beliefs and values that each FFA Member should uphold. The Creed has been revised two times, not to change the values or beliefs our organization holds but rather to reflect the change in our membership from the farm boys of the
1930's to the diverse population of members the FFA possesses today. The creed was written by E. M.
Tiffany and adopted at the third National Convention of the FFA. It was revised at the 38th Convention and the 63rd Convention.
Presenting the FFA Creed is the
students first chance at a public speaking activity. The students are to memorize a paragraph of the creed at a time and present it to their class. At the end, every student will
recite the creed in its entirety fully memorized to the class as well. Several activities are conducted in class to assist the
students in memorizing the creed. The picture above shows students playing the plate game in order to assist them in memorizing the FFA Creed. Almost all past FFA members can still remember parts or all of the FFA Creed. Most of those individual remember the power of those first two words
The Greenhand members will be presenting the FFA Creed at the annual Chillicothe FFA
Parents' Night on Wednesday, October 5, 2016.
Area Chapter Degree Ceremony
September 22, 2016
On September 22, 2016, 42 Chapter Degree recipients of the Chillicothe FFA Chapter attended the Area II Chapter Degree Ceremony in Chillicothe, MO. The Area II officer team, which includes 1st Vice President, Madelyn Warren of the Chillicothe FFA Chapter conducted the ceremony. During the
ceremony, the Chapter degrees watched a slideshow featuring Area II Chapter
Degrees, listened to the State FFA Officer, Katherine Imhoff, speak and were inducted in the Area II FFA Association as Chapter Degree members.
the Chillicothe FFA Chapter sponsored the petting zoo at the Chautauqua in the Park; this will be our
13th year to participate 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
all sorts of animals such as a calf, puppies, rabbits, pigs, sheep, goats, chickens, kittens and horses.
The Chillicothe FFA Chapter also
hosted a coloring contest for the local youth. Prizes were given to each youth
completing the coloring contest. At the completion of the weekend, members
held a competition for the large prize winners with prizes including a John Deere Gator and a $20 cash award.
Winner in the 6 and under age division was DJ Matthews, in the 7-12 age division Sidney Batter, and in the over 13 age division Robin Moore.
Congratulations to all the winners. We would like to thank our local supporters Chillicothe Orschelnís Farm and Home for the use of the gates, the Livingston County Farm Bureau assisted with the signs and hand sanitizer, and Sydenstricker of Chillicothe for providing prizes for the scavenger hunt. Thanks to all of the individuals that visited the Chillicothe FFA Chautauqua Petting Zoo!
September 7, 2016
On September 7, 2016,
the Chillicothe FFA Chapter held its third annual Mud Volleyball Tournament. The tournament consisted of
25 teams with a double elimination event. There were 297 members and spectators present at the tournament with
pork burgers and chips provided for all. The team members consisted of FFA members, FFA
alumni, parents, and staff. The tournament created a fun atmosphere for freshman members to become more acquainted with upperclassmen as well as fuel a little friendly competition. The members would
like to thank the parents who helped prepare food as well as the parents and staff who participated in the tournament.
year's winning team was Team Action which consisted of Jaime Albertson, Cole Gutshall, Emma Leamer, Zach Trout, and Neal Wolf. The second place team was Rebel Reds which consisted of CJ Pfaff, Austin Minnis, Brad Hayen, Hesston Campbell, Kennedy Cortzette, and Alayna Mason.
First Place Team - Neal Wolf, Emma Leamer, Jaime Albertson, Zach Trout, Cole Gutshall
Second Place Team - CJ Pfaff, Austin Minnis, Brad Hayen, Alayna Mason, Kennedy Corzette, Hesston Campbell
Rating at the Missouri State Fair
August 11-21, 2016
During the 2015-2016 school year,
Brady Bothwell restored an 1967 Allis Charmers D17 Series IV tractor during his time in his Agriculture Mechanic
classes. Bothwell purchased the tractor from Warren Culling of Dawn, MO.
Mr. Culling purchased this tractor for his farm, and it was his first tractor.
Bothwell received a gold rating at the Missouri State Fair. Bothwell is planning on the tractor being used on the farm for
August 4, 2016
Members of the Chillicothe FFA Chapter attended the Missouri FFA
Association's 2016 Leadership Adventure Thursday, August 4, at the University of
Missouri's Bradford Research and Extension Center in Columbia. Local FFA members attending the 26th annual conference were Sydney Baxter, Lavery Jones, Kennedie Kieffer, Kaylie Lewis, Maggie Pfaff, and Catey Trout.
