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ME FFA Hosts Greenhand Conference

The first-ever Miami East-MVCTC Greenhand Conference was recently hostec for first-year FFA members of the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter. The purpose of the conference was to build upon and challenge the FFA awareness and knowledge that the new members held.

During the conference leadership workshops were offered on FFA leadership opportunities, teamwork challenges, goal setting, and FFA opportunities. Additionally, Career Development Event roundtables were held to share and explain various competitions FFA members can participate in. Members participated in team challenges and had virtual greetings from the State FFA President Bethany Starlin. 

Leading the workshops were the 2020-21 Miami East Chapter Officers. Those participating were Isaac Beal, Adam Bensman, Libby Carpenter, Carter Gilbert, Chloe Gump, Emma Sutherly, Samuel Sutherly, and Lauren Wright.

The Miami East Greenhand members attending were Ella Fine, Ayla Gilbert, Fletcher Harris, Alaina Helsinger, Abigail Kadel, Jadyn Maingi, Madison Maxson, Elisabeth Norman, Lindsey Ott, Logan Phillips, Landin Putnam, Hunter Randall, Jacob Roeth, Ty Roeth, and Thomas Wallace. … Continue reading

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River Valley FFA: Starting the Year Off Hybrid….

By: Kayleigh Aiken, chapter reporter

During 2020 there have been many struggles and difficulties that we have overcome and faced. One being schooling either all online, in person, or River Valley’s option hybrid model that started September first as an easy start. The first three days were split up by the alphabet, Tuesday the first A-G, Wednesday the second H-N, and Thursday the third O-Z. Even though it was an easy start student’s, teachers, and parents were lost because it was all new. For River Valley’s FFA chapter we’re trying to find different ways to still stay united and attend functions virtually to boost chapter members’ spirits. During these tough times it’s important for us to work together, but also keep each other safe including wearing masks, social distancing, and washing your hands frequently. Even though we’re not able to hold meetings face to face we are trying to find  ways to keep everyone in the mindset of feeling efficient, involved, and a part of this chapter because they most certainly are. … Continue reading

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West Holmes FFA elps prepare for 2020 Harvest Glow

By: Chloe Shumaker, chapter reporter

On Thursday, October 1st,  West Holmes FFA members attended a community service event at Harvest Ridge in the expo center to carve pumpkins for the 2nd annual Harvest Glow event that is held at the Fairgrounds. Members carved from 3-7 and were thanked with a meal by Exclusively Yours Catering. On Saturday, October 3rd, The West Holmes FFA Chapter held their 2nd annual Ag Olympics at the Harvest Ridge fairgrounds. They were joined by the Triway and Smithville FFA chapters. Members competed in different games which included an obstacle course, tug of war, sack race, pumpkin bowling, egg toss, pie eating, milk the cow, and bale toss. The Smithville members were named the winners and received the rotating trophy and $300 for their chapter provided by the Harvest Glow Committee.  Thanks to all of the members who participated in pumpkin carving and the Ag Olympics! … Continue reading

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Utica FFA attends Ohio Legislative Leadership Conference

By: Georgia Gamble, chapter reporter

The Utica FFA Officer Team participated in the annual Ohio Legislative Leadership Conference in the form of a zoom meeting on September 30th. Normally held at The Ohio State House, the event took place as a webinar due to COVID-19. Joining from all over the state of Ohio, there were around three hundred FFA participants. The meeting started with a 40 minute session where Agricultural issues were discussed between Tony Seegers, Director of State Policy; Ty Higgins, Director of Media Relations; and Jenna Beadle, Director of State Policy, all from the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation. Following, Congressman Troy Balderson and State Senator Bob Peterson spoke about what FFA means to them. The meeting continued with participants breaking out into smaller groups. In these smaller workshops, FFA members played Pictionary, learned about advocacy and lobbying and shared their personal FFA stories.… Continue reading

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Northwestern FFA Members Participate in Recycling During the Fair

By: Jadeyn Berry, chapter reporter   

During the week of the 2020 Wayne County Fair, members of the Northwestern FFA Chapter participated in the recycling program.  Members went around each night at closing time and collected recycling items around the fairgrounds in coordination with Jeff Harmon and the Senior Fair Board, the Joint Solid Waste District. Ellie Hanshaw, Anthony Welch, Craig Wellert, Kaleb Badger, Grant Bond, Kade Tegtmeier, Jacoby Gilbert, Caydence Scale, Brooke Stinemetz, Kara Mckay, Kirsten Boreman, Lily Boreman, Mary Wellert, Haley Cadwell, Jadeyn Berry, Cole Wharton and Ethan Schwarts helped throughout the week. As well as alumni members Austin Beegle, Brock Tegtmeier, Becca Harbaugh, and Sydney Harmon. Members collected recycling items such as cardboard boxes and food waste and containers. This year members were able to remove many pounds of recyclables from the waste stream of the fair.  The Northwestern FFA Chapter is glad to have the opportunity to participate in this program.   … Continue reading

