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Ohio FFA — Welcome to 2023!

Message from Ohio FFA State President Aubrey Schwartz

It’s hard to believe that 2023 is already here!

This year, my teammates and I have been so blessed to meet so many of our 27,703 Ohio FFA members. Throughout this year, we have been impacted by so many of you in such a positive way. You all have added value to our lives in ways that we can’t explain! Whether that has been at FFA Camp, Chapter Visits, Leadership Nights, Greenhand and Chapter Degree ceremonies or National Convention, we’ve had a great time celebrating Ohio FFA with dance moves, laughs and joy. 

Speaking of national convention…what a week in Indianapolis we had! Ohio truly beamed with Buckeye pride as many of our members crossed the stage. 

We had two American Star finalists, 28 proficiency finalists, 25 agriscience finalists, a national band member, a national choir member, five national talent competitors, numerous career development teams, and five chapters competed to be one of the top chapters in the nation. … Continue reading

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From family dairy to the big stage: Bolin-Ervin wins at the Big E

By Bethany Starlin, OCJ FFA reporter

Growing up on a farm of any kind is bound to teach you valuable lessons and present experiences that stick with you for the rest of your life. For Abbi Bolin-Ervin, her upbringing has carried her far into her FFA career and contributed greatly to her future career plans. 

Located in Athens, Ohio, Ervin’s Dairy Farm is a multi-generation family farm that has been in operation for over 100 years. 

“My great grandparents started farming in 1917 and then my grandparents took over after them. Once my grandparents retired, my dad and his two brothers, Ronnie and Scotty took over the farm so it’s safe to say it’s always been a family thing,” Bolin-Ervin said. 

It didn’t take long for Bolin-Ervin to follow in the footsteps of the family members that came before her. As she became more involved on the farm, her passion for agriculture only grew stronger. … Continue reading

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FFA jackets awarded to first-year members

This fall, the Ohio FFA Foundation awarded the funds for chapters to purchase 216 FFA jackets for first-year members. Students from across Ohio either applied or were nominated to be a part of the Blue Jackets program, sponsored by Beck’s Hybrids.
Beck’s Hybrids and the Ohio FFA Foundation have been committed to helping provide FFA jackets for first-year members since 2017. In total, the Ohio FFA Foundation has awarded 1,073 jackets through this program.
“The Ohio FFA Foundation is grateful for the generous individuals who provided blue jackets to more than 200 first-year members in our state,” said Jessica Parrish, executive director of the Ohio FFA Foundation. “Blue jacket recipients gain a sense of confidence and pride that helps jumpstart their involvement and growth in this organization.”
Jacket donors in 2022 included Beck’s Hybrids and 25 Beck’s Hybrids dealers, as well as multiple individuals and community supporters.
The blue, corduroy jacket is part of the National FFA Organization’s official dress; wearing one allows students to participate in several competitions, conferences, and events.… Continue reading

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Ridgemont FFA named Premier Chapter: Strengthening Agriculture

The Ridgemont FFA of Ohio was named the 2022 Premier Chapter: Strengthening Agriculture during the sixth general session of the 95th National FFA Convention & Expo this year in Indianapolis.

Ridgemont FFA of Ohio mixed Christmas and agriculture to help spark grade school students’ interest in FFA. The chapter created a Commodity Wall Map for students to look at, then members created and taught 42 different lessons about making Christmas gifts from agricultural commodities. They provided materials for students to make those gifts during a 30‐minute class break.

The National Chapter Award program recognizes outstanding FFA chapters that actively implement the organization’smission and strategies. These chapters improve chapter operations using the National Quality FFA Chapter Standards and a Program of Activities that emphasizes growing leaders, building communities, and strengthening agriculture. Chapters are rewarded for providing educational experiences for the entire membership. National FFA recognizes the top chapters with innovative activities in each of the three divisions: growing leaders, building communities and strengthening agriculture.… Continue reading

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National FFA Convention photo highlights

The Ridgemont FFA of Ohio was named the 2022Premier Chapter: Strengthening Agriculture. Photo by Ridgemont FFA.
Jacob Wuebker has been named the American Star in Agricultural Placement at the 2022 National FFA Convention.

The Versailles FFA Chapter was named the winner of the Model of Excellence award at the 2022 National FFA Convention.
Ohio FFA state officers enjoyed the convention
Proficiency winner in Fiber and/or Oil Crop Production – Thomas Rindfus, Wynford FFA
Dairy Production-Entrepreneurship – Carrie Rhoades, Ansonia
Versailles FFA 2022 Model of Excellence winner
Delaney Weisend at the Wilmington College booth in the trade show
There was some excitement when the winner of the Agricultural Communications proficiency was announced. Laura Wuebker, Versailles, was the national winner with her advisor, and mother, Dena, at her side.
Anna Spohler, Global Impact STEM Academy, finished first in the Agriscience Fair in Environmental Services/Natural Resource Systems.
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Ohio’s National Proficiency Award winners in 2022

From the Sixth General Session

Small Animal Production and Care – Halle Miller, Norwayne FFA
Turf Grass Management – Nathaniel McCandlish, Fairfield Union FFA
Vegetable Production – Griffin Craig Gilmor, Lakota FFA

From the Fifth General Session

Landscape Management – Jared Weigandt, New Bremen FFA

From the Fourth General Session

Fiber and/or Oil Crop Production – Thomas Rindfus, Wynford FFA

From the Third General Session

Dairy Production-Entrepreneurship – Carrie Rhoades, Ansonia

From the Second General Session

Agricultural Communications – Laura Wuebker, Versailles
Agricultural Mechanics Repair and Maintenance-Placement – Caden Keck, West Muskingum
Agricultural Services – John Gilbert, Valley View-MVCTC

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Van Fleet preparing for National FFA office candidacy

By Bethany Starlin, OCJ FFA reporter

Each year, six individuals are elected to serve the now more than 850,000 FFA members across the country during the National FFA Convention. The team announcement is a highlight for many in attendance as the level of excitement and energy in the room is truly indescribable. 

Albeit the road to national office ends at convention, the path to get there is far from straight. Preparations begin months before convention as candidates invest countless hours into learning more about themselves and the organization as a whole.

The interview process requires candidates to have an extreme depth of knowledge and self-understanding, which is put to the test in several different rounds. General interviews, extemporaneous speaking, workshop facilitation, advocacy demonstrations, casual activities and prepared speaking are just a few of the rounds that candidates complete during the week leading up to national convention. 

The process is extremely stressful and taxing, yet so rewarding because of the friendships gained and personal growth experienced. … Continue reading

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Stars showcase Ohio agriculture at the National FFA Convention

By Bethany Starlin, OCJ FFA reporter

Cooling temperatures, turning leaves and the ongoing autumn harvest are just a few of the signs that fall is beginning to slip into winter. For the next generation of agriculturalists, however, this seasonal change also marks the single greatest annual celebration of the National FFA Organization. With a membership as strong as 700,000 young people and over a million alumni and supporters, the organization is sure to celebrate the many accomplishments of the past year in a big way. 

During the last week of October, it is estimated that around 70,000 FFA members along with their supporters and guests will travel to Indianapolis for the 95th National FFA Convention & Expo. The week is busy but fulfilling as it energizes members for what’s to come in their FFA career while also recognizing the successes of those who have taken advantage of the opportunities that the blue jacket has presented them. … Continue reading

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Meet the ’22-’23 State FFA Officer Team

By Bethany Starlin, OCJ FFA reporter

The Ohio FFA State Convention serves both as a celebration of the successes experienced over the last year and a kickoff for what’s to come for Ohio FFA members. For 11 individuals, it also marks the beginning of an incredible year-long journey. 

Those elected to serve on the Ohio FFA State Officer Team take on the task of representing the more than 25,000 Ohio FFA members. This group of ambassadors works to influence the next generation of young leaders through chapter visits, leadership nights and a variety of conferences. In addition to working directly with FFA members, the team networks with sponsors and supporters, sharing the story of Ohio FFA with those they meet. 

Why did you join the FFA?

