FFA News

National FFA Convention through the eyes of a delegate

By Bethany Starlin, OCJ FFA reporter

After a year of distanced and virtual delivery methods, the National FFA Delegate Experience returned to Indianapolis, Ind. during the 94th National FFA Convention and Expo. 

The Delegate Experience begins a few months before national convention at the conclusion of the State Officer Summit in Washington, D.C. Each state association selects two leadership delegates who will be responsible for facilitating committee work at national convention. 

During the kickoff session in July, those leadership delegates designate which committee they will serve on and assign leadership roles within them. This year, Jake Zajkowski, Ohio FFA State President, led the Supervised Agricultural Experience Committee as the 1st Vice Chair at the National FFA Delegate Experience in Indianapolis just ahead of National Convention. 

“It’s been exciting to lead this national discussion on work based learning experiences over the last 4 months. How FFA members get involved in agricultural jobs and career experiences will continue to evolve as our organization does,” Zajkowski said. … Continue reading

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Zane Trace FFA Attends National FFA Convention

Forty-five members of the Zane Trace FFA Chapter recently attended the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana October 27th – 29th. Their trip began with a day full of agriculture related tours. Students learned about agriculture marketing, seed genetics and logistics at Beck’s Hybrids and gained knowledge in agritourism and adapting to new business opportunities at Kelsay Farms and Tuttle Orchards. On Wednesday evening the group enjoyed a fun competition at Top Golf. On Thursday, the members arrived early at the convention in their official dress for a full day of business sessions and the career show. The students heard inspiring messages from keynote speakers and retiring National FFA Officers. They also enjoyed the opportunit to see their own chapter recognized on the National stage as a Three star chapter and a Model of Excellence Finalist as one of the top 10 chapters in the country. On their last day of the trip members stretched their comfort zones by taking on the challenges of a zipline course through the treetops of Eagle Creek State Park or the rock climbing walls at Climb Time Indy.… Continue reading

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Zane Trace FFA Happy To Be Back at Pumpkin Show 2021

The Zane Trace FFA Chapter was excited to return to the Thursday night parade of the Circleville Pumpkin Show with their float entry on Thursday, October 21st. Thirty-four FFA members joined in the fun of riding the float through the streets of Downtown Circleville, which were packed with spectators. Along the way announcers shared information about the chapter with the crowd and the event provided a great opportunity to promote our chapter and the upcoming Sausage Breakfast. Getting to enjoy the sights, smells and food of the Pumpkin Show before and after the parade was also a fun activity for the chapter. We are already looking forward to Pumpkin Show 2022!… Continue reading

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State FFA President Visits Zane Trace FFA

By Austin McNichols, ZT FFA Reporter

Zane Trace FFA and its members had the opportunity to meet and learn from Ohio FFA President Jake Zajkowski on Wednesday, October 20th. Jake taught classes throughout the day about leadership skills and building trust in relationships around them. Students participated in interactive activities with Jake during their agriculture classes and had lots of fun. Afterwards the ZT FFA officers presented Jake with a ZT FFA Sausage Breakfast T-shirt and Zane Trace FFA mug to thank him for his visit.… Continue reading

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Northwestern FFA Participates in National Dairy Handlers CDE

The Dairy Handlers CDE is an event where participants are given a cow and have to demonstrate their skills to judges. This includes setting the animal up, eye contact, and how you handle the animal. In the spring, Hanna Wilson participated in this contest and won first in the state of Ohio. The 93rd National FFA Convention and Expo hosted the Dairy Handlers contest during the convention which was held on October 26-30, 2021.During the FFA Convention, Hanna participated in a zoom on Wednesday, October 27 prior to the contest. The contest was then held on Thursday, October 28 with the awards ceremony on Friday, October 29. Hanna earned a silver division pin for her outstanding performance in this contest! Congratulations and thank you for all your hard work!… Continue reading

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Northwestern FFA Holds Fall Meeting

On October 23, the members of the Northwestern FFA Chapter gathered at The New Pittsburg Park for the annual Fall FFA meeting. To kick off the meeting, members were able to participate in some recreational activities. This included kick ball, life size janga, card games, corn hole, and dancing. Following recreation members were able to enjoy a meal with their classmates. Each class was assigned a certain food to bring. Then the meeting began. The meeting was called to order by President Jadeyn Berry. Then, the officers performed opening ceremonies and minutes of the previous meeting were read by the Secretary Ava Stoller.  Treasurer’s Report was given by Zoey Dudte and the Reporter’s Report was given by Hanna Wilson. Kade Tegtmeier moved to accept all officer reports. Members then broke out into their assigned committees. The commitees are; Ag in the Classroom, Earnings and Savings, Community Service, Public Relations, Skills/CDE, Leadership, Recreation, Middle School Engagement, and High School Engagement.… Continue reading

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Members of the Miami Trace Great Oaks FFA Chapter traveled to Indianapolis to compete in the National FFA Poultry Evaluation Career Development Event (CDE). Jenna Goddard, Bryce Bennett, Drew Black and Jonah Goddard represented Ohio in this national event after winning the state title back in March 2021.

The results were announced on Friday, Oct. 29 at the annual awards banquet. The event was held in conjunction with the 91st National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis. Dr. Valerie Gunsaulis with Tyson Foods served as superintendent of this year’s event. The cash awards and the poultry evaluation event were sponsored by U.S. Poultry & Egg Association.

The National FFA Poultry Evaluation CDE is a competitive event that tests the participant’s ability to select top quality poultry and poultry products needed for successful production and marketing. Event participants must complete a written exam on poultry management, evaluate classes of live birds for eggs and meat production, evaluate quality of eggs, and evaluate and identify parts and products.… Continue reading

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Northwestern-Wayne FFA holds Feed a Farmer Event

The second annual Northwestern FFA Feed a Farmer event was held on October 22nd at Commodity Blenders LLC in West Salem, Ohio. This event was very successful. The officer team and members served  approximately 75 meals that day. The chapter wanted to hold this event to thank the local farmers in the area for all that they do for this community as well as this country. Northwestern FFA would like to thank the Northwestern High School kitchen staff for helping us prepare the food for our event, as well as Commodity Blenders for allowing us to use their facilities. … Continue reading

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National Days of Service at Snyder Park

By: Ethan Heskett

On October 17th, from ten in the morning until noon, a few Southeastern FFA chapter members and Ms. Shafer volunteered their time at Snyder Park in Springfield, Ohio. They carried out the chapter’s National Days of Service activity after having a rain-check two weeks prior. Members worked together to decorate flower beds with stones and mulch under the direction of extension agents from the Clark County OSU Extension. The flower beds were designed by volunteers, who were very happy to have their imagination carried out by our chapter members. This is just one of many examples of our chapter working in our local community!”… Continue reading

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Mowrystown attends 2021 FFA National Convention

Chandra Hill and Bobby Saterfield receiving our National Chapter Award. 

This 94th National Convention was one to remember for Mowrystown FFA. From having 4 people walk across the stage, to making amazing memories, all the way to making new friends from all around the Nation. 

Some of our very own officers, Chandra Hill and Bobby Saterfield walked across the stage to receive our National Chapter Award which was a huge accomplishment for us! 

These two other young ladies are past members of the Mowrystown FFA Chapter, Cora Gillespie, and Cylee Bratton. They both received their American Degrees, which is the Highest award to get in this Organization. … Continue reading

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Miami East-MVCTC FFA Sponsors Coloring Contest

The Agricultural Literacy Committee of the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter recently sponsored a coloring contest at Miami East Elementary.  

Members of the Ag Literacy Committee challenged the students in Kindergarten were given a pig-themed picture to color decorate. This event was coordinated to promote October as National Pork Month.  FFA members evaluated the pictures and awarded first place to each homeroom.  The results are as follows:

Mrs. Amy Gerlach – Murphy Barnett
Mrs. Stephanie Larson – Nora Gray
Mr. Preston Elifritz – Easton Weaver
Mr. Justin Roeth – Jase McClellan

Each student participating received a pencil, sticker, and a candy treat.  The first place picture in each homeroom was awarded a special prize and a pig ear headband sponsored by the Ohio Pork Council.  This contest is an annual event. Congratulations to the winners!

