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From greenhand to graduate: Allen East FFA senior reflections

By Morgan Anderson, OCJ FFA reporter

For over 29,000 Ohio FFA members, the end of each school year signifies a time of celebration, whether at the Ohio FFA Convention in Columbus or their local chapter banquet. But for senior members who are graduating, this celebration is particularly bittersweet, as it marks the end of their high school FFA career.

“One of the most important lessons I have learned is how crucial hard work is when it comes to taking your experience to the next level,” said Devan Foster, a graduating senior. “Through my time in the FFA, I have devoted my time, my energy, and certainly, my heart, to our chapter and the program itself.”

Both Foster and Delaney Jones, two class of 2024 graduating seniors from the Allen East FFA Chapter, said their time in the blue jacket has been instrumental in their development as young people.

“I have learned to not be scared to try a new challenge,” Jones said.… Continue reading

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Introducing your 2024-2025 Ohio FFA State Officer Team

The following are the 2024-2025 Ohio FFA State Officers, installed on May 3 at the 96th Ohio FFA Convention in Columbus.

State President:
ANNA MOELLER – TALAWANDA-BUTLER TECH FFA

State Vice President:
CARTER BOYD – HILLSBORO FFA

State Secretary:
LACIE BACHMAN – BLOOM-CARROLL FFA

State Treasurer:
LAYNA GORDON – LICKING VALLEY FFA

State Reporter:
DANIEL HARTZELL – MISSISSINAWA VALLEY-MVCTC FFA

State Sentinel:
CALEB BENNETT – MIAMI TRACE GREAT OAKS FFA

State Vice Presidents at Large:
JULIA SILVUS – FORT FRYE FFA
JAYDEN HICKS – GREENVILLE FFA
RYAN BOWSHER – SPENCERVILLE FFA
GRACIE SPRAGUE – GENOA-PENTA FFA
JOSIE JENNINGS – GLOBAL IMPACT FFA

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Maddox French of United FFA has notable FFA year through Diversified Ag Production

In this featured audio, Ohio Ag Net Student Reporter Aubree Topp catches up with Maddox French of the United FFA Chapter and his impressive convention, in which he won awards for his work in the Diversified Agricultural Production Proficiency as well as Star in Agricultural Placement. French details his unique farm in eastern Ohio and his work in livestock and crops.… Continue reading

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Beiting celebrates two CDE state victories

Ohio Ag Net Student FFA Reporter Liliana Phillips interviews Sydney Beiting of the East Clinton FFA Chapter after she topped Ohio in two Career Development Events this year – Agricultural Communication and Dairy Cattle. She attained the rare achievement of being the top in both teams and individual in both contests.

Two triumphs: Sydney Beiting’s journey through Ohio FFA

By Liliana Phillips, Fairlawn FFA

From discovering the Ohio FFA Dairy Judging Contest her freshman year to winning first place in the state her junior year, East Clinton-Great Oak FFA’s Sydney Beiting has a story that shows exactly how FFA provides opportunities to achieve goals through hard work and a strong support system. 

Beiting did not have a background in dairy but was willing to learn. Through the help of her chapter and advisor, along with some determination and intense studying, Beiting rose from 52nd place to winning the Dairy Cattle Career Development Event, or CDE, competition within 3 years.… Continue reading

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Lessons on ‘lead-ur-ship’ with Morris Morrison

Ohio Ag Net Student Reporter Alexis White talks with keynote speaker Morris Morrison following his address at the 96th Ohio FFA State Convention.

Morrison left a lasting impression on FFA members

By Alexis White, Fort Frye FFA

At the 96th Ohio FFA Convention in May, Morris Morrison implanted a lasting impression on the lives of many individuals. Whether his message was given to future farmers, young members of the FFA or older adults, any person could be enlightened by his inspiring message. While FFA is often viewed from the agricultural perspective, Morrison dove into the leadership side of the organization. 

 “I believe leadership is something that starts with the individual,” Morrison said. 

