FFA News

National FFA Convention Highlights

There were plenty of Ohio highlights on Thursday of the National FFA Convention. Multiple students were recognized with proficiency success and several more were recognized for the CDEs. Caleb Durheim, Lily Asbridge, Sophie Marvin and Justin Hall from Big Walnut-DACC topped the nation in the Food Science & Technology Career Development Event. Durheim was the top individual and the whole team finished in the top 10 individually. National proficiency awards were won by Justin Preece, Urbana, in Agricultural Mechanics Repair and Maintenance-Placement; Amanda Annett, Utica, Beef Production-Placement; and Renea Schmitmeyer, Versailles, in Dairy Production-Placement.

On Friday Jacob Zajkowski, Ohio FFA President, won Plant Systems Div. 5 in the Agriscience Fair. Kevin Eckstein, from the Ridgemont Chapter, won his division of Power, Structural and Technical Systems in the Agriscience Fair. Zoe Parrott of the Northmor FFA Chapter won the Sheep Production Placement Proficiency and Robert Gray of the Western Brown FFA Chapter won the Turfgrass Management Proficiency.… Continue reading

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Representing Ohio FFA in Indianapolis

By Bethany Starlin, OCJ FFA reporter (and Ohio’s 2021 National Officer candidate)

Each October, thousands of FFA members flock to Indianapolis, Ind. to attend the National FFA Convention and Expo. Whether it’s competing in a Career Development Event, interviewing for a proficiency award or simply celebrating the successes of our organization over the past year, there is something in Indianapolis for all to enjoy. 

Bethany Starlin

As someone who has attended the National FFA Convention and Expo in a number of capacities — first as a supporter of my older siblings, then as a member and finally as a state officer — I understand the excitement that builds as you travel west on Interstate 70 towards the Circle City. 

This year, however, will feel a bit different.

It has been roughly two years since the sea of blue jackets have taken Indianapolis by storm. Two years worth of excitement, anticipation and celebration of the organization we all love will fill our hearts as we travel to convention late October.… Continue reading

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Ohio FFA members to watch for at National FFA Convention

The Ohio FFA is always well-represented at the National FFA Convention and 2021 is certainly no exception. With an impressive 19 proficiency finalists, 17 National Agriscience Fair project finalists and 449 American FFA Degree recipients, there will be plenty of Ohio FFA members being highlighted in the coming days on the national stage in Indianapolis. Stay tuned this week to ocj.com for results, highlights and interviews with Ohio FFA members. Here is a list of Ohio FFA participants in the 2021 National FFA Convention courtesy of the Ohio FFA Association. 

American FFA Degrees – 449

National Officer Candidate – Bethany Starlin, Chief Logan

National Proficiency Award Finalists (19)

Agricultural Mechanics Design and Fabrication – Meredith Ann Yerian, Fairfield Union

Agricultural Mechanics Repair and Maintenance-Placement – Justin Preece, Urbana 

Agricultural Services – Brayden Shumaker, West Holmes

Beef Production-Entrepreneurship – Luke Jennings, Felicity-Franklin

Beef Production-Placement – Amanda Annett, Utica

Dairy Production-Entrepreneurship – Maggie Mathews, East Clinton Great Oaks

Dairy Production-Placement – Renea Schmitmeyer, Versailles

Diversified Agricultural Production – Wyatt Kunk, Houston-UVCC

Diversified Horticulture – Wesley Gehret, Versailles

Equine Science-Entrepreneurship – Mitchell Bean, East Clinton Great Oaks

Equine Science-Placement – Brooke Blansette, Liberty Union

Fiber and/or Oil Crop Production – Chris Dible, Big Walnut-DACC

Forage Production – Max Homan, New Bremen

Fruit Production – Lillian Beebe, Fayetteville

Goat Production – Noah Barga, Versailles

Grain Production – Matthew Ruff, Westfall

Service-Learning – Madisen Jolliff, Ridgemont

Sheep Production – Zoe Parrott, Northmor

Small Animal Production and Care – Morgan Kimmel, Covington-UVCC

Swine Production-Placement – Mykenzie Lance, Ridgemont

Turf Grass Management – Robert Gray, Western Brown

National Chapter Award-Model of Excellence Finalists

Blanchester Great Oaks, New Bremen, Zane Trace

Three-Star Chapters – Anna, Black River, Blanchester Great Oaks, Bowling Green-Penta, Cardington, Carey, Clear Fork, Covington-UVCC, Elgin, Felicity-Franklin, Firelands, Greenon, Houston-UVCC, McClain, Miami East-MVCTC, Mississinawa Valley-MVCTC, Mowrystown, National Trail-MVCTC, New Bremen, Northeastern, Paulding, South Central, Southeastern, Spencerville, St.… Continue reading

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Meet the 2021-22 Ohio FFA Officer Team

By Bethany Starlin, OCJ FFA reporter 

This week the 2021-22 Ohio FFA Officer Team will be busy at the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis. The Team has been gearing up for this event in the months since they were installed at the Ohio FFA Convention last spring and beginning of one of the most challenging yet rewarding years of their lives. 