More than 250 students and advisors registered for this
year's leadership conferences in Springfield and Columbia, including members of 31 chapters across Missouri.
Conference coordinators Marvin and Karen Hoskey said, "This conference annually provides an excellent opportunity for Missouri FFA members to interact with other chapter, state, and national
leaders." More than 6,500 Missourians have attended FFA leadership conferences since 1990. This
year's leadership training was led by Andrew McCrea, former state and national officer from Missouri, and Corey Flournoy, former state and national officer from Illinois. Current Missouri state FFA officers guided small groups during the training sessions, teaching students personal leadership skills and planning for success. Students interested in self-discovery and unlocking their leadership potential did activities to build teamwork and people skills. The focus was to help
students plan to change the world and achieve their goals, using leadership skills and healthy
Back L to R
- Kennedie Kieffer, Lavery Jones, Kaylee Lewis; Middle Row - Catey Trout, Maggie Pfaff, Sydney Baxter;
Front - Jacqueline Janorschke (MO FFA Secretary), Emily Lock (MO FFA Vice President)
Area II Chapter Officer Workshop
August 1, 2016
On Monday, August 1, 2016,
the Missouri Area II Officers held a workshop for 107 chapter officers at the
Mervyn Jenkins Building at the Litton Agriculture Campus. The workshop focused on
instilling a sense of drive and determination to infect Area II FFA members and push them
toward creating and achieving their goals. The workshop consisted of the Area II
officers conducting opening ceremonies, then area chapters competing in a rituals'
contest, best-dressed, Ag Olympics, and most creative competitions. The rituals'
contest is to see which officer team can present the official FFA opening ceremonies with the fewest
flaws. The best-dressed contest is to see with chapter officer team was dress the best as a team. The
most creative was given to the officer team with the most creative attire.
Back Row L to R - Ben Jones, Mason Daniel, Isaiah Boon, Cole Gutshall, Kade Plattner;
Front L to R - Emma Leamer, Jaime Albertson, Claire Shipp, Marley Anderson, Liberty Cox, Madelyn Warren
The workshop sessions were personalized to their respective offices, challenging chapter officers to think outside the box and push the envelope as a new year starts for their chapter. The winners of the rituals'
contest was the Chillicothe FFA Chapter; the most creative was the Princeton FFA
Chapter; the Ag Olympics winner was the South Harrison FFA Chapter; and the best dressed was the Hamilton FFA
Chapter. The Area II officers planned and conducted the event. The officers
thank all those who attended, the judges for the rituals' contest, and Hy-Vee for providing the
day's meal. Continue to go all out for Area II!
July 6-7, 2016
On July 6-7, 2016,
the Chillicothe FFA officer teams held their annual officer retreat -
this year, at Long Branch Lake 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 and 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.
June 28-30, 2016
Emma Leamer of the Chillicothe FFA Chapter along with
28 other high school seniors from across Missouri completed the second annual
Helping Youth Prepare for Excellence (HYPE) FFA Academy June 28-30, in Trenton,
Missouri. The three-day academy is designed to inform and empower agriculture students to effectively engage in
today's issues. It was sponsored by the Missouri Corn Merchandising Council and held at North Central Missouri College.
"This is a great opportunity to provide young people with the tools to get out and voice their agriculture
experience," said Missouri Corn Merchandising Council Chairman Gary Porter of Mercer,
Missouri, who shared his farm story with students during an industry panel.
"These students are so sharp, so far ahead of the game compared to what we were when we were their age. They have the skills and background to confidently tell their story and offer a unique perspective on Missouri
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 also heard from farmers, industry
representatives, bloggers and Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer on how to effectively advocate on
issues. The group also toured Show Me Ethanol, LLC., in Carrollton,
Missouri, to learn more about the ethanol industry and the importance of being involved in the legislative and regulatory process.
Wrapping up the academy, participants put their skills into action during mock legislative hearings. Students
presented on key issues to Missouri Sens. Brian Munzlinger and Dan Hegeman and State Reps. Allen Andrews, Bill Reiboldt, J. Eggleston, Jay Houghton and Joe Don
"This is such a great learning opportunity. It is so much more than sitting in the ag classroom or doing contest teams. It is actually going out and seeing real life situations and how we can be involved in the industry
we're passionate about," said HYPE participant Abby Bertz of the Odessa FFA Chapter.
"It's our turn and our obligation as the next generation of agriculturalists to take what we know and share
it." Learn more about HYPE by contacting Missouri Corn Communications Manager Hilary Black at (573) 893-4181 or
email@example.com. 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. 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. Learn more at www.mocorn.org.