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West Holmes FFA Chapter held annual meeting

By: Chloe Shumaker, chapter reporter

On Monday, September 28, the West Holmes FFA Chapter had its annual meeting at West Holmes High School. The meeting was called to order by President Jayme Pennell. After conducting opening ceremonies they went onto officer reports and new business. The following motions were made, Garrett Houin moved and Ally Ogi seconded to approve member t-shirt & sweatshirt designs as recommended by the Earnings and Savings Committee. Motion passed. Sarah Irwin moved and Alysa Pringle seconded to hold the October meeting at Grassbaugh’s & pay for a tent & supplies. Motion passed. Jess Miller moved and Amy Hughes seconded to hold the annual fruit sale October 8-November 16. Motion passed. Cody Miller moved and Addison Yates seconded to have 4 tins of nuts, 1 mixed bag, 1 gallon of BBQ sauce, 4 bottles of BBQ sauce, 5 cracker cuts of cheese, 3 rings of trail equal a case of fruit.… Continue reading

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Anthony Wayne FFA Hosts CDE Lunch and Learn for Members

By: Vesta Miller, 2020-2021 Anthony Wayne FFA Reporter

On September 22 and 24, the Anthony Wayne FFA officer team held a Career Development Event (CDE) Lunch and Learn. FFA members enjoyed a Chick-fil-A boxed lunch while learning about the dairy cattle, public speaking, wildlife, and floriculture CDEs. CDEs are FFA contests that students may choose to practice for and compete in throughout the year. 

During the event, students placed a class of four cows, evaluating their qualities for producing milk. Then students identified tack used with horses. Next, students listened to various sounds made by wild animals in Ohio, and guessed which animal made each sound. To practice public speaking, students were given a simple prompt and then gave a one-minute speech to another student. Finally, the students created a floral arrangement to take with them. At the conclusion, students were given a list of all CDE teams available for them to join throughout the school year.… Continue reading

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A-C FFA Chapter Earns Top Awards

By: Audrey Butterbaugh, chapter reporter

For the first time in chapter history, the Amanda-Clearcreek FFA Chapter was recognized by receiving a “Top 10 National Chapter” award in both the Strengthening Agriculture and Growing Leaders divisions at the state level.

Each year, FFA chapters in the state of Ohio have the opportunity to submit an application to the National Chapter Award Program with a chance to be recognized with an award. Based on activities performed throughout the year, there are three divisions any one chapter can receive an award in: Growing Leaders, Building Communities and Strengthening Agriculture. In order to receive a National Chapter Award, the chapter’s application went through a two step process. The application must first be passed through Ohio FFA Association requirements to even be considered for this award. Then, the application is forwarded to the National FFA Association to be ranked among other FFA chapters across the country.… Continue reading

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Corn Contest Proves Big Ears Means Big Yields

Recently, members from the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter were challenged to participate in the annual Chapter Corn Contest. The rules of the contest were to bring in one ear of corn and earn a prize. Overall winners were presented with an FFA T-shirt from the FFA Chapter. All participants earned a corn-related prize.

A winner is chosen based on the predicted yield of the corn. The grand prize winner was determined by the highest yield estimate, based on plant population per acre. Agricultural Education students in Plant and Animal Science classes took time in class to figure the predicted yield of corn ears as part of their continuing education of agronomy.

The overall winner was Isaac Beal. Her corn was predicted to yield 348 bushels to the acre with a 36,500 seed population per acre. His corn was an Ebberts product. Second place went to Matthew Osting who presented an ear of corn that is predicted to produce 339 bushels per acre with a 35,000 seed population per acre.… Continue reading

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West Holmes FFA 2020 Clean up day

By: Chloe Shumaker, chapter reporter

On Saturday, September 19th, 20 members from the West Holmes FFA chapter visited the Holmes County Home for community service. Members who participated include Natasha Averbukh, Dyllan Bender, Cora Crilow, Maren Drzazga, Ansen Hall, Garrett Houin, Sarah Irwin, Samantha Kendall, Caden McDougle, Ally Ogi, Jayme Pennell, Alysa Pringle, Leah Reining, Dakotah Ringwalt, Becca Schuch, Emma Stitzlein, Ashley Tate, Syrus Tish, Abby Waers, and Addison Yates. Members weeded the gardens, trimmed bushes, picked up sticks, and cleaned sidewalks. The members worked from 9 am – 12 pm and were thanked with pizza and drinks when they were done.… Continue reading

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Miami East-MVCTC October 2020 FFA Member of the Month

The October 2020 Miami East-MVCTC FFA Member of the Month is Braden Zekas. He is the son of Elyssa Hughes and Aaron Zekas. He is a sophomore and second year member of the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter.

