Chapter News

Zane Trace FFA members place third in National Agriscience Fair

David Glass and Audrey Hoey, members of the Zane Trace FFA Chapter, recently placed 3rd in the Food Science Senior Team division of the National FFA Agriscience Fair.  The event took place during the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis on October 25th and 26th.

The pair were selected for this honor from over 30 participants in the Food Science division.  Their research involved the study of antioxidant components in berries and was conducted with the guidance of faculty of the Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

This year marks the third time that David and Audrey have placed among the top three in the National Agriscience Fair.  They are already planning their research project for the upcoming year and hope to return to the National competition again in 2013.

Zane Trace FFA graduate Sarah Cox also participated in the National Agriscience Fair in the Plant Science division, where she placed 7th overall out of 36 competitors.… Continue reading

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Miami East November FFA Member of the Month

The November 2012 Miami East FFA Member of the Month is HaleighMaggert. She is the daughter of Jessica Keyes and Dave Maggert and the granddaughter of Cindi and Lynn Maggert. She is a freshman and first year member of the Miami East FFA Chapter.
Maggert has participated in the county and district soils judging contest, helped facilitate the Hunter Safety Night, attended the State Greenhand Conference, and FFA Halloween Party. She is the chairperson of her class committee, the Scholarship Committee and is currently helping donate agriculture-related books to local elementary schools. Moreover, she is planning on attending the National FFAConvention in Indianapolis.
Every month of the school year the Miami East FFA will select a student to be the FFA Member of the Month.  The officer team will nominate one student 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.
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What's in Your Soils?

What is in your soil? Loamy, Sandy, or maybe Clay? That is what Liberty-Benton FFA Chapter members were determining in Hardin Northern last Thursday. Members of the AFNR Ag Class at L-B as well a few other students who signed up to partake in this event took a day from school to head to Hardin Northern to judge soils.

During this CDE (Career Development Event), the students will learn soil quality. They judge the land capability, type, depth, drainage capability, as well as slope of the land. From that point, they will put the information into a table and determine its land class capability. They will also make a determination in a series of categories that would help the land be at its best. They will also determine whether it needs to be modified in some way for the betterment of crops  and livestock, or whether it is a swampy land condition.

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Ohio State professor visits Southeastern agriculture classes

Dr. David Zartman, professor emeritus, department of animal science at The Ohio State University, recently visited students during their agriculture classes to discuss challenges and the future of the livestock industry. Among the specific topics that the classes discussed were sustainable agriculture, winter grazing, management rotational grazing, aerial broadcasting of forage seed, breeding methods for beef and dairy operations, social movement toward locally grown and raised food products and perennial lactation. Students also shared questions and concerns regarding feeding a growing world population, animal rights and environmental group movements and livestock management. Accompanying Dr. Zartman was his wife, Micki, who spoke briefly about the World Food Prize. Both Dr. and Mrs. Zartman were recently inducted into the Ohio Agriculture Hall of Fame. The agriculture students would like to thank Dr. and Mrs. Zartman for spending the day and sharing their experiences and expertise about livestock production.


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Ohio Soybean Council Foundation announces scholarship opportunities

Scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students

Deadline for applications is Jan. 15, 2013

The Ohio Soybean Council Foundation (OSCF) is pleased to announce scholarship opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students for the 2013-2014 academic year.

In order to ensure the future prosperity of the U.S. soybean industry, it is important that students understand the wide variety of opportunities available in agricultural careers. This scholarship program encourages undergraduate students at Ohio colleges and universities to pursue degrees in one of the many academic fields that support the future of the soybean industry including science and technology, economics, communication, education, business and leadership.

The graduate scholarships are designed to support students who are currently conducting research in the area of bioproducts, biobased materials, bioengineering, biopolymers or a related field.

