Milan FFA receives a Top Chapter Award

<p> <font size="2">Members of the Milan FFA Chapter accept the tenth-place Gold Emblem Chapter Award during the 86th Missouri FFA Convention, April 24-25, in Columbia, Mo. Front Row (From Left): Savannah Taylor, Kyley Doak, Nathan Miller, Morgan Gray. Back Row: Jack Green, advisor; Jarred Sayre, advisor.</font> </p>


The Milan FFA Chapter also placed fourth in the FFA Agricultural Issues Forum Career Development Event (CDE) at the 86th Missouri FFA Convention.

Milan team members include Kyley Doak, Jessica Hoover, Savannah Taylor, Morgan Gray, and Kaylee Michael. The Milan advisors are Jack Green and Jarred Sayre.

Teams in the Agricultural Issues Forum CDE create a presentation that focuses on an important agricultural issue faced by their community. Team members then give their presentation at least five times to community organizations before competing in the event.

Sponsored by the Missouri FFA Association, this contest is one of many ways the FFA prepares student members for career success. CDEs engage student learning and make a real connection to lifetime goals.

The Missouri FFA Association also recognized Nathan Miller of the Milan FFA Chapter as the Area 3 Star in Agriscience at the 86th Missouri FFA Convention.

Area Stars in Agriscience are selected based upon outstanding achievement in agriscience as part of a studentâ??s Supervised Agricultural Experience program (SAE) and active participation in FFA. Area 3 includes 23 chapters in the Northeast District.

This is the first year the state association recognized Agriscience for a star designation. Star in Agriscience candidates have an SAE where the student is actively engaged in agriscience research and experimentation. This includes students who are actively engaged in individual research, as well as students who may be cooperating on research with others including, but not limited to, teams in school, experiment stations, or colleges and universities. MFA Inc., Columbia, sponsors the area Star in Agriscience awards and the State Star in Agriscience award.

Millerâ??s SAE program started with the purchase of eight blueberry plants and an interest in how pH levels affected berry production and plant health. He has conducted two research studies involving his blueberry crop. The first study examined Millerâ??s theory that increased acidity levels would allow plants to reach higher production levels. The second study involved taking divisional cuttings from blueberry plants and planting them in various growing mediums to test the adaptability and drought resistance of the plants.


Milan FFA placed 10th out of 334 chapters in the state, earning a Top Chapter Award at the 86th Missouri FFA Convention. Only 10 percent of state chapters receive a top chapter designation each year.

Chapter activity awards, sponsored by FCS Financial, are given to chapters achieving excellence in student, chapter and community development. The Milan FFA Chapter advisors are Jack Green and Jarred Sayre.

Student development activities included a program called Making Dollars Make Sense, through which Milan FFA could financially support the members in their program with scholarships.

Chapter development activities are designed to promote excellence within the chapter. During the Funded by Fruit fundraiser, members of the Milan FFA chapter used teamwork to sort and move fruit quickly and efficiently delivering a fresh, high quality product to their customers. The event delivered nearly $31,000 of fruit, meat and cheese products within three days.

Milan FFA community development activities included their annual Milan FFA Jackpot Show where they raised more than $5,200 to give to the Crohnâ??s and Colitis Foundation and the Cancer Research Institute of America. The money helped local citizens affected by those diseases.

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 87th National FFA Convention in Louisville, Ky.

The Missouri FFA has 25,852 members representing 334 chapters and the national organization has more than 579,000 members representing 7,570 local chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.