FFA News

West Liberty-Salem General Livestock Team competes in the PATRIOT Livestock Judging Contest

The West Liberty-Salem General Livestock Team traveled to New Madison on Saturday to compete in the PATRIOT Livestock Judging Contest, the team’s first contest of the season. The Reasons team consisting of Adalyn Caudill, Cooper Havens, Kyndall Metz, Lance Baldwin and Dawson Jenkins finished in first place.  Adalyn led the team with a second place individual finish, Cooper was 8th, Kyndall was 12th, Lance was 15th and Dawson was 18th. The Non-Reasons team finished 9th in the Non-Reasons contest.  Payton Eckurd led the Non-Reasons team with a 16th place finish, followed by Wylie Harbour 47th, Marissa Bailey 52nd and Ava Buck 60th.  Thank you Tri-Village FFA Alumni for hosting the event.… Continue reading

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Miami East-MVCTC FFA Members at Agricultural Sales Competition

Recently several members of the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter competed in the District 5 FFA Agricultural Sales Career Development Event hosted by Preble Shawnee High School.


The Agricultural Sales team consisted of Ashlee Deaton, Alex Fergerson, Emma Sutherly, and Braden Zekas. The team members each completed a test on agricultural sales, prepared a team sales presentation, and demonstrated their ability to sell an agricultural product.


Braden Zekas was the highest placing individual from Miami East. The team placed ninth out of 15 teams.

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National FFA Officer Team Visits Global Impact STEM Academy

The National FFA officer team visited Global Impact STEM Academy to lead a program called “Experience State,” a program in which the team is traveling around Ohio to implement many of the skills they’re learning in their national roles, including workshop facilitation, keynote presentation and public speaking.

“The National FFA officers are great models for our students and other local FFA students, and this was a great opportunity to host them as they hone and share their leadership skills across Ohio,” said Josh Jennings, Global Impact founding director. “Both students and staff harnessed some key takeaways from the program that they’ll be able to apply in their FFA programs and schools.”

National FFA President Kolesen McCoy, a 2018 graduate of Global Impact, returned to his alma mater and hometown of Springfield. He was selected for this national leadership position last November.

“It’s by chance we ended up in Ohio for Experience State Week, and it’s a very unique opportunity to see all of these familiar faces in [FFA] blue jackets and these ag advisors with the same passion that I remember,” said McCoy.… Continue reading

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Zane Trace FFA News for February 2020

Two FFA Speakers Qualify for District Contest

Freshman Colt Clyne and Sophomore Carmen Corcoran advanced to the District level in their respective speaking contests. Carmen placed 1st in Beginning Prepared speaking with her speech over antibiotic use in livestock while Colt placed 2nd in the FFA creed recital. They will compete February 12th for a chance to advance to the state competition.

ZT FFA Officers Strike GOLD!

The Zane Trace FFA Treasurer, Secretary and Reporter’s books all earned GOLD ratings at the recently held FFA Regional evaluation. Hallee Scott, Treasurer, Briana Fetters—Secreatary and Olivia Hettinger—Reporter all worked very hard throughout the month of January to prepare the membership records, minutes, financial statements and photographs to present to the judges. All three will be recognized on stage during the State Convention in May.

Kingston National Bank Supports ZT FFA

Members of the Zane Trace FFA received a surprise on the morning of the annual Sausage Breakfast!… Continue reading

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Fort Recovery FFA has Success at District Evaluations

Recently, the Fort Recovery FFA Advisors, Michael Gower and Joe Hawk, attended the District Five FFA Evaluations held at MVCTC in Clayton, Ohio.  The annual District FFA Evaluation recognized individual achievements and chapter accomplishments.

Four Fort Recovery FFA members, applied for the American FFA Degree including, Tyler Gower, Courtney Metzger, Cameron Romer, and Blayne Tobe. The American Degree is the highest degree a member can receive in the FFA.  To earn the degree, members need to keep detailed records of a Supervised Agricultural Experience, earn or productively invest $10,000 or more, and be heavily involved in chapter, school, and community activities.  Only 105 members in the history of the Fort Recovery FFA Chapter have ever received the prestigious American FFA Degree.  Their applications were evaluated and forwarded to state for evaluation.

Eight Fort Recovery FFA members, applied for the State FFA Degree including, Jacob Acheson, Kayla Briner, Natalie Fortkamp, Connor Gower, Logan Hartnagel, Clark Knapke, Kendra Metzger, AJ Romer, which is the highest degree a member can receive from the state association. … Continue reading

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FFA Members Prepare for Careers in Animal Systems Pathways

INDIANAPOLIS (Thursday, Feb. 13, 2019/National FFA Organization) – Next week, 50 high school students from across the country will arrive in Kansas City, Mo., and explore careers in the animal systems industry. It’s all part of the NextGen conference, offered by the National FFA Organization.

The first of their kind, #FFANextGen focuses on specific pathways that high school students might be interested in. More than 150 students applied for the inaugural conference. Students are looking forward to a gaining access to new ideas, trends and opportunities that will connect them directly with industry leaders. The conference is designed specifically for juniors and seniors as a hands-on, industry-relevant experience.

“We heard from our members that they wanted more opportunities to explore their next steps after high school. We developed the #FFANextGen conferences to get students out of the classroom and exploring their future careers,” said Kate Wehby, educational specialist with the National FFA Organization.

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MVCTC FFA Students Win Speech Contests

Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) FFA Chapter has a primary goal to follow the National FFA Mission which is “to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for career success through agricultural education and Career Development Events (CDE).”

The Ohio Beginning Prepared Speech CDE provides an early opportunity for FFA members to develop the art of public speaking. The purpose of the Extemporaneous Public Speaking CDE is to develop oral communication skills, expressing thoughts and ideas with limited preparation. The Extemporaneous Public Speaking CDE develops the prepared speaker further to formulate remarks in situations with minimal prior notification or rehearsal.

Two Junior MVCTC FFA members recently advanced to the Sub-District Public Speaking Contest held at Tri-Village High School on Tuesday, February 4th, 2020, to compete.  Jayla Denlinger (Twin Valley South/Veterinary Science) and Heidi Allan (Tipp City/Natural Resource Management), won the MVCTC FFA Chapter Contest and earned the right to compete at the next level. … Continue reading

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Miami East-MVCTC FFA Agricultural Power Diagnostics Team Competes

Luke Gilliland and Ethin Bendickson recently competed in the District 5 Agricultural Power Diagnostics (formerly known as Tractor Trouble Shooting) Career Development Event hosted by the Shelby County FFA Chapters and held at Koenig Equipment in Anna. Luke and Ethin are both members of the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter at Miami East High School.


During the contest the team troubleshot two bugs in each of five tractors. They had to identify the problems and fix them in less than twenty minutes. Prior to the contest they took a test over tractor maintenance and repair.


A special appreciation goes to coaches and helpers for the training of the team. The lead coach was Denny Zerkle, Lost Creek Repair. The team also had a practice session with Wagner Farm Service, Koenigs Equipment in Greenville, Apple Farm Service in Covington, and Dan Schmiesing Farms.


The team placed 3rd in the district out of 22 teams.… Continue reading

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A-C FFA Members Receive Greenhand and Chapter Degrees

At the monthly Amanda-Clearcreek FFA meeting in January, sixty chapter members were awarded either their Greenhand FFA Degree or Chapter FFA Degree.


The Greenhand FFA Degree assures the members understand both the history and purpose of FFA as a whole. To be eligible for a Greenhand FFA Degree members must also have a strong supervised agricultural experience, otherwise known as an SAE. By demonstrating these abilities along with other specific requirements, first-year members are considered worthy of the greenhand degree.


The following 43 freshmen members were awarded their greenhand degrees: Camryn Allerding, Seth Beaty, Dakota Binkley, Dalton Binkley, Megan Bosch, Anna Branham, Nolan Brumfield, Emily Buckley, Alyson Colliton, Payton Covell, Morgan Cowdrey, Mercedes Draper, Sarah Floyd, Dakota Griffin, Lily Hines, Faith Jewell, Halley Johnson, Zach Julian, Hannah Kemmerling, Kayden Kern, Landon L’Huillier, Kassidy Leasure, Mikael Lindsey, Miguel Lobo, Madelynn Marshall, Hannah Matheny, Riley McKeska, Eian McKnight, Morgan Metzger, Gibby Miller, Dominic Palombo, Autumn Parry, Karlee Parry, Henry Poor, Austin Poston, Hannah Saum, Tucker Shamblin, Jessica Shaw, Josie Speakman, Emilee Stats, Alyssa Valentine, Reed West, and Alex Williams.… Continue reading

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FFA Chapters Invited to Apply for Turn the Bag Blue & Gold Program

Students Receive Hands-on Training and Fundraising Support From Mycogen Seeds

It’s time for Turn the Bag Blue & Gold again. Throughout February, FFA chapters can apply for the 2020-21 program. Sponsored by Mycogen Seeds, this fundraising opportunity with the National FFA Organization is in its fourth year and has raised more than $93,000 for local FFA chapters, state FFA associations and the National FFA Organization.