“We need young people to pursue careers in agriculture in order to fulfill the workforce needs of this growing industry,” said Tom Fontana, OSCF, Director of Programs and Development. … Continue reading

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Miami East FFA members attend National Convention

“Grow” was the theme of this year’s National FFA Convention. 41 members of the Miami East FFA were in attendance at the convention in Indianapolis, Indiana. Those members included Emily Beal, Kendra Beckman, Katrina Bendickson, Kolin Bendickson, Lindsey Brookhart, Jennifer Brown, Ashlee Bussen, Tanner Church, Trent Church, Casey Copeland, Danielle Danielson, Hannah Davis, Madeline Davis, Olivia Edgell, Rebekah Eidemiller, Haley Etherington, Daniel Everett, Colin Gump, Kayden Gustin, Amy Hahn, Caleb Johnson, Emily Johnson, Rian Kingrey, Kelsey Kirchner, Andrew Kowalak, Miranda Maggart, Haleigh Maggert, Syndey Oakes, Cody Reid, Levi Reid, Shane Richardson, Kelly Rindler, Lindsey Roeth, Allyson Supinger, Seth Tamplin, Brittany Taylor, Macaleh Thompson, Blane Wagner, Lauren Williams, Jarrett Willoughby, and Davey Wright. Thank you to Mr. Allen Mays, Mr. Eric Krites, Dr. Todd Rappold, and Mrs. Kris Johnson for chaperoning the trip.

More than 56,000 members, parents, and guests were in attendance at the National FFA Convention. Previous conventions were held in Kansas City, Missouri and Louisville, Kentucky.… Continue reading

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Mowrystown FFA Members Advance to National Soil Judging Contest


On Saturday, October 13, FFA members gathered together at Malabar Farms in Mansfield, Ohio for the state soils contest. Mowrystown FFA had both the Urban and Rural teams qualify for the state contest. The rural team which is comprised of Ryan Cole, Kylie Douglas, Paige Hill and Clayton Swinford, got 28th in the contest. The Urban team was 2nd. The urban team is made up of; Tori Walker, 4th individually, Rikki Morris in 5th, Stephen Anderson who was 16th and Brad Allen in 52nd. The urban team will now move on the national contest in Oklahoma in May of 2013.

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Southeastern FFA inducts greenhands

On a fall windy evening, twenty-three first-year agriculture students took the first step toward achieving awards in earning the Greenhand FFA Degree. The Greenhand Degree is the first level of membership in the FFA. In order to qualify for the award, students must learn the FFA Creed, colors, motto and salute. Students must also be familiar with the local, state and national FFA constitutions as well as the organization’s history. Most importantly, students must have plans for a supervised agricultural experience program and be enrolled in an agricultural education course.


After over two weeks of work and effort, the following students received their degrees on October 18, 2012;

Aaron Banion

Miranda Bobst

Dusty Brown

Shawn Carpenter

Schyler Carr

David Carvour

Jillian Channell

Brooke Dent

Kalie Entler

Tristin Ford

Jordan Greene

Kylee Henry

Lea Kimley

Hayden Mobley

Dylan Nave

Madison Roddy

Adam Shawhan

Nick Shuler

Lucas South

Austin Spears

Davie Stucky

Elijah Whaley

Gabe Xayathone

The Southeastern FFA would like to express their thanks and gratitude to the Shawhan family for hosting the event.… Continue reading

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FFA names prestigious American Star Award recipients

California, Georgia, Illinois and Oklahoma FFA members win $4,000 award

Amid celebration of 3,247 FFA members earning their American FFA Degrees after demonstrating the highest level of commitment to FFA and making significant accomplishments in their supervised agricultural experiences, four FFA members were named best of the best.

The National FFA Organization announced the four winners of the prestigious American Star Awards Saturday morning at Indianapolis’ Lucas Oil Stadium. The four FFA members learned of their new high honor during the eighth general session of the 85th National FFA Convention & Expo, each winning over three other national finalists in the four American Star Awards categories: American Star Farmer, American Star in Agribusiness, American Star in Agricultural Placement and American Star in Agriscience.

American Star Farmer: Clayton Carley – Cissna Park FFA Chapter – Illinois

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American Star in Agribusiness: Bradley Weaver – Dawson County FFA Chapter – Georgia

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2012 National FFA Convention & Expo sets all-time attendance record

A record number of FFA members from throughout the country attended the 2012 National FFA Convention & Expo this week in Indianapolis.

The convention and expo had 56,176 attendees.

The new record is an almost 3,000-member jump in convention attendance from last year, when 53,358 attended the event.