Despite being elected in a non-traditional way through the virtual convention, the team was able to hit the ground running and experience a bit of normalcy. Training sessions facilitated by National FFA, five full sessions of camp at Ohio FFA Camp Muskingum and the State Officer Summit have prepared the team for a full school year of activities, including National FFA Convention. 

Continue reading to learn more about the State Officers and stay connected on social media platforms to follow along this week and throughout their year of service.

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West Holmes FFA members participated in 2021 Antique Festival Parade

On October 10th, 27 of the West Holmes FFA members attended the Antique Festival parade in Millersburg. Members included: Jewel Brown, Cora Crilow, Haylee Conner, Maren Drzazga, Ava Eberhard, Ethan Feikert, Garrett Fowler, Olivia Gerber, Keith Hawkins,Colby Long, Adam Mast, Derek Miller, Jess Miller, Casey Ogi, Taelor Patterson, Madison Pearce-Laferty, Alysa Pringle, Bree Pringle, Hailey Richert, Payton Rouse, Becca Schuch, Wyatt Schlauch, Hayden Smith, Maria Steiner, Miranda Taylor, Alexa Tate, and Gabby Yates. The Social and Recreation committee was in charge of creating the theme for the foat. The chapter was named the Queens Choice Award for the 2021 parade! … Continue reading

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West Holmes FFA 2021 Hazardous Waste Clean up

Vehrs, Gabe Averbukh, Brody Gindlesburger, Garrett Fowler. Back row from left to right: Becca Schuch, Cora Crilow, Ashley Tate, Madison Pearce-Laferty, Alexa Tate, Andi Schuch. 

On October 9th, 13 West Holmes FFA members helped in the Hazardous Waste Clean up day. Members include: Gabe Averbukh, Cora Crilow, Garrett Fowler, Brody Gindlesburger, Pacee Miller, Madison Pearce-Laferty, Alex Prinlge, Alysa Pringle, Andi Schuch, Becca Schuch, Ashley Tate, Alexa Tate, and Quintin Vehrs. Members help unload items that were brought in by members of the community that they wanted to dispose of including TVs, electronics, tires, old appliances, paints, and light bulbs.… Continue reading

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West Holmes FFA September 2021 Meeting

The West Holmes FFA chapter had their September meeting on September 27th at Acres of Fun. President Cora Crilow called the meeting room to order and opening ceremonies were held.  Reporter Alysa Pringle, Treasurer Maren Drzazga, and Sentinel Becca Schuch gave officer reports. For new business the following motions were passed: Dyllan Bender moved and Garrett Houin seconded to purchase t-shirts for all members and offer the option for student to buy sweatshirts for $25, Pacee Miller moved and Jess Miller seconded to hold the October meeting at Stitzlein’s and pay for supplies and porta potty, Ashley Tate moved and Ally Ogi seconded to hold the annual fruit sale October7th- December 15th, Derek Miller moved and Garrett Houin seconded to have incentives for fruit sale as recommended by the membership development committee, Emily Harrower moved and Leah Reining seconded to have the Greenhand initiation on November 22nd and pay for supplies, Liberty Hendrix moved and Leah Reining seconded to send members to the national convention and pay for one meal, Ethan Feikert moved and Alysa Pringle seconded to participate in the antique festival and pay for supplies, Laina Croskey moved and  Alysa Pringle seconded to have Micah Mensing speak at the Greenhand ceremony and give him a gift valued at $50, Zoee Snow moved and  Ally Ogi seconded to have fall sale money due October 6th, Wyatt Schlauch moved and Jimmy Lesiak seconded to adjourn.… Continue reading

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Miami East-MVCTC FFA Sponsors Environmental Poster Contest

The Environmental Committee of the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter recently sponsored a Recycling, Reducing, and Reusing contest at Miami East Elementary. 

Members of the Environmental Committee visited third grade classrooms and shared facts about the importance of recycling, reducing, and reusing materials. They then challenged the students in third grade to color and decorate an environmental-themed picture. FFA members evaluated the pictures and awarded first place to one student in each homeroom. The results are as follows:

Mrs. Megan Noll – Avery Baker
Miss Stephanie Blackton – Alexa Bade
Mrs. Katie Mason – Lilly Nation
Mrs. Elizabeth Fields – Avery Billing

Each student participating received a prize complement of the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter.  The first place picture in each homeroom was awarded a special prize of a recyclable water bottle.  Congratulations to the winners!

Members of the FFA Environmental Committee involved in the project were Julia Couser, Evan Demmitt, Bryce Haught, Cora Moore, Kat Niswonger, and Caleb Staley.… Continue reading

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Miami East-MVCTC FFA Sponsors Coloring Contest

The Agricultural Literacy Committee of the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter recently sponsored a coloring contest at Miami East Elementary. The event was held to celebrate National Apple Month. 
Members of the Agriculture Literacy Committee challenged the students in first grade and were given an apple-themed picture to color.  FFA members evaluated the pictures and awarded first place to each homeroom. The results are as follows:

Mrs. Jennifer McCuistion – Finnley Jackson
Mrs. Carmen Richters – Kinsley Francis
Mrs. Black – Ryleigh Myers
Mrs. Lauren Nosker – Brynn Davis

Each student participating received an apple-themed prize complements of the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter with the help of Mrs. Becky Weldy’s apple orchard.  The first place picture in each homeroom was awarded a special prize. Congratulations to the winners!

Members of the Agricultural Literacy Committee involved in the project were Alaina Helsinger, Madison Maxson, Devan Nix, Logan Phillips, Jacob Roeth, and Thomas Wallace.… Continue reading

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Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter receives Visit from an Ohio FFA State Officer

Recently, Ohio FFA State Vice President At Large Laura Wuebker came to visit the members of the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter. She spent the day in the two Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources and two Plant and Animal Sciences classes sharing with them about how to thrive in the FFA organization by having a positive attitude towards challenges in life. Her message was about “Opportunities in FFA” and “Overcoming Stress.”

Laura is a senior at Versailles High School and is currently serving as a State FFA Officer. Her duties require her to travel throughout the state conducting chapter visits, presenting speeches on behalf of Ohio’s FFA members, and facilitating conferences and conventions. 

The FFA members at Miami East High School greatly appreciate that Laura could take time out of her busy schedule to come and visit with the freshman and sophomores FFA members.… Continue reading

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West Holmes FFA competes in 2021 County Soils contest

On September 15th, the West Holmes FFA Chapter sent 11 members to county soils at Honey Haven Farm in Ashland. Members examined soil slope, texture, depth and drainage, as well as the potential farming or building uses for the specified areas. They were tested on their knowledge of how to read a soil survey book and their general knowledge of soil and its characteristics. The chapter had two teams competing in the contest. The Rural team included: Emily Harrower, Derek Miller, Wyatt Myers, Bree Pringle, and Wyatt Schlauch. The Urban team included: Laina CrosMaren Drzazga, Taelor Patterson, Natalie Rohr, Torrie Savage, and Zoee Snow. Members were able to learn a lot about soil that they can use in the future thanks to the assistance of the Ashland SWCD, Holmes SWCD, and Honey Haven Farm.

Urban Team. From left to right: Taelor Patterson, Zoee Snow, Maren Drzazga, Laina Croskey, Torrie Savage, and Natalie Rohr. 
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West Holmes FFA members go to 2021 Greenhand Camp

On September 24th, the West Holmes FFA sent 18 members to Greenhand Camp. These members include: Ian Barr, Ava Eberhard, Haylee Conner, Garrett Fowler, Brody Gindlesberger, Keith Hawkins, Justice Hendrix, Liberty Hendrix, Colby Long, Derek Miller, Blazedyn Mullins, Alex Pringle, Andi Schuch, Jenna Sheldon, Lexy Starner, Zora Starner, Alexa Tate, and Logan VanSickle. The camp is located in Carroll County along Leesville Lake. At the camp, members have the chance to interact with State FFA Officers, participate in activities, and learn more about the FFA Organization. After they checked in, members were able to play games and interact with people from other schools. The State Officers put on many different workshop sessions throughout the weekend. Those sessions included topics like “Discovering Decisions,” “Open Opportunities,” “Setting Our Course,” and “Where To Next.” While at camp, students could participate in activities such as: motor boating, canoeing and kayaking, archery, rifles, shotgun and various sports.… Continue reading

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Miami East-MVCTC FFA Sponsors Safety Poster Contest

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, Chloe Gump, Kendal Staley, Samuel 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 – Nina Battista
Mrs. Ashley Demmitt – Jacob Custer
Mrs. Amanda Riley – Gavin Gorman
Mrs. Tammy Mumford – Molli Duff

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!
Respectfully submitted by Kendal Staley, Chapter Reporter.… Continue reading

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Miami East-MVCTC FFA 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. Winners were presented an FFA T-shirt from the FFA Chapter. 

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 Katelyn Hall. Her corn was predicted to yield 367 bushels to the acre with a 37,500 seed population per acre. Her corn was a Phoenix corn product. Second place went to Cora Moore who presented an ear of corn that is predicted to produce 362.1 bushels per acre with a 37,500 seed population per acre.… Continue reading

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MVCTC Natural Resource Management Team Qualifies for 2021 State Soil Judging Contest

Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) FFA members and Natural Resource Management students participated in the Urban Soils Career Development Event in September 2021. Instructor Joseph Beringer says, “Our Urban Soils team qualified for state for the first time in a long time. We came in third place at District 5 Soils.”

According to the Montgomery Soil & Water Conservation District, “The County Soil Judging Contest is used by our Montgomery County FFA chapters as a practice for the Ohio District 5 Soils Career Development Event. Students judge the soil based on either Urban or Rural guidelines. Students look at the slope of the land and texture of the soil at the surface and subsurface, as well as completing a written general knowledge test about soils. After the contest, conservation professionals review the pits and test answers with the students.”

  • Austin Kosier, a junior student from Tri-Village, finished first at the Montgomery County Urban Soils Contest and qualified for the District 5 contest, where he placed 20th overall.
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Zane Trace FFA Members Learn Legislative Process

By Austin McNichols, Zane Trace FFA Reporter

Some students learn about the legislative process through textbooks and boring lectures. However, four students from the Zane Trace FFA Chapter learned about the process through meeting Ohio legislators at the OLLC at the Ohio State House. On September 29th, four FFA members from the Zane Trace Chapter, a satellite program of PRCTC, traveled to the Ohio Statehouse in downtown Columbus to attend the Ohio Leadership and Legislative Conference. These students had the opportunity to meet and talk to various state legislators including Ohio Senator Jay Hottinger along with the Ohio Director of Agriculture Dorothy Pelanda and the Ohio FFA President Jake Zajkowksi to learn more about the legislative process and build their leadership skills. Charley Clyne, one of the members who attended the conference, says “It was a great learning experience to be around and talk to legislators in person and do activities with them”.… Continue reading

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Northwestern FFA Has Large Participation in Fair

This year, the Northwestern FFA had many participating members exhibit animal projects at the Wayne County Fair. After not being able to present wood projects last year, our chapter was very excited to present wood projects this year along with creating a booth to honor the history of our organization. With the help of our officers and advisors, the chapter was able to create a booth showing all of the opportunities the FFA has for members. Many FFA members exhibited market hogs at the fair. This year these members were Ari Borton, Kaleb Badger, Mary Wellert, Jamison Gilbert, Caydence Scale, Makenna Connelly, Addy Connelly, Emma Connelly, Jadeyn Berry, Brooklyn Buzzard, Kirsten Boreman, Zoey Dudte, Kate Johnson, and Kade Tegtmeier. Many of our members participated in showmanship this year, Kade Tegtmeiter 5th, Kaleb Badger 1st, Jamison Gilbert 2nd, Caydence Scale 1st, Makenna Connelly 2nd, Addy Connelly 3rd, Emma Connelly 2nd, Jadeyn Berry 3rd, Kirsten Boreman 5th, Zoey Dudte 1st, and Kate Johnson 2nd in each of their showmanship classes.  Caydence… Continue reading

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Northwestern FFA competes in Soil Judging CDE

This year the Northwestern FFA chapter competed in both Urban and Rural soils Career Development Events. The contest is designed to educate students on how to evaluate soil for both Urban and Rural use. Each team evaluates the soil based on different characteristics to determine what the land can be used for. The Urban land and soil judging CDE is an educational activity designed as a practical method of teaching students to evaluate land and soil to determine its potential use for urban, homesite, and other non farm uses. The Agricultural Soils CDE is an educational activity designed as a practical method of teaching students to evaluate land and soil and to make decisions when faced with soil related issues that affect agricultural production.This year the Urban team consisted of Gabby Ream, Kate Johnson, Collin Rouse, Kace Hixson, Addy Connelly, and Wesley Stoltz. The Rural team consisted of Kade Tegtmeier, Haley Caldwell, Logan Garmen, Kirsten Boreman, and Kaleb Badger. On… Continue reading

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Norwayne FFA Soil Judging

Congratulations to the Norwayne FFA Rural and Urban soils teams. Both teams competed in the County Soils Judging Contest, Sept. 22. The Rural team placed first in the county and the urban team placed 4th. In the rural contest, Kelsie Mannasmith placed 1st overall, Connor Garrison was 2nd, Jayden Winkler placed 5th, Grace Gunkleman was 9th, and Lacy Ramsier was 10th. In the urban contest, Bella Nardeccia was 6th,
Gage Shaad was 13th, Lauren Stoller was 14th, and Blake Simmons was 17th.
Both soils teams competed in the district soil judging contest September 29. The Rural team placed 3rd. Kelsie was 3rd overall, Jayden was 6th overall, Connor was 16th overall, and Lacy was a participant. The Urban team also did very well, placing 6th. Lauren was 11th overall, Gage was 19th overall and Bella was a participant. Both teams had a great time and worked very hard. Congratulations to both teams… Continue reading

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