The 86th Missouri FFA Convention was held in Columbia last week and several representatives from around the area were in attendance. The annual convention includes several awards for chapters and individuals and the election of the state officers. KMZU’s Tori Locke was on hand also and had a chance to talk to a number of students throughout the week.

Mizzou FFA Alumni President Mark Fahmeilner took time to talk to Tori about what the week had in store for the FFA Representatives throughout the week.

Mark Fahmeilner

Darcy Peters is senior at Braymer High School and is currently Treasurer for the Braymer FFA chapter. She is the daughter of Patrick and Cindy Peters of Braymer. Darcy was a member of the State FFA Chorus and was selected to perform a solo during the 2nd session of event. She sang “You Cannot Lose My Love.”

For Darcy’s SAE project she shows pigs and cattle. When asked what her favorite memory of being an FFA Member, so far, is the opportunity to sing in the State FFA Chorus this year at Convention.

To hear more from Darcy Peterson as she speaks with KMZU’s Tori Locke, Click below.

Darcy Peters

Mackenzie Duff, a junior at Carrollton High School and a member of the Carrollton FFA Chapter. Mackenzie has served as reporter for her chapter for two years and is now upcoming Secretary. She is the daughter of Melissa and Keith Duff of Carrollton. At this year’s convention, Mackenzie received 1st place Proficiency Award in Food Technology and Science.

For Mackenzie’s SAE project she completed a number of Agri-Science projects.

Click below to hear more from Mackenzie Duff as she takes time to talk with KMZU’s Tori Locke.

Mackenzie Duff

Rachel Rodenberg is a sophmore at Concordia High School and a member of the Concordia FFA Chapter. She is the daughter of Brian and Helen Rodenberg. Rachel attended the 86th State FFA Convention as a voting delgate. The group discussed financial issues and also elected State Officers for the next year.

Nora Faris, a senior at Concordia High School was elected to the position of State Secretary for the upcoming year. She is the daughter of Paul and Betty Faris. Nora received a 1st place Proficiency Award in Agriculture Communications.

“I am more than honored and excited to be representing the more 25,000 members of Missouri’s greated agricultural organization for our youth,” Faris said.

Both Rodenberg and Ferris had a chance to talk with KMZU’s Tori Locke. Click below to hear what they had to say.

Rodenberg Ferris

Dane Braymer is a Junior at Gallatin High and is a member of the Galltin FFA Chapter. His parents are Dennis and Kim Braymer. Dane took part in the State Entomology Contest. This group was able to move to Group 2 with their project.

Case Criton, a Sophmore and member of the Gallatin FFA Chapter attended this year’s convention to take part in the State Agronomy Contest. Case is the son of Pam and Kevin Criton

Logan Jeffers is a Junior and is a member of the Gallatin FFA Chapter. He is the son of Tim and Jennifer Jeffers. Logan also competed in state contest for Entomology at this year’s State FFA Convention.

Logan does a lot of work in wildlife management and swine placement for his SAE projects.

Click below to hear these young men talk with KMZU’s Tori Locke about their experience at the 86th Annual State FFA Convention.

Gallatin FFA

Four students with the Green City FFA Chapter place third in the livestock competition at State Convention.

Zachary Ayers is a Sophmore at Green City High School and a member of Green City FFA. He is the son of Rick and Johnna Ayers. Zach competed for a Proficiency Award where he ran in Forest Production and was recognized as an area winner.

Natalie Ayers is also a Sophmore at Green City High School and also a member of the Green City FFA. Her parents are also Rick and Johnna Ayers.

Zachary and Natalie Ayers were both selected to attend the Missouri Agribusiness Academy. 30-students from around the state will have the opportunity to learn about a variety of careers in agriculture in central and northwestern Missouri. The group will spend the first week of June visiting the University of Missouri in Columbia, Warm Springs Ranch in Boonville, Trans Ova Genetics in Chillicothe, Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, and North Missouri Produce Auction in Jamesport. They will also visit Ameri-Pac, St. Joseph Stockyards, Eagle Communications and Lifeline Foods, all in St. Joseph. The students will end their week with a graduation ceremony at the Missouri State Capitol in Jefferson City.

Rayanne Kilgore a Junior at Green City High School participated on her chapter’s livestock team. Throughout the year this group has not place below third place.

Hadley Williams also a Junior at Green City. His parents are Doug and Shelly Williams. Hadley also took part in the livestock competition. He says they put in many long hours practicing for this event.

Williams received a proficiency award in Beef Production Placement at this year’s convention.

To hear KMZU’s Tori Locke talk with students from the Green City FFA Chapter, Click below.

Green City FFA

Holly Harlan is a Sophmore from Salisbury. Her parents are Mike and Kathey Harlan. Holly was a member of this year’s FFA Choir that performed during convention and she also spoke on “Advocating for Agriculture” in the Division 2 – Public Speaking Contest.

For Holly’s SAE project she has a Pumpkin patch where she grows a variety of 30 different pumpkins and goards in a one acre patch. She also work at a financial institution in her community as part of her SAE.

Cole Edwards, a Senior at Salisbury High took part in a number of activities at the convention. He is the son of Steve and Deb Edwards. Cole competed in Extemporanious Public Speaking. He was also selected as the incoming President for the Missouri FFA.

“I feel extremely honored and excited for that position,” said Edwards. “I’m excited to start working with my team mates to take Missouri FFA to the highest point it can be.”

Cole raises and shows Herferd Cattle in addition to working on his family’s cattle and row crop farm.

To hear more from Harlan and Edwards at this year’s State FFA Convention as they talk with KMZU’s Tori Locke, click below.

Harlan Edwards

Brandon Kline, son of Joe and Shannon Perez, is Junior at Marshall High School and member of the Marshall FFA Chapter. Brandon recieived a Proficiency Award in Ag Sales at the convention.

Steven Sims is a Freshman in Marshall and he is the son of Jeff and Abby Sims. Steven represented Marshall as their Chapter’s Creed Speaker. His SAE project is in the outdoor recreation category. He is an umpire with Marshall Parks and Recreation.

Click below to listen to Kline and Sims talk with Tori Locke at the 86th Annual Missouri FFA Convention.

Kline Sims