He emphasized the importance of stepping forward as a leader and being a role model for future leaders. He also expressed the significance of both strength and confidence in leadership. In order to further convey his message, he spells leadership “lead-ur-ship.” … Continue reading

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National FFA’s Morgan Anderson returns to old stomping grounds

Ohio Ag Net Student FFA Reporter Cortney Copeland catches up with Morgan Anderson as she returns to the Celeste Center for the Ohio FFA State Convention. Anderson is currently serving in the prestigious role of National FFA Eastern Region Vice President.

There is no place like home

By Cortney Copeland, Jackson Center-UVCC FFA

At the 96th Ohio FFA State Convention, members joyfully welcomed back Morgan Anderson, an Ohio native and National FFA Eastern Region Vice President. This past November, at the 96th National FFA Convention, Anderson was one out of six esteemed individuals elected to be a member of the National Officer team.

During her highly anticipated homecoming, Anderson had a smile on her face, talking to “her people.”

“Coming back home for Convention has been awesome. Part of being a national officer is they call it the informally the 100,000-mile year, because you cover 100,000 miles whether that’s all across the country or halfway around the world.… Continue reading

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Stephen, Whetnall, French, Amstutz named State Stars

The Star State FFA Degree recipients were announced Thursday evening at the 96th Ohio FFA State Convention in Columbus. It is one of the most coveted awards available at the state level. The winners were Kara Stephen of Covington-UVCC FFA (Star in Agriscience), Sage Whetnall of Cardington FFA (Star in Agribusiness), Maddox French of the United FFA (Star in Agricultural Placement), and Bailey Amstutz of the North Union FFA (Star Farmer).

Star in Agriscience
Kara Stephen
Covington-UVCC FFA

Star in Agribusiness
Sage Whetnall
Cardington FFA

Star in Agricultural Placement
Maddox French
United FFA

Star Farmer
Bailey Amstutz
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Ohio FFA President Luke Jennings reflects on his year of service

2023-2024 Ohio FFA President Luke Jennings talks about his travel experiences, leadership roles, and memories he’s made as he wraps up his presidency. In this interview with Ohio Ag Net Student Reporter Aubree Topp, he not only recaps his adventures with Australian spiders, but also advice for fellow FFA members hoping to follow in his footsteps.… Continue reading

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Updated: 2024 Ohio FFA Proficiency Award winners

The following are the Ohio FFA Proficiency Award winners from the 2024 Ohio FFA State Convention:

Accounting
Kaylor Jennings
Felicity-Franklin FFA

Agricultural Communications
Jayden Hicks
Greenville FFA

Agricultural Education
Dalton Mullins
Miami Trace-Great Oaks FFA

Agricultural Mechanics Design and Fabrication
Mason Powell
Cardington FFA

Agricultural Mechanics Repair and Maintenance – Entrepreneurship
Jason Brown
Portsmouth West-SCCTC FFA

Agricultural Mechanics Repair and Maintenance – Placement
Wyatt Black
Miami East-MVCTC FFA

Agricultural Processing
Braden Zekas
Miami East-MVCTC FFA

Agricultural Sales – Entrepreneurship
Gracie Sprague
Genoa-Penta FFA

Agricultural Sales – Placement
Taylor Payne
Ridgemont FFA

Agricultural Services
Kaelyn Saylor
Ridgemont FFA

Agriscience Research – Animal Systems
Ruth Eckstein
Ridgemont FFA

Agriscience Research – Integrated Systems
Mason Jolliff
Ridgemont FFA

Agriscience Research – Plant Systems
Hannah McKinniss
Ridgemont FFA

Beef Production – Entrepreneurship
Delaney Jones
Allen East FFA

Beef Production – Placement
Aaron Miller
Archbold FFA

Dairy Production – Entrepreneurship
Paige House
Preble Shawnee FFA

Dairy Production – Placement
Troy Homan
New Bremen FFA

Diversified Agricultural Production
Maddox French
United Local FFA

Diversified Crop Production – Entrepreneurship
Reagan Winner
Versailles FFA

Diversified Crop Production – Placement
Garrett Schlechter
Firelands FFA

Diversified Livestock Production
Kaylei McHenry
West Muskingum FFA

Environmental Science and Natural Resources Management
Garrett Houin
West Holmes FFA

Equine Science – Entrepreneurship
Callie Finnegan
Firelands FFA

Equine Science – Placement
Savannah Wiley
Liberty Union FFA

Fiber and/or Oil Crop Production
Gabriel Dershem
Houston-UVCC FFA

Forage Production
Garrett Agle
Northeastern FFA

Forest Management and Products
Lane Baker
New Lexington FFA

Fruit and Nut Production
Dylan Arnold
East Clinton Great Oaks FFA

Goat Production
Ava Shroyer
Indian Lake-OHP FFA

Grain Production
Allison Michaels
Bellevue FFA

Landscape Management
Chris Deaton
Covington-UVCC FFA

Nursery Operations
Coy Grayum
Delaware Area Career Center

Organic Agriculture
Abby Crum
West Muskingum FFA

Outdoor Recreation
Brandon Gibson
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Slate of 2024-2025 Ohio FFA Officers candidates

The following individuals were slated as Ohio FFA State Officer candidates, announced at the first session of the 96th Ohio FFA Convention.

State President:
LAUREN THORNHILL – ANNA FFA
ANNA MOELLER – TALAWANDA-BUTLER TECH FFA

State Vice President:
JOSIE JENNINGS – GLOBAL IMPACT FFA
CARTER BOYD – HILLSBORO FFA

State Treasurer:
RYAN BOWSHER – SPENCERVILLE FFA
LAYNA CORDON – LICKING VALLEY FFA

State Secretary:
LACIE BACHMAN – BLOOM-CARROLL FFA
GRACIE SPRAGUE – GENOA-PENTA FFA

State Reporter:
JAYDEN HICKS – GREENVILLE FFA 
DANIEL HARTZELL – MISSISSINAWA VALLEY-MVCTC FFA

State Sentinel:
JULIA SILVUS – FORT FRYE FFA 
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Past struggles turn into a passion for advocacy

Ohio Ag Net FFA Student Reporter Sydney Beiting had the pleasure of interviewing Krista Simpson Anderson, the keynote speaker from the first session of the 96th Ohio State FFA Convention. Anderson delivered a wonderful message, elaborating on the impact of her past. Despite difficulties on a personal level, numerous events have changed her life in a positive direction.… Continue reading

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2024 Ohio FFA Convention Schedule

The following agenda is courtesy of the Ohio FFA. Click here to download the printable PDF.

96th Ohio FFA Convention

May 2-3, 2024 • Ohio Expo Center • Columbus, Ohio

Thursday, May 2, 2024

  • 8:00 AM
    • Set Up: Agriscience Fair, Proficiencies, & National Chapter Displays – Bricker
    • Convention Registration Open – Celeste
    • Ag Mechanics Engineering CDE – Bricker
    • Career Show & Expo Open – Bricker
    • Ohio FFA Fashion Place Open – Bricker
    • Industry Welcome Breakfast for State Officer Candidates – Kasich
  • 8:30 AM Workshops – Bricker
  • 9:45 AM Pre-Session

First Session

10:00 AM

  • Opening Ceremony
  • Teacher/Administrator Recognition
  • Chapter Trust Awards
  • FFA Charitable Giving Recognition
  • FFA Foundation Scholarships
  • Ohio FFA Works Program Recognition
  • Recognition of New FFA Chapters
  • Keynote Speaker: Krista Simpson Anderson
  • Announcement of the 2024-25 Ohio FFA Officer Ballot
  • Closing Ceremony
  • 12:00 PM Delegate Business Session & Luncheon – Kasich