FFA chapters can apply for the program by visiting Mycogen.com/FFA and submitting the online form by March 2, 2020. Mycogen Seeds and the National FFA Organization will review applications and accept up to 20 chapters. Selected chapters will be notified by May 1, 2020.

“Seventeen FFA chapters have participated in the Turn the Bag Blue & Gold program since its introduction three years ago,”said Blake Courtney, Mycogen Seeds Marketing Communications Manager. “Along with raising funds to support chapters, the program teaches students about agronomy, sales and customer service.… Continue reading

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Miami East-MVCTC February FFA Member of the Month

The February 2020 Miami East-MVCTC FFA Member of the Month is Jillian Niswonger. She is the daughter of Felicia Niswonger and Shane Niswonger. She is a freshman and first year member of the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter.


Jillian attended the State Greenhand Conference, competed at the county and district Rural Soils and county Parliamentary Procedures Career Development Events, and assisted with the FFA’s Princess For A Day to benefit the March of Dimes. She is the chair of the Agricultural Literacy Program of Activity Committee and helped at the Fall Fest consumer education activity.  She and her partner placed second in the chapter’s chili cook-off competition. Additionally, she is a member of the meats judging team.


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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Miami East-MVCTC FFA competed in the District 5 Evaluations

The Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter recently competed in the District 5 Evaluations of the Ohio FFA Association at Miami Valley Career Technology Center, Clayton.  Several members of the chapter dedicated numerous hours on developing and growing on their Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) records to prepare their applications for awards and degrees.

Three 2019-20 Chapter Officers that submitted books for review. Kearsten Kirby submitted the Secretary’s Book and earned a perfect score and gold rating. Michael Bair submitted the Treasurer’s Book and earned a perfect score and gold rating. Emma Sutherly submitted the Reporter’s Book and earned a perfect score and gold rating. All three will be recognized at the State FFA Convention in May.

Graduates Liza Bair, Kylie Blair, and Zach Kronenberger applied for the American FFA Degree for their outstanding Supervised Agricultural Experience and overall FFA involvement. Their applications were reviewed and will be evaluated at the state evaluations.

Senior Elizabeth Bair and Juniors Natalie Bair, Makayla Brittain, Adam Bensman, Libby Carpenter, Paige Pence, Rylee Puthoff, and Lauren Wright applied for the State FFA Degree.Continue reading

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McIntosh Puts MVCTC Skills to Work

Woodson Farm recently hired Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) Agriculture and Livestock Production junior Justin McIntosh. Justin was hired to care for the farms livestock consisting of horses, goats, and sheep. The livestock are shown at area county fairs and some are sold for breeding stock. Justin cares for the livestock while on the job to feed, clean stalls keep inventory of bedding and feed supplies and in general, keep the barns in order. These are all skills he has learned as part of FFA for the past two years and in his MVCTC Career Technical Education program.

Justin stated, “MVCTC has helped me with my job because I have learned all the skills necessary for caring for livestock, organizing, and checking feed inventory along with growing my work ethic since I have became an Agricultural & Livestock Student at MVCTC.”

Justin is a Valley View student and the son of Annette McIntosh of Farmersville.… Continue reading

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Miami East-MVCTC FFA Annual Chili Cook-Off

At the January FFA Meeting the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter held its annual Chili Cook-Off Competition. Members were given the challenge of working in teams or as individuals to create a chili to submit to the judges for evaluation. They had to submit their recipe and cooking directions.

Winners of the competition included two categories. The Judges Choice Winner was Kylie Haught and Keyara Davis. Second place went to Alivia Wade and Jillian Niswonger. Third place went to Justin Hawkins. Winner of the People’s Choice was Ethan