The Bucklin FFA chapter was able to earn a Top Chapter Award at the recent 87th Missouri FFA Convention in Columbia. Bucklin FFA advisor, Valerie Montgomery, explains the process for the award.

Montgomery made note that this was a great accomplishment for her students

Only ten percent of state chapters receive a top chapter designation each year. Listen to the entire interview with Bucklin FFA Advisor, Valerie Montgomery.

Micky Lynn Snyder, a Senior at Linn County High School and a member of the Linn County FFA Chapter won the Small Animal Production and Care Entrepreneurship and Placement Combined Proficiency Award at the recent 87th Missouri FFA Convention in Columbia. Snyder’s S.A.E. project consists of co-owning “S” Kennels.

As an FFA member, Snyder has been a part of the Nationall FFA Convention and Expo Courtesy Corp. She also has competed at the area level in the poultry evaluation and agronomy career development events. Listen to the full conversation with Micky Lynn Snyder.

Joel Martin, a Junior at Meadville High School and member of the Meadville FFA Chapter, won the Diversified Livestock Production Entrepreneurship and Placement award at the recent 87th Missouri State FFA Convention in Columbia. Martin’s supervised agricultural experience consists of raising and showing a variety of animals.

Martin says that trying to balance all of the different animals and school activities can be a challenge at times.

As an FFA member, Martin competed on the national level in the livestock evalualtion career development event and on the state level in dairy cattle evaluation. Martin also attended the HYMAX Academy. Listen to the full interview with Joel Martin.

During the 87th Missouri State FFA Convention, Rylee Streit of the Holden FFA Chapter was named the 2015-16 State FFA Vice-President representing Area 7. Streit had these thoughts on the overall event in Columbia.

Streit’s S.A.E. project comprises training show horses, conducting 4-H horsemanship clinics, giving riding lessons to kids and a unique opportunity working as a Warpaint assistant for the Kansas City Chiefs.

Streit has received area equine placement proficiency award, and was named Chapter Star Greenhand, and also received the chapter scholastic award. Listen to the full interview with Rylee Streit

The Concordia FFA Chapter was able to earn a Top Chapter Award at this years’ 87th Missouri State FFA Convention in Columbia. Chapter President, Hanna Janik, explains how the chapter acheived this award.

Janik says that part of the benefit of participating in FFA is knowing that youth in agriculture is important and their chapter does several projects with younger students.

Only ten percent of state chapters receive a top chapter designation each year. Listen to the full interview with Hannah Janik

Abbey Bertz of the Odessa FFA Chapter placed fourth in the Division II prepared public speaking career development event during the 87th Missouri State FFA Convention in Columbia. Speakers deliver a three to four minute speech based on an agricultural topic that they select and research. Bertz talks about her competition speech.

Sixteen students from six districts were selected to compete at the state level. Bertz says she is planning on continuing her experience in FFA for her Senior year of High School next year and also at the college level as well. Listen to the full interview with Abbey Bertz

The Missouri FFA Association recognized Tyler Jenkins of the Malta Bend FFA Chapter as Area 6 Star in Agribusiness at the 87th Missouri State FFA Convention in Columbia. Area Stars in Agribusiness are selected based upon outstanding acheivement in work experience in an agricultural based business as part of a student’s S.A.E. project, as well as active participation in FFA. Jenkins talked about his winning project.

Jenkins is currently serving as the Chapter President and also has a special relationship with his advisor Terry Jenkins.

Jenkins competed at state in the dairy cattle evaluation, poultry and horse evaluation career development events. He also was awarded grand champion FFA showmanship at the Missouri State Fair for both sheep and swine. Listen to the full interview with Tyler Jenkins.

The Hamilton FFA Chapter placed third out of 39 teams in the nursery/landscaping career development competition at the 87th Missouri State FFA Convention. The team members are Lyndi Heldenbrand, Edward Ernat, Kenna Schmidt, and Alexx Angle. Heldenbrand was the highest scoring member of her team, placing fifth out of the 144 participants, she explains what all is entailed in the competition.

Sponsored by the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, this C.D.E. is one way the FFA prepares student members for career success through learning and making a real connection to lifetime goals. Listen to the full interview with Lyndi Heldenbrand

Molly Bertz of the Higginsville FFA Chapter placed second in the advanced prepared public speaking career development event at the 87th Missouri State FFA Convention. Speakers in the competition deliver 6 to 8 minute speeches based on an agricultural topic they have selected and researched. Bertz, a Senior this year talked about her speech.

Durting her research for the competition Bertz says she was able to educate herself on a variety of agriculture issues.

Along with Bertz’ success, fellow member Colton Williams was awarded the State Star Farmer Award and the Higginsville chapter as a whole placed 25th out of 338 chapters in the state, earnig a coveted Top Chapter award. Listen to the full interview with Molly Bertz.

