Many FFA groups attended the Graves-Chapple Farm FFA Day on Thursday, September 19, at the MU Extension Building and Atchison County Fair Grounds. Schools attending were Rock Port, Tarkio, Fairfax, Mound City, Craig, South Holt, Maryville, St Joseph and Shenandoah. There were around 340 students in attendance and 16 advisors from MU Extension.

One of the booths demonstrated the digestive tract of cattle using a fistulated cow. Trey Peshek is learning how farmers use a cannula (a hole in the side of the cow) that allows them to look and feel inside the stomach and ensure more balanced feeding for the animals.

Andrew Biggs, superintendent MU Bradford Research Center, talks to one group about GMOs.

Submitted by Johnny Davis, Historian

On Thursday, September 19, 27 Rock Port FFA members attended Graves-Chapple Field Day at Rock Port’s fairgrounds. There, the members transitioned through stations where they learned about different factors of agriculture.

Some stations featured were, MU CAFNR, Torq’N Tigers, horticulture, a station displaying the part corn, soybeans, and wheat plays in our everyday life, GMO, yield of corn, and beef quality.

The highlight for most students that day was the station with a cannulated cow. Each student was given the opportunity to put their arm and hand in the cow.

After the chapter completed all the stations, the Graves-Chapple staff provided hot dogs, hamburgers, chips, and cookies for the members.