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Audrain County R-VI FFA gets Top Chapter Award at state

Posted on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at 9:38 am

Receiving Audrain County R-VI’s Top Chapter Award were, front row, from left: Ally Traesser, Sirrina Dunn, Tayler Cope, and Katie Bertels. Back row: Maddee Gastler, Avery Carline, and Travis Swaim.

The Audrain County R-VI FFA Chapter had a solid showing in this year’s Missouri State FFA Convention.
Top Chapter Award
Audrain Co. R-VI FFA placed 29th out of 342 chapters in the state, earning a Top Chapter Award at the 89th Missouri FFA Convention. Only 10% 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 FFA advisor is Stacy French.
The Audrain County R-VI FFA student development activities included personal growth workshops. Members attended workshops on career preparation, time management and personal organization.
Audrain County R-VI FFA chapter development activities included Farm and Home Safety Day. Members taught elementary students to watch for dangers around the farm as well as how to promote a safe working environment.
Community development activities included the Adopt-A-Highway program. Members promoted environmental responsibility by cleaning two miles of highway twice a year. In addition, members participated in the Adopt-A-Child program to sponsor a local child.
The top chapters compete for the National FFA Chapter Award. Winners will be announced this fall at the 90th National FFA Convention in Indianapolis.
FFA chapter development activities included Farm and Home Safety Day. Members taught elementary students to watch for dangers around the farm as well as how to promote a safe working environment.
Community development activities included the Adopt-A-Highway program. Members promoted environmental responsibility by cleaning two miles of highway twice a year. In addition, members participated in the Adopt-A-Child program to sponsor a local child.
The top chapters compete for the National FFA Chapter Award. Winners will be announced this fall at the 90th National FFA Convention in India

Matt Gastler won the state proficiency award for grain production entrepreneurship. He’s pictured with Ag Advisor Stacy French.

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Matthew Gastler, of Martinsburg, won the Missouri FFA Grain Production Entrepreneurship Proficiency Award at the 89th Missouri FFA Convention.
Gastler is a junior at Community R-VI High School. He is a member of the Audrain County FFA Chapter. His advisor is Stacy French.
Gastler’s supervised agricultural experience program consists of renting 94 acres with his brother from their grandpa to farm. They grow corn which is used to feed their cattle, the excess is stored in grain bins then later sold. With the profits of sold corn, they purchase seed, fertilizer, and chemicals.
As an FFA member, Gastler attended both state and national FFA conventions along with area and state FFA trap shoot events. He has placed in various proficiencies including Beef Production Placement as well as Oil and Fiber Crop Production Proficiency.
In addition to FFA, Gastler is a varsity player for the baseball and basketball team. He is also a member of the Callaway County Beef Cattlemen’s Association, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and the Grace Lutheran Church.
After graduating high school, Gastler plans to attend the University of Missouri-Columbia to major in agriculture.
Proficiency awards recognize FFA members who excel as agricultural entrepreneurs, employees or volunteers while gaining hands-on career experience. Grain Production Entrepreneurship is one of 48 proficiency award areas recognized at the state level. The Missouri Corn Growers Association sponsored this award.

Travis Swaim was second in proficiency for swine production. He’s with Ag Advisor Stacy French.

Swaim takes second place
Travis Cole Swaim, of Martinsburg, received the second-place Missouri FFA Swine Production Placement Proficiency Award at the 89th Missouri FFA Convention.
Swaim, a senior at Community R-VI High School, is the son of Jamie and Brenda Swaim.
He is a member of the Audrain County FFA chapter. His FFA advisor is Stacy French.
Swaim’s supervised agricultural experience program involves his employment at Windmann Hog Farms LLC.
He tends to the 27,000 feeder hogs to ensure their health. Travis checks barns, gives vaccinations, checks the barn’s control systems, and aids in shipping out finished hogs.
He has learned to properly handle the loading process to keep the stress level of the hogs low.
As an FFA member, Swaim has attended the national and state FFA conventions, Washington Leadership Conference, State FFA trap shoot, and has been an exhibitor for the District FFA Fair.
Travis has competed in the floriculture, nursery/landscape, and grasslands evaluations career development events at the state level.
In addition to FFA, Swaim is the president of the Future Business Leaders Club and a representative for student council.
He is a member of the Science-Envirothon and the Community R-VI baseball team.
After graduation, Swaim plans to attend a local community college to earn an associate‚s degree then return to Windmann’s and work full-time.
Proficiency awards recognize FFA members who excel as agricultural entrepreneurs, employees or volunteers while gaining hands-on career experience.
Swine Production Placement is one of 48 proficiency award areas recognized at the state level. The Missouri Pork Association sponsored this award.