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Fall Speaking Contests
& 11, 2015
On November 4, 2015, Chillicothe FFA students participated in the Area II Fall Speaking Contest in Gallatin. Madelyn Warren competed in the Missouri Farm Bureau Contest, Jaime Albertson competed in the Missouri Pork Producers Contest, Marley Anderson competed in the Missouri Sheep Producers Contest, Sarah Mason competed in the Missouri Institute of Cooperatives, Zach Trout competed in the Missouri Soil and Water Conservation, Liberty Cox competed in the Missouri Pet Breeders Association, Emma Leamer competed in the Missouri
Cattleman's, and Claire Shipp competed in the Missouri Young Farmers speech contest. Madelyn, Jaime, Sarah, Zach, Liberty, Emma and Claire moved on to the district competition on November 11, 2015.
On November 11, 2015, Chillicothe FFA students participated in the Northwest District Fall Speaking Contest in Cameron. Madelyn Warren competed in the Missouri Farm Bureau Contest, Jaime Albertson competed in the Missouri Pork Producers Contest, Sarah Mason competed in the Missouri Institute of Cooperatives, Zach Trout competed in the Missouri Soil and Water Conservation, Liberty Cox competed in the Missouri Pet Breeders Association, Emma Leamer competed in the Missouri
Cattleman's, and Claire Shipp competed in the Missouri Young Farmers speech contest.
Back L to R - Claire Shipp, Liberty Cox, Jaime Albertson, Zach Trout
Front L to R - Marley Anderson, Sarah Mason, Madelyn Warren, Emma Leamer
Jaime received first place in the Pork Producers competition and will compete at the state level on February 9, 2016,
in Columbia, Missouri. Liberty Cox received first place in the Pet Breeders competition and will compete at the state level on March 11, 2016,
in Lebanon, Missouri. Madelyn received second place in the Farm Bureau competition and is an alternate to the state level. Claire received second place in the Young Farmers competition and is an alternate to the state level. Zach received second place in the Soil & Water competition and is an alternate to the state level.
Maggie Resor represented the Chillicothe FFA Chapter as well as the Missouri FFA
Association when she participated in the National FFA Band at the 2015 National FFA
Convention held October 28-31, 2015, in Louisville, KY. Maggie is a senior at Chillicothe High School and the daughter of Mike and Julie Resor. Maggie was selected as one of the clarinet players based upon her audition tapes and recommendations from her high school band directors to be a part of the 100 members; the National FFA Band
is composed of students from all across the United States.
As part of the National FFA Band, Maggie put in long hours rehearsing and providing the entertainment at each of the general sessions of the National FFA Convention. Maggie has been playing the clarinet for
seven years and is currently part of the Chillicothe High School Band, Chillicothe Band Masters, NW District Solo Contest, and has participated in the Missouri State Band Contest. Congratulations to Maggie on an outstanding job of representing Missouri and the Chillicothe FFA!
KMZU Student Reporters
During the National FFA Convention held October 28-31, 2015,
in Louisville, Kentucky, area students served as news reporters for KMZU Radio. Two students from the Chillicothe FFA Chapter received this
opportunity - Jaime Albertson and Emma Leamer.
Jaime conducted an interview with National FFA Creed speaker Emily Kaysinger from the Trenton FFA
Chapter and recorded a report on the American FFA Degree. Emma conducted an interview with
Honorary American Degree recipient Rusty Black, advisor for the Chillicothe FFA Chapter, Emma
Chriswell a member of the National FFA Chorus, and gave a report on the Honorary American FFA
Degree. These interviews and reports can be heard on the KMZU website.
|L to R
- Emma Chriswell, a member of the
National FFA Chorus, with Emma Leamer
|L to R
- Jaime Albertson with National FFA Creed
speaker Emily Kaysinger from the Trenton FFA Chapter
The students met with Susie Lock of KMZU before leaving for National FFA Convention to go over how to conduct an interview,
make a recording, and how to select members to interview. While at the convention,
students took the initiative to conduct, record, and then send the
results to the radio station. Please go online and give a listen to these student reports.
National FFA Courtesy Corps
Almost any event becomes more intriguing when viewed from behind the scenes. The 88th 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 Jaime Albertson, Lane Bonderer, Brady Bothwell, Clayton Campbell, Mason Daniel, Kristina Hamilton, Kyle Hansen, Ben Jones, Emma Leamer, Nate McKiddy, Kaylee Peel, Jake Sampsel, Claire Shipp, and Madelyn Warren. The 88th National FFA Convention was held October 28-October 31, 2015 in Louisville, KY.