Braden recently participated in the State Dairy Cattle, State Meats, and State Poultry Evaluation Career Development Events. He helped each of the teams place at or above seventh in the state. In the Dairy Cattle event he was second overall from Miami East. In the Poultry competition he was the highest individual from Miami East, placing 14th in the event. And, in the Meats Evaluation event he was fourth overall from Miami East. Braden’s Supervised Agricultural Experience consists of a large vegetable garden in which he markets his products to family and friends.

Every month of the school year the Miami East-MVCTC FFA will select a student to be the FFA Member of the Month. … Continue reading

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Miami East-MVCTC FFA Sponsors Safety Poster Contest

By Libby Carpenter, chapter reporter

The Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter recently sponsored a farm safety poster contest at Miami East Elementary.  The competition was coordinated by the Safety Committee and its members, Anna Broerman, Gretchen Stevens, Anthony Putnam, and Jimmy Sutherly.

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. Patty Gentis – Lexi Bowers 

Mrs. Ashley Demmitt – Avery Baker

Mrs. Amanda Riley – Shelby Weaver

Mrs. Tammy Mumford – Alexa Bade

Each student participating received a gift from the FFA Chapter, including candy and a pencil.  The first place poster in each homeroom was also awarded special prize.  Congratulations to the winners!

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MVCTC Program of the week is Agriculture & Livestock Production

Englewood, Ohio – The Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) program of the week for September 21, 2020 is the Agriculture & Livestock Production program.

Agriculture and Livestock Production teaches students about the business of Agriculture. Livestock Selection and Nutrition, Agronomy, and Ag Business are the main courses taught, along with equipment operation and maintenance to give students hands-on experiences to be successful in agriculture careers. This program gives students the opportunity to earn college credits at Sinclair Community College and the 12-point Ohio Agribusiness and Production Systems Certificate.

Students learn:

  • Business management for agriculture and environmental systems
  • Livestock Selection and Nutrition, Artificial Insemination and Selection
  • Agronomic Systems – Soils, Pest Management, Hazardous Materials Management, Plant Nutrition, Harvesting and Storage
  • Learn to manage a 50-acre grain farm and operate new technology in agriculture, precision guidance systems and operations, precision agriculture equipment, and software

Students in this program also are able to participate in the Advanced Placement Work-Based Learning program, participate in the Career Technical Student Organization FFA, can earn the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) Approved Industry-Ohio Agribusiness Association Agribusiness and Production Systems Certification, and havec college connection opportutnies with Career-Technical Credit Transfer (CT)², Edison State Community College, and Sinclair Community College

To learn more about MVCTC and the program of the week, visit www.mvctc.com/AR where… Continue reading

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West Holmes FFA alumni to receive American Degrees

 By Chloe Shumaker, chapter reporter

Seven West Holmes FFA graduate members will receive their American Degrees this November during the virtual National FFA Convention.  Hayley Davis, Taylor Feikert, Drew Mast, Abby Rohr, Logan Schlauch, Gabby Sherman, and Hunter Smith have all met the requirements for the degree and have been approved at the State and National level.  This is the highest degree achievable in the National FFA Organization, the American FFA Degree shows an FFA member’s dedication to his or her chapter and state FFA association. It demonstrates the effort FFA members apply toward their supervised agricultural experience and the outstanding leadership abilities and community involvement they exhibited through their FFA career. American FFA Degree recipients show promise for the future and have gone above and beyond to achieve excellence. The requirements to earn the American FFA Degree is set forth in the National FFA Constitution. To be eligible to receive the American FFA Degree, members must meet qualifications such as receiving a State FFA Degree, holding active membership for the past three years, completing secondary instruction in an agricultural education program and operating an outstanding supervised agricultural experience program, and earning or investing at least $10,000, 50 hours of community service, and demonstrating leadership abilities and outstanding scholastic achievement are also required. … Continue reading

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West Holmes FFA members competed in National Proficiency evaluation

By: Chloe Shumaker, Chapter Reporter

West Holmes FFA members Jayme Pennell and Chase Stitzlein competed in the National Proficiency evaluation over the summer. Recently, the results were announced and proficiency ratings and national finalists were released. Jayme Pennell was named a National finalist and will now compete at the Virtual National Convention as top four in Environmental Science and Natural Resource Management. Jayme’s SAE involves reclaiming 11 acres of family land where he plants trees, plants food plots for pollinators, and conducts a water source from a pre-existing spring on the property.  Jayme will receive a $500 cash prize for being a finalist and will receive another $500 if he is named a National winner.  Chase Stitzlein received a Silver rating with his SAE in Dairy Production Entrepreneurship. Chase’s SAE involves working on his family’s dairy farm, raising a herd of dairy of Holstein and Red Holstein cows, and raising crossbred feeders to sell at auction. … Continue reading

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Miami East-MVCTC FFA held Seatbelt Awareness Activity

On Tuesday, September 15, as part of National Farm Safety and Health Awareness Week, the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter held a Seatbelt Awareness Activity. As students exited the parking lot at Miami East High School, the drivers were stopped and their seatbelts were checked.