June 28, 2016
On June 28, 2016,
the Livingston County Farm Bureau went to the visit the Kindergarten summer school class
(approximately 43 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.
Courtesy of the Livingston Farm Bureau, the students enjoyed an ice cream sandwich. This activity helped educate youth about agriculture.
June 21 & 24, 2016
Students from the Chillicothe FFA Chapter at the Litton Agriculture Education Center
enjoyed a hands-on experience at Camp Rainbow in Trenton, MO on June 21 and 24, 2016. Camp Rainbow is in its 55th year. It is a tradition of love and concern for the handicapped through the efforts of many young people and adults who have made it possible. Camp Rainbow is a camp for children and adults with various types of mental and physical disabilities. The FFA members brought in a bucket calf, pigs, goats, and lambs to the residents to help brighten their day a little bit.
National Leadership Conference
June 14-18, 2016
members of the Chillicothe FFA Chapter attended the National FFA Washington Leadership Conference this June 14-18, 2016. Members in attendance were Jaime Albertson, Brady Bothwell, Clayton Campbell, Mason Daniel, Hunter Haakonstad, Kristina Hamilton, Ben Jones, Emma Leamer, Sarah Mason, Jalynn Reeter, Logan Sampsel, Levi Surber, and Madelyn Warren.
The members from Chillicothe
were sponsored by the following organizations: Jerry Litton Family Foundation, Chillicothe Young Agri-Leaders, Bothwell Family Farms, Trans Ova Genetics, American Family
Insurance/Janet McCauslin agent, Chillicothe FFA Alumni, DQ Precision Planting/George & Marta Quinn, Dan & Wilma Graham United Country Real Estate, Russ & Shelia Thompson, Chillicothe FFA and MO FFA Alumni Association. The group would like to thank these sponsors for their help with the trip.
Thousands of FFA members from throughout the country are converging on Washington, D.C., this summer to analyze their personal skills and interests, develop leadership skills and create a meaningful community service plan that will make a difference in their home communities.
More than 2,100 students are registered for the 2016 Washington Leadership Conference, the second-largest student experience that the National FFA Organization hosts each year. Created in 1969 and held annually in Washington, D.C., this
year's conference began June 7 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel. Since 1969, the National FFA Organization has hosted this student leadership event. From June 7 to July 30, members
spend a week under the guidance of professionals, counselors and FFA staff members. In workshops, seminars and small groups, students
focus on identifying and developing their personal strengths and goals while undergoing comprehensive leadership training that will help them guide their local FFA chapters.
Students also analyze the needs of their communities back home, develop a wide-ranging and high-impact community-service initiative and implement their plan with the help of their FFA chapter upon return home.
Students in recent years have promoted agricultural literacy; brought awareness to abuse; collected and distributed shoes to individuals in Haiti; created an awareness plan on hunger, and more.
During their time in D.C., FFA members
also experience the history of the nation's capital, touring landmarks including the Washington Monument, War Memorial, the National Mall, Arlington National Cemetery and the U.S. Capitol, among others. Students
also have an opportunity for congressional visits during the week. The 2016 Washington Leadership Conference is sponsored through the National FFA Foundation by title sponsors Monsanto and CSX and weekly sponsors, Farm Credit, Growth Energy and Express Professional Employment.
The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 629,367 student members who belong to one of 7,757 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
HYMAX Academy at Camp Rising Sun
June 17-19, 2016
- Garrett Cramer, Cade Koehly, and Meredith Oesch members from the Chillicothe FFA Chapter attended the 4th Annual HYMAX Academy from June 17-19, 2016. 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.
June FFA Meeting
June 21, 2016
On June 21, 2016, the Chillicothe FFA Chapter members met for their June FFA Meeting. The meeting was held at Chilli Bay and the Litton Agriculture Campus. The 80 members in attendance also participated
in recreational activities at Chilli Bay, then went back to the Litton Campus
for team building activities (wiffle ball game, food, and a "Movie Under the
Stars"). The purpose of the June FFA meeting was to promote fellowship among the members.
