FFA News

Versailles FFA Farm Day

Like dandelions in the front yard, PETA constantly tries to reappear and bring negative light to the Ag industry. However, we must remember to shine focus onto the positive events happening in the industry. The Versailles FFA  is doing their part to educate consumers by sponsoring the 36th annual Farm Day for nearly 700 students from Darke, Shelby, and Miami county elementary schools. Designed to teach children about where their food comes from and how the American farm operates, this year Farm Day was held at Schrader Farms outside of Versailles on Boyer Road on May 13th.

Covering all aspects of agriculture, the farm was set up into stations which were led by Versailles FFA students . At the French Fries station, students discussed the potato and enjoyed a cup of French Fries. The wildlife station, presented by Doug Steinbrunner of Darke County Soil and Water Conservation District, allowed the students to learn about wildlife while feeling many animal furs. … Continue reading

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Member Spotlight: Jodie Brand, Versailes High School

As a young freshman that was unsure if she really wanted to join the FFA, Jodie Brand stumbled into the organization with a little push from her parents. It wasn’t until after a silly Parli-Pro practice that Jodie realized the potential held within the FFA.  One simple afternoon spiraled into a deep love for the FFA and developed her into a young woman that is ready to tackle the world.

“To me, the FFA is no longer an organization through the high school but instead, a part of my everyday life that I will cherish even long after it is all over. Through this organization, I think it is safe to say, that my fellow senior classmates and I have met people we never thought we would, reached heights that we never knew were possible, and expanded our horizons farther than we can reach.”

The new graduate from Versailles High School participated in a wide spectrum of CDEs and other state and national events through her four years of high school.… Continue reading

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Colonel Crawford FFA hosts Food for America

On Friday May 13, the second graders from Colonel Crawford traveled to the high school to learn about farm animals, tractors, plants, and many more aspects of agriculture. Around 60 second graders visited 13 stations that educated them about farm life. Among the stations were: pigs, sheep, horses, poultry, goats, dairy, steers, tractors, biotechnology, plants, and woodworking. At these stations students learned about the breeds, parts, and show management, what food and by products come from each animal and general care for the animals. While at the horse station they got to take a ride down the driveway which was a highlight for most. At the tractors they learned safety, parts, the use of the electronic GPS equipment, and what tractors are used for. During the plant station, students learned about diseases, plant structure, different equipment used to plant crops, and how the plants grow. They also got to plant their own green bean seed to take home and grow.… Continue reading

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Red Brand’s year-long ‘Home Grown’ initiative raises more than $100,000 for local FFA chapters across the U.S.

After successfully raising more than $100,000  in the first year of a new grass-roots campaign that provided funds to local FFA chapters throughout the country, the nation’s leading fence manufacturer has announced its decision to make this campaign an annual event.

Early last year, Peoria, Ill.-based Keystone Steel and Wire Co., maker of Red Brand fence, launched its “Home Grown” initiative, a program to benefit FFA through its Red Brand agricultural fencing sales division. For every roll of Red Brand agricultural fencing purchased by a participating retailer, $1 is donated to a designated local FFA chapter or chapters of their choice.

In the first year, more than $100,000 was donated by Red Brand and distributed by dealers to 704 FFA chapters. On average, local FFA chapters received $400. An FFA chapter in Platte, S.D., was awarded more than $4,000.

“Red Brand’s financial support of FFA is critically important to growing and developing stronger FFA experiences for students at the local level of our organization,” said National FFA Foundation executive director Rob Cooper.… Continue reading

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Riverdale FFA 2011-2012 officers go on retreat

The officers of the Riverdale FFA traveled to Camp Muskingum on a retreat to increase teamwork and discuss activities to do for the upcoming year.  The officers participated in group activities which promoted teamwork, communication, and problem solving as well as group discussions where they formed goals and learned each other’s leadership styles.… Continue reading

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FFA names 50 individuals as the 2011 New Century Farmers

The National FFA Organization has selected 50 outstanding young people to participate in the 2011 New Century Farmer program. This exclusive, highly competitive program develops young men and women committed to pursuing a career in production agriculture. The New Century Farmer program is sponsored by Pioneer Hi-Bred, a DuPont business; Rabo AgriFinance; Case IH; and CSX Corporation; with media partner Successful Farming as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.

