COLUMBIA, Mo – Marshall FFA placed first out of 327 chapters in the state, earning the Top Chapter Award at the 84th Missouri FFA Convention.


Chapter activity awards, sponsored by FCS Financial, are given to chapters achieving excellence in student, chapter and community development. Marshall FFA Chapter advisors are Callie Dobbins, Jason Price, and Randy Plattner.


As part of their student development activities, members attended state and national leadership conferences and at least two members shared their experiences with the chapter at the next chapter meeting. Members also promote healthy lifestyle activities by keeping track of their physical activities over a two week period, then challenging themselves to increase that number during the following two weeks.  The chapter also conducts a record book competition to help teach money management skills and reinforce the importance of accurate records.


Chapter development activities are designed to promote excellence within the chapter. Marshall FFA members conduct a dodgeball tournament held on the Friday before class enrollment.  Chapter members as well as 8th grade students are invited to participate. While there, officers give testimonials about the benefits of joining FFA. Financial activities include the growing of 550 poinsettia plants for sale at Christmas time, developing a marketing plan, and keeping track of sale records. Other activities include writing monthly articles for the local newspaper and hosting an alumni career development event.


Marshall participates in the community with community development events. Members clean up both sides of a 1 mile area of highway near the high school. This is conducted twice a year to help keep the local environment clean while teaching litter control. Other activities include a used shoe drive, flag retirement ceremony, veterans’ breakfast, and agricultural issues presentations where members educate the public as well as answer questions concerning the issues discussed.


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 85th National FFA Convention in Indianapolis.The Missouri FFA has 25,760 members representing 327 chapters. The national organization has more than 540,000 members representing 7,489 local chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. 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.

Press Release Courtesy of the Missouri FFA Association.