California FFA receives Top Chapter Award

California 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 California FFA Chapter a Gold Emblem, a Top Chapter Award. California placed ninth 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 California FFA advisors are Adam Bieri, Gary Reichel, Dale Hodges and Gary Morris. 


The California FFA growing leaders activities included the FFA Nitty Gritty Mud Volleyball Tournament. Many members participated in this event by creating the mud pits, officiating and playing. The purpose of this event is to encourage members to be physically active. 


Chapter activities in the strengthening agriculture category included FFA Summer Round-Up. This event welcomed returning members back to school and new members into their program. 


Building communities activities included the Ag Ed on the Move Program. Members of the agricultural leadership class traveled to a 3rd grade classroom to teach children about the importance of agriculture. Lessons are developed during the week and taught on Fridays. 


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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