The Stover FFA sent five eighth-graders and 29 high school students Tuesday, Sept. 19 to the University of Missouri’s Bradford Research Center in Columbia. According to chapter reporter James Ritchie, they listened to guest speakers about the varieties of peppers and tomatoes, and got to try several different salsa recipes, including ones using peppers that have been genetically modified to be “super-hot.” They visited stations devoted to soybean breeding, using drones in agriculture, artificial intelligence, and using switchgrass as biofuel. They also experienced a fistulated cow, which has an opening directly into its stomach, allowing scientists to study animal rations and digestion. “Even though it was nasty to some,” said Ritchie, “those who wanted to, put a glove on that went up to their shoulders, and then they would stick their hand inside its stomach.” Participating in the trip were, from left, Gabby Wiecken, Matt Underwood, Abigale Haase, Wyatt Williams, Nicholas Thomas, Taylor Osman, Paige Murry, Garrett Eldridge, Trever McCollom, Kody Winters, Devlyn Fry, Taten Herx, Austin White, Madison Mosher, Tabitha Ypya, Logan Hood, Josh Denman, Austin Webb, Abby Dittmer, Landon Douglas, Alyssa Clark, Kiersten Brosius, Melissa Kerksiek, Asia Marriott, Blake Johannes, Trey Dixon, Brandon Berkstresser, Cole Smith, Kierra Shepherd, Gerald Wood, Grant Louiselle, Gaige Decker, James Ritchie, and not pictured, Jacob Ritchie. (submitted photo)