STATE CONTEST 2010
FFA Wins Honors at
Many FFA chapter members from Chillicothe, Bosworth and Southwest earned honors while participating in the 82nd state FFA convention, which was held in Columbia last week. The Chillicothe FFA Chapter placed 23rd in the Chapter Award competition. Only 10 percent of state chapters receive the Top Chapter Award each year.
The Missouri FFA has 24,898 members representing 324 chapters. The national organization has more than 500,000 members representing 7,429 local chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, Guam and the Virgin Islands. The FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.
FOLLOWING COURTESY OF...
Jon Black of Chillicothe FFA Chapter is
Named State FFA President
Black's FFA Supervised Agricultural Experience Program consists of a herd of registered Hereford cattle from which he raises seed stock and commercial calves. He also raises, markets and exhibits registered Spotted hogs. Black was selected as the Area 2 Star in Placement and placed first in Area 2 with his forage production proficiency application. On the chapter level, Jon has received Star Chapter Farmer, State Bank Leadership Award and the Hy-Vee Livestock Evaluation Award.
In high school, Black has been a wrestler for four years and captain of the wrestling team during his senior year. He also is a member of the hunting and fishing club and participates on the trap team.
Chillicothe FFA Wins Top Chapter Award
Chapter activity awards, sponsored by FCS Financial, are given to chapters achieving excellence in student, chapter and community development. Chillicothe FFA Chapter advisors are Brian Thompson, Keith Dietzschold, Rusty Black, Leda Schreiner, Matthew Trussell, Jim Grozinger, Roger Wolf and Ron Wolf.
The Chillicothe FFA student development activities included competing in 17 team events and five public speaking events in Career Development Event contests that are held every spring. Other student development activities included American Cancer Society Relay for Life and FFA Chapter Banquet.
Chapter development activities are designed to promote excellence within the chapter. Chillicothe members took part in the annual eighth grade recruitment day at the Litton Agri-Science Center and hosted a middle school assembly during National FFA Week. Other chapter development activities included barnwarming and FFA week activities.
Chillicothe's community development activities included volunteering to landscape a yard for the Habitat for Humanity House recipients. The members prepared the space by picking up rocks, tilling, seeding, fertilizing, mulching, rolling and watering the yard. Other community development activities included community and elementary agricultural literacy and a community blood drive.
The top chapters are submitted to the National FFA Organization where they compete for the National FFA Chapter Award. The competition will be this fall at the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis.
Chillicothe FFA Parliamentary Procedure Team
Places Fifth in State Contest
The Parliamentary Procedure Career Development Event, sponsored by Grand River Technical School, consists of both a written test and a team demonstration that tests the team's knowledge of parliamentary law based on Robert's Rules of Order.
Places Fourth in Missouri FFA Division I Prepared Public Speaking Contest
Competed at the State Level
Chillicothe FFA Agricultural Issues Forum Team Places Third at State Competition
Chillicothe team members are Kellin Ferguson, Aaron Kerr, Emily Sallee, Amber Kieffer, Marc Griffifth, Alexis Sykes, and Clayton Allen. Chillicothe FFA advisors are Brian Thompson, Keith Dietzschold, Rusty Black, Leda Schreiner, Matthew Trussell, Jim Trussell, Jim Grozinger, Roger Wolf, and Ron Wolf.
The agricultural issues forum teams develop a presentation that focuses on an important agriculture issue facing their community. Team members then give their presentation to at least five times to community organizations before competing in the event. Sponsored by the Missouri FFA Association, this contest is one of many ways the FFA prepares student members for career success. Career development events engage student learning and make a real connection to lifetime goals.
2nd at Missouri FFA Convention in Emerging Agricultural Technology Proficiency
As an FFA member, Ferguson has attended state and national FFA conventions and Washington Leadership Conference. Ferguson was a participant in Missouri Institute of Cooperatives public speaking contest and the state parliamentary procedure career development event. Ferguson grew up on a family farm where he fixed machinery and discovered he wanted to become an engineer. In addition to farm work, he began to work at his uncle’s business, DQ Precision Planting and Tillage. He modified a mechanical corn meter for a science fair project. His modified corn meter tested better statistically than the standard corn meter.
Ferguson plans to study mechanical engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology.
Receives Monsanto Grant
From left: Doug Mertens, Monsanto; Chillicothe FFA Chapter members Daniel Nowland and John Roney; and Brenda Cockrell, Monsanto. Monsanto gave farmers in 57 Missouri counties the opportunity to win a $2,500 grant to support their local communities. Eighteen producers chose FFA chapters to receive their grants. The program resulted in $45,000 going to FFA chapters in Missouri.
Dietzschold of the Chillicothe FFA receives WLC Alumni Scholarship
Pictured, from left: Raymond Hagan, retired state FFA staff; Dietzschold; Nathan Chitwood, alumni treasurer; and Tracy Strange, alumni.
Black from Chillicothe Named Area 2 Star in Placement
Area Stars in Placement are selected based upon outstanding achievement in work experience in an agricultural business as part of a student’s Supervised Agricultural Experience Program and active participation in FFA. Area 2 covers 28 chapters in the Northwest District. MFA Inc., Columbia, sponsors the 16 Area Star in Placement Awards.
Black's SAE program began when he went to work for his neighbor baling hay and working on their cattle farm. He enjoyed the work, began searching out bigger job opportunities, and he then started work at the Chillicothe Livestock Market where he hauled hay and livestock, worked livestock sales and tended to the owners' cattle herd. Black later received a job offer from a local farmer. For the past two years he has been tending to the cattle as well as harvesting the hay, silage, and corn. Outside of Black's placement SAE, he owns a herd of registered Hereford cows and a few registered Spot hogs.
Black has served as the Chillicothe FFA assistant Chapter President, Chapter 2nd Vice President, Chapter President, and Area II President. Black placed 2nd at both the Missouri Cattlemen's public speaking contest and the Missouri Farm Bureau public speaking contest. He participated on the FFA Knowledge CDE, Parliamentary Procedure CDE and the Livestock CDE. While a member of the Parliamentary Procedure team, his team placed 5that state. Black was also a member of the livestock team which received a state Group I rating. Some activities Black attended include the Washington Leadership Conference, National FFA Convention, and Leadership Adventure.
Black has been a member of the Hunting and Fishing Club at his school. He participated on the freshman football team and was captain of the wrestling team. Black is also a member of the Chillicothe C Club. He has been on the Chillicothe High School and the GRTS Directors Honor Roll for seven semesters.
After high school, Black plans to attend North Central Missouri College for one year. He then plans on transferring to Missouri State University for the following three years studying agriculture business. Later, he plans to become a manager of an agriculture business or be involved in agriculture sales.