News and Events at Chillicothe's National FFA Organization

FFA NEWS 2016-2017

ANIMAL SCIENCE CLASS 2016-2017
CROPS IN CLASSROOM 2016-2017
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FFA Creed | Area Chapter Degree

Chautauqua (09/10-11/16)

Mud Volleyball (09/07/16) | Missouri State Fair Gold (08/11-21/16) MO Leadership Adventure (08/04/16)
Area II Chapter Officer Workshop (08/01/16)
Officer Retreat (07/06-07/16) | HYPE Academy (06/28-30/16) | National Dairy Month (06/28/16)
Camp Rainbow (06/21&24/16) |   National Leadership Conference (06/14-18/16 | HYMAX Academy (06/17-19/16)
June Meeting (06/21/16)
| LEAD Conference (06/01/16) | Beginning Meeting (05/24/16) | Livestock Show Extravaganza

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FFA Creed
September, 2016

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 "I believe...".

The Greenhand members will be presenting the FFA Creed at the annual Chillicothe FFA Parents' Night on Wednesday, October 5, 2016.

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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.

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Chautauqua Petting Zoo
September 10-11, 2016

This year, 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!

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Mud Volleyball Tournament
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.

This 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 

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Gold 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 baling straw.

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Missouri Leadership Adventure
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 relationships.

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)

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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!

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Officer Retreat
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.

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HYPE FFA Academy
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 agriculture."

Students learned how to effectively talk about their experiences in farming, overcome obstacles and develop their communication and personal skills. Learning sessions included advocacy training, communication basics and social media outreach. Students 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 McGaugh.

"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 hblack@mocorn.org. 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.

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National Dairy Month
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.

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Camp Rainbow
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.

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National Leadership Conference
June 14-18, 2016

Thirteen (13) 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.

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HYMAX Academy at Camp Rising Sun
June 17-19, 2016

Kaiser, MO - 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.

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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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