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(West Plains) – Members of the West Plains FFA chapter earned $1500 for their FFA program by participating in the third annual FFA Chapter Challenge.

New this year, Chapter Challenge offered FFA members in 15 states two ways to participate. Chapters could compete in the Voting Challenge or the Chapter Advocacy Portfolio Challenge. In the Voting Challenge, members met with local farmers to build relationships and learn about their livelihood, and those farmers then voted for their favorite FFA chapter. The Chapter Advocacy Portfolio Challenge encouraged chapters to meet with agriculturalists and community members to broaden their understanding about agriculture and then promote what they learned through social media and by creating a video. The West Plains FFA chapter received $1500 in credit for placing first in the Voting Challenge in Missouri.

Across the country, more than 300 FFA chapters were in the running for the FFA Chapter Challenge grand prize, sponsored by the National FFA Foundation and Monsanto. The top chapter in each category received an all-expense paid trip for seven to the National FFA Convention & Expo. The top FFA chapters in each state received certificates of credit up to $2,500 which can be used with the national office for items such as new FFA blue jackets, convention fees and more.

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