Missouri FFA Chapter Officers
Participate in Training
June 1, 2016
Chillicothe FFA Officer Teams attended the LEAD conference on June 1, 2016. Over 1200 local Chapter FFA officers and 186 advisors from 138 chapters attended the annual LEAD training. The LEAD (Learn, Educate, Advance, and Develop) training is designed to help prepare each officer team for their term of service for the 2016-2017 school year. The officers were provided team-building and bonding
opportunities, the opportunity to increase their knowledge about advocating for agriculture and agricultural education, time to work on their
chapter's Program of Activities, prepare 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 topics 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 who were divided into a north and a south team. The training was held at eight different locations throughout the state: Shelbina Catholic Church, Shelbina; North Central Missouri College Ketchum Center, Trenton; Richmond High School, Richmond; State Fair Community College, Sedalia; Crowder College, Neosho; Missouri State University, Springfield; Rolla Junior High School, Rolla; and Cape Girardeau Technical School, Cape Girardeau. Through interactive workshops, the facilitators encouraged the officer teams to reach outside their comfort zones 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 24, 2016
On May 24, 2016,
youth from Livingston County began their work at the Litton Agri-Science Learning
Center. The Litton Ag Campus 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 65 market hogs, 2 market lambs, 3 market goats, and 8 cattle owned by 48 Livingston County youth.
Livestock Show Extravaganza
May 14 and
On May 14 and 15, 2016,
the Litton Agriculture Campus MW Jenkins Expo Building hosted three swine shows and three
lamb shows. There were approximately 1142 head of hogs shown during the two-day
event and 306 head of lambs.
On Saturday morning,
the Wolf Showpig Bonanza was sponsored by the Chillicothe FFA Alumni
featuring 440 head of hogs. Show sponsors were... Platinum Sponsor - Show Stock Outfitters; Gold Sponsors
- Chillicothe Area Chamber of Commerce, Copeland Development & Construction, Farm Bureau Insurance-Joe Neptune, Grand River Technical
School, JR Reid Show Pigs, Judging Pro, Sydenstricker John Deere-Chillicothe, Trans Ova Genetics, Wolf Brothers, Wolf
Farms, Woodworth Manufacturing; Silver Sponsors - American Family Insurance-Janet McCauslin, Barnes Baker
Motors-Chillicothe, BTC Bank, Chillicothe Animal Hospital, Chillicothe State Bank, Cooke Used Parts &
Equipment, Diamond J Livestock/Davis Livestock, Dr. Greg Miller & Family, Farmers Electric
Cooperative, GFG Ag Services, Graves Cattle Company (Preston & Sam
Graves), Hinnen Hauling & Construction, Hutchinson & Company, MFA Agri-Services, T&R Soil
Service; Bronze Sponsors - Butterfield & Associates Grain, Inc., Curtis Show Pigs, Martin Show Pigs-Paul Martin, Russ &
award went to Brayde Adam, Reserve Supreme Gilt went to Emily Montgomery, 3rd Overall Gilt went to Clayton Thompson, 4th Overall Gilt went to Abbe Gibson, and 5th
Overall Gilt went to Cole Gutshall. Supreme Barrow went to Abbe Gibson, Reserve Supreme Barrow went
to Tyler Girke, 3rd Overall Barrow went to Britney Adam, 4th Overall Barrow went to Taylor Cope, and 5th
Overall Barrow went to Lyle Bruns-Houx. Champion Novice Showmanship went to Ty Murphy, Reserve
Novice Showmanship to Beau Graves, Runner-up Novice Showmanship to Lydia Nolting, 4th Runner-up
Novice Showmanship to Truman Wilson, 5th Runner-up Novice Showmanship to Ashton Johnson;
Champion Junior Showmanship to Carlee Long, Reserve Junior Showmanship to Alexis
Koelling, Runner-up Junior Showmanship to Remington Isaacs, 4th Runner-up
Junior Showmanship to Braylin Brunkhorst, 5th Runner-up Junior Showmanship
to Curtis Humphreys; Champion Intermediate Showmanship to Kaycee Vandiver, Reserve Intermediate Showmanship
to Cole Murphy, Runner-up Intermediate Showmanship to Tayler Cope, 4th Runner-up Intermediate Showmanship
to Eli Henkey, 5th Runner-up Intermediate Showmanship to Katelyn Robinson; Champion Senior Showmanship
to Gunnar Leach, and Reserve Senior Showmanship to Zach Trout, and Runner-up Senior Showmanship
to Cole Gutshall, 4th Runner-up Senior Showmanship to Lindsey Robinson, and 5th Runner-up Senior
Showmanship to Cody Birt.
The two swine shows and one lamb show held on Sunday, May 15, 2016 were sponsored by the
Princeton FFA featuring 702 head in both of the swine shows and 85 head of
lambs in the lamb show.
On May 14, 2016, the Missouri Lamb Breeders
Associations put on the Missouri Club Lamb Futurity with approximately 87 head
and the Youth Lamb Show with approximately 134 head.