The Missouri FFA Association awarded Chillicothe FFA a Gold Emblem, a Top Chapter Award, according to a press release from the Missouri State FFA Convention. Only 10 percent of state chapters receive a top chapter designation each year. Model of Innovation winners and rankings will be announced at a summer event.

The National Chapter Award Program is designed to recognize FFA chapters that actively implement the mission and strategies of the organization. These chapters improve chapter operations using the National Quality Chapter Standards and a Program of Activities that emphasize growing leaders, building communities and strengthening agriculture. Chapters are rewarded for providing educational experiences for the entire membership. This award is sponsored by FCS Financial. The Chillicothe FFA advisors are Leda Schreiner, Lance Martin, Randy Plattner and Neal Wolf.

The Chillicothe FFA growing leaders activities included SAE on Display. Members conducted school farm tours for local, state and national groups. Through this event, students communicated the importance of supervised agricultural experience programs.

Chapter activities in the strengthening agriculture category included Communicating News about Agriculture. Chillicothe FFA partnered with University of Missouri to host a one-day conference for Missouri high school students about agricultural journalism and communications-related careers.

Building communities activities included Warm Fuzzies. Chapter members, alumni and community members came together and made 80 fleece blankets to donate to Children’s Mercy Hospital along with a monetary donation collected from the community.

The top chapters compete for the National FFA Chapter Award. Winners will be announced this fall at the 93rd National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis.

The Missouri FFA has 25,945 members representing 348 chapters. The national organization has more than 700,000 members representing 8,612 chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.