Second Session

2:15 PM Pre-Session
2:30 PM

  • Opening Ceremony
  • Chapter Awards:
    • Ohio FFA Gold Medal Chapters
    • Top 10 Growing Leaders Chapters
    • Top 10 Building Communities Chapters
    • Top 10 Strengthening Agriculture Chapters
    • Top 10 Chapters
  • Keynote Speaker: Morris Morrison
  • Proficiency Award Recognition
  • Closing Ceremony

Third Session

6:15 PM Pre-Session
6:30 PM

  • Opening Ceremony
  • Honorary State FFA Degree Ceremony
  • National Winners Recognition
  • Star American FFA Degree Recognition
  • Star State FFA Degree Recognition
  • Proficiency Award Recognition
  • Keynote Speaker: Morgan Anderson, National FFA Eastern Region Vice President
  • Closing Ceremony

Friday, May 3, 2024

  • 8:00 AM
    • Convention Registration Open – Celeste
    • Career Show & Expo Open – Bricker
    • Ohio FFA Fashion Place Open – Bricker
  • 9:00 AM
    • Choir Practice – Bricker
    • Band Practice – Kasich
  • 9:15 AM Pre-Session

Fourth Session

9:30 AM

  • Opening Ceremony
  • Officer Awards:
    • Secretary’s Award
    • Treasurer’s Award
    • Reporter’s Award
  • Career Development Event Recognition
  • Agriscience Fair Recognition
  • Closing Ceremony
  • 12:00 PM Friends of the FFA Luncheon – Kasich
  • 12:30 PM Talent Showcase – Celeste
  • 1:00 PM
    • Ohio FFA Center Archives open – FFA Center
    • Workshops – Bricker
  • 1:45 PM Pre-Session

Fifth Session – A

2:00 PM

  • Opening Ceremony
  • Band and Choir Presentation
  • Ohio FFA Officers’ Family Recognition
  • Keynote Speaker: Luke Jennings, Ohio FFA President
  • Conferring of the State FFA Degree (A-L Chapters)
  • Closing Ceremony
  • 4:00 PM Workshops – Bricker
  • 4:30 PM Band and Choir Musical Presentation – Celeste

Fifth Session – B

5:15 PM Pre-Session
5:30 PM

  • Opening Ceremony
  • Band and Choir Presentation
  • Keynote Speaker: Luke Jennings, Ohio FFA President
  • 2024-25 Ohio FFA Officer Announcement
  • Conferring of the State FFA Degree (M-Z Chapters)
  • Officer Installation
  • Closing Ceremony
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Introducing the 2024 Ohio Ag Net Student FFA Reporters

We are excited to introduce the 2024 class of Ohio Ag Net Student FFA Reporters. This year’s team includes five dedicated students who bring a wealth of enthusiasm to their roles. Returning from the 2023 class are Cortney Copeland and Aubree Topp, both of whom have already made significant contributions to the Student FFA Reporter program. They are joined by three new reporters: Sydney Beiting, Liliana Phillips, and Alexis White, each eager to bring their unique perspectives and skills to the Ohio Ag Net and Ohio’s Country Journal audience.

As is tradition, this year’s in-depth coverage of the Ohio FFA Convention is sponsored by Wilmington College.


Cortney Copeland

Cortney Copeland, a junior at Jackson Center High School, serves as the President of the Jackson Center-UVCC FFA chapter. Outside of FFA, Copeland holds the position of Secretary for the Jackson Center-UVCC FCCLA chapter and is involved in the show choir, concert choir, academia, student council, and the student ambassador program.… Continue reading

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Marysville FFA bands together to aid in tornado relief

By Morgan Anderson, OCJ FFA Reporter

On March 14, an EF-2 tornado — a tornado with wind speeds of 111-135 miles per hour — touched down in central Union County, according to the National Weather Service. However, that tornado was only one of eight to go through the area.

By March 17, Gov. Mike DeWine declared a state of emergency for 11 counties in Northwest Ohio, which included Union, Richland, Miami, Mercer, Logan, Licking, Hancock, Delaware, Crawford and Auglaize. Under the order, all relevant state departments provided resources and personnel for recovery due to the significant damage.