During the 2011-12 school year, 16,939 students joined FFA and raised the organization’s total membership to 557,318 students in grades seven through 12 in the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

Next year, the convention and expo heads to Louisville for a three-year run before coming back to Indianapolis in 2016.

The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 557,318 student members in grades seven through 12 who belong to one of 7,498 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.… Continue reading

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Liberty-Benton FFA Comes Home

Liberty-Benton FFA members were coming home at the Liberty-Benton Homecoming Parade Tuesday, October 9, 2012.

Members of the chapter participated in not only riding on the float and passing out candy to bystanders, but there were flowers that were on the float for decoration. There were also banners hung on the side of the trailer as well as a banner on the back. Members dressed in hunting gear (minus the weapons) or camouflage. After the one mile parade there was a bon fire which most of the L-B student body attended. L-B FFA members sure seemed to have fun coming home okn their homecoming float yesterday.

L-B would like to send a special thanks to all those involved with planning, decorating, participating, and support with their very own homecoming float.

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Mowrystown FFA Competes in Soil Judging

On October 2nd, the FFA Chapters of District 9 gathered together at Liberty Park in Hillsborofor a soil judging Contest. Mowrystown FFA’s Urban team got 1st place with Stephen Anderson, Rikki Morris, Tori Walker, and Brad Allen on the team. The rural team got 4th with Kylie Douglas, Clayton Swinford, Ryan Cole and Paige Hill on the team. Both teams qualified for the state contest on Saturday, October 13th.

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Rockin' at the Bonfire

Liberty-Benton FFA members partied at their chapter meeting October 16, At Ann Burner’s house.

L-B FFA had their monthly meeting for October this month. After discussing possible activities for the chapter, they had a bonfire/Halloween party. The y had a cookout with hotdogs and other sides as well as games and then of course their meeting. Most members of the FFA chapter showed up which was a great turn out. Everyone had a great time.

Afterwards we cleaned up and went home knowing we were going to be doing some very fun, exciting, and educational activities in FFA this year.

Special Thanks to everyone who helped out setting up and tearing down the meeting. A very special thanks to Ann Burner for letting us use her property for our meeting and party.

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National Days of Service get FFA members involved in central Indiana community

Hundreds of FFA members will volunteer their time and skills Oct. 25-26 to help a host of Indianapolis-area organizations.

Each year during its annual National FFA Convention & Expo, the National FFA Organization stages its National Days of Service and encourages students to volunteer. The program is designed to educate FFA members about the importance of community service to both local communities and their own personal development.

The 10 organizations that FFA members will volunteer for are:

• Agape Therapeutic Riding Center, which has an equestrian program for those who have disabling conditions or are at risk;
• Central Indiana Land Trust, which works with residents in the community to protect and restore important land including farm and timber lands;
• Damar Services, which provides residential and support services to more than 1,400 children and adults with developmental and behavioral challenges;
• Gleaners Food Bank, which helps feed the hungry in 21 countries with more than 410 nonprofit organizations;
• Indy Parks, which maintains more than 200 city parks;
• Jameson Camp, which is a wellness camp that promotes healthy choices in nutrition and fitness for children affected by HIV/AIDS;
• Joy’s House, which allows aging adults and those living with physical or mental challenges to participate in a social environment;
• Maplelawn Farmstead, which helps future generations understand why farming is important and experience the effect of heritage preservation in communities;
• Second Helpings, which accepts donated perishable and overstocked food to prepare nutritious meals for thousands of hungry children and adults every day; and
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Longtime FFA supporters Hormel, Tyson to donate more than 60,000 pounds of food to Indiana food bank

Two long-time FFA sponsors will donate more than 60,000 pounds of food to one of Indiana’s largest and busiest community food banks.

Austin, Minn.-based Hormel is giving 35,640 pounds of chili with beans and Springdale, Ark.-headquartered Tyson Foods is giving more than 30,000 pounds of fresh chicken to Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana. Both companies will deliver their donations to the food bank at 8:45 a.m. Thursday.

Gleaners is located at 3737 Waldemere Ave. in Indianapolis.

The food is being given in support of the National FFA Organization’s Feeding the World-Starting at Home campaign, which launched Wednesday to open the 2012 National FFA Convention & Expo. Since, FFA members from throughout the nation have been working in shifts to pack 1 million meals that will be distributed locally and overseas.

