FFA News

Utica FFA and Homecoming

By: Brianne Priest, 2021-2022 Utica FFA Reporter 

We had a great turn out for the 2021 Utica Homecoming parade! A special thanks goes out to the Wesley Family for providing the wagon and tractor that was used in the float. Our students stayed after school and decorated the float. We had several students who rode on the float. Thanks to all who came and helped!… Continue reading

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Utica FFA Members Participate in District Soils CDE

By: Brianne Priest, 2021-2022 Utica FFA Reporter 

On Tuesday, September 28th, members of the Utica FFA chapter traveled to Howard Ohio for the District 7 Ag and Urban Soils Career Development Events (CDE.) Students who were on the Urban team evaluated soil for buildings with basements, sewage treatment systems, driveways and local roads, and lawns, gardens and landscaping.  Students who participated in ag soils looked at risk factors for erosion, compaction, water quality and soil health limitations. All students evaluated 4 soils pits, took a general knowledge test and a soil survey test.  

The urban team consisted of: Kyle Gilbert (35) & Melinda Wesley (38) out of 53 individuals. They were the 12th place team.  The ag team was: Abby Paxton (43), Todd Orr (49), Stephen Epps (53), Tyson McElroy (58) out of 59 individuals and was the 12th place team.  

Our soils contest have come to an end, but we are looking forward to the upcoming CDE’s of Food Science and Job Interview! … Continue reading

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Ohio Legislative Leadership Conference 2021

By Nicholas Wacha, Anthony Wayne- Penta FFA

On September 29th, 2021, five members of the Anthony Wayne – Penta FFA chapter traveled to Columbus, OH to participate in the Ohio Legislative Leadership Conference at the statehouse. At this Conference, the students participated in an activity designed to teach them about advocating for agriculture. This activity simulated the interactions between lobbyists and legislators by having the conference attendees split between the two groups, then the lobbyist had to travel to different tables and advocate for different bills they were assigned and the legislators had to support or deny those bills based on the Lobbyist performance. After this activity was over, there was time to explore the statehouse and see all of its history contained. The final activity for the day was a lunch with state legislators. The students were honored to meet the director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture Dorothy Pelanda and State senator Matt Dolan.… Continue reading

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Milton-Union MVCTC FFA Chapter competes in the District 5 Soil Judging CDE

On September 23rd the Milton-Union MVCTC FFA chapter competed in the District 5 Soil Judging Career Development Event in Fort Loramie, OH. The team included Jennifer Riquelme, Dawson Tinnerman, Brindin Carr, Zach Lovin, and Carter Tinnerman. They placed 11th in the Agricultural Soils contest and the team’s top individual was Jennifer, who placed 11th out of over 200 students.… Continue reading

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Benjamin Logan FFA members attend 2021 Greenhand Camp

Benjamin Logan FFA Freshmen and Sophomores were provided the opportunity to attend Greenhand FFA Camp  Muskingum .  On Friday there were many activities like field games and a scavenger hunt. On Saturday the FFA members woke up bright and participated in an FFA Quiz Bowl Competition, an FFA dance, and ended their night with a campfire. Sophomore Libby Seifring said “Greenhand Camp was a great experience, and all the activities were a lot of fun. My favorite part was meeting all the other FFA members and talking to them about what their future in FFA and ag looks like.”… Continue reading

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Benjamin Logan FFA competed in urban soil judging

Tuesday, September 28, 2021 Benjamin Logan FFA members Kendra Kennedy, Breshon Jacobs, Ryan Loomis, and Madison Buettner competed in urban soil judging and Owen O’Brien, Taylor Forsythe, Whitney Wiloby, and Elizabeth Miller competed in soil judging. The urban team placed eighth and the ag team placed thirteenth. FFA member Whitney Willoby said that “It was a good experience, I had a lot of fun and I will consider doing it again next year.” The purpose for 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. The purpose 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 nonfarm uses.… Continue reading

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Benjamin Logan FFA attend 2021 Farm Science Review

Tuesday, September 21, 2021 Benjamin Logan FFA traveled to London, Ohio for the annual Farm Science Review. FFA member Owen O’Brien said that “I learned about a bunch of ATI college opportunities, and saw new farming technology in person. My favorite thing I saw was the John Deere X-9 combine.” All the FFA members had to do a Goosechase “scavenger hunt” and find different things around Farm Science. Benjamin Logan FFA Members were able view and experience some of the best technological advancements in production agriculture. A special thank you to Koenig Equipment for offering the photo opportunity to the chapter as well as the local sponsors who provided the chapter t-shirts.… Continue reading

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Miami East-MVCTC October FFA Member of the Month

Jadyn Bair

The October 2021 Miami East-MVCTC FFA Member of the Month is Jadyn Bair. She is a sophomore and second year member of the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter. Her parents are Ron and Mindy Bair of Casstown.

