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The Chillicothe FFA chapter of Chillicothe, Missouri, has been recognized in the 2014 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. Chapters that received star ratings during judging July
27-August 1 and will be recognized at the 2014 National FFA Convention & Expo, October
29-November 1, 2014 in Louisville, Ky.
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
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.
Students enrolled in courses at the Litton Agriculture Education Center are busy learning the importance of public speaking. Most individuals (adults and youth) have asked themselves
"Why is public speaking important? Why do I need it? What is the
purpose?" It would be as impractical as saying that you'll never need math in your life.
By learning how to effectively speak in public, an individual will be able to increase their own self-confidence. Public speaking will help fine-tune a
person's everyday verbal and non-verbal communication skills. Public Speaking is a true career booster. Using public speaking effectively will allow a person to make a difference in their place of business and their community. Learning to master public speaking early is a great way for students to perform better in college, as well as excel in their career. If a person can master the finer points of public speaking,
there's a great chance they'll be able to tackle the opportunities and obstacles that come their way.
Junior and seniors in the Ag Business Communications, Agronomy, and Animal Science classes must prepare and present a 5-minute speech, all sophomores enrolled in Ag Science II much prepare and present a 3-minute speech, and all freshmen must memorize and recite the FFA Creed. Indeed, learning how to become an effective public speaker will help them accomplish premier leadership, person growth, and career success!
has held the fall public speaking contest. The winners of each contest are as follows:
- Liberty Cox
FFA Creed (Southwest) - Christian Reed
Division I Prepared Public Speaking - Claire Shipp
Division I Prepared Public Speaking (Southwest) - Marley Anderson
Farm Bureau - Lauren Haley
Missouri Institute of Cooperatives - Carlee Johnson
Missouri Pork Producers - Bailey Henry
Missouri Cattleman's Association - Brady Bothwell
Missouri Sheep Producers - Sarah Mason
Missouri Pet Breeders - Helena McNamee
Missouri Young Farmer/Young Farm Wives - Madelyn Warren
Missouri Fairs and Festivals - Jaime Albertson
Missouri Soil & Water - Marissa Surber
Other participants in the FFA Creed & Division 1 competition were: Garret Donoho, Brittany Derickson, Katelyn Clariday, Cameron Moore, Austin Case, Waylon Chapman, Kaylie Campbell, McKenzie Anderson, Ben Hayen, Jason Greer, Chris Adams, Elena Boon, Eric Davis, Zach Girres, Isaiah Boon, Wade Campbell, Elitza Crouch, Morgan Grable, Nathan Hoel, Jackson Pauley, and Madison Searcy. Other participants in the speech contests were Farm Bureau
- Hunter Hobbs, Emma Leamer; Missouri Institute of Cooperatives - Dalton Hines, Jake Sampsel, Riley Ward; Missouri Pork Producers
- McKenna Ashford, Erin Campbell, Audrey Edmisson, Victoria Overton, Rebecca Pitchford, Addison Webb; Missouri
Cattleman's Association - Lane Bonderer; Missouri Fairs and Festivals - Hallee Jones, Rachel Nowland.
Area Greenhand Initiation
On October 15, 2014, 66
Greenhands of the Chillicothe FFA Chapter attended the Area II Greenhand
Initiation ceremony in Gallatin, MO. The Area II officer team, which includes President, Lauren Haley of the Chillicothe FFA Chapter, conducted the initiation.
During the initiation, the
Greenhands listened to the 2014 Area Creed speaker recite the creed, watched a slideshow featuring Area II Greenhands, listened to
State FFA Officer, Brock Larson, speak, and were presented their Greenhand pins during the Greenhand Ceremony. During the event,
members donated socks to the Area II FFA Socktober event. This event is in conjunction with the Green Hill Community
Action Agency in Trenton which will take the donated socks and distribute them to those in need.
