FFA News

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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West Homles FFA participates in parade

On May 30th, members of the West Holmes FFA chapter participated in the Nashville Memorial Day Parade. Members rode through Nashville on their hand decorated hay wagon and threw candy out to bystanders attending the event. The annual parade is held to honor our veterans who served in order to protect our nation.  Thanks to Sweet Breeze Farms for providing the wagon and to Jaume Pennell for driving the tractor to haul the float through the parade! … Continue reading

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Miami East FFA Alumni sponsor scholarships

The Miami East FFA Alumni Chapter recently recognized graduates of Miami East High School that had been enrolled in Agricultural Education and members of the FFA Chapter. In order to qualify for the scholarship, the applicants completed an essay on “The Benefits of Agricultural Education” and been active in the FFA Chapter for at least one year. Each recipient received a cash scholarship to be used for their further endeavors.

Katelynn Dill is the daughter of Patrisha Dill and Gary Dill. She participated in the meats evaluation team and attended the National FFA Convention. She shared that agricultural education is important so that we “Know where our food comes from.”

Jayden Gates is the daughter of Lisa Gates and Josh Gates. She participated in the State FFA Band and attended the State FFA Convention. She shared that she has learned how to lead a meeting or ask the real questions that need to be asked and answered.… Continue reading

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West Holmes adopts a highway

On May 24th the West Holmes FFA chapter held their May meeting as well as their adopt a highway program on State Route 39. During the adopt a highway the West Holmes FFA chapter volunteered their time to pick trash off the side of the road, members who helped with the cleanup were Ian Barr, Garrett Fowler, Sarah Irwin, Colby Long, Derek Miller, Wyatt Myers, Madison Pearce-Laferty, Alysa Pringle, Alex Pringle, Jenna Sheldon, and Alexa Tate. The meeting took place later that evening at 7:30 behind the West Holmes Middle school. The meeting was called to order by President Becca Schuch. Opening ceremonies were held and officer reports were given. New business; Pacee Miller moved and Quentin Vehrs seconded to send members to FFA camp. Motion Passed. Cora Crilow moved and Ally Ogi seconded to approve the summer schedule. Motion passed. Keith Hawkins moved and Ian Barr seconded to create a fair booth and pay for supplies.… Continue reading

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Waterford FFA members receive State FFA Degree

Each year, the Ohio FFA Association is proud to honor the FFA members who show the utmost dedication to the organization through their desire to develop their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.  That honor, the State FFA Degree, is bestowed upon a select group of individuals for years of academic and professional excellence.

Dylan Hartline, Emma Hartline, Madi Hiener and Ashlee Wagner were selected to join that exclusive list and were awarded the Ohio State FFA Degree at the 94th State FFA Convention in Columbus.   

Emma & Dylan Hartline, Hiener and Wagner are all members of the Waterford FFA Chapter and their agricultural education instructor and FFA advisor is Matt Hartline.  

To be eligible, FFA members must have earned and productively invested at least $2,500 net through a supervised agricultural experience program in which they start, own, or hold a professional position in an existing agriculture enterprise.… Continue reading

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West Holmes FFA beautifies county home

On May 18th the West Holmes FFA Chapter volunteered their time to help clean up the Holmes County Home. The chapter picked weeds through the flower beds and around the home. They also weedeated around the home and the surrounding trail. Members that volunteered were: Dyllan Bender, Cora Crilow, Maren Drzazga, Garrett Fowler, Sarah Irwin, Derek Miller, Alex Pringle, Alysa Pringle, Andi Schuch, Becca Schuch, Jenna Sheldon, Chloe Shumaker, Hayden Smith, Alexa Tate, Dakotah Ringwalt, and Quentin Vehrs.… Continue reading

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West Holmes FFA hosts sheep show

On May 21st 2022 the West Holmes FFA chapter hosted the Mid Ohio Lamb Classic. The chapter had begun setup for the show days prior to the event by making sure the arena and surrounding areas were in place inside the livestock building at Harvest Ridge. The chapter worked all day on Saturday to get animals checked in and run the show, over 370 lambs were exhibited and the show lasted from 10 to 5. Members that helped setup and host the classic were: Dyllan Bender, Cora Crilow, Maren Drzazga, Ethan Fiekert, Garrett Fowler, Sarah Irwin, Derek Miller, Pacee Miller, Alex Pringle, Alysa Pringle, Bree Pringle, Andi Schuch, Becca Schuch, Jenna Sheldon, Chloe Shumaker, Hayden Smith, Quentin Vehrs, Haylee Conner, and Lakensey Guthrie. … Continue reading

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West Liberty-Salem FFA teaches elementary students about agriculture

The high school students of the West Liberty-Salem FFA Chapter put on an Ag Science Day for the elementary students of West Liberty-Salem. High school students brought in many different pieces of equipment as well as many different species of livestock. The FFA students, with help from some middle school volunteers, lead the elementary students around to each station and taught them about all things agriculture related. The elementary students got to pet the animals and ask FFA members any questions they had. The FFA chapter provided the elementary students with popsicles after they got done with their tour and participating FFA members got to enjoy a cookout during their lunch period.… Continue reading

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River Valley FFA holds banquet

The 59th annual FFA Banquet turned out well and ran smoothly. The new and old officer team came in on Saturday, April 9th at 9 am to start setting up the banquet. We started to set up in the gymnasium to have the meal. We took all the tables and chairs from the cafeteria and lined them up perfectly in the gymnasium. We decorated the tables with table cloths, streamers, and flowers.  We also had the official ceremony in the Auditorium where we had tables set up for the opening ceremony and a backdrop where the seniors hung their jackets after their retiring addresses. 

For our meal, we decided to just do light desserts. It was catered by Special Occasions. They brought in three different types of pies which included apple, peach, and rhubarb pie. There was also dirt pudding, brownies, and fruit. For drinks, we had water, punch, and coffee.… Continue reading

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Liberty Union FFA wins environmental contest

On April 13th the Liberty Union FFA ENR team competed at the Ohio FFA Environmental and Natural Resources competition. Students Gavin Eastep, Mary Chesnut, Alex Shy, and Kameron Waits competed, and the Liberty Union team overall placed 1st in the state. Individually Mary Chesnut placed first and Gavin Eastep placed second.

 The purpose of the environmental and natural resource career development event is to stimulate student interest and to promote environmental and natural resource instruction in the agricultural education curriculum and to provide recognition for those who have demonstrated skills and competencies as a result of environmental and natural resource instruction.… Continue reading

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