Jadyn had a successful 2021 Miami County Fair where she exhibited the fifth overall market goat. Additionally, she exhibited several items in the FFA Shop and Crop Building. Jadyn has recently been extremely helpful in locating a practice site for the soils judging team. Also, she has participated in numerous Career Development Events including Ag Biotechnology and Novice Parliamentary Procedures. Her Supervised Agricultural Experience includes raising market goats.

Every month of the school year the Miami East-MVCTC FFA will select a student to be the FFA Member of the Month.  The officer team will nominate one member 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.… Continue reading

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Seatbelt Awareness Activity Held

On Tuesday, September 28, 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 65 drivers and passengers were presented candy with 6.1%% of drivers were not wearing their seatbelt and 93.9% wearing the seatbelt. Similar results as were collected last fall when 5.4% 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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Miami East-MVCTC FF Hosts Farm Safety Day

Approximately 100 second graders at Miami East Elementary learned the importance of proper farm safety from the members of the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter. On Tuesday, September 28 in the afternoon the third and fourth year students hosted the elementary students to an afternoon of stressing the importance of following good safety on the farm. The day was in awareness of the National Farm Safety and Health Week.

During the day, students in Tami Mumford, Ashley Demmitt, Amanda Riley, and Patty Gentis’s classes learned about four aspects of farm safety. The FFA members taught stations about ATV/ lawn mower and equipment safety, grain safety, chemical safety, animal safety, large farm equipment safety, and hand signals used on the farm.

The FFA members teaching Grain Safety station shared that in less than five seconds a child playing in a hopper wagon, used to move grain, will be swallowed by the corn or soybeans and will be unable to call for help or be removed from the hopper wagon.… Continue reading

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Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter competed in the District 5 Soils Judging Contest

On Thursday, September 23, members of the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter competed in the District 5 Soils Judging Contest in Shelby County at the Hickory Hill Lakes near Fort Loramie. 

The Urban Soils team consisted of Rhylee Eichhorn, Adrien Comer, Violet Hazard, Blake Boggess, Lydia Durst, and Myah Jefferis. The team placed 12 out of 21 teams. Rhylee Eichhorn was the highest placing individual from Miami East placing 30 out of 111 individuals. 

The Agriculture/Rural Soils team consisted of Wyatt Black, Connor Maxson, Evan Demmitt, Karley Prosser, Dalton Schreadley, Kat Niswonger, Julia Couser, and Cora Moore. The team placed 8 out of 32 teams. Wyatt Black was the high individual from Miami East placing 6 out 206 contestants. 

The contest consisted of evaluating three soils pit for slope, erosion, drainage, depth, and soil texture and structure. Also, the contestants took a written test and answered questions from the soil survey.

Previously, the teams had competed at the Miami County Soils Career Development Event coordinated by the Miami Soil and Water Conservation District.… Continue reading

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West Holmes FFA August 2021 meeting

Officers Cora Crilow, Maren Drzazga, and Leah Reining preparing food for the meeting.

By Alysa Pringle, chapter reporter
On Monday, August 30th the West Holmes FFA held their annual parent and member year opening meeting. After school 12 members participated in Adopt-a- Highway. Members were: Gabe Averbukh, Maison Carter, Cora Crilow, Garrett Fowler, Brody Gindlesburger, Amy Hughs, Jimmy Lesiak, Derek Miller, Wyatt Myers, Leah Reining, Chloe Shumaker, and Alexa Tate. Before the meeting members had hot dogs, chips, and pop. They could play cornhole, giant jenga, go swimming, and go fishing. The regular meeting of the West Holmes FFA chapter came to order on August 30th.  The meeting took place at the Ogi’s pond and was brought to order by President Cora Crilow. After conducting opening ceremonies, and officer reports, they went onto new business. The following motions were passed by members. Dakotah Ringwalt moved and Amy Hughes seconded to pay for the jacket of the first member to recite the creed in each freshman class.… Continue reading

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Holmes County Home Clean Up

By Alysa Pringle, chapter reporter


On Saturday September 11th, 16 members of the West Holmes FFA Chapter conducted community service at the Holmes County Home.  Members included: Ian Barr, Cora Crilow, Keith Hawkins, Garrett Houin, Sarah Irwin, Jimmy Lesiak, Derek Miller, Alysa Pringle, Bree Pringle, Hailey Richert, Andi Schuch, Becca Schuch, Jenna Sheldon, Miley Snow, Quentin Vehrs, and Gabby Yates. Members trimmed bushes, pulled weeds, removed dead plants, and weedeated to help prepare for the fall benefit auction. … Continue reading

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Mowrystown FFA members participate in Highland County Fair