My mom is an agriculture educator and FFA advisor, which meant I had a front row seat to the avenues within agriculture and opportunities that the FFA held.… Continue reading

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Houin named National Proficiency Finalist

Submitted by West Holmes FFA Reporter Derek Miller

Garrett Houin, senior member of West Holmes FFA, competed at the national level in the proficiency area of outdoor recreation. In order to be named a National Finalist, Garrett had to compete at many other levels. He had to keep meticulous records and go through a series of evaluations in order to become a national finalist.  First, Garrett had to have an SAE, which is a Supervised Agricultural Experience, often started during a student’s freshmen year. Garret SAE includes him working for Buckeye Rodeo Company and competing in Steer Wrestling at rodeos, light rifle, and trap shooting. Garrett has kept records for over 3 years and filled out the proficiency application for 2 years. He has won both the District and State Proficiency Competitions as a part of the process of becoming a National Finalist. After interviewing and winning at the state level, Garretts application was then sent on to the National Level.… Continue reading

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Tri-County North-MVCTC FFA visits Farm Science Review

Submitted by Tri-County North-MVCTC FFA

On September 21, 2022 Mrs. Cox and 37 members of the Tri-County North -MVCTC FFA Chapter attended the Farm Science Review at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center in London, Ohio.  This industry trip allowed agricultural education students the opportunity to observe, interact and experience innovative production agriculture.  The Farm Science Review is a three day show that presents agricultural products and services from over 600 commercial exhibitors in an 80-acre exhibit area to over 130,000 visitors annually.  Another 600 acres of land are dedicated to field demonstrations for combines, tillage, nutrient application, and drainage installation.  The 67-acre Gwynne Conservation area provides hands-on education for natural resources management practices. The FFA members had a fun day filled with new experiences and learning! … Continue reading

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Five Zane Trace FFA Members Named National Finalists

This fall five members of the Zane Trace FFA Chapter, a satellite of PRCTC, will have the opportunity to compete at the highest level with their agriscience fair research projects and proficiency award applications. Recent graduate member Morgan Congrove was selected as one of four finalists in the Equine Entrepreneurship Proficiency Award competition. This was based on her extensive skill development in the area of training and marketing barrel race horses as well as her financial record keeping. Two teams of Juniors were also selected as finalists in the National FFA Agriscience Fair competition. Kailee Adkins and Kendra Detillion qualified in the area of food science and technology with their research on nut free alternatives in candy while Ellie Doles and Sadie Swepston qualified in Animal Science with their research over the impact of climate on egg production in hens.

All five students will participate in a virtual judging in September and appear on stage during the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis October 26th – 28th.… Continue reading

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Northwestern FFA hosts 2022-2023 Officer Retreat 

Northwestern FFA hosted its annual officer retreat for the chapter officers. To start off the day all of the officers met in the Ag classroom. The members of The Officer team this year are Hanna Wilson President, Kirsten Boreman Vice President, Mallory Gilbert Secretary, Taylor Wurst Reporter, Kade Tegtmeier Treasurer, Jacoby Gilbert Sentinel, Kaleb Badger Student Advisor, and lastly our Assistant officers, Chet Mcneil, Kate Johnson, Ava Stoller, Emma Connelly, Mackenna Connelly, and Addy Connelly. The day consisted of many fun activities to build a bond between the officers along with learning to work together. 

The first activity assigned was a puzzle, and the groups were split up into three to four students. Students had to work together to make the puzzles and help others to finish their puzzles as well. After the puzzle, breakfast was served. The next step to the officer retreat was to plan the activities for the upcoming school year.… Continue reading

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Miami East-MVCTC FFA Recognized by National FFA

The National FFA Organization recently announced the results of the National FFA Evaluations. Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter was selected as a 3-Star National Chapter for the National FFA Chapter Award Program. A 3-star is the highest award a chapter can be recognized for in the National Chapter process.  In order to be considered for such an honor, the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter had to place in the top 10% in the state of Ohio. In May, the chapter learned that they were in the Top 10 in the state and would have their application forwarded to national evaluations. 

This is the 22nd straight year that the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter will be recognized at the National FFA Convention in their National Chapter Award program. The chapter will be recognized on stage at the 2022 National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana in October. 

