News and Events at Chillicothe's National FFA Organization

FFA NEWS 2016-2017

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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.

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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.

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Beginning Meeting
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.

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Livestock Show Extravaganza
May 14 and 15, 2016

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 & Sheila Thompson.

Supreme Gilt 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. 

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