By Lydia Carr, chapter reporter

The Highland County Fair in the Sheep Barn was a year to remember for some Mowrystown FFA members. There are two members I would like to specifically mention, these two young ladies are phenomenal in the show ring and in the classroom as well. The first exhibitor I would like to mention is Jessie Saterfield. This year Jessie won 3rd place overall in the Lamb Show.
This next young lady had an astonishing year in the ring. Chandra Hill is the Mowrystown FFA Co- Vice President and has worked her tail off with multiple animals, but her main love is Sheep.
To start off with, in showmanship, Chandra won Grand Champion! Next, she was Champion Showman of Showman which is a huge accomplishment for her. In the breeding show, she was Reserve Champion Hampshire, and Champion Crossbred. Wow, is the correct word to use for Chandra this year at the Highland County Fair.… Continue reading

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Utica FFA Summer Recap

By Brianne Priest, 2021-2022 Utica FFA Reporter 

Over the summer, the Utica FFA chapter stayed very busy. In June we had SAE (supervised agricultural experience) visits. During SAE visits Mrs. Neff saw students and helped with their projects, as well as helped them with their FFA records. On some of the visits, Miss. Elfrink was able to attend. Miss. Elfrink will be student teaching with Mrs. Neff throughout the 2021-2022 school year.  In June and July, the 5 members of the FFA officer team also devoted a day to officer training. This year’s officer team is Kenneth Davenport- President, Abby Paxton- Vice President, Todd Orr- Treasurer, Georgia Gamble- Secretary, and Brianne Priest- Reporter. 

In July we had 5 students, Mrs. Neff and Miss. Elfrink attend FFA Camp Muskingum, it was a 5 day camp. We met other FFA chapters from across the state, played grassy games and participated in tournaments, learned about leadership and got to know the State FFA Officers.… Continue reading

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Miami East-MVCTC FFA chapter recognizes Farm Safety Week

One of the most hazardous industries in the United States is agriculture. As a result, many injuries and illnesses occur to farmers and ranchers almost everyday across the nation. The Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter salutes the hard-working farmers and ranchers that feed our country and the world.

Farmers and ranchers, and the general public are often injured when agricultural machinery is involved in roadway incidents. To increase the awareness of the limitations of agricultural machinery in traveling speed and maneuverability the National Safety Council will observe the National Farm Safety and Health Week focusing on this issue from September 20-24.  


As you travel the rural roads of Miami County please drive slowly and cautiously. Farmers can’t maneuver or slow as quickly as a passenger vehicle. Farmers also drive their equipment on the road during all hours of the day and night. Please be advised that large farm equipment often takes up more of the road than a car or truck.… Continue reading

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Miami East-MVCTC September FFA Member of the Month

The September 2021 Miami East-MVCTC FFA Member of the Month is Chloe Gump. She is a senior and fourth year member of the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter. Her parents are Kevin and Janet Gump of Fletcher.

Chloe had a successful 2021 Miami County Fair where she exhibited the Champion Pen of Two Market Lambs and Champion Miami County Born and Raised Market Lamb. Additionally, she was the Champion Sheep Showman of Showman and Reserve in the King of the Ring Overall Showmanship Competition. Chloe’s Supervised Agricultural Experience program is market lambs. She has participated in the Ag Biotechnology, Livestock Evaluation, Food Science and Technology, Wildlife Management, and Grain Merchandising Career Development Events.

Every month of the school year the Miami East-MVCTC FFA will select a student to be the FFA Member of the Month.  The officer team will nominate one member that has been actively involved in the FFA chapter, school and community activities. … Continue reading

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Northwestern FFA holds overnight Officer Retreat for the first time in three years

Each year the Northwestern FFA holds an officer retreat to welcome their new officers. This allows them to bond with the past officers and plan the year out together prior to the school year starting. This year’s officer retreat was a three day event packed full of the officer team bonding and getting to know each other, planning the school year out, and having fun to start the year off! 
Day one started with all of the officers meeting up and preparing for Adopt A Highway. Each year the officer team picks up garbage on State Route 302. Officers split into two groups with one advisor in each group, all of the trash is picked up and put into garbage bags. Following our Adopt A Highway activity, the officers began to prepare for the year, starting with personal goals. After personal goals were set a team activity took place. The team activity broke officers into three groups.… Continue reading

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Northwestern FFA Participates in Twilight Tour

On July 20, 2021 members of the Northwestern FFA helped run the 2021 Twilight Tour. This event took place at RMD Dairy Farm Ltd. in Rittman, Ohio. RMD Dairy is run by the Dotterer family that established the farm in 2009. One highlight of the tour was the farm’s two new ‘Lely robotic milking units.’ These units increase milking capacity by 120 cows per day. 
There were several food vendors on site that visitors were able to use meal vouchers to eat dinner at. Ice cream, milk, and cheese was provided thanks to many donors and sponsors! Many of the donors were at the event to talk with visitors regarding how they are involved in the dairy industry.
Members of the FFA helped keep this event rolling in many ways. Multiple members from each local FFA Chapter donated their time to take trash out, scoop ice cream, park cars, serve cheese, etc.… Continue reading

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