On October 1, 2014, the Chillicothe FFA held their annual
Parents' Night with 322 members and guests attending. This event is to help welcome the first
year FFA member and their parents to our organization, as well as showcase some of our
members' talents. The evening began with FFA opening ceremonies followed by a motivating welcome given by Carlee Johnson, Chillicothe FFA President.
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, 3 Chapter Degree
speeches, as well as six creeds presented by Greenhands. The Chapter Degree speeches were presented by Jaime Albertson, Sarah Mason, and Madalyn
Madalyn Warren (Chapter Degree Speech)
The creed was presented by Marley Anderson, McKenzie Anderson, Elena Boon, Isaiah Boon, Kaylie Campbell, Wade Campbell, Austin Case,
Katelyn Clariday, Liberty Cox, Elitza Crouch, Eric Davis, Brittany Derickson, Garret Donoho, Gracie Ellis, Zach Girres, Morgan Grable, Ben Hayen, Peyton Hein,
Nate Hoel, Hunter Horton, Adler Marshall, Cameron Moore, Christian Reed, Kimberlee Roney, Madison Searcy, Claire Shipp, Zoe Souders, Drew
Toedebusch, Tiffany Tolle, and Ruthie Vinson.
Katelyn Clariday, Austin Case, Brittany
Derickson, Cameron Moore, Claire Shipp
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 1930s 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 each 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 is 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
On September 30, 2014,
Agronomy and Ag Management students from the Litton Agriculture Education Center had the opportunity
to see a live demonstration on shelling corn. Students traveled to George Quinn Farms, east of Chillicothe, where they were given a live demonstration to the group on how to harvest
This demonstration was used to help teach physical characteristics of corn at time of harvest, how a
combine works, marketing options, and storage options. The students were also given the opportunity to climb on a combine to look at how it works.
It is Chillicothe FFA Barnwarming Time Again!
The Chillicothe FFA has selected its King and Queen Candidates for the 2014 Barnwarming. These individuals will lead the charge in the fund raising efforts
of the Chillicothe FFA members. The FFA members are now available to do your odd jobs around the house and farm. Give them a call and they will
organize a work team to help you in your fall cleanup activities. The class that averages the most money per member will have their candidates crowned
King and Queen on November 8, 2014 at the annual Barnwarming Dance.
The candidates are as follows: Seniors, Lauren Haley (daughter of Steve and
Brenda Haley) and Timber Ballantyne (son of Jerry and Jeannie Ballantyne); Juniors, Erin Campbell (daughter of Mike and Angie Boon and the late Jarret
Campbell) and Shayler Keller (son of Donnie and Susan Keller); Sophomores, Jaime Albertson (daughter of Denny and Margie Albertson and Matt and
Michelle Rardon) and Mason Daniel (son of David and Amy Daniel); Freshmen, Elena Boon (daughter of Arte and Suzy Boon) and Isaiah Boon (son of Arte
and Suzy Boon).
Back L to R - Lauren Haley, Timber Ballantyne
Front L to R - Mason Daniel, Jaime Albertson, Elena Boon, Isaiah Boon, Erin Campbell, Shayler Keller
The full restored 1946 Chevy truck belongs to Susie Ballantyne and Jerry
The chapter has set a goal to raise $20,000 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 660-646-3131.
Mud Volleyball Tournament
September 24, 2014
On September 24, 2014, the Chillicothe FFA Chapter held its first annual Mud Volleyball Tournament.
The tournament consisted of a 27 teams with a single elimination event. There were 223 members and
spectators present at the tournament with a soup and sandwiches were provided for all. The tournament
was to encourage a fun atmosphere for freshman members to become more acquainted with
upperclassmen as well as fuel a little friendly competition.