Back L to R - Kaylee Peel, Clayton Campbell, Kyle Hansen, Nate McKiddy, Ben Jones, Lane Bonderer, Brady Bothwell, Jake Sampsel; Front L to Right
- Claire Shipp, Madelyn Warren, Kristina Hamilton, Mason Daniel, Jaime Albertson, Emma Leamer
"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
Students Attend National FFA Convention
On October 28 through October 31, 2015, 14 members of the Chillicothe FFA Chapter attended the National FFA Convention in Louisville, KY. The students attended many activities while in
Louisville, including leadership sessions, the career show, college fair, and convention sessions while at the convention hall. Students also attended a session
featuring speaker Amberley Snyder, a concert featuring Jake Owen and Kip Moore, Dr. Jim Wand
- Hypnotist, and watched the races at Churchill Downs. Local members
who attended the convention were Jaime Albertson, Lane Bonderer, Brady Bothwell, Clayton Campbell, Mason Daniel, Kristina Hamilton, Kyle Hansen, Ben Jones, Emma Leamer, Nate McKiddy, Kaylee Peel, Jake Sampsel, Claire Shipp, Madelyn Warren.
Named Three Star Chapter
The Chillicothe FFA chapter of Chillicothe, Missouri, has been recognized in the 2015 National Chapter Award Program from the National FFA Organization. The program recognizes outstanding FFA chapters from throughout the country that successfully complete an annual set of required activities that encourage members to grow as individuals, work as a team and serve others in their communities. Three star FFA chapters receive honors made possible by corporate sponsor John Deere as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.
"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 Awards programs will help meet the critical
needs." The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 579,678 student members in grades seven through 12 who belong to one of 7,570 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
Claire Shipp, Madelyn Warren, Kaylee Peel, Kristina Hamilton, Brady
Bothwell, Jaime Albertson, Mason Daniel,
Clayton Campbell, Ben Jones, Emma Leamer, Kyle Hansen, Jake Sampsel, Nate
McKiddy, Lane Bonderer
National FFA Degrees
- 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, 3,765 American Degrees will be awarded. Brandon Bothwell son of Barrie and Julie Bothwell, Ben Burtch son of Tony Burtch and Amy Anderson, Matt Dupy son of Todd and Dawn Dupy, Alicia Kieffer daughter of Robert and Michelle Kieffer, Jami Loney daughter of Nelson and Lesli Loney, Faith Peters daughter of Bob and Berta Peters, Paige Peters daughter of Bob and Berta Peters, and Elizabeth Warren daughter of Laura Warren will receive the American FFA Degree at the 89th National FFA Convention in Louisville on Saturday, October 31, 2015. 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 a Greenhand FFA Degree, Chapter FFA Degree and State FFA Degree. Have been FFA members for at least three years. Have completed at least three years (540 hours) of high school agriculture classes, or 2 years of high school agriculture classes and one year of college agriculture classes (360 hours.) Have graduated from high school one year prior to the National FFA Convention at which their degree will be awarded. Have maintained detailed SAE records, which demonstrate outstanding planning, managerial and financial skills. Have earned and productively invested at least $7,500, or have earned and productively invested at least $1,500 and worked 2,250 hours beyond scheduled school hours through their SAEs. Have a record of outstanding leadership skills. Have a record of participating in community service activities. Have maintained a
"C" grade average or better.
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 is a national youth organization of 557,318 student members as part of 7,498 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, 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.
On October 17, 2015, the Chillicothe FFA Chapter attended the area trapshoot held at the Trenton Trap Range and sponsored by the Trenton FFA Chapter. 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 9 individuals shoot on Saturday; Brady Bothwell, Tucker Burtch, Garrett Cramer, Madison Eller, Peyton Hein, Colton Johnson, Drake Lightner, Jackson Pauley, Trevor Shira, Tony Burtch (volunteer coach), and Sarge Ralls (volunteer coach)
who traveled to Trenton. The 5-member first place team consisted of Brady, Garrett, Peyton, Jackson, and Trevor with a score of 210 out of 250. Madison Eller received the honor of first place lady individually with a score of 42. All members received a box of shells. The members of the team are looking forward to more events.
Jackson Pauley, Brady
Bothwell, Peyton Hein, Madison Eller, Garrett Cramer,
Trevor Shira, Colten Johnson (not pictured Drake Lightner)
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.
Area Greenhand Initiation
On October 14, 2015,
64 Greenhands of the Chillicothe FFA Chapter attended the Area II Greenhand
Initiation ceremony in Gallatin, MO. The Area II officer team, which includes Reporter, Erin Campbell Haley of the Chillicothe FFA Chapter,
conducted the initiation. During the initiation the Greenhands listened to the 2015 Area Creed speaker recite the creed, watched a slideshow featuring Area II
Greenhands, listened to the State FFA Officer, Adam Kirby, speak, and
were presented their Greenhand pins during the Greenhand ceremony.
On October 7, 2015, the Chillicothe FFA held their annual
Parents' Night - 348 members and guests attended. This event helps welcome the first year FFA member and their
parents to our organization and showcase some of our members' talents.
