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Area II Sports Day (07/06/15) | June Meeting (06/30/15) | Team Purebred Show (06/23-26/15)
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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.

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National Beef Month
May 2015

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.

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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 II!

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

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HYMAX Academy
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.

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Missouri Agribusiness Academy (MAbA)
Summer, 2015

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

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Local 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 year."

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

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Area II Sports Day
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

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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.

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National 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 Sampsel.

Pictured L to R - Jake Sampsel, Eric Davis Carlee Johnson, Bailey Henry, Ella Black (lap) Rylee Johnson

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Camp 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.

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State FFA Leadership Camp Rising Sun
June 6-12, 2015

Kaiser, MO - 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.

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Maintaining the Campus
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 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, 7 market lambs, 3 market goats, and 8 cattle owned by 43 Livingston County youth.

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LEAD Conference
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 Case

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Livestock Show Extravaganza
May 16 and 17, 2015

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.

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