Participants representing 23 states will take part in an intensive seminar July 24-30 in Johnston, Iowa. They will learn from each other and industry experts during a series of workshops and sessions. Topics will include the global marketplace, farm financing, demographic trends and risk management. New Century Farmers will hear from motivating and informative keynote speakers who will educate them on the risks and rewards involved with agriculture production. In addition to classroom learning, students will experience the latest developments in agricultural technology.
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Miami Trace Great Oaks attends 83rd State Convention

Recently, on May 5 and 6, the Miami Trace FFA Chapter attended the State convention held at the Ohio State Fairgrounds. The Chapter attended the 1st, 3rd, 4th, and 5th sessions of the convention. There they listened to three speakers Drew Hastings, Rick Metzger, and Tiffany Rogers the National FFA Eastern Region VP. All the speakers gave great messages, and caught everybody’s attention.

Miami Trace was represented in the State Chorus by Sarah Boston, Nathan Bowers, Josh Monroe, Tanner Mick, and Sarah Peterson. The Judging teams excelled  this year in State Judging. The General Livestock Team received 1st in State this year with team member Colt Penwell receiving first in the State; also participating in the contest were Jamie Payton in 8th place, Austin Chester with 10th, and Trevor Kirkpatrick placing in 28th. The Meats team placed 5th overall in state with Tanner Mick placing 7th overall in State.… Continue reading

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Colonel Crawford FFA attends State Convention

On May 5 and 6, 14 members and three chaperones, Andrea Cole, Sammy Guinther, and Advisor Krista Betti of the Colonel Crawford FFA/Pioneer chapter attended the state FFA convention held in Columbus at the Ohio Expo Center.  Members competed in various online state skills Career Development Events prior to convention, and Brent Rossman and Hannah Yaussy competed in the meats contest during convention, and placed 57th and 97th respectively out of 160 participants.
Students attended sessions with many awards, speakers, and entertainment.  The 1st session hosted many proficiency awards and keynote speaker Chad Hymas.   The Colonel Crawford FFA Chapter was awarded a certificate by Children’s Hospital, for donating over $200.  They also received a plaque for donating $200 to the CROP organization.  Jessica Millenbaugh and Jessica Lohr were our representatives to receive the awards.
On May 6th, the second day of the Ohio FFA convention the chapter took a tour to Bob Evans test kitchen, Graeter’s ice cream, Anthony Thomas Chocolate factory and the career and talent show. … Continue reading

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Colonel Crawford FFA students participate in Envirothon

On Wednesday, April 27, Colonel Crawford/ Pioneer FFA students participated in the Envirothon at Camp Dakota in Defiance, Ohio.  The Envirothon is a challenging and fun event.  It is composed of five contest areas, which are designed to test your team’s knowledge of soils, wildlife, forestry, aquatic ecology and current environment issues.  The Envirothon is a competition for the whole team, not individual.  Each of the teams will fill out one collective answer sheet for the five stations. The cooperative decision making, free exchange of ideas and pooling of information are an important part of the learning process and which gives the Envirothon it unique appeal.  Each of the session was 30 minutes long and then lunch was served when they were done testing.  Colonel Crawford had two teams of the following students’.  Team one consisted of Katelyn Lutz, Codi Eblin, and Ryan Eblin, this team was 47th.  The second team consisted of Hannah Yaussy, Brent Rossman, and Roy Lucis, this team placed 22nd. … Continue reading

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Colonel Crawford FFA ladies attend the Promising Young Women Leadership Conference

