Ashland FFA receives Top Chapter Award

Ashland FFA receives Top Chapter Award


Joyce Cutright: 417-880-2625
Jeremy Whistance: 573-268-0009

COLUMBIA, Mo., April 21, 2022 – The Missouri FFA Association awarded Ashland FFA Chapter a Gold Emblem, a Top Chapter Award. Ashland placed seventh out of 353 chapters. Only 10 percent of state chapters receive a top chapter designation each year. 


The National Chapter Award Program is designed to recognize FFA chapters that actively implement the mission and strategies of the organization. Chapters improve 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 Ashland FFA advisors are Justin Belew and Rebekah Hammett. 


The Ashland FFA growing leaders activities included Scholarship Harvest. The scholarship committee organized a fundraiser harvesting grapes at Beckmeyer vineyards to raise money toward two $750 senior scholarships. To earn the scholarship, FFA members completed an application that was judged by the advisory committee. The winners can use the funds for educational costs. 


Chapter activities in the strengthening agriculture category included There’s A Pig in the Classroom. FFA worked with 5th grade students and provided an agricultural literacy experience that promoted accurate information about swine production.


Building communities activities included the Plastic Film Recycle Challenge. Members engaged the community through social media posts and accessible plastic drop-off sites. Members collected the plastic film and recycled it weekly. 


The top chapters compete for the National FFA Chapter Award. Winners will be announced this fall at the 95th National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis.

The Missouri FFA has 25,626 members representing 353 chapters. The national organization has more than 735,000 members representing 8,817 chapters in all 50 states and Puerto Rico.

The FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.

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