“This donation is in alignment with our company’s commitment to nourish the hungry in the United States one community at a time,” said Julie H.… Continue reading

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Southeastern FFA competes at state soils

Four members of the Southeastern FFA recently competed at the state soils competition in urban evaluation, placing 28th out of 49 teams. The event was held at Malabar Farm near Lucas, Ohio. Individually, Mitchel Shawhan led the team by placing 30th overall out of 180 students competing. Joining Mitchel for competition were Cory Knox, Hayden Eriksen and Dylan Nave. We would like to thank both Brian Harbage and Jeff Shawhan for digging and setting up practice pits as well as Chuck McNier for accompanying the group to the event.

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Ohio Farm Bureau Federation and Nationwide Insurance Sponsor Ohio Leadership Camp Scholarships

Members of the Amanda-Clearcreek FFA chapter/county Farm Bureau Youth were part of over 130 Ohio Farm Bureau Youth members and FFA members and advisors who recently attended Ohio Leadership Camp held in Carrollton, Ohio at FFA Camp Muskingum.

The students were able to attend camp through a scholarship sponsored by the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, Inc.  and Nationwide Insurance, both of Columbus.  The two organizations have been sponsors of the Ohio FFA for 51 consecutive years.

Scholarship recipients in this area include: Mikaila Drake, Rachel Stoneburner and Nick Brumfield.

On hand to present the scholarships were Shelby Faukner, President of the Ohio FFA Association, Steve Fino, Director of Sponsor Relations for Nationwide Insurance, and a representative of the Ohio Farm Bureau.  While at camp, the FFA members took part in leadership training sessions which were conducted by National FFA Leadership Development staff.  In addition to learning about leadership qualities, the campers participated in the co-initiative course where they were taught teamwork through various challenges and initiatives.… Continue reading

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Greenville FFA sells fruit

By Emily Vanhorn, chapter reporter

It’s that time once again! The Greenville FFA fruit sale has come to town. The fruit sale will be held through Nov. 20. The FFA will be selling Navel Oranges, Tangelos, Red Grapefruit, Pears, Pineapples and Tangerines. They will also be selling Ohio Grown Apples in mixed boxes. The box includes Red Delicious, Gold Delicious, and Granny Smith. You can sample different fruits with our mixed box, which contains navels, grapefruit, and tangelos. A neat gift idea is the 4 and 8 quart fruit baskets. The baskets contain oranges, grapefruit, pears, red and gold apples, nuts and candy. The 8 quart basket also includes a pineapple.

They are also offering Peanuts, Almonds, Pecans, and D.B. Yummers BBQ Sauce, Jeff’s Jerky, and  a variety of cheeses.

The fruit is available in boxes, half boxes or bags. The BBQ sauce comes in19.5 oz. bottles. We are hoping to make the 2012 fruit sale our best yet and hope that you will help us achieve this goal.… Continue reading

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Hiland FFA 5th Grade Farm Tour

On Sept. 26, Hiland FFA members had a fun experience participating and helping with the 5th Grade Farm Tour.
At  the tour, members assisted the Soil and Water Conservation District in many ways.

Some of the jobs were being tour guides for each group to lead them to each of the five stations: Wildlife, Farm Safety, Farming, Soils, and Soil Snacks, and also, in helping at each station or in lunch preparation.

At Wildlife, kids learned about many different things such as different animal skulls and basic rules. They learned at Farm and Safety basic safety skills.

While at farming they learned some basic things about farming and how the cattle is raised. At soils they learned about the different top soils.

Finally, at soil snacks they made soil profiles that they could eat. The soil profiles were made from sprinkles, graham crackers, gummy worms, coco puffs, and pretzels.

After the fifth graders boarded their buses to go back to school, members went around the farm and helped pick up trash and straw bales which were used as seats for the kids.… Continue reading

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FFA holds appreciation dinner


The officer team presented the guests with the 2012-2013 Preble Shawnee FFA Program of Activities. Furthermore, Daniel Zimmerman the Ohio FFA Association Reporter addressed the group discussing how FFA has had an impact on his life. Cyndi Brill from the Ohio Department of Education discussed the opportunities available through agricultural education offered at the high school level.… Continue reading

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