On April 15, six young ladies of the Colonel Crawford/Pioneer FFA chapter attend the Promising Young Women Leadership Conference held in Columbus at the Ohio State University Ag Campus in the Ag Administration Auditorium.   The theme for this event was “Tradition of Excellence.”  After registration and the introduction, the speaker Linda Martin talked about being the director of the college at OSU for the Ag. Department and how she was the first female in many of her jobs in a field dominated by men.  After the keynote speaker the ladies split up into session to listen to the proper ways of how to dress, eat, and meet with people on a professional level.  The other session was of how to use the media sites on the internet to get yourself out there as a professional and how they can help you be noticed.  After lunch of chicken, green beans, potatoes, and desert, we had a speaker from Cargill, which is a huge company all over the world, speak to us about how Cargill has helped out many of people all over the world.… Continue reading

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Libery-Benton 2nd at District 4 Agricultural & Industrial Diagnostics Competition

A tractor troubleshooting team of Dustin Cole and Cody Snook from the Liberty-Benton FFA traveled to Wyandot Tractor in Upper Sandusky for the District 4 Agricultural and Industrial Diagnostics Career Development Event on February 17.  This team placed second in the event, missing the opportunity to advance to the state competition and qualify for a minimum of $1000 each in college scholarships by 15 points. While participating in this competition, students had to inspect four machines in order to find and fix two different problems on each piece of equipment.  They had twenty minutes to complete this task at each station.  Machines in the competition included a John Deere 318D skid-steer loader, John Deere 4720 compact tractor, John Deere 6115D tractor with loader, and a John Deere 8530 tractor.  Also, as part of their event, the students had troubleshoot an electrical components station and take a online written test over tractor maintenance and operation. … Continue reading

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Ag Olympics held to celebrate end of the year for Zane Trace FFA

The Zane Trace FFA Chapter held their annual Ag Olympics competition during lunch on Wednesday, May 18.  Chapter members competed in events such as the egg toss, tug-of-war, milk chug and cow milking and earned points for their class.  During the event, the members also enjoyed pizza and had fun watching the goofy competitions take place.  After the events were complete, the Sophomore class took home the overall Ag Olympics Trophy for 2011, followed by the Seniors, Freshmen and Juniors in that order.  Thanks to all members who planned and participated in this year’s Ag Olympics.

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Zane Trace FFA holds annual chapter banquet

The Zane Trace FFA Chapter held their annual parent-member recognition banquet on Thursday, May 12th at 6:00 pm in the Zane Trace High School Cafetorium.  During the evening over 325 guests enjoyed a covered dish dinner including fried chicken and celebrated the success of the members of the chapter throughout the year.   The program began with a chapter year in review slideshow featuring activities including the sausage breakfast, national convention trip and leadership night.  Next, the chapter officers presented awards to members for participation in fruit sales, career development events, proficiency awards, agriscience fair and PALS lessons.

After this segment of the program, members who earned the Greenhand and Chapter degrees were given their pins and certificates.  Chapter advisors Jennifer Johnston and Gary Peters then presented the Star awards to students.  The Star Greenhand award went to Eva Bugg, the Star in Placement to Chelsi Hempstead, the Star in Agriscience to Sarah Cox and the Star Farmer award went to Heather Yeater.… Continue reading

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Zane Trace FFA members shine at State FFA Convention

Thirty-one members of the Zane Trace FFA Chapter recently attended the Ohio FFA Convention held at the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus on May 5 and 6. This proved to be another successful year for the group as several members received recognition for their work throughout the year. On Thursday evening, David Glass received first place in the Food Science Proficiency award area. David earned this award based on his research on protein formation and fruit enzymes. On Friday Chelsi Hempstead and Danielle George were honored as Gold rated officers for their efforts as Treasurer and Reporter of the chapter. Nick Ganus and Sarah Cox were also recognized for their excellence in the Agriscience Student of the Year competition. Nick received second runner-up and Sarah first runner-up honors in the award area.
Additional honors in Agriscience were received by chapter members who received Gold ratings on their research projects in the State Agriscience Fair.… Continue reading

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Mechanicsburg FFA Wins National Syngenta Video Contest

Mechanicsburg FFA in will be honored with a $3,000 prize for winning the Grand Champion first-place award in the Weeding out Hunger with Halex® GT FFA Video Challenge, sponsored by Syngenta. Mechanicsburg FFA competed against FFA chapters nationwide to become a finalist in the competition.