Members of the Agricultural Literacy Committee involved in the project were Alaina Helsinger, Madison Maxson, Devan Nix, Logan Phillips, Jacob Roeth, and Thomas Wallace.… Continue reading

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Anthony Wayne- Penta FFA 2021 attends National FFA Convention

By: Shelby Navarre, Anthony Wayne- Penta FFA Executive Team member

Overall we had a successful week at the National Convention! Students that went were Shelby Navarre,  Summer Muhlenkamp, Mikayln D’Amore, Vesta Miller, Megan Burke, Anna Wright, Nick Wacha, Ronald Bishoff, and Justin Schroeder. We arrived in Indianapolis for the National Convention on Thursday afternoon. After dropping the bags off at the hotel, students were taken to the National Convention. Students were then able to explore the expo center and shopping mall. At the expo center, there were many colleges and businesses that students were able to learn more about. It was a great learning experience for the students because it helped them learn more about their future and what colleges they would potentially want to attend. During the day all students attended the parli pro competition to see what a competition looks like, and prepare the executive team for the same contest.… Continue reading

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Amanda-Clearcreek FFA Speaker Strikes Gold

Last week at the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana, Amanda-Clearcreek FFA public speaker Morgan Anderson struck gold in the National Prepared Public Speaking Career Development Event. Morgan earned 2nd place honors in the nation, and a scholarship in the FFA’s National Prepared Public Speaking CDE. This is an exceptional accomplishment considering that there are over 700,000 FFA members in the United States today. Additionally Morgan had to first win her public speaking category in the state of Ohio where there are over 26,000 FFA members on record. Morgan chose to write her six to eight minute speech on “Lab Grown Meat”. FFA members have to advance through two preliminary rounds of competition before competing in the national finals. Morgan received recognition on stage at the National FFA Convention with over 10,000 people in attendance. This CDE is one of the FFA’s most challenging and competitive Career Development events and Morgan has made it to the top of her CDE area once again. … Continue reading

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Benjamin Logan High School Career Tech Students and Teachers hosted an Administration Appreciation Dinner

On October 18, Benjamin Logan High School Career Tech Students and Teachers
hosted an Administration Appreciation Dinner for the Board of Education, Superintendent,
Treasurer, Guidance Counselors, and Administrators. Following a meal provided by
Brewfontaine, Administrators heard presentations from students leaders from the 5 content
areas. The presentations are highlighted below:

● FFA President, Shelbie Snoke
● Annual Fundraiser; Fruit Sale – money will go towards convention, camp, and any other
expenses. Orders may be placed at
● Displayed – Shutterfly Books Designed By FFA Reporter
● Ring of Lights; Members passed out candy at the Blue Jacket Park
● Milroy Foundation Grant funding the purchase of a Calf Simulator; Students can give the
“calf” injections, tag it, and check its vitals.

● BPA President Sami Meeker shared her successful experiences competing in the
Workplace Skills Assessment Program. Sami demonstrated her word processing skills
through the use of technology and her formatting guides.… Continue reading

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Milton-Union MVCTC FFA Chapter attended the 94th National FFA Convention and Expo

The Milton-Union MVCTC FFA Chapter attended the 94th National FFA Convention and Expo in Indianapolis, IN last week! During the convention the students attended three general sessions where they heard from the National FFA Officer Team and TV Host, Courtenay DeHoff. They enjoyed time at the FFA Shopping Mall and Career Expo, DEFY Trampoline Park, and the World’s Toughest Rodeo. During the trip they also toured Fair Oaks Farms where they got to see the dairy cattle and swine operations. The chapter rounded out their trip with the American FFA Degree Ceremony in which two graduates, Emily Hornberger and Webb Kress were awarded their American FFA Degree. This is the highest honor that an FFA member can achieve and takes a tremendous amount of determination to earn. Additional students who attended the convention were: Emma Deeter, Tyler Leffew, Emmie Bohse, Tyler Kress, Taylor Falb, Austin Shoemaker, Kayla Evans, and Gavin Spitler.… Continue reading

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Miami East-MVCTC November FFA Member of the Month

Rhylee Eichhorn

The November 2021 Miami East-MVCTC FFA Member of the Month is Rhylee Eichhorn. She is a freshman and first year member of the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter. Her parents are Rhyan and Alisha Eichhorn of Troy.

She attended the 2021 Miami East FFA Greenhand Conference. She led the Urban Soils Team at the District 5 Soils Career Development Event and is a co-chair of her Program of Activities Committee. She exhibited the 2021 Miami County Junior Fair Grand Champion Market Barrow. Her Supervised Agricultural Experience includes breeding and show hogs.

