FFA news

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Students Research at Bradford Farms

On Tuesday, Sept. 15, 40 Marshall FFA students were eligible to take a field trip to the University of Missouri's Bradford Research Center near Columbia. On this day, the research center hosted hundreds of students from dozens of area high schools to teach them about careers in agriculture and the research that takes place at the center. Students enjoyed getting out of the classroom for a day of hands-on agriculture education. Stations were set up to represent the numerous topics of research that takes place at the farm, from raising saltwater shrimp to extremely hot ghost peppers. One of the students' favorite activities was being able to stick their hands into a cow's stomach, as it had a surgically implanted hole used to monitor its digestive system. Students definitely learned a lot about all the different aspects and careers of the research farm hosted by the CAFNR department of Missouri University.

Greenhand and Chapter Degree Conference

On Wednesday, Sept. 16, the Greenhand and Chapter Degree Conference was held at Marshall High School. FFA organizations from Area VI met to participate in the leadership event. Around 40 Marshall FFA students showed up to heighten their leadership skills. This conference was open to first-and-second year FFA members who want to receive their Greenhand or Chapter degree. An Area VI meeting and small group sessions hosted by FFA officers were held at the gathering. The special guest, Central Region Vice President Kristen Schmidt, held a large group meeting discussing the steps of how to turn thoughts into actions and accomplish goals. Small group sessions discussed numerous topics on how to communicate clearly, develop teamwork skills, and the benefits of having a Supervised Agriculture Experience within FFA. The conference was also a great event to welcome new members into the FFA organization as it focused on different ways to get involved and make the most out of one's agriculture education experience. The conference was ended with closing ceremonies and students were informed of an upcoming Area VI barnwarming activity.

September meeting

On Monday, Sept. 14, Marshall FFA held its monthly meeting. Around 40 members attended the first FFA event during the school year. To kick off this new year of FFA, group leaders --who are also officers and students of the leadership class -- met with the other students to participate in introductory activities. They worked together to develop a team name, motto, chant and signal, which were later shared with the remaining teams. During the meeting, students were called on to talk about their summer activities such as FFA camp, WLC, and livestock showing at the fair. Marshall FFA also voted to donate $50 to the Marshall High School Marching Band, noting the importance of supporting the other organizations in the high school. Students were dismissed after learning about the upcoming events within Marshall FFA. September's meeting focused on welcoming new, first-year students into the organization.

Submitted by Taylor Petzoldt -- Marshall FFA Reporter