2016 National FFA Convention

Ohio well represented among National FFA Proficiency Finalists

Ohio was represented at the 89th National FFA Convention and Expo by 16 finalists in the National FFA Proficiency competition. The contest revolves around the work done through a Supervised Agricultural Experience, otherwise known as an SAE.

We came across several of these finalists in Indianapolis. Watch the video below as several of them recap each of their projects and the work that’s gone into it so far.

Proficiency winners from Ohio were:

Agriscience Research—Plant Systems
Mariah Joy Cox

Mariah Joy Cox of the Zane Trace FFA Chapter in Chillicothe, Ohio, has participated in science fairs since the fourth grade and found that she enjoyed the scientific research process and sharing her results with the judges.  Her SAE research has focused on three projects, all related to plant science.  She first identified properties of potato starch and their applications to plant-based packaging.  Secondly, she compared two varieties of raspberries in terms of phenolics and anthocyanins. … Continue reading

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Schaefer represents Ohio as 2016 Star Farmer Finalist

One of the more prestigious awards in the National FFA Organization is being named Star Farmer. It remains an honor in itself to be named a Star Farmer Finalist across the nation. Evan Schaefer of the Miami Trace FFA did just that at the National FFA Convention and he spoke with Ohio Ag Net’s Joel Penhorwood about his farm and his experience.… Continue reading

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Bloom Carroll FFA’s Smith makes Extemp Speaking top four

At the 89th National FFA Convention currently underway in Indianapolis, Evan Smith of the Bloom Carroll FFA Chapter made the top four of extemporaneous public speaking, one of the more unique and challenging of the public speaking events. He finished third in the nation.

Ohio Ag Net’s Joel Penhorwood spoke with Smith about the honor and his preparation for the finals in this video.… Continue reading

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A brief history of National FFA Convention as it moves back to Indy

The National FFA Organization’s 89th annual National Convention & Expo is underway this week from October 19th through the 22nd. This time, it travels back to the familiar home of Indianapolis, Indiana. The return follows a multi-year stretch in which the convention moved back to its former home of Louisville, Kentucky through 2015. Indianapolis will now be the host city through at least 2024.

A growing organization is partially the reason behind the change back to our neighbors in the west. The National FFA Organization currently boasts a new record-high student membership of 649,335, a 3% notch higher than just a year before.

Well over 60,000 of those students are expected to be lining the streets of Indianapolis in blue corduroy jackets. As those students gear up for a busy week ahead, we take a look back at the change the organization’s biggest event has seen down the years, as well as what lies ahead.… Continue reading

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Ohio FFA members poised for big things in Indy

As usual, Ohio FFA will be well represented at the 2016 National FFA Convention. Here is a list of Ohio participants to watch for this week.

American FFA Degrees – 345                                                        

American Star Farmer FinalistEvan Schaefer, Miami Trace

National Officer Candidate Matthew Klopfenstein, Wayne Trace

Honorary American Degrees

Jo Heather Arnett, Hillsboro

Kevin Blakley, Fairfield

Joseph Boff, Columbus

Dan Fulk, West Salem

Harold Karcher, Richwood

Patrick Lynch, Columbus

Ronald Overmyer, Oak Harbor

Dave Stiles, New Philadelphia

Tim Turner, Baltimore


National Proficiency Award Finalists

Agricultural Mechanics Design and Fabrication – Luke Durbin, Indian Valley

Agricultural Mechanics Repair and Maintenance-Entrepreneurship – Reed Aller, St. Marys

Agricultural Mechanics Repair and Maintenance-Placement – Ross Homan, Ft. Recovery

Agricultural Processing – Brandon Palmer, Firelands

Agriscience Research Plant – Mariah Cox, Zane Trace

Beef Production-Entrepreneurship – Curtis Harsh, Buckeye Valley

Dairy Production-Placement – Cameron Mizer, Ridgewood

Diversified Crop Production-Entrepreneurship – Brice Walker, East Clinton

Goat Production – Olivia Congrove, Zane Trace

Landscape Management – Shaun Wenrick, Anna

Poultry Production – Riley Evans, Miami Trace

Sheep Production – Lindsay Shell, Blanchester

Swine Production-Entrepreneurship – Nole Gerfen, Ridgemont

Swine Production-Placement – Mitchell Kramer, New Bremen

Vegetable Production – Frank Becker, Smithville

Wildlife Production and Management – Tyler Stewart, East Clinton


National Chapter Award-Models of Excellence Finalists

Felicity-Franklin, Houston, Miami Trace, Ridgemont


National Chapter Award-Models of Innovation Finalists

Community Development – Bowling Green, Ridgemont

Chapter Development – Ridgemont, Versailles

Student Development – Northwestern(D3)


Two-Star Chapters – Benjamin Logan, Newton


Three-Star Chapters – Anna, Black River, Blanchester, Bowling Green, Cardington, Clear Fork Valley, Covington, Crestview-Ashland, Elgin, Fayetteville, Felicity-Franklin, Houston, Hardin Northern, Kenton, London, Lynchburg-Clay, Marysville, Miami East-MVCTC, Miami Trace, Mowrystown, North Union, New Bremen, Northwestern(D3), Peebles, Ridgemont, Versailles, Wauseon, Zane Trace

National Agriscience Fair Finalists

Animal Systems Division 1 – Jessica McWatters, Pettisville

Animal Systems Division 2 – Olivia Pflaumer, Zane Trace

Animal Systems Division 3 – Rachel Lokai and Natalie Zerkle, A.B.Continue reading

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Five must-see experiences at National FFA Convention

You will not want to leave Indianapolis without taking part in these five things

The 89th National FFA Convention & Expo will be held in Indianapolis, Indiana on October 19 to 22. The four-day convention is an unforgettable experience for students who attend. FFA members from across the nation come together once a year to celebrate their achievements and become motivated for what’s next. This year Indianapolis will be packed full of opportunities for attendees to engage in including general sessions, motivational keynote speakers, tours, concerts, service projects and more.

Navigating the sea of blue corduroy jackets at convention can be a little overwhelming at times. Listed below are five “must-see” experiences you will want to do before leaving the 89th National FFA Convention & Expo.

Download the National FFA Convention & Expo mobile app

Available on iOS and Android, this brand new and engaging app is a must have for convention and is a free download.… Continue reading

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