Every month of the school year the Miami East-MVCTC FFA will select a student to be the FFA Member of the Month.  The officer team will nominate one member that has been actively involved in the FFA chapter, school and community activities.  If selected, the member will be recognized at the monthly FFA meeting, have their picture displayed in the Miami East Ag Room, and will receive a special accolade in celebration of their accomplishment.… Continue reading

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Miami East FFA Members Attend National Convention

The 94th National FFA Convention is the largest event hosted by the National FFA. 26 members of the Miami East-MVCTC FFA chapter were in attendance at the convention in Indianapolis. Those members included were Jadyn Bair, Sydney Brittain, Luke Brunke, Julia Couser, Keyara Davis, Katelynn Dill, Ethan Fine, Jayden Gates, Ayla Gilbert, Katelyn Hall, Fletcher Harris, Alaina Helsinger, Kyle Larson, Keira Kirby, Madison Maxson, Lillian McClain, Cora Moore, Jillian Niswonger, Kat Niswonger, Elisabeth Norman, Adi Richter, Logan Phillips, Ty Roeth, Dalton Schreadley, Gretchen Stevens, and Thomas Wallace. Also joining the members during the trip was the Arcanum-MVCTC FFA Chapter and its members.
Over 50,000 members, parents, and guests were in attendance at the National FFA Convention. Previous conventions were held in Kansas City, Missouri and Louisville, Kentucky. Last year’s convention was held virtually.

Convention activities included attending several convention sessions where members were inspired by motivational speakers such as the 2020-21 National FFA Officers and motivational speaker Courtenay DeHoff.… Continue reading

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West Holmes FFA hosts State Officer Visit

On October 18th, the West Holmes FFA chapter had a visit from State Vice President at Large, Brayden Huffman. He talked to all the ag classes and did workshops with them. Brayden talked with the juniors and seniors about goal setting and the different steps in goal setting using the acronym S.M.A.R.T. He had them write down a goal they had for the next year and the different steps to get there and as well as obstacles that might get in the way of that goal.  His workshop for the freshmen included an activity on communication that required the students to draw a picture by relaying information in groups.  He also talked about communication barriers and how to overcome them.  Thank you Brayden for visiting and working with us! … Continue reading

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West Holmes FFA Presented a 5th Grade Farm Tour

On October 7th, 27 members of the West Holmes FFA Presented the annual 5th Grade Farm Tour. The members that attended were the Officer Team, which consisted of Cora Crilow, Maren Drzazga, Alysa Pringle, Becca Schuch, Emily Sheely, Chloe Shumaker, Leah Reining, and Ally Ogi. The sophomores, juniors, and seniors that assisted were Dyllan Bender, Maison Carter, Laina Croskey, Ethan Feikert, Olivia Gerber, Garrett Houin, Sarah Irwin, John Maloney,Kadan McDougale, Derek Miller, Grant Miller, Taelor Patterson, Bree Pringle, Dakotah Ringwalt, Natalie Rohr, Wyatt Schlauch, Maria Steiner, Ashley Tate, and Sam Williams-Dixon. The tour was put on by the Holmes Soil and Water Conservation District. This year Velvet View Farms hosted the tour. The FFA helped set up and run the event. The schools in attendance were as follows;Killbuck, Lakeville, and Millersburg. When the 5th graders arrived, the Holmes Soil and Water Conservation District showed them a demonstration about rainfall and the importance of infiltration.… Continue reading

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West Holmes FFA members take forestry exam

On September 21st the West Holmes FFA had 6 members take the online forestry exam. Individually placing, Kalan Bowling 37th, Laina Croskey 60th, Maison Carter 127th, and Keith Hawkins and Lexy Starner were tied for 185th, out of 285 individuals. The participants had to answer a series of questions about forestry on a computer. Then on September 25th the chapter has one member go to Hocking College to compete in the hands on portion of the contest. The team placed 19th in the state. Individually placing, Quentin Vehrs was 76th out of 124 individuals. During the contest members had to diagnose forest disorders, make decisions about managing forests, identify trees and cruise them for timber, and complete a chainsaw safety and identification practicum.… Continue reading

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