Waynesville Future Farmers of America (FFA) officers traveled to Maryville, Mo. on Monday...

WAYNESVILLE FFA OFFICER RETREAT- Waynesville Future Farmers of America (FFA) officers traveled to Maryville, Mo. on Monday to participate in team building activities and tour the Northwest Missouri State University farm.

FFA members in attendance were chapter president Tyler Partridge, chapter vice president Millie Schmidt, chapter reporter Dustin Armistead, chapter chaplain Hunter Carroll, chapter parliamentarian Blayne Kelley, and chapter member Caleb Rowden. Chaperones in attendance were Jason and Shelly Long and Northwest student Elicia Hickman.

The tour of the NWMSU farm focused on swine and dairy production. Waynesville students observed all stages of the farrow to finish operation where sows are artificially inseminated, housed in farrowing crates after parturition, sorted by sex and size for grow out, and fed to market size of 270 pounds. FFA members also had the opportunity to work with farm staff to milk a series of dairy cows where they learned about udder conformation, milk fat and the milking process.

FFA chapter members faced their fears Tuesday by climbing a confidence tower more than fifty feet tall, then worked with teamwork and communication to successfully navigate their way through a high element obstacle course.

The officers want to thank the Waynesville FFA Booster Club for sponsoring their trip and supporting Waynesville Agriculture. You can follow the Waynesville FFA Booster Club by texting 40404. Type "follow WCCFFA" and notifications will be texted to you, or you can friend them at Waynesville FFA Booster Club on Facebook.