L to R - Mason Daniel, Hallee Jones, Hannah Jones, Nate
McKiddy, Whitney Clampitt, Zach Trout
The members would also like to thank the parents who helped prepared food as well as the parents and CHS staff who participated in the tournament. This
year's winning team was I'd Hit That Volleyball which consisted of Nate McKiddy, Hallee Jones, Hannah Jones, Whitney Clampitt, Zach Trout, and Mason Daniel.
for Elementary Students
The Ag Property and Maintenance class at the Litton Agriculture Campus were putting their skills to use at the Chillicothe Behavior Management Program
and Garrison Elementary School these past few weeks. The students were in charge of designing and building sand boxes for the elementary students to
The students designed a plan, created an expense sheet, purchased materials to complete the project,
and constructed and implemented the sand boxes.
HUNDLEY-WHALEY AGRI-SCIENCE DAY
September 18, 2014
On September 18, 2014 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: Soil Erosion, Forages,
Farm Safety, MO Dept. of Conservation-Deer Antlers, Computers in Ag, Crops, Fistualated Cow, MU &
College Prep, Hwy Patrol Seat Belt Demo, Drones, Mammals, Dangerous Bugs, Fire Handling,
Entrepreneurship, Precision Ag, Beef Quality Assurance, Brandon Bothwell - FFA State Officer, Uses for
Corn, and New Invasive Horticulture Pests.
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.
Chapter Degree Initiation
On September 17, 2014, 46 Chapter Degree recipients of the Chillicothe FFA Chapter attended the Area II Chapter Degree Ceremony in Cameron, MO. The Area II officer team, which includes President, Lauren Haley 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, Wes Davis, speak, and were inducted in the Area II FFA Association as Chapter Degree members.
National FFA Officer, Wes Davis
Youth Sport Shooting Fall Classic
MO - Missouri Youth Sport Shooting Alliance (MYSSA) held their annual Fall Classic on September 6, 2014, in Linn Creek, MO. This event was an opportunity for 4-H, FFA, High School, and collegiate youth to show their skills.
The team of Timber Ballantyne, Brady Bothwell, Garret Donoho, Zach Quinn and Trevor Shira
placed 7th in the FFA Shoot. As a team, they shot 446 out of 500. Other students that participated on an individual basis were Peyton Hein and Colton Webb. This year, the
coaching staff consisted of Sarge Ralls and Tony Burtch. Student scores were Timber Ballantyne 90 out of 100, Brady Bothwell 97 out of 100, Garret Donoho 89 out of 100, Peyton Hein 88 out of 100, Zach Quinn 87 of 100, Trevor Shira 86 out of 100 and Colton Webb 84 out of 100.
The objectives of the program are to involve students in the highest standards of safety, sportsmanship, and ethical behavior, along with safe and responsible use of firearms. Also, the program helps to develop self-confidence, personal discipline, sportsmanship, and teamwork.
- Area II
On September 12, 2014, the Chillicothe FFA Chapter attended the area
trap shoot held at the Trenton Trap Range and sponsored by the Trenton FFA Chapter. The first place overall team was the Chillicothe team.
Pictured L to R - Timber
Ballantyne, Garret Donoho, Brady Bothwell, Trevor Shira, Colton Webb
The students enjoyed the day and learned a lot about competition. The Chillicothe FFA Chapter had 10 individuals shoot on
Saturday: Timber Ballantyne with a score of 42 out of 50, Brady Bothwell with a score of 47 out of 50, Eric Davis with a score of 34 out of 50, Garret Donoho with a score of 46 out of 50, Colton Hargrave with a score of 32 out of 50, Peyton Hein with a score of 43 out of 50, Hunter Horton with a score of 42 out of 50, Jackson Pauley with a score of 23 out of 50, Trevor Shira with a score of 44 out of 50, Colton Webb with a score of 23 out of 50, Tony Burtch (volunteer coach), and Sarge Ralls (volunteer coach) that traveled to Trenton. The 5-member first place team consisted of Timber, Brady, Garret, Trevor, and Colton. Brady Bothwell received the honor of
3rd place individually. 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.