All student drivers and passengers were inspected for wearing their seatbelt. They received a “LifeSavers” candy because seatbelts save lives. Any student drivers or passengers not wearing their seatbelts were instructed to put on their seatbelt immediately.

Results of the event proved that a majority of the drivers at Miami East High School do wear their seatbelt. Over 60 drivers and passengers were presented candy with 5.8% of drivers not wearing their seatbelt and 94.2% wearing the seatbelt. Similar results as were collected last fall when 8% of drivers were not wearing their seatbelt.

The first seatbelt was in a Volvo vehicle in 1849. On February 15, 1885, the seatbelt patent was given to Edward J.… Continue reading

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West Holmes FFA held annual parent member meeting

 By: Chloe Shumaker, Chapter Reporter

On Monday, August 31, the West Holmes FFA held their annual parent member year opening meeting. Before the meeting, there were hot dogs and chips for the members as well as swimming and cornhole. The meeting was called to order by President Jayme Pennell. After conducting opening ceremonies, and officer reports, they went onto new business. The following motions were passed by members. Dyllan Bender moved and Dawson Doretich seconded to set the 2021 banquet date for May 8. Motion passed. Abby Waers moved and Tyler Eichelberger seconded to pay for 2020 State Convention T-shirts. Motion passed. Samantha Kendall moved and Kyle Mowery seconded to pay for the jacket of the first member in each freshman class who recites the creed. Motion passed. Maria Steiner moved and Kyle Mowery seconded to pay $15 of each freshman’s jacket. Motion passed. Dawson Doretich moved and Blaine Winkler seconded to purchase a $50 gift card for the top salesman of the fall sale.… Continue reading

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Miami East-MVCTC FFA Launches Community Clunker Clean-Up

Get rid of those old, unused vehicles, boats, motorcycles, campers, and farm equipment while benefiting Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC). Through April 1, 2021, the Miami East-MVCTC FFA is ridding communities of unneeded vehicles and farm equipment. At no cost to you, RMHC will pick up the vehicle or equipment donation and tow it to the nearest auction location. All donations must have a certificate of title.

Have the ME FFA chapter code (OH0182) ready when calling 800-332-8201 to schedule a pick up. By participating in this program, your donation will help keep RMHC families with sick children near each other while receiving the care they need. 

Please contact call Chloe Gump and the ME FFA Chapter for more info or help with the process at 937-335-7070 x3212. Let us know if you have something to donate! Just takes a phone call and they do the rest! Free removal and you get a tax credit!… Continue reading

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Oak Hill FFA competed in Ohio State meats evaluation and technology CDE

By: Abby Lewis, chapter repoter

On August 27, the Oak Hill FFA competed in the Ohio State meats evaluation and technology CDE. The CDE was supposed to be in the spring, but was postponed because of COVID-19. This CDE was taken online with the help of our proctor Ms. Roush. In this CDE we had to identify retail cuts of Beef, Pork and Lamb and then we had to evaluate and place six classes.  During the placing classes we had to evaluate beef rounds and beef carcasses, center cut pork loins, fresh hams, ribbed pork carcass, pork carcasses and a class of retail cuts.  Our team placed 11th in the state and our top four members are Garrett Huges, Abby Lewis, Mackenzie Lewis, and Caden Adkins. The top member in this competition was Garrett Huges, Garrett was 22nd individual overall.  Congratulations to our Meat Judging team members.          

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Oak Hill FFA competes in Ohio State general livestock CDE

By: Abby Lewis, chapter reporter

On August 27, the Oak Hill FFA Chapter competed in the Ohio State general livestock CDE. This CDE was going to be last spring, but COVID-19 hit. The CDE was held online and what the team had to do was evaluate beef cattle, swine, lambs and goats on the quality of the animal. The team was also evaluated on a market grid, and was asked questions on a class of each species.  The team finished the competition with a general knowledge test. The Oak Hill FFA placed 31st in the state.  This contest has the highest participation amongst all the FFA CDE contests.. The top four of the team was Tarmron McCain, Garrett Hughes, Mackenzie Lewis, and Hailey Clifton. The top of the team was Tamron McCain with the placement of 44th individually. Congratulations to all who participated in the general livestock judging team.

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