The Edwards County FFA chapter recently participated in Section 23’s Parliamentary Procedure and Conduct of Chapter Meeting competitions. The Parliamentary Procedure team placed 3rd overall and had a couple members place in the top five of each category. Halley Kocher placed 3rd place secretary and Carissa Jefferson placed 3rd place chairperson. The other members of the team included Addie Bailey, Tara Michels, Callie Messerole and Rylan Robb.

Conduct of Chapter Meeting was also the same night as Parliamentary Procedure. Participants in this included Heidi Beadles, Sally Pinkstaff, Emma Glover, Emma Gill, Kassidi Metcalf, Cage Metcalf and Caden Rothtock. The team placed 4th overall.

Congrats to both teams on a great season!

The Edwards County FFA also had five members participate at District Five Proficiency Judging. Congratulations to Halley Kocher for winning the District 5 Diversified Livestock Production as well as Hayley Buerster for winning District 5 Goat Production. With earning first place in their category, they have among the top five record books in Illinois in their project area. ECHS also had three 2nd placings. These included Laney Stephens in Beef Production, Rylan Robb in Safety and Caleb Stevens in Outdoor Recreation. Edwards County FFA is so proud of all five participants and cannot wait to cheer Halley and Hayley on at state this year!

On March 5th, nine women from Edwards County High School loaded on a bus to Decatur to prepare for the Women Changing the Face of Ag conference the next day. Those in attendance were Halley Kocher, Heidi Beadles, Callie Messerole, Emma Wiseman, Kassidi Metcalf, Emma Glover, Brooklyn Metcalf, Hayley Buerster and Libby Kincart.

At this conference, the girls attended a career fair consisting of purely ag companies. The presentations were done by women in the companies. There was a brief college fair of all female representatives before the guest speaker. This year, the speaker was influencer Michelle Miller, better known as ‘Farm Babe.’ Miller is an online influencer who spreads information on agriculture via blogs and social media. She had many encouraging words for the future of agriculture at this conference. The girls all had a great time and plan to attend again next year.

On Saturday, Feb. 22, Edwards County FFA loaded on two buses to travel to St. Louis. The group went on a tour of Busch Stadium where they learned all about Cardinal baseball history. The tour started with a simple run down of what the stadium is, who owns it, and the importance of the stadium. There was a presentation on the history of Cardinal baseball and how the team came to be. To conclude the tour, students visited dug outs and had the opportunity to take plenty of pictures! Once the tour was over, students walked across the street to eat at Ballpark Village. FFA members then loaded on buses again and headed to the PBR rodeo. The members sat in a large group and had a great time. Students even had the opportunity to meet certain bull riders and get their autograph. Overall, the trip was a huge success and is something the organization plans to continue in the future.