The Union FFA placed 18th out of 331 chapters in the state, earning a Top Chapter Award at the 85th 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 Union FFA chapter advisers are David Brooks, Danielle Blair, Heather Eberlin and Kyle Mabury.

Union FFA chapter student development activities included teaching elementary students safety procedures, hosting the FFA super farmer contest, and developing displays for the agriland center for two fairs.

Union FFA chapter members participated in chapter development activities such as an antique tractor pull where members collected ads and developed a promotional book that was distributed prior to the event. Other activities included an annual banquet, an officer retreat and a county cookout.

Community development activities included improving and maintaining the Franklin County Courthouse square, welcome sign, and veterans and 9/11 memorials. In addition, the chapter helps restore historical abandoned cemeteries, presents food and fiber production presentations, collects canned food goods and cleans the historical Union Cemetery.

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 86th FFA convention in Louisville.

The Missouri FFA has 25,062 members representing 331 chapters. The national organization has more than 550,000 members representing 7,489 local chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth.