Chapter News

Miami Trace General Livestock Team to compete at contest

Beginning on October 19th, and continuing through the 21st, the Miami Trace Livestock team will start their journey at Nationals for General Livestock judging. The team from Miami Trace consisting of Colt Penwell, Austin Chester, Trevor Kirkpatrick, and Jamie Payton, won first place at the State contest in the spring. Now they have the great opportunity to go and compete in Indianapolis at the 84th National Convention for another 1st place. There the team will judge various livestock animals including breeding sheep, cattle, and swine, and market hogs, lambs, and beef. They then give oral reasons for their placings to the judges. Also the team has to take a written exam. The students have been working very hard over the summer to compete at nationals, by going to fairs and camps to judge livestock. The team will find out how they did on the 21st at the awards ceremony.… Continue reading

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West Holmes FFA helps give fifth grade tour

On September 28th the West Holmes FFA sent 29 juniors and seniors to help the Soil and Water Conservation District with the 5th grade Farm Tour. 5th graders from across Holmes County were in attendance. The members worked closely in assisting the 5th graders with making edible Soil Samples, guiding them throughout the farm, preparing lunches, and assisting with preparation and clean-up of the tour. Members who attended were Derek Reutter, Kayla Chandler, Casey Schlauch, Rebecca Chamberlin, Liz Overholt, Brandon Bowles, Marshall Overholt, Maggie Raber, Alexis Bird, Brittany Barnes, Chris Patterson, Courtney Kozak, Gretchen Straits, Danuel Miller, Audrey Ivers, Corbin Wright, Kristi Atherton, Samantha Krejci, Logan Brannon, Mitchell Ling, Wyatt Gardener, Karissa Coblentz, Brittany Crawford, Matt Schlegel, Corey Phillips, Brittney Sigler, Travis Campbell, Tawnya Eckerle, and Haylee Mackey. The members who attended enjoyed the day at Tom Millers Farm, and also enjoyed spending time with the 5th graders and the Soil and Water Conservation District Officers.… Continue reading

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Colonel Crawford/Pioneer FFA Students to hold BBQ

On October 14, the Colonel Crawford FFA chapter will be holding the annual Fall Chicken & Pork Chop BBQ dinner that is open to the public.  The meal will consist of your choice of a half a chicken or boneless pork chop, corn, applesauce, roll, and your choice of desert and drink. The BBQ will be located in the Ag shop, directly behind the school, at the big garage door, from 4-7:00.  There will be a limited number of extra chicken and pork at the door. The tickets for this event are $8, so give us a call at (419)-562-6755 to reserve your tickets, and an FFA member will be willing to help you with all your questions.  The BBQ is being held on a Friday night during the heart of football season; the Colonel Crawford Eagles will be playing the Wynford Royals.  The profits will benefit a senior in the form of a scholarship, and also will help to send some of our members to the National FFA Convention in late October.… Continue reading

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Miami East FFA sponsors safety poster contest

By: Dani Sands, Chapter Reporter.

The Farm Safety Day Committee of the Miami East FFA Chapter recently sponsored a farm safety poster contest at Miami East Elementary.  Students in the second grade were given poster board and had to create a farm safety promotion poster.  FFA members evaluated the pictures and awarded first place to each homeroom.  The results are as follows:

Mrs. Gentis – Cael Rose
Mrs. Donnelly – Marisa Savini
Mrs. Riley – Kalli Teeters
Mrs. Rice – Celia Thomas

Each student participating received a gift from the FFA Chapter.  The first place poster in each homeroom was awarded an coloring book and candy.  Congratulations to the winners!

Photo Caption (left to right): Back Row: FFA Members Meagan McKinney and Kendra Beckman; Front Row: Contest Winners Kalli Teeters, Celia Thomas,Cael Rose, and Marisa Savini… Continue reading

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Colonel Crawford FFA Chapter Sunrise Field Day

On August 31st, 18 members of the Colonel Crawford FFA chapter went to Attica to participate in the Sunrise/Monsanto Field Plot FFA Days.  The chapter learned about grain yields, plant diseases, crop pests, and how to properly be prepared for job interviews.  The chapter members learned a great deal and had a memorable experience. They also had the opportunity to hear Dale Minyo speak as well and watch as he did live radio reports.   The chapter was provided lunch and would like to thank the Sunrise, Monsanto and Cropland volunteers for a learning experience and letting the chapter visit for the day.… Continue reading

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Miami East Urban FFA soils team places at district

On Wednesday, September 28th, members of the Miami East FFA Chapter competed in the District 5 Soils Judging Contest in Miami County. Miami County Soil and Water Conservation District coordinated the event.

The Urban Soils team consisted of Jayda Burch, Casey Copeland, Olivia Edgell, Austin Honeyman, Cody Reid, Bland Wagner, Ashlee Bussen, and Jarrett Willoughby. The team placed 7th out of 19 teams. Casey Copeland was the highest placing individual from Miami East placing 7th out of 129 individuals.

The Rural Soils team consisted of Amy Hahn, Grant Hodge, Chris Teaford, Davey Wright, and Brandon Nales. The team placed 14h out of 25 teams. Chris Teaford was the high individual from Miami East placing 23rd out of more than 185 individuals.

The contest consisted of evaluating four soils pit for slope, erosion, drainage, depth, and soil texture. Also, the contestants took a written test and answered questions from the Soil Survey of Miami County.… Continue reading

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Mowrystown FFA competes at the 2011 District 9 Soil Contest

Mowrystown FFA did very well this year at the 2011 District 9 Soil Contest. Mowrystown placed 3rd overall in Urban Soils and 11th overall in Rural.

The Urban team consists of: Rikki Morris, Kelsey Oliver, Tori Walker and Brittany Luman. Individually Rikki placed 1st Kelsey placed 15th, Tori placed 28th, and Brittany placed 32nd.

The Rural team consists of: Ryan Cole, Cole Simmons, Nick Wishhart, and Eric Brandenburg. Individually Ryan Placed 18th, Cole placed 72nd, Nick placed 64th, and Eric placed 35th.

The Urban Soils team is advancing to State on October 8. Congratulations!… Continue reading

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Miami Trace FFA holds annual steak fry

On September 24, 2011 the Miami Trace FFA Chapter and Alumni held their annual steak fry. The event was held from 5-7:30 p.m. in the Miami Trace High School cafeteria. Tickets were $10 each, which included a meal of a steak, baked potato, green beans, roll, and homemade desserts. FFA Alumni members volunteered to help cook meals, while FFA members served and cleaned tables. Approximately 550 steaks were sold throughout the night.

Another steak fry will be held in March with the same meal, so the Miami Trace FFA and Alumni look forward to serving you again!… Continue reading

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Miami East FFA attends State FFA Greenhand Conference

On Saturday, October 1, 9 Miami East FFA Greenhands attended the 2011 State Greenhand Conference hosted by the Versailles FFA Chapter.  The theme was “First Down and Life To Go,” and the conference offered workshops for the first-year agricultural education students to learn about opportunities in the FFA, setting goals, developing communication skills, and working in teams. New this year was rotation of various Career Development Events that FFA members can get involved in during their FFA membership.

Presenters for the conference included sessions by Amy Frost, Ohio’s National Officer Candidate, Jessica Shanahan, State FFA President; Brent Stammen, State Vice President; Devon Alexander, District 5 FFA President; Ryan Roberts, District 2 FFA President; Diana Stacy, District 4 FFA President, and Aaron Miller, State FFA Treasurer. The participants enjoyed the opportunity to meet FFA members from across the state of Ohio and learn more about FFA.… Continue reading

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Food for thought proposal

$500 for your Ohio FFA Chapter!

Implement a healthy eating campaign in your school. Can you get students to: Eat a good breakfast? Choose whole grains? Add fruits and vegetables? Drink water instead of pop? Change attitudes and behaviors toward healthy eating?

Ideas: produce public service announcements; host tasting events; write articles for the school newspaper; partner with local groceries and food producers; talk with lunchroom workers, coaches, and health teachers for suggestions; start an advisory council in your school district.

Ten Ohio FFA Chapters will be chosen on October 28th to receive $500 to support the implementation of their campaign. Showcase your campaign efforts at the Ohio State FFA Convention, May 3—4, 2012.

Deadline for this proposal to be submitted is October 21. One Ohio FFA Chapter will win $2000! questions?

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Miami East October 2011 Members of the Month

The October 2011 Miami East FFA Members of the Month are Ashlee Bussen and Chris Teaford. Both are freshman and were recognized for their involvement thus far in the Miami East FFA Chapter.

Bussen is the daughter of Shawn and Kristie Bussen of Troy. Ashlee has participated in the county and district urban soils judging contest. She attended the State Greenhand Conference and plans on attending the National FFA Convention.

Chris Teaford is the son of Neil and Kim Teaford of Casstown and Donna Busic of Dayton. Chris also participated in the county and district soils contest but in the area of rural. He plans on attending the National FFA Convention and participated in the State Greenhand Conference at Versailles High School.

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. … Continue reading

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Miami Trace FFA consignment sale

The Miami Trace FFA held the annual Consignment Sale on Friday, August 26, 2011. This year, the auction was managed by Schrader Auctions. Nic Cummings, a graduate of Miami Trace FFA, was instrumental in connecting with the Miami Trace FFA Alumni in an effort to expand the potential of the traditional sale. Schrader Auctions have been involved in farm, ranch, timberland, and real estate sales in 38 states. The sale was held at Fayette County Fairgrounds. The sale grossed $579,000 and brought in $200 dollars worth of donations. Schrader Auctions committed 1% of the gross earnings to the Miami Trace FFA Alumni.

The Miami Trace FFA Alumni puts its earnings to good use throughout the school year and the summer. For instance, the Alumni provide many scholarships for Miami Trace FFA seniors. Also, they give money so that FFA members can attend FFA camp and Washington Leadership Conference in Washington D.C.… Continue reading

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2011 National FFA Convention to be televised live on internet

Broadcast will also be live to all mobile phones

In a significant technological move forward for agriculture, the National FFA Organization will stream its 2011 National Convention in Indianapolis Oct. 19-22 live online via the newly launched Alltech Ag Network on The televised convention will be accessible real time via computers, iPads and all iPhone, Android and BlackBerry mobile devices.

As FFA membership stands at more than a half-million students throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, expects this to be their largest telecast ever. Yet the significance of the convention broadcast goes beyond record-breaking metrics.

“Agriculture is taking the lead in communications, moving high tech to engage the world in its story,” said Billy Frey, general manager of the Alltech Ag Network. “’s unique platform enables it to, for example, on a recent Friday night, broadcast more than 170 high school football games simultaneously and live to mobile devices free of charge.… Continue reading

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Miami Trace FFA blood drive

By: Brooke Mossbarger

Miami Trace students, age 16 and older, were eligible to donate blood during the first annual blood drive of the school year. The drive was held September 26, 2011 at the Miami Trace High School field house. Mr. Owens, the government teacher, promotes this event as a development of citizenship and cooperates with the Red Cross and the FFA in conducting the event.

The FFA will host this event three times this school year.  A special recognition program was implemented to recognize students who donate blood three times during the last 365 days at FFA, or community blood drives, or who will donate a double red blood cell unit twice in the present school year.  Red Cross cords will be awarded to seniors to wear at graduation if they meet the three donation challenge. The Red Cross is also offering a $250.00 scholarship to a senior because the Miami Trace High School chose to host three blood drives this year.… Continue reading

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Amy Frost: Ohio’s nominee for National FFA Officer

Amy Jo Frost, Ohio’s recent State president, is now up for a National FFA office. Amy just recently gave up her title at the 83rd State convention on May 6, 2011. The selection process for National officers is very thorough. Candidates must go through many steps in order to be an officer. The process can be long and stressful, but Amy has already made it through much of the selection process. . Candidates must go through many steps in order to be an officer. As an officer, they are responsible for organizing, and managing the organization, in all they have many responsibilities to maintain. The process can be long and stressful, but Amy has already made it through some of the selection process and has already made it through to be the State nomination for Ohio.