The evening began with FFA opening ceremonies followed by a motivating welcome given by Marissa Surber, 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.
Second year members receiving their chapter degree.
The program consisted of the Greenhand FFA Degree ceremony, Chapter FFA Degree ceremony, Assistant Officer skit the
"Advisor Fear Factor", two Chapter Degree speeches, as well as
five creeds presented by Greenhands.
The Chapter Degree speeches were presented by Marley Anderson and Claire Shipp.
Claire Shipp, Chapter Degree member giving speech.
The creed was presented by Matt Callen, Bailey Pithan, Carleigh Crawford, Lydia Martin, Lindsey Eckert, Colten Johnson, Hannah Haakonstad, Elli Ross, Sarah Hopper, Maddie Eller, Drake Bradley, Kaylee Lewis, Kennedie Kieffer, Maggie Pfaff, Addie Ficken, Kylee Larson, Cade Koehly, Catey Trout, Jordan Hopper, Lavery Jones, Jessica Moore, Garrett Cramer, Malloree Summers, Meredith Oesch, and Drake Lightner.
Greenhand members giving the FFA Creed
- Drake Bradley,
Kaylee Lewis, Kennedie Kieffer, Maggie Pfaff, Addie Ficken
NW District Fall Contest
On October 1, 2015, the Chillicothe FFA Chapter attended the Northwest District Fall Contest Day held at the Northwest Missouri State University Campus in Maryville, MO. The Chillicothe FFA Chapter Livestock Judging team competed at this
event. Team members were Cole Gutshall, Gunnar Leach, and Zach Trout. The team placed
2nd out of 32 teams in the overall team competition.
Zach Trout, Gunnar Leach, Cole Gutshall
On the individual side,
Zach Trout placed 7th, Gunnar Leach placed 11th, and Cole Gutshall placed 13th
out of a total of 209 individuals. The day's judging event consisted of judging
six classes of traditional placings, feeder cattle grading, as well as
three sets of oral reasons.
The past couple of weeks,
the 72 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
student's 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 shows students playing the plate game
which assists them in memorizing the FFA Creed. Almost all past FFA members can still remember parts or all of the FFA Creed. Most of those individuals remember the power of those first two words...
The Greenhand members will
present the FFA Creed at the annual Chillicothe FFA Parents' Night on Wednesday, October 7, 2015.
Students from Pre-Kindergarten classes at Garrison Elementary School were having a hands-on learning experience at Papa
Charlie's Pumpkin Patch on October 30, 2015. 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. The students
get 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 Jerry Litton Family Memorial Foundation for supporting this activity through the Litton Crusaders program.
Students from all the Kindergarten and First Grade classes (271 students) at Dewey Elementary School
enjoyed a hands-on learning experience at Papa Charlie's Pumpkin Patch on October 1 and 2, 2015. 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 get the opportunity to go to Papa Charlie's Pumpkin Patch for a farm experience with a little fun mixed in. High school students (30 students) from the Litton Agriculture Education Center assisted in the
days' activities. The students were allowed to pet several animals in the petting zoo, visit with
"Romeo" the donkey, see some longhorn cattle in their natural habitat, walk through a corn field, take a hayride, pedal a tractor, and get up close to hay bales.
First Grade Class
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.
Time Harvest Days
On September 25, 2015,
students from the Litton Agriculture Education Center attended the 2015
"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.
Chillicothe FFA Barnwarming!
RECORD SETTING YEAR!
On Saturday November 7, 2015, the Chillicothe FFA held its annual Barnwarming festivities. These festivities included a dance, games, a hay tunnel, and the coronation
ceremony. This year's 2015 Barnwarming King and Queen are Cade Koehly and McKayla
Shady, Freshmen candidates.
Cade Koehly and McKayla
Class candidates - McKayla Shady (Lane and Misty Shady) and Cade Koehly (Ron Koehly and Rochelle Koehly)
- raised $14,042.42 with an average of $197.78/person; the Junior Class
candidates - Sheridan Guilford (Brett Guilford and Sandy Willis) and Cole Gutshall (Bill and Angie Gutshall)
- raised $8,640.00 with an average of $176.33; the Senior Class candidates
- Victoria Overton (Paul Overton and Steve & Sherri Palmer) and McCormick Campbell (Clint and Kathy Campbell)
- raised $6,575.10 with an average of $152.91; the Sophomore Class
candidates - Katelyn Clariday (Brandon Clariday and Ashley Fagan) and Nate Hoel (David and Stephanie
Hoel) - raised $8,325.00 with an average of $141.10. The chapter raised $37,582.52 this year for the
chapter's operations which averages out to $178.96/member. This broke the previous record of $30, 874.04 set in 2014. We would like to thank all the members of the community for the long time support of our organization.