Chautauqua Petting Zoo
This year, the Chillicothe FFA Chapter sponsored the petting zoo at the Chautauqua in the
Park. This was our 12th 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 of all sorts of animals such as a calf, puppies, rabbits, pigs, sheep, goats, and horses. The Livingston County Farm Bureau assisted with the petting zoo this year by providing signs and hand sanitizer for all individuals making their way through the petting zoo.
Thanks to all of the individuals that visited the Chillicothe FFA Chautauqua Petting Zoo!
Chillicothe FFA Honored by the Governor at Missouri State Fair
The Chillicothe FFA Chapter has had a long tradition of participating at the Missouri State Fair. This year,
the Chillicothe FFA was honored for their participation with the
Governor's Award. This award is given to the chapter which has the most points exhibiting livestock during the Missouri State Fair. Points are given according to exhibitors placing (gold, silver, bronze), number of exhibits, and number of exhibitors. The Chillicothe FFA had 118 entries that were exhibited by 45 exhibitors.
In the past 15 years Chillicothe FFA has received is award 11 times. This just shows how agriculture and the youth of Livingston County have been represented across the state.
Chillicothe FFA Chapter held there annual August meeting
Wednesday night, August 27, 2014. The meeting was held at the Litton Agriculture Campus and served as a new member orientation. FFA
advisors report that there are 73 new freshmen and 64 of the new members attended. There were about
223 FFA members and parents present.
Attendees enjoyed the FFA opening ceremonies presented by the Chapter
officers. The group was then broken into two groups - one parents and one
students. The parents were given an overview of what to expect as an FFA parent.
The students' group had games, a skit provided by the Assistant Officer team, and got to ask questions of the officers. The
games included Ships & Sailors, Telephone, Spaghetti in a Can, Honey I Love You, Human Table, and the Human
Chair. The students played mixers to help the freshmen get to know some of the upper classmen. The Assistant Officer team present a skit called
"A year with Mr. Martin". Students in the Chillicothe FFA Chapter are from Chillicothe High School and Southwest High School.
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
assists our chapter with giving back to the community and is a great
benefit and help to our members. The Chillicothe FFA Chapter is the largest student organization at Chillicothe High School. The chapter is so
successful in part due to the support of our great community.
coordinates 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
them 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 students Supervised Agriculture Experience
(SAE) projects. The truck is used to make SAE visits, haul animals to fairs, pick up a
student's SAE project 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.
August 6, 2014
On August 6, 2014,
four individuals from Livingston County were recognized at the Missouri Pork
Producers Youth Show Pig Circuit banquet held at the Missouri Pork Place located on the Missouri State Fair grounds.
The MYSPC provides Junior Swine Exhibitors the opportunity to further their development of citizenship, leadership and
sportsmanship and reward Missouri youth for their participation and hard work in the statewide exhibition of swine
projects while helping promote a fun and honest atmosphere. MYSPC also
provides educational and skill-building opportunities to enhance the knowledge of Missouri youth about the purebred, show pig and commercial segments of the swine industry. The show season
is from May-June, with recognition at the Missouri State Fair. Points from 60% of MYSPC sanctioned shows
counted toward a member's points.
Pictured Front L to R - Carlee Johnson, Gabby Hapes;
Back L to R - Garrett Donoho, Bailey Henry
Winners from Livingston County were Garrett Donoho
- 5th place High Point Duroc Gilt, Gabby Hapes - Champion High Point Duroc Gilt, Bailey Henry
- Reserve High Point Spot Gilt, and Carlee Johnson - Reserve High Point Berkshire Gilt. We would like to congratulate these young people on their hard work and dedication to the pork industry.
Leadership "Adventure" Conference
July 31, 2014
Members from the Chillicothe FFA Chapter recently attended the Missouri FFA
Association's 2014 Leadership Adventure in Columbia. It was held Thursday, July 31st at the University of Missouri Bradford Research and Extension Center.