The National FFA Chapter Award program recognized FFA chapters for developing and conducting a detailed Program of Activities (POA). … Continue reading

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Rubber ducks bring value to Camp Muskingum

By Bethany Starlin, OCJ FFA reporter

It is no secret that Ohio FFA Camp Muskingum serves those who are fortunate enough to attend in a variety of capacities. Students step out of their comfort zones, learn valuable leadership skills and are destined to try something new during their time at camp.

What most don’t realize, however, is camp also serves many who are not in attendance. 
For roughly 40 years, Ohio FFA Camp Muskingum has incorporated fundraising for Nationwide Children’s Hospital into camp sessions. 

If there’s one word to describe camp, it’s fun. Whether it’s water games, the dance, mealtimes or workshops, fun is always had in some capacity. It’s safe to say the same can be said for their fundraising efforts as well. 

Beginning in the 1980s, the fundraiser started as the infamous pie in the eye where students who purchased ducks for one dollar would have the chance to pie someone in the face whether that be an advisor, state officer or staff member.… Continue reading

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ZT FFA Member Selected as Global Scholar for World Food Prize

Zane Trace FFA member Sarah McGraw was recently named a representative to the Global Youth Institute of the World Food Prize.

Zane Trace Junior Sarah McGraw was recently selected to represent Ohio in the Global Youth Institute of the World Food Prize. The event will be held virtually during the week of October 16th—21st and will feature guest speakers, workshops, and opportunities for students from over 50 countries to share their ideas on solutions for food inequality. McGraw was chosen for this opportunity from over 100 participants who presented their research papers during the Ohio World Food Prize Youth Conference at The Ohio State University in April. Sarah’s research focused on food access in the country of Tajikistan, a small central Asian nation that has faced years of conflict and political instability.… Continue reading

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Zane Trace FFA Member Attends Ohio Leadership Camp

During the weekend of June 24th – 27th Zaylie Culwell, a sophomore member of the Zane Trace FFA Chapter, attended the Ohio Leadership Camp at FFA Camp Muskingum near Carrollton. The camp was sponsored by Ohio Farm Bureau and featured workshops over goal setting, communication, vision and teamwork led by members of the Ohio FFA Officer team. Camp attendees were challenged to think of ways they could improve their schools and communities and worked together in teams to learn about current issues. In addition to these workshops campers enjoyed boating and fishing on Leesville Lake and participating in dances and a scavenger hunt. The Zane Trace FFA Chapter is a satellite program of PRCTC.… Continue reading

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Liberty-Benton FFA Hosts Awards Banquet

The annual Liberty- Benton FFA Banquet was held on Thursday April 21, in the Liberty-Benton High School auditorium. During the banquet, members’ accomplishments through the year are recognized, a farewell is said to members who have done so much to help the chapter and new officers are established. To get the banquet started there was a dinner, desserts and refreshments for the guests to enjoy.

Agricultural education students are required to plan a Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) project. The members receiving proficiency awards work very hard outside of class to gain new skills from their projects. Students are offered the opportunity to apply for chapter, state and national proficiency awards. Many of the members received chapter proficiency awards and a few received district and state proficiency awards.

Lexi Heidlebaugh got 2nd in district for Diversified Crop Production Entrepreneurship. Her SAE consists of Lexi raising soybeans, corn, and sweetcorn crops. She is responsible for seed and chemical costs, markets her own grain, monitors crop growth, performs equipment maintenance, and operates all equipment related to her SAE.… Continue reading

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Zane Trace FFA Celebrates with Annual Banquet

On Thursday, May 19th the Zane Trace FFA Chapter, a satellite of PRCTC, held their annual parent-member banquet in the cafeteria of Zane Trace High School. Members were presented with awards for CDE participation, proficiency and agriscience fair along with Star Awards for the top Greenhand, top member in production agriculture, top member in placement and top member in agriscience. A slideshow of the Chapter’s activities throughout the year was presented and a dessert buffet with ice cream, cupcakes and cookies was provided for guests to enjoy. Installation of the 2022-2023 officer team concluded the banquet. The members and families were grateful to return to the stage of the cafeteria for this event after two years of being unable to host the banquet in a formal setting.… Continue reading

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