Trapp Farms, the family farm of Emerson Trapp, a former member of the Marysville FFA Chapter in Union County, was hit with immeasurable damage. Trapp, now a freshman at The Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute, came home to help his family as soon as he learned what happened.

“The amount of debris in the fields that were in the path of the tornado was overwhelming,” said Chris Trapp, Emerson’s mother.… Continue reading

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The search is on for 2024 Ohio Ag Net Student FFA Reporters!

The 2024 Ohio FFA State Convention is fast approaching, May 2-3, and Ohio’s Country Journal and Ohio Ag Net is looking for outstanding FFA members to help serve as student reporters for this year’s event. 

Ever wonder what it’s like to do our job? This is your chance!

Selected FFA members will get the opportunity to help cover the convention and work alongside our news staff. Reporters can expect to gain an early insight into a possible career in agricultural communication, and make some new connections along the way. 

The coverage of the Ohio FFA Convention will be posted on www.ocj.com and various social media outlets with reporters helping to host news coverage alongside our staff in addition to veteran student reporters. 

Students will assist in gathering information, shoot photos and video of newsworthy items and people, share their commentary of what happened in each session, and much more. 

To be considered: 

  • Applicants must be attending both days of the Ohio FFA State Convention May 2 and 3, 2024. 
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New Lexington FFA joins the nation in celebrating National FFA Week

By Morgan Anderson, OCJ FFA Reporter

From Feb. 17-24, New Lexington FFA members joined the nationwide celebration for “National FFA Week.” The weeklong event is a time-honored tradition. The first holding of the week was celebrated in 1948 when the National FFA Board of Directors designated a weeklong celebration for all things FFA. Now, National FFA Week embraces 96 years of FFA traditions while looking forward to the organization’s future.

This year, the New Lexington FFA Chapter found exciting ways to shine a light on the impact FFA has had on them and their community.

Farmer’s Breakfast

To give back to those who work in acres instead of hours, the New Lexington FFA officer team and chapter advisors hosted a “Farmer’s Breakfast” on Feb. 20. Farmers in the local community were invited to attend the breakfast in thanks for their work in agriculture. Around 5 a.m., the group arrived at their school barn and prepared a full breakfast for the attendees.… Continue reading

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Happy National FFA Week

By Morgan Anderson, National FFA Eastern Region Vice President from the Amanda-Clearcreek Chapter in Fairfield County and OCJ FFA reporter

Listen to Morgan’s full update in the audio player above.

I just got back from spending 10 days in Japan for my international immersion experience with my National Officer Team. While we were there, we did quite literally a little bit of everything from farm tours to sightseeing. We even visited two local high schools and met their FJA chapters. FFJ is a sister organization of FFA so formally it’s called the Future Farmers of Japan and it was so eye opening to see students halfway around the world doing the same concepts of work-based learning, career technical education and trying to work for a better future in agriculture. I think that’s an experience I’m honestly never going to forget.

Now as we look ahead, we are entering National FFA week and I am so excited.… Continue reading

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Ohio FFA state officers visit the Land Down Under

By Morgan Anderson, OCJ FFA reporter

Each year, 75 current or past State FFA Officers with active FFA membership are invited to apply for the International Leadership Seminar for State Officers (ILSSO). A 14-day travel experience, ILSSO allows attendees to develop an awareness of global agriculture and enhance their cultural competency of another country. This year, ILSSO was hosted in Australia.

Out of the 75 attendees on the trip to the “Land Down Under,” six of them were the current member of the Ohio FFA State Officer Team.

“After the State Officer Summit in Washington D.C. this past August, all 300+ state officers were invited to apply as potential ILSSO 2024 attendees,” said Kaydence Morris, Ohio FFA State Reporter. “I was blessed to have been accepted. From there, I completed an 8-week curriculum consisting of four modules of instruction on cultural awareness in Australia, completing projects that developed my cultural intelligence, as well as various essays and quizzes.”… Continue reading

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