Attending the conference from the local FFA chapter were
L to R:
Emma Leamer, Erin Campbell, Jake Sampsel, Clayton Campbell, Nate McKiddy,
Rebecca Pitchford, Marissa Surber, Gunnar Leach, Julia Minnis
Agricultural careers, leadership development, and positive role models were the focus of the 24th annual conference. Columbia was one of two locations for this conference; the other was in Springfield. Over 200 members and advisors registered for the two conferences from 34 chapters across Missouri. Nearly 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, "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. They were assisted by Jaelynn Bergmann, National Officer Candidate from Missouri. 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.
Carlee Johnson Attends Teach Ag Academy
July 15, 2014
- Carlee Johnson was one of 20 high school students from Missouri selected to participate in the first-ever Teach Ag Academy hosted by the Department of Agricultural Education and Leadership at the University of Missouri. The Academy was designed to introduce high school students to the opportunities associated with being a high school agriculture teacher and FFA advisor. The Academy participants worked with professors in the department. Sessions with department faculty included discussions on what it was like to teach agriculture and engaging agriculturally based science experiments appropriate for high school students.
L to R - Jennifer Waits, Carlee Johnson
A guest panel, consisting of State FFA Advisor Leon Busdieker and National FFA Staff Member Larry Gossen, addressed what it was like to be an FFA advisor. Academy participants also had the opportunity to plan a lesson and teach it in front of the department faculty. Finally, Academy members received a campus tour, participated in a session of social media networking, and participated in a behind-the-scenes tour of Mizzou Arena, the
university's newest basketball venue.
Area II Chapter Officer Workshop
July 28, 2014
On Monday, July 28, 2014 the Missouri Area II Officers held a workshop for 174 chapter officers at the
Mervyn Jenkins Building at the Litton Agriculture Campus. The workshop focused on trying to instill a sense of drive and determination that would
inspire 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, and most creative competitions. The rituals contest
determines which officer team can present the official FFA opening ceremonies with the fewest flaws. The best-dressed contest
determines 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.
Back Row L to R: Bailey Henry, Rebecca
Pitchford, Zach Quinn, Derek Eckert, Erin Campbell;
Front Row L to R: Maggie Resor, Hailey Seeley, Carlee Johnson, Haelee Shady, Marissa Surber
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
begins for their chapters. The winner of the rituals contest was the Chillicothe FFA Chapter, the most creative was the Trenton FFA Chapter, and the best dressed was the Norborne 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 for gold Area II!
Chillicothe FFA Chapter Officer Retreat
July 8-9, 2014
On July 8-9, 2014 the Chillicothe FFA Officer teams had their annual officer
retreat. This year, it was held at Longbranch Lake in Macon, Missouri. The retreat focused on activities planning, communication skills, teamwork, and leadership. The officer teams set goals, planned activities for the chapter, worked on team building skills, and had a little fun.
Back Row L to R: Hallee Jones, Derek Eckert, Nate
McKiddy, Zach Quinn;
Middle Row L to R: Clayton Campbell, Maggie Resor, Haelee Shady, Maddie Warren,
Mason Daniel, Gunnar Leach, Jake Sampsel, Cole Gutshall; Front Row L to R:
Lauren Haley, Hailey Seeley, Carlee Johnson, Marissa Surber, Rebecca
Pitchford, Jaime Albertson, Sarah Mason
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. The Bothwell family graciously donated the use of their boat and equipment for the day for the students to be able to enjoy water sports such as water skiing and tubing. All in all the officers enjoyed their time together and have some new and fun events planned for the year.
Area II Sports Day
June 30, 2014
On June 30, 2014, the Chillicothe FFA participated in the Area II FFA Sports Day in Polo,
Missouri, with 32 members. This softball tournament represents a reward for members as well as a time for fellowship. There were approximately 208 area members present and everyone seemed to enjoy the day.
One of the Chillicothe FFA teams received first place in the softball tournament. The chapter also won the Food Drive collection. All the 327 cans of food collected at the tournament were taken to the Caldwell County Food Pantry in Hamilton,
June 24-28, 2014
Seven local FFA and 4-H members attended the National Team Purebred Show in Springfield
Illinois, June 24 through the 28. Students exhibited swine and participated in judging contests and other contests
throughout the week.