The Keytesville FFA Chapter boasts a pair of award winners from the 87th Missouri State FFA Convention in Columbia. Senior Morgan Schupback won the FFA Swine Production Entrepreneurship Proficency Award, and Sophomore Tanner Neidholdt won the Grain Production Placement Proficiency Award. Schupback talked about one of the most important parts of the experience.

Neidholdt explained the process he had to complete for his competition.

Proficiency Awards are designed to recognize FFA members who excel as agricultural entrepreneurs, employees, or volunteers while gaining valuable hands-on career experience. Listen to the full interview with Morgan Shupback and Tanner Neidholt.

Chillicothe FFA members Emma Leamer and Madelyn Warren received a Missouri Agribusiness Academy Certificate during the 87th Missouri FFA Convention. Leamer explains what the program is about.

Leamer says while it will be a busy schedule for those five days, she has one main goal as to what she is looking for.

Since 1988, the Missouri Agribusiness Academy has awarded more than 800 academy memberships. Listen to the full interview with Emma Leamer.

The Missouri FFA Association recognized Colby Ruoff of the Chillicothe FFA Chapter as the Area 2 Star in Placement at the 87th Missouri FFA Convention. Area Stars in Placement are selected based upon outstanding achievement in work experience in an agricultural business as part of a students S.A.E. and Ruoff says that he has gained invaluable experience working with David Walker Farms, Quinn Farms and D.Q. Precision Planting and Tillage, but this past summer got a unique opportunity.

Another member of the Chillicothe FFA Chapter that did well was Timber Ballantyne who received the second place Missouri FFA Agricultural Processing Entrepreneurship and Placement Combined Proficiency Award. Ballantyne talks about some of the things he learned during his time working on his S.A.E. which was comprised of his employment at his family’s business, Meadville Meat Locker.

Ballantyne has served as a delegate and courtesy corp member at state FFA convention, competed in trap shoot competitions and exhibited at the Missouri State Fair. Listen to the full interviews with Colby Ruoff and Timber Ballantyne.

Austin Boland, a Senior at Sweet Springs High School and a member of the Sweet Springs FFA Chapter received the second-place Missouri FFA Grain Production Entrepreneurship Proficiency Award at the 87th Missouri State FFA Convention. Boland talks about his supervised agricultural experience project.

As an FFA member, Boland attended the state and national FFA conventions, as well as the Washington Leadership Conference and served as area FFA Vice-President. Boland had this bit of advice for younger members of FFA.

Outside of FFA, Boland has exhibited at the Missouri State Fair, American Royal, and the World Pork Expo. Listen to the full interview with Austin Boland.

Derrek Hardy, a Junior at the Brookfield Area Career Center and member of the Brookfield FFA Chapter received the second-place Missouri FFA Dairy Production Entrepreneurship Proficiency Award at the 87th Missouri State FFA Convention. Hardy says along with the award, he has learned some valuable life lessons as well.

Hardy plans on entering the Dairy industry in his future and had this comment on the Dairy Revitalization Act.


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Hardy has attended both state and national FFA conventions and served on the courtesy corp on the national level. In addition to FFA, Hardy is secretary of the Linn County 4-H Council and student body treasurer at his High School. Listen to the full interview with Derrek Hardy.

Abby Turner of the Brookfield FFA Chapter won the Division II prepared public speaking career development event at the 87th Missouri FFA Convention. Turner’s speech focused on a topic that some may not have even considered, and talks about her speech on honeybees.

After many hours of preparation and research on the subject, Turner has plans to persue the topic further.

Division II prepared public speakers deliver a three to four minute speech based on an agriculture topic they have selected and researched, then after presentation, undergo an additional three minutes of questions from the judges. Listen to the entire interview with Abby Turner.

The Winner in Goat Production Entrepreneurship and Placement Proficiency Award at the 87th Missouri State FFA Convention was Lauren Haley of the Chillicothe FFA Chapter. Haley wasn’t done there, as she was also named as the Area 2 Star in Agriscience. Haley explains both awards she received.

Haley says she plans to study agricultual education and animal science at the University of Missouri and has plans for after graduation as well.

Haley has served as chapter 1st Vice-President as well as Area 2 President and she has competed in the National Agriscience Fair for three years, once receiving 2nd place. Listen to the entire interview with Lauren Haley.

Jozie Reeter, a member of the Chillicothe FFA Chapter received the second-place Missouri FFA Small Animal Production and Care Entrepreneurship and Placement Combined Proficiency Award at the 87th Missouri state FFA Convention. Reeter gives an overview of her project.

As an FFA member, Reeter has attended both state and National FFA Conventions as well as the Washington Leadership COnference. She has also attended state FFA leadership camp, public speaking academy, and has participated in the state convention courtesy corp. Listen to the entire interview with Jozie Reeter.