The Audrain County R-VI FFA Chapter placed 20th out of 340 chapters in the state, earning a Top Chapter Award at the 88th 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 Audrain County R-VI FFA advisor is Stacy French.
The Audrain County R-VI FFA student development activities included attending workshops designed to improve members’ leadership skills and sharing individual supervised agricultural experience programs on the chapter SAE and farm tour.
Audrain County R-VI FFA Chapter development activities included planting and harvesting a 41-acre field with the help of members and local farmers; hosting an appreciation breakfast for community farmers, local business owners and alumni; and leading activities at a recruitment event that showcases the agricultural education program.
Community development activities included hosting a farm safety day in which members taught elementary students about the importance of farm safety. Members also presented a Food for America programs about agricultural commodities and products to elementary students throughout the year.
The top chapters compete for the National FFA Chapter Award. Winners will be announced this Fall at the 89th National FFA Convention in Indianapolis.
Gavin Spoor wins State and Area 5 Award
Gavin Spoor, of Martinsburg, Mo., won the Missouri FFA Grain Production-Placement Profi-ciency award at the 88th Missouri FFA Convention.
Spoor is a senior at Community R-V High School and member of the Audrain County R-VI FFA Chapter.
Spoor’s supervised agricultural experience program is comprised of work done for Alan Shaw, as well as several other local farmers. As he has continued working, Spoor has taken on more responsibilities. Spoor operates equipment, loads trailers, repairs machinery, and prepares chemicals for application.
In FFA, Spoor attended State FFA Leadership Camp, where he earned the leadership medal award.
In addition to FFA, Spoor plays football, is a member of National Honor Society, and is on the honor roll.
After graduation, Spoor plans to pursue a degree in agricultural systems management from University of Missouri-Columbia. Spoor hopes to work for an agricultural production company and eventually start his own operation.
Proficiency awards recognize FFA members who excel as agricultural entrepreneurs, employees or volunteers while gaining hands-on career experience. Grain Production-Placement Proficiency is one of 48 proficiency award areas recognized at the state level. Missouri Corn Growers Association sponsored this award.
Spoor also received the Area 5 Star in Placement Award.
The son of Luther and Karen Spoor, of Martinsburg, received the honor at the Missouri FFA Convention.
Area Stars in Placement are selected based upon outstanding achievement in work experience in an agricultural business as a part of a student’s supervised agricultural experience program and active participation in FFA. Area 5 includes 19 chapters in the Northeast District.
MFA Inc., Columbia, Mo., sponsors the 16 area Star in Placement awards and the State Star in Placement Award.
Spoor’s SAE program began by working for local farmers during the summer and doing small jobs, such as cleaning machinery and equipment. Then, he began to expand his work for local farms. Spoor has been employed by Windmann Hog Farms, Kenny Schafer, Clark Hog Farms, and Shaw Farms. His responsibilities on these farms have included equipment maintenance, field preparation, spreading manure or fertilizers and vaccinating hogs
Spoor has served as chapter sentinel and historian. He has competed at the state level in the forestry and agronomy career development events. Spoor won the area agricultural mechanics repair and maintenance placement proficiency award in 2015.
In addition to the FFA, Spoor is a member of Future Business Leaders of America, National Honor Society and student council at Community R-VI High School.
After high school, Spoor plans to study agricultural systems management or general agriculture at the University of Missouri-Columbia.
Trever Hoyt wins State award for Swine
Trever Hoyt, of Laddonia, Mo., won the Missouri FFA Swine Production Placement Proficiency Award, first place, at the 88th Missouri FFA Convention.
Hoyt, a graduate of Community R-VI High School, is the son of Kevin and Brenda Hoyt. He is a member of the Audrain Co. R-VI FFA chapter. His FFA advisor is Stacy French.
Hoyt’s supervised agricultural experience program compromises his employment at J&J Epperson Farms and RW Martin & Sons Farms. Hoyt’s family also owns their own swine operation. Hoyt’s responsibilities include washing trailers, caring for injured or sick pigs, checking barns as well as disinfecting barns and trailers. After graduation Hoyt started working full time for Martin Farms and.
As an FFA member, Hoyt has attended the national and state conventions, Washington Leadership Conference, state FFA trap shoot and area banquet. Hoyt has competed in the rituals contest as well as the meats evaluation career development event.
In addition to FFA, Hoyt was involved in varsity golf, Future Business Leaders of America, Audrain County Pork Producers, Missouri Pork Producers and SkillsUSA.
Hoyt’s future plans are to continue working for his family farm as well as attend Missouri Welding Institute in Nevada, Mo.
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.
Student teacher gets honored
University of Missouri-Columbia student Taylor Fredrick received a Missouri Vocational Agricultural Teachers Association Scholarship during the convention. Fredrick is a senior agricultural education major. She student teaches and advises members of the Audrain County R-VI FFA Chapter in Laddonia, Mo.