Kayla Groebe (Litton Intern), Carlee Johnson, Jake
Sampsel, Bailey Henry, Zach Quinn
The students attending were: Eric Davis, Ethan Davis, Bailey Henry, Carlee Johnson, Kaylee Lewis, Zach Quinn, and Jake
National Dairy Month
June 26, 2014
On June 26, 2014, the Livingston County Farm Bureau went to the visit the Kindergarten class at Field 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. The Litton Crusaders also assisted with passing out the ice cream. This activity was to help educate youth about agriculture.
June 20-22, 2014
Clayton Campbell and Julia Minnis members from the Chillicothe FFA Chapter attended the Missouri FFA State FFA HYMAX (Helping Youth Maximize their Agricultural eXperience) Academy June 20-22, 2014.
The HYMAX Academy is sponsored by the Missouri FFA Leadership Fund in honor of Dr. Terry Heiman, who served as
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
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
programs. 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.
June FFA Meeting
June 17, 2014
On June 17, 2014 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 also participated
in activities at Chilli Bay; then back at the Litton Campus, a team-building wiffle ball game, food, and a
"Movie Under the Stars" were enjoyed.
The purpose of the June FFA meeting was to promote fellowship amongst the members.
Washington Leadership Conference
June 10-15, 2014
- Kiley Boley, Derek Eckert, Lauren Haley, Katlyn Hamilton, Bailey Henry, Carlee Johnson, Hallee Jones, Zach Quinn, Jozie Reeter, Colby Ruoff, and Hailey Seeley of the Chillicothe FFA Chapter attended the 2014 Washington Leadership Conference on June 10-15, 2014 in the
nation's capital. The conference is an activity of the National FFA Organization in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Education.
Each year, FFA members from all over the United States travel to Washington, D.C. to attend the Washington Leadership Conference (WLC). During the five-day event, attendees learn how to become effective leaders by teaching them to know their purpose, value people, take action, and serve others. They leave WLC with the knowledge and the confidence to act in ways that help their schools, community, and their country.
WLC's 2014 curriculum is built on four pillars of leadership: self-awareness, diversity, advocacy and service. These four pillars of leadership also correlate to the four-stage model of personal development, the Me-We-Do-Serve model, Mumaw adds.
This summer, more than 2300 FFA members will attend one of the
conference's seven week-long sessions. Students also increase their understanding of the
nation's heritage with visits to Arlington National Cemetery, the Jefferson, Lincoln, and Roosevelt Memorials, Holocaust Museum, Old Town Alexander, White House, Washington Monument,
Smithsonian, and other historic sights in Washington, D.C.
The members from Chillicothe had sponsorship from the following organizations, Jerry Litton Family Foundation, Chillicothe Young Agri-Leaders, Trans Ova Genetics, American Family
Insurance - Janet McCauslin agent, Chillicothe FFA Alumni, DQ Precision Planting
- George & Marta Quinn, Monsanto, Dan & Wilma Graham United Country Real Estate, Chillicothe FFA and MO FFA Alumni Association. The group would like to thank these sponsors for their help with the trip.
FFA's 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. Chillicothe FFA is a part of the Agricultural Education Program at the Grand River Technical School and is composed of students from Chillicothe and Southwest High Schools.
Front L to R - Lauren Haley, Hailey Seeley, Bailey Henry, Jozie Reeter, Carlee Johnson,
Congressman Sam Graves; Back L to R - Kiley Boley, Zach Quinn, Hallee Jones, Colby Ruoff, Derek Eckert
Camp Rainbow Bird Houses
June 10, 2014
On Tuesday, June 10, 2014 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 80 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.