South Central High School FFA in Greenwich, Ohio, received a $500 prize for most original entry.

This is the first year Syngenta has hosted the Weeding out Hunger FFA Video Challenge. In January, National FFA chapters were invited to upload a short video through the Weeding out Hunger Facebook page describing the importance of FFA and agriculture in their community, and in providing for the food, fiber, fuel and feed needs of the nation.

After online voting and judging from a select panel including Syngenta, FFA and agricultural media representatives, Mechanicsburg FFA was chosen to receive the top prize. Students who participated in the video challenge will be rewarded with a pizza party on May 26 where Luke Lathan, local Syngenta sales representative, and Carroll Moseley, Syngenta herbicide brand manager will present the check.… Continue reading

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Chad Hymas Tells Members to Understand the Power of Your Choices

By: Stacie Seger

When we wake up in the morning, we have two simple choices. Go back to sleep and dream, or wake up and chase those dreams. The choice is yours…

The first session opened The 83rd Ohio FFA Convention by challenging its members to find their infinite potential and chase their dreams. Chad Hymas, the Keynote Speaker for the 1st session, reminded Ohio FFA members that good decisions can help them accomplish their goals, and bad decisions can leave them crushed for life.

At the age of 27, the aspiring elk rancher endured a farm accident that would instantaneously change the rest of his life. Chad had recently purchases 40 head of bull elk and was finishing up the evening jobs when his wife Shondell called to ask him to hurry home to see their little son take his first steps. Little did he know the day his son would take his first steps would be the day Chad took his last.… Continue reading

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State Convention Keynote Speaker Shared Four Rules of Success

By: Stacie Seger

As an FFA member himself, the Keynote Speaker for the 3rd Session felt very passionate about our organization. Rick Metzeger raised rabbits for his SAE, served as a chapter and state officer, and is still very active in the National and Ohio FFA Alumnus. Rick first found his ability to speak when his Ag teacher encouraged him to try the extemporaneous speaking contest. Rick reminded the 83rd Ohio FFA Convention that “This organization constantly taught me how to learn” and that we must recognize the same opportunity we have been giving. Potential, passion, and passionate were Rick’s three “Big P’s” he emphasized to the FFA members.

Rick first declared that we must have a target in life. Bringing Ellen Gilliland, 2010-2011 District 4 President, to the stage, Rick taught Ellen to use the imaginary targets in front of her to learn how to judge. Ellen struggled a couple times to connect the sequence correctly, and we laughed when she dropped the balled.… Continue reading

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Riverdale FFA travels to State Convention

On May 5 and 6, 13 members of the Riverdale FFA traveled to Columbus, OH to participate in the 83rd State FFA Convention.  The group toured the Anthony Thomas chocolate factory and the Ohio State University’s Meat Labs where the students learned about the chocolate making process and meat processing.  Following dinner with members of the New Bremen FFA, both groups went to Magic Mountain Fun Centers where they enjoyed fun activities such as go-karts and laser-tag.  Members were involved in a leadership activity which allowed them to trade ideas for chapter activities with other chapters from around the state.  Members of the Riverdale FFA went to four sessions where they listened to the presentation of FFA awards, inspirational messages from keynote speakers, Chad Hymas and Rick Metzger, as well as watched two of their own members, Jennie Walter and Ty Horn, received their State Degrees.… Continue reading

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