Amy has made it this far with the help of her supportive parents, Rob and Lisa Frost, and her sisters Jennifer and Katie.… Continue reading

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Miami Trace FFA agronomy students win at the Big E

On Thursday on September 15th, four Miami Trace FFA students went to Boston to compete in the Big E. These students consisted of Landon Gibbs, Judith Straathof, Madison Hisey, and Rachel McClish. They had recently won at State for Agronomy and then had the opportunity to participate in Boston. They worked all summer and at the beginning of the school year to take home the 1st place title. They left for Boston on the 15th of September, and that Friday the 16th the four students competed in the Agronomy test against 5 other schools for the top spot. During the competition students identify various plants, seeds, insects, and diseases by looking at samples of the objects. They also identified different types of hays, and had a team event where the students had to work together to solve different scenarios. That Saturday, was the awards session, and after all of their hard work, the Miami Trace students received 1st place.… Continue reading

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2011 Bloom Carroll FFA Picnic

On Wednesday, September 21, 2011 Bloom Carroll held their annual picnic. This consisted of food, bonding, and introducing the new year of the FFA organization.  Many members showed up for the traditional gathering and this year there were many new faces. While Mrs. Palsgrove (the advisor) talked to all of the parents about what the FFA consists of, the officers introduced the new idea of having “families”. Over the summer at our officer outing, we decided to do a new mentor program. This mentor program is meant to get every member involved and to get people motivated into the FFA. We are having a competition between families to get a prize at the end of the year. Each officer had about 15 “family” members. During the picnic each family broke off, played games, and got to know each other. At the end we played the traditional red rover game as a whole to end off the night.… Continue reading

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Fort Loramie farmers can help Grow their local FFA chapters

The Fort Loramie FFA chapter provides valuable learning experiences for youth interested in the agriculture industry.  Through involvement in FFA, students develop the skills to become leaders in their communities.  Simply put, today’s FFA youth members are the future of the industry.

Farmers in Shelby County have the opportunity to plant the seed that helps grow their local FFA chapters.  Through America’s Farmers Grow CommunitiesSM, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, farmers can win $2,500 for the Fort Loramie FFA Chapter.  Last year, winning farmers directed $490,000 to 196 FFA chapters across the country.

The program is part of a broad commitment by the Monsanto Fund to invest in farm communities, in order to highlight the important contributions farmers make every day to our society.  Farmers can apply online at, or call 1.877.267.3332 to apply by phone.

Farmers, age 21 and over, who are actively engaged in farming a minimum of 250 acres of corn, cotton, and/or soybeans, or 40 acres of open field vegetables, or at least 10 acres of tomatoes, peppers and/or cucumbers grown in protected culture are eligible. … Continue reading

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FFA connects with past members, current and future supporters

Although Nick Frey doesn’t wear his blue-and-gold corduroy jacket these days, he’s still close to FFA.

The Purdue University graduate, who helps run his family’s 6,300-acre farming operation in Indiana, remains close to his high school agriculture teacher and FFA advisor. Frey and his family help the North Montgomery High School FFA Chapter conduct its Farm Safety Day each year. And recently after a Sunday morning church service, a current FFA member approached Frey to share information about today’s FFA, hear what it was like when he was a member and learn more about his role in running WCI Family Farms.

Frey is one of more than 7 million people who have belonged to FFA since the organization’s inception 83 years ago. Because of how FFA prepared him for leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education, he stayed connected to FFA and remains an ardent supporter.

Today, FFA is looking for more people like Nick Frey.… Continue reading

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Students to Present Agricultural Issue at National FFA Event

The Amanda-Clearcreek FFA Chapter will be participating in the National FFA Agricultural Issues Forum Career Development Event (CDE) during the 83rd National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Ind., Oct. 20-23, 2011.

Members of the team are Hannah Chenetski, Kelsie Sharp, Sierra Jepsen, and Caitlin Robinson. The team is coached by Scott Sharp.

“Event participants identify, research and present information on agricultural issues that are relevant to their communities, thus creating an inherent connection between the members and their presentation,” said Melissa Brown, CDE program manager.

FFA members present on a current issue facing agriculture to local community groups prior to competing in the national event. In the presentation both sides of the issue are addressed, allowing audience members to form their own opinions.

Elanco as a special project of the National FFA Foundation sponsors the National FFA Agricultural Issues Forum CDE. The event is one of 23 CDEs held annually at the National FFA convention.… Continue reading

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