Missouri Public Speaking Academy
June 3,4,5, 2014
FFA members from across the state participated in the Missouri FFA Public Speaking Academy held June 3, 4, and 5, on the University of Central Missouri campus. The Missouri FFA made it possible for FFA members to benefit from the professional staff at University of Central Missouri.
During the three-day event, FFA members used the Internet and other communication technology to develop and refine an effective speech. The academy was designed to help FFA members increase their confidence, develop organizational skills, use language effectively, analyze audiences and improve speaking skills by judging themselves honestly and critically
while keeping a positive attitude. Each student presented his or her speech in competition at the conclusion of the academy.
Chillicothe FFA members that attended the Missouri FFA Public Speaking Academy
(pictured left to right) were Sarah Mason, Maggie Resor, Maddie Warren, Emma Rademacher, Haelee Shady, and Jamie Albertson.
4H Fair Preparation 2014
June 3, 2014
On June 3, 2014 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,
and, 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.
MO FFA LEAD Conference
May 28, 2014
On May 28, 2014 the 19 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
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. The officers identified specific values and traits he or she brings to the team, assess which roles he or she can effectively play within their team, and utilize strategies to resolve potential team conflicts.
Local Students Compete at Missouri State FFA Agriscience Fair
Lauren Haley and Rachel Nowland both of Chillicothe, MO recently competed in the Missouri FFA Agriscience Fair. Lauren Haley was awarded first place in the senior division of Animal Systems for the project titled:
The Effect of Formulation of Moxidectin When Administered Orally on Barber Pole Worms in
Goats. Rachel Nowland was awarded third place in the senior division of Animal Systems for the project titled:
The Effect of Storage Time on Boar Semen Motility.
Lauren's abstract to her Agriscience project is as follows:
"The purpose of this experiment was to study the effect of formulation of moxidectin when administered orally on barber pole worm levels in goats. Barber pole worms are a major threat to a
goat's health. These worms feed off the nutrients in the blood of the goat causing many health issues for the animal and additional cost to the producers. Moxidectin is a wormer that paralyzes the nervous system of the barber pole worms, therefore killing them. Administering moxidectin orally allows for the worms to come into full contact with the wormer which in turn decreases the population. The control in this experiment was a group of does receiving no moxidectin. This experiment was done on thirty-six female goats in the same environment, vaccination history, and feeding program prior to the experiment. The independent variable in this experiment was the formulation of moxidectin. The dependent variable in this experiment was barber pole worm levels in goats. Barber pole worm eggs present in the feces were counted to determine the amount of barber pole worms in the goat. The results showed a small decrease in the
control's barber pole worm levels after no moxidectin was administered. The treatment groups before vs. after worm count levels showed decreases at a statistically significant level. The hypothesis stating if injectable moxidectin is administered orally, then the barber pole worm levels in goats will decrease more than in a group receiving no treatment was not supported on a statistically significant level. The hypothesis stating if oral moxidectin is administered orally, then the barber pole worm levels in goats will decrease more than in a group receiving no treatment was not supported on a statistically significant level. With both of these comparisons there were reductions in each treatment group, but not enough to be considered statistically significant. Comparing the oral and injectable moxidectin, the results did not show a statistically significant difference. When comparing each
group's before and after, worm counts the null hypothesis (the barber pole worm levels in goats receiving treatment will not be significantly different than those receiving no treatment) can be rejected for the oral and injectable moxidectin groups, but must be accepted for the control group. Recommendations for further study would be to use the FAMANCHA method of identifying a
goat's worm level before trying similar tests with other types of worm medicines."
Lauren will be sending her project to the national level where it will be judged. At the national level the top 15 will be selected to compete for a national ranking at the National FFA Convention, in Louisville, Kentucky in October of 2014.
(Photo: Lauren is giving her presentation via Facetime. She was in Los Angeles, CA at the International High School Science Fair Competition at the time of the State FFA Agriscience Fair.)
Rachel's abstract to her Agriscience project is as follows:
"The purpose of this experiment was to study the effect of storage time on boar semen motility. The hypothesis was that if the storage time is increased then the motility will decrease. The control in this experiment was the motility of the semen on the day it was received, day two. The constants in this experiment were the company the semen was ordered from, collection day, semen extender, storage temperature, storage handling, and the microscope. The independent variable in this experiment was storage time after collection. The dependent variable in this experiment was the motility of boar semen. The major findings were the longer the storage time was the motility percent was lower. The hypothesis was supported. Possible explanations for the findings were that the motility goes down over time because the sperm
mortality increases over time. Recommendations for further study would be you could change the company where you get your semen or vary the storage temperature."
Congratulations to both girls on their accomplishments.
Pictured: Rachel Nowland, Chillicothe FFA Member
Ag Construction Class 2013-2014
The Ag Construction classes at the Litton Agriculture Campus had a very constructive year. During the school year student learned basic shop safety, arc welding, oxy-acetylene welding, measuring, safe and proper tool usage, and other basic shop skills. The students then put the basic shop skills they learned to work creating projects for themselves or others.
Some of the projects made were livestock gates, replacing a floor of a hay trailer, 24 foot goose neck implement trailer with a hydraulic dove tail, 18 foot car trailer, pickup flatbed, large tool bench, fish cleaning table, and various other small projects. Some of the FFA members will be exhibiting their work at local, district, and state fairs.
Livestock Show Extravaganza
May 17 and 18, 2014
On May 17 and 18, 2014, the Litton Agriculture Campus- MW Jenkins Expo Building hosted
three swine shows and two lamb shows. There were approximately 550 head of hogs shown during the two-day event and 260 head of lambs.
On Saturday morning, the WOLF Showpig Bonanza was sponsored by the Chillicothe FFA Alumni
with 330 head of hogs. The sponsors of this show were American Family
Insurance - Janet McCauslin, Barnes Baker Motors, Brammer & Stein Geenetics, BTC Bank, Butterfield and Associates Grain, Inc., Chillicothe Animal Hospital, Chillicothe State Bank, Comfort Inn & Suites
- Chillicothe, Cooke Used Parts & Equipment, Copeland Development & Construction Company, Inc., Corbin Steel, Curtis Show Pigs, Diamond J Livestock/Davis Livestock, Farmers Electric Cooperative, Farm Bureau Insurance
- Joe Neptune, Good Time Charlie's, Grand River Technical School, Hoffman & Reed Inc., Hutchinson & Co., Investors National Bank, J.R. Reid Show Pigs, Martin Show Pigs, MFA
Agri-Service - Chillicothe, Dr. Greg & Carrie Miller, Millbank Mills, Simms Show Pigs, State Farm Insurance
- Chris Trout, Sydenstricker John Deere - Chillicothe, T & R Soil Service, Russ & Sheila Thompson, Trans Ova Genetics, David & Carla Williams Farms, Wolf Brothers Show Pigs, and Wolf Farms Show Pigs.
Supreme Gilt went to Cole Murphy, Reserve Supreme Gilt went to Marlena Long, Supreme Barrow went to Brayde Adam, and Reserve Supreme Barrow went to Ally
Troesser. Champion Novice Showmanship went to Brayden Reid, Reserve Novice Showmanship went to Addison Brown, Champion Junior Showmanship went to Cole Murphy, Reserve Junior Showmanship went to Lauren Robinson, Champion Intermediate Showmanship went to Shambree Hagan, Reserve Intermediate Showmanship went to Will Robinson, Champion Senior Showmanship went to Paul McAlexander, and Reserve Senior Showmanship went to Lindsey Robinson.
The two swine shows and one sheep show held on Sunday, May
18, 2013 were sponsored by the Princeton FFA and featured about 240 head of swine. The two lamb
shows - Missouri Club Lamb Futurity which had approximately 100 head and the Youth Lamb Show which had approximately 160
head - were held on May 18, 2013 were put on by the Missouri Lamb Breeders Associations. The shows were
sponsored by Purina Show Chow.