The Chillicothe FFA has selected its King and Queen Candidates for the 2015 Barnwarming. These individuals will lead the charge in the fundraising 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 7, 2015,
at the annual Barnwarming Dance.
Picture Back Row L to R - Sheridan Guilford, Cole Gutshall, McCormick Campbell, Victoria Overton;
Middle L to R - Nate Hoel, Cade Koehly; Front L to R - Katelyn Clariday, McKayla Shady
A special thanks to Larry Grothe for the use of his 1946 International McCormick W-6 tractor.
The candidates are as follows:
Seniors, Victoria Overton (Paul Overton and Steve & Sherri Palmer) and McCormick Campbell (Clint and Kathy Campbell);
Juniors, Sheridan Guilford (Brett Guilford and Sandy Willis) and Cole Gutshall (Bill and Angie Gutshall);
Sophomores, Katelyn Clariday (Brandon Clariday and Ashley Fagan) and Nate Hoel (David and Stephanie Hoel);
Freshmen, McKayla Shady (Lane and Misty Shady) and Cade Koehly (Ron Koehly and Rochelle Koehly). 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
Area Chapter Degree Ceremony
On September 23, 2015, 37 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
Reporter Erin Campbell 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 National FFA Officer, Victoria Molach, speak, and were inducted in the Area II FFA
Association as Chapter Degree members.
On September 21, 2015, Mr. Joeseph Frueh from Northwest Missouri State University came to speak with the junior and senior students at the Litton Agriculture Education Center. Mr. Frueh came to speak with the students about furthering their education after high school.
Mr. Frueh 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 college information.
On September 17, 2015,
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.
Training Dogs for Farm Work Demo
Over 500 FFA students, advisors, MU Specialists, and staff were in attendance. We would like to thank the Hundley-Whaley Research Center
staff - Bruce, Ted, Terry, and Jackie - for making this day possible.
- On Tuesday, September 15, 2015, over 160 FFA and 4-H members participated in the 2015 Youth Swine Judging Contest at the National Barrow Show in Austin, Minnesota. Winners were announced in both the 4-H and FFA Division on an individual basis and as a team. The contest consisted of six swine judging classes, one truckload class, and five questions.
L to R - Ben Jones, Cole
Gutshall, Zach Trout, Gunnar Leach
In the FFA Division, the 5th place team went to the Top Gun Team from the Chillicothe FFA Chapter. Team members included Cole Gutshall, Ben Jones, Gunnar Leach, and Zach Trout. The individual placing were Zach Trout 4th and Gunnar Leach 25th.
The Chillicothe FFA Chapter sponsored the petting zoo at the Chautauqua in the
Park for the 12th year. Our FFA Chapter takes 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 an agriculture fact scavenger hunt for the local youth and
SAE Highlights presentations. The scavenger hunt consisted of fact sheets that were placed around the
Chautauqua. Youth then walked around and filled out the answer sheet from each agriculture fact sheet, and after completing the answer sheet, turned the sheet in at the Chillicothe FFA Petting Zoo.
Prizes were given to each youth who completed the scavenger hunt. At the
completion of the weekend, members conducted a drawing for the large prize winners. The large prize winners included Blane Landes with a $50 gift card to Wal-Mart, Sam Jake with a $20 gift card to Dairy Queen, and Timothy Summers with a $10 gift card to Dairy Queen.
The SAE Highlights
presentations consisted of students explaining their SAE projects to individuals
and/or giving a hands-on learning experience to youth who visited. Chillicothe FFA members
giving a presentation included Marley Anderson, McKenzie Anderson, Erin Campbell, Austin Case, Brittany Derickson, Wade Nylin, Kaylee Peel, Brittany Rudd, and Claire Shipp.
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
for assisting with the signs and hand sanitizer, and Joe Neptune, Agent-Farm Bureau Insurance for providing prizes for the scavenger hunt. We would also like to thank our state sponsors that provided prizes for the scavenger hunt.
These included MO Cattleman's, MO Corn Growers, MO Farm Bureau, MO Pork Producers, and the MO Soybean Association. Thanks to all of the individuals
who visited the Chillicothe FFA Chautauqua Petting Zoo!
Woody's Thank You
Woody's Automotive Group of Chillicothe has graciously donated a truck for the Chillicothe FFA Chapter
to use throughout the year. This truck assisted our chapter with giving back to the community as well as
its members. The Chillicothe FFA Chapter is the largest student organization at Chillicothe High School.
The chapter is so successful, in part to the support of our great community.
The Chillicothe FFA Chapter
uses this truck to provide services to our community. Chillicothe FFA puts on a petting zoo at the Chautauqua
each year. The truck has helped out at the House of Prayer. During the Christmas season, the FFA Chapter adopts two families through the Salvation
Army's Adopt-A-Family program. They also gather food at the December meeting to give to the Salvation
Army's food drive. Members also ring the Salvation Army bell. Members
visit local nursing homes to speak with the residents and take a flower to
brighten up their day during FFA Week. Members also conduct agriculture related activities with the Livingston County youth through the Litton Crusaders program. The
truck assists in transportation to these activities.
The truck is also a great assistance with
student Supervised Agriculture Experience or SAE project. The truck is used to make SAE visits, haul animals to fairs, pick up
student SAE projects from Indiana and Minnesota, and any other activity that is needed to assist students.
Woody's has also donated two vans to the Chillicothe High School for their needs. We want to again thank
Woody's Automotive Group of Chillicothe for being such an excellent hometown youth supporter.
Annual Mud Volleyball Tournament
On September 2, 2015,
the Chillicothe FFA Chapter held its second annual Mud Volleyball Tournament. The tournament consisted of a 30 teams with a double elimination event. There were 285 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 was
held to encourage a fun atmosphere for freshman members to help them become more acquainted with upperclassmen as well as fuel a little friendly competition. The members would
like to thank the parents who helped prepared food as well as the parents and staff who participated in the tournament.
Senior Parents - Greg Pitchford, Sam McKiddy, Terry McKiddy, Donna Pitchford, Susan Keller, Mike Boon
year's winning team was the Senior Parents which consisted of Mike Boon, Susan Keller, Sam McKiddy, Terry McKiddy, Greg Pitchford, and Donna Pitchford. The second place team was King Bryce and his Peasants which consisted of Whitney Clampitt, Bryce Gott, Hannah Jones, Kyler Manning, Nate McKiddy, and Zach Trout.
King Bryce and his Peasants
- Kyler Manning, Zach Trout, Whitney Clampitt, Nate McKiddy, Hannah Jones, Bryce Gott
MO - On Friday, August 14, over 70 FFA and 4-H members participated in the 2015 Youth
Swine Judging Contest at the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia. Winners were announced in both the Junior and Senior Division on an individual basis and as a team. The contest, sponsored by the Missouri Pork Association, consisted of four swine judging classes and two sets of ten questions.
In the Senior Division, top team honors went to the Top Gun Team from the Chillicothe area. Team members included Joel Martin, Gunnar Leach, Ben Jones and Zach Trout. The second place Princeton Team included Shambree Hagan, Savannah Millburn, Brylee Williams and Eli Henke. In third place was the Cuba FFA Team of Katelynn Priest, Dustin Daehn, Katy Watson and Walker Romine. The top individual in the Senior Division went to Katelynn Priest, Zach Trout placed 2nd, Joel Martin placed 4th, Ben Jones placed 5th, and Gunnar Leach placed 27th.
L to R - Zach Trout, Ben Jones, Gunnar Leach, not pictured Joel Martin
In the Junior Division, top team honors went to the Girl Power
Team - members included Callie Jennings, Tyne Wilson, Lauren Robinson and Annie Robinson. The second place Show Me 4-H Team included Rylee Johnson, Wade Horton, Tucker Burtch and Dolan Huber. In third place was the Martin Family Team of Curtis Humphreys, Colin Humphreys and Elliott Cooley. Curtis Humphreys was the top individual in the Junior Division.
The top three teams and the highest individual in each division receive a cash award.
The Missouri Pork Association represents the
state's pork producers in the areas of promotion, research, education and legislation.
Missouri State Fair
Live Evaluation Contest of Carcass Steer Show
On Saturday, August 22, 2015,
Emily Schreiner received 1st place in the youth division and Duane Smith received 1st place in the adult division at the Missouri State Fair Live Evaluation Contest of Carcass Steer Show. The Live Evaluation Contest of the Carcass Steer Show is an opportunity for individuals to participate in an educational activity associated with selecting slaughter steers by live and carcass traits and criteria. Anyone wishing to participate can enter this contest in the Junior or Adult Division. Age divisions
are as follows: Junior Division - anyone under 18 years of age; Adult
Division - anyone 18 years and older.
Ten steers were selected from the Carcass show entries to be used for the Live Evaluation Contest. A sample demonstration was given on how to yield grade and quality grade slaughter steers prior to the beginning of the live evaluation contest. Junior and adult contestants competed by estimating the actual carcass data collected on the 10 slaughter steers which are selected for the contest. Cash prizes will be awarded by the State Fair to the top 5 individuals in each division who are nearest to the actual carcass
placings on the slaughter steers entered in this contest. The MISSOURI
CATTLEMEN'S ASSOCIATION presented trophies to the top two juniors and the top two adults.
CAPTION: L to R - Duane Smith, Emily Schreiner.
They are grandfather and granddaughter.
