Annual "Salute to Agriculture" Breakfast
CAPTION: Chillicothe FFA member and chapter officer Dani Moore, a junior at Chillicothe High School, serves plates of pancakes, sausage and fruit to guests of the 2011 Salute to Agriculture breakfast at Jenkins Expo Center. Around 30 FFA members helped out with the breakfast and around 130 community members attended. Dr. Neal Nuttall, president of North Central Missouri College, was the guest speaker and discussed the college's new Barton Farm Campus. The farm campus, which is slated to open this fall, is being developed on a 138-acre farm to benefit the college's agricultural program. Also speaking today was David Nowland, former Chillicothe FFA adviser, who is now the college agriculture department chair at NCMC.
The fourth annual Salute to Agriculture was held Thursday, February 17, 2011 at the Jenkins Expo Center at the Chillicothe Fairgrounds. This event, for the second year straight, was co-sponsored by the Chillicothe FFA Chapter and the Chillicothe Chamber of Commerce.
The free breakfast, cooked and prepared by Chillicothe FFA members, was served to farmers as well as Agri-business leaders alike. The breakfast began at 6:30 AM and ran until 7:30 AM at the Expo Center, with the program starting at 7:30 AM.
As seen in the past years, the Salute to Agriculture event brought an outstanding speaker to town. This year, Dr. Neil Nuttall, of North Central Missouri College, addressed the new Barton Farm Campus under construction by NCMC just south of Trenton on US 65.
A number of agriculture students from the college were also in attendance. They are part of the Postsecondary Agriculture Student Organization (PAS) at NCMC.
Letters of invitation were mailed to Livingston County farmers and Agri-businesses by the Chamber and Chillicothe FFA members. Exhibit/booth spaces were available to businesses and sold inside of the Jenkins Expo Center as well as outside near the front door area.
Holds Appreciation Breakfast for Community
Chillicothe FFA members Derek Gray and Jordan Huddleston keep busy at the pancake cooking station just outside the doors of Jenkins Expo Center Thursday helping with the 2011 Salute to Agriculture breakfast. The event was coordinated through the Chillicothe FFA Chapter and the Chillicothe Area Chamber of Commerce. Around 30 FFA members prepared and served breakfast to 130 community members.
President Shares Vision of Farm Campus to Open This Fall
CAPTION: Dr. Neil Nuttall (right), president of North Central Missouri College in Trenton, visits with a guest at the Salute to Agriculture breakfast Thursday morning at the Jenkins Expo Center.
"A Salute to Agriculture" was the theme of Thursday's Chillicothe Chamber of Commerce Breakfast held at the Jenkins Expo Center at the Litton Agri-Science Learning Center. NCMC President Dr. Neil Nuttall and College Agriculture Department Chair David Nowland emphasized the theme in their remarks to around 130 persons in attendance.
President Nuttall shared the vision of the Elizabeth and Arthur Barton Farm Campus currently being constructed on 138 acres of land just southeast of Trenton. He expressed appreciation to the entire region for their financial support and the support in student population on the NCMC campus and believes that the Barton Campus will only enhance opportunities for students. It is hoped that three buildings - a Plant Science Complex with greenhouse, an Animal Science Complex, and an Agriculture Mechanics Complex will all be ready for use by students in the fall.
Nuttall commended the Chillicothe area for the significant number of students who choose NCMC and recognized the leadership of the Chillicothe public schools and the area vocational technical school during the breakfast. Programs in the areas of plant science, animal science and agriculture education will continue to be offered with outstanding relationships developed between Northwest Missouri State University and the University of Missouri for higher education after NCMC, Nuttall said. Programs will also be offered in alternative fuels, wind energy, bio fuels and solar energy - some now in place and others soon to be offered.
Nowland, a former Chillicothe FFA adviser, characterized the Chillicothe community as an extremely supportive community encouraging and mentoring students from the elementary level and middle school, through high school and vocational education. He recognized the strong 4-H, FFA and county fair as just some of the excellent training programs for young people with community support in every aspect. Once students have completed their formal education - whether it be high school, technical school or a university - they return home where the Chillicothe community continues to support them as adults with programs such as Young Farmers, Extension and other related services.
Chillicothe FFA President John Davis served as master of ceremonies and Mayor Chuck Haney provided the city welcome to those in attendance.
The Chillicothe FFA Chapter thanked these businesses for their support in helping support the breakfast: Barnes Baker Automotive, Dean Machinery, Farm Bureau Insurance, Rafter C Auctions, Sydenstricker, Woody's Automotive Group, and Woody's Outdoor Power.
CAPTION: The Elizabeth and Arthur Barton Farm Campus currently being constructed on 138 acres southeast of Trenton is expected to be ready for use by students this fall. It includes a plant science complex with a greenhouse, an animal science complex and an agriculture mechanics complex.