In May 2015,
the Livingston County Farm Bureau went to visit the Kindergarten through 2nd grade
classrooms which was approximately 40 students at Southwest Livingston County R-I School in honor of National Beef Month. Sherry Jones, Livingston County Farm Bureau Board President, spoke with the students and discussed what products are made from beef and where beef comes from.
Then, courtesy of the Livingston Farm Bureau,
the students participated in a coloring contest where the winners received
McDonald's gift cards. The coloring pages are currently on display at the Farm Bureau office in Chillicothe. This activity was to help educate youth about agriculture.
Area II Chapter Officer Workshop
On Monday, July 27, 2015,
the Missouri Area II Officers held a workshop for 121 chapter officers at the
Mervyn Jenkins Building at the Litton Agriculture Campus. The workshop focused on
instilling a sense of drive and determination that would infect Area II FFA members and push them
toward creating and achieving their goals. The workshop began with the Area II Officers conducting opening ceremonies.
Area chapters then competed in a rituals contest, best-dressed contest, 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
which chapter officer team was dressed the best as a team. The most creative was given to the officer team with the most creative attire.
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, most creative was the Trenton FFA Chapter, and the best dressed was the Hamilton FFA Chapter. The Area II officers planned and conducted the event. The officers want to 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
Back L to R - Gunnar Leach, Madelyn Warren, Ben Jones, Emma Leamer, Jaime Albertson, Zach Trout; Front L to R
- Erin Campbell, Rebecca Pitchford, Maggie Resor, Sarah Mason, Mason Daniel
June 19-20, 2015
Elena Boon, Isaiah Boon, Austin Case, and Molly Jones members from the Chillicothe FFA Chapter attended the Missouri FFA State FFA HYMAX
(Helping Youth Maximize their Agricultural eXperience) Academy June 19-20, 2015. The HYMAX Academy is sponsored by the Missouri FFA Leadership Fund
in honor of Dr. Terry Heiman who served as the Missouri's State FFA Advisor for 28 years. HYMAX
Academy was held at Camp Rising Sun located within the Lake of the Ozarks State Park.
The academy focuses on leadership, communication, and agricultural experience culminating in creating
strong advocates for Missouri agriculture. The HYMAX Academy is comprised of the TOP 100 entering
sophomore high school students who are members of FFA across Missouri. The high school students
are mentored by Small Group Leaders who are college students, many who are former State FFA
officers. Tours are provided for students to experience non-traditional agriculture and Agricultural
Education program. In addition, students network with industry leaders, agricultural education teachers,
current state officers, and peers to build lasting relationships. 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.
Emma Leamer and Madelyn Warren of the Chillicothe FFA Chapter were selected as members of the 2015 Missouri Agribusiness Academy. MAbA is a youth leadership program designed for high school sophomores to explore career opportunities in agribusiness, government and production agriculture.
Agriculture has a tremendous impact on our nation's economy, and Missouri is at the heart of this industry. It is important that young people carry on the tradition and heritage of those who have made this state the agricultural leader it is today. The Academy helps provide youth with a foundation in agricultural leadership and prepare them to meet the challenges and reap the rewards of the
world's greatest industry.
In 2015, thirty students were selected to participate in MAbA through a competitive written application and oral interview process. The students visited the University of Missouri in Columbia, Monsanto, Brighton Ad Agency, Mid America Biofuels in Mexico, Stanton Brothers Egg Farm in Centralia, Whole Foods, KWS Gateway Research Center,
Mom's Originals, Melvin Price Locks and Dam and Thies Farm/Greenhouse. The students ended their week with a graduation ceremony at the Missouri State Capitol in Jefferson City.
Since 1988, the Missouri Agribusiness Academy has awarded more than 810 academy memberships through a competitive application and interview process for high school sophomores interested in pursuing agriculture-related college degrees and careers.
| Richard Fordyce and Emma Leamer
|| Richard Fordyce and Madelyn Warren
Members Attend Missouri Leadership Conference
July 30, 2015
Members from the Chillicothe FFA Chapter recently attended the Missouri FFA
Association's 2015 Leadership Adventure in Columbia. It was held Thursday, July
30, at the University of Missouri Bradford Research and Extension Center.
Agricultural careers, leadership development, and positive role models were the focus of the 25th annual conference. Columbia was one of two locations for this conference; the other was in Springfield. Over 250 members and advisors registered for the two conferences from 41 chapters across Missouri. Over 6,500 Missouri FFA members and advisors have attended The Leadership Adventure since its beginning in 1990.
According to Conference Coordinators Marvin and Karen Hoskey of Northwest Missouri State University,
"This conference annually provides an excellent opportunity for Missouri FFA members to interact with other chapter, state, and national leaders. The sessions foster development of leadership skills and encourage students to practice teamwork and goal setting as they get motivated for the coming school
The leadership training was headed by Andrew McCrea, former state and national officer from Missouri, and Corey Flournoy, former state and national officer from Illinois. Current State FFA Officers from Missouri guided small groups during the training sessions, which were designed specifically for high school age FFA
members' personal leadership development and planning for future success. Students wanting to learn the basics of self-discovery and understanding their leadership potential were taken through activities to develop teamwork and people skills. The training focused on helping students create an advanced plan for lasting impact on the world through utilizing personal leadership traits and healthy relationships to make their goals a reality.
Attending the conference from the local FFA chapter were: Mason Daniel, Eric Davis, Ben Hayen, Nate Hoel, Gunnar Leach, Emma Leamer, and Zach Trout
Back L to R - Ben Hayen, Eric Davis, Gunnar Leach;
Front L to R - Zach Trout, Mason Daniel, Adam Kirby, Area 2, State President, Alexa Nordwald,
Area 15, 2nd Vice President, Nate Hoel, Emma Leamer
July 6, 2015
On July 6, 2015, the Chillicothe FFA participated in the Area II FFA Sports Day in Bethany,
Missouri, with 31 members. This softball and 3-on-3 basketball tournaments
represent a reward for members as well as a time for fellowship. There were approximately 215 area members present,
and everyone seemed to enjoy the day.
One of the Chillicothe FFA teams received first place in the basketball tournament and second place in the softball tournament. The chapter also won the Food Drive collection. All the 477 cans of food collected at the tournament were taken to the Caldwell County Food Pantry in Hamilton, MO.
2nd Place Softball Team - Back L to R
- Tristen Sewell, Ben Jones, Kaylie Campbell, Nate McKiddy,
Lane Bonderer, Cole Gutshall; Front L to R - Mason Daniel, Tanner Lent, Shayler Keller, Rebecca
Pitchford, Jake Sampsel, Zach Trout
1st Place Basketball - L to R
- Nate McKiddy, Emma Leamer, Kaylie Campbell, Ben Jones
June FFA Meeting
June 30, 2015
On June 30, 2015,
the Chillicothe FFA Chapter members met for their June FFA Meeting. The meeting was held at Chilli Bay and the Litton Agriculture Campus. The 75 members in attendance
participated in activities at Chilli Bay then headed back to the Litton Campus
for a team-building kickball game, food, and a "Movie Under the Stars". The purpose of the June FFA meeting was to promote fellowship
among the members.
Team Purebred Show
June 23-26, 2015
Five local FFA and 4-H members attended the National Team Purebred Show in Springfield IL, June
23 through the 26. Students exhibited swine, participated in a judging contest and other
contests throughout the week. The students attending were: Eric Davis, Bailey Henry, Carlee Johnson, Rylee Johnson, and Jake
Pictured L to R
- Jake Sampsel, Eric Davis Carlee Johnson, Bailey Henry, Ella Black (lap) Rylee Johnson
Rainbow Craft Time
June 9, 2015
On Tuesday, June 9, 2015, students at the Litton Agriculture Campus got to spend a little time in the shop to help out a worthy cause. The students cut out 120 bird houses for campers at Camp Rainbow to put together during their craft time.
Camp Rainbow is a camp for children and adults with various types of mental and physical disabilities.
The camp provides a loving and accepting environment for campers to come and have a fun-filled
experience. The age of campers is 9 and up.
Due to the rainy day,
the students at the Litton Ag Campus couldn't work outside, so the students spent time in the shop learning to use a saw, power tools, and a tape measure.
State FFA Leadership Camp Rising Sun
June 6-12, 2015
- 30 members from the Chillicothe FFA Chapter attended the State FFA Leadership Camp from June 6-12, 2015. 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 Marley Anderson, Jessica Brade, Kaylie Campbell, Liberty Cox, Abbey Daly, Emilee Haley, Kristina Hamilton, Ben Jones, McKenna Poling, Jake Sampsel, Logan Sampsel, and Claire Shipp; FFA Rituals 2nd place Sarah Mason, Madelyn Warren, Ben Jones, Emilee Haley, Marley Anderson, Liberty Cox, Kaylie Campbell; Creed Speaking 2nd place Liberty Cox, 3rd place Marley Anderson; Extemporaneous Speaking 2nd place Marley Anderson; Impromptu Speaking 3rd place Madelyn Warren; Basketball 1st Ben Jones, Brady Bothwell, Kaylie Campbell; Tetherball 1st Logan Sampsel, Brady Bothwell; Horseshoes 1st Jake Sampsel, Logan Sampsel, Ben Jones; Swamp Canoe Race 2nd Wade Nylin, Sarah Mason, McKenna Poling, Madelyn Warren; All Around Camper Marley Anderson.
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 24,000 FFA members.
June 2, 2015
On June 2, 2015,
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
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, 7 market lambs, 3 market goats, and 8 cattle owned by 43
Livingston County youth.
May 27, 2015
On May 27, 2015,
the 22 Chapter and Assistant officers from the Chillicothe FFA Chapter attended the
MO FFA LEAD Conference on the NCMC Campus in Trenton, Missouri. The conference was sponsored
by the FFA Leadership Fund. The Learn, Educate, Advance, Develop (LEAD) conference brings officers
and their advisors together as they start off a new year as a new officer team.
During the conference, the officer teams set goals, develops officer codes of conduct and expectations,
plans a program and calendar of activities, and explores working together as a team.
Front Row L to R
- Molly Jones, Marley Anderson, Maggie Resor, Marissa Surber, Madelyn Warren,
Sarah Mason, Liberty Cox, Erin Campbell; Middle Row L to R - Claire Shipp, Ben Hayen, Zach Trout,
Ben Jones, Gunnar Leach, Mason Daniel, Jaime Albertson, Emma Leamer, Rebecca Pitchford;
Back Row L to R - Isaiah Boon, Eric Davis, Nate Hoel, Cole Gutshall, Austin
Livestock Show Extravaganza
May 16 and
On May 16 and 17, 2015,
the Litton Agriculture Campus-MW Jenkins Expo Building hosted three swine
shows and three lamb shows. There were approximately 1190 head of hogs shown during the two-day
event and 480 head of lambs.
On Saturday morning,
the Wolf Showpig Bonanza was sponsored by the Chillicothe FFA Alumni
with 449 head of hogs at the show. The sponsors were Gold Sponsors
- Chillicothe Animal Hospital, Chillicothe Area Chamber of Commerce, Copeland Construction, Diamond J Livestock/Davis Livestock, Grand River Technical School, Investors National Bank, JR Reid Show Pigs, MFA Agri-Services, Sydenstricker John Deere-Chillicothe, Trans Ova Genetics, Wolf Brothers, Wolf Farms, Woodworth Manufacturing;
Silver Sponsors - Barnes Baker Motors-Chillicothe, Brammer Club Pigs, BTC Bank, Chillicothe State Bank, Comfort
Inn-Chillicothe, Cooke Used Parts & Equipment, Farm Bureau
Insurance-Joe Neptune, Farmers Electric Cooperative, Hinnen Hauling & Construction, Hutchinson & Company, Martin Show
Pigs-Paul Martin, Russ & Sheila Thompson, Williams Farms-David & Carla Williams, Good Time
Charlie's, Dr. Greg Miller & Family; Bronze Sponsors - American Family
Insurance-Janet McCauslin, Butterfield & Associates Grain, Inc., Curtis Show Pigs, GFG Ag Services, LLC, Simms Show Pigs, T&R Soil Service.
The results of the show were Supreme Gilt
- Brayde Adam, Reserve Supreme Gilt - Brant Cope, 3rd Overall Gilt - Kiley Gibson, 4th Overall Gilt
- Abbe Gibson, and 5th Overall Gilt - Kiley Gibson, Supreme Barrow - Brylee Williams, Reserve Supreme Barrow
- Conner Nally, 3rd Overall Barrow - Trey Porter, 4th Overall Barrow - Kaitlyn Fuehring, and 5th Overall Barrow
- Ty Murphy. Showmanship results were Champion Novice Showmanship -
Addison Brown, Reserve Novice Showmanship - Braylin Brunkhorst, Runner-up Novice Showmanship
- Remington Isaacs, 4th Runner-up Novice Showmanship - Brayden Reid, 5th Runner-up Novice Showmanship
- Ty Murphy; Champion Junior Showmanship - Coley Murphy, Reserve Junior Showmanship
- Callie Jenning, Runner-up Junior Showmanship - Carlee Long, 4th Runner-up Junior Showmanship
- Brant Cope, 5th Runner-up Junior Showmanship - Molly Malter; Champion Intermediate Showmanship
- Tate Welch, Reserve Intermediate Showmanship - Katelyn Robinson, Runner-up Intermediate Showmanship
- Brayde Adam, 4th Runner-up Intermediate Showmanship - Tess Crouch, 5th Runner-up Intermediate Showmanship
- Kaylee Lewis; Champion Senior Showmanship - Lindsey Robinson, and Reserve Senior Showmanship
- Amy McAlexander, and Runner-up Senior Showmanship - Kati Veits, 4th Runner-up Senior Showmanship
- Shambree Hagan, and 5th Runner-up Senior Showmanship - Cyrsten Lollar.
The two swine shows and one lamb show held on Sunday, May 17, 2015,
were sponsored by the Princeton FFA with 370 head in both of the swine shows and 113 head of lambs.
Missouri Club Lamb Futurity had approximately 110 head, and the Youth Lamb Show
had approximately 260 head. These were held on May 16, 2015, sponsored
by Purina and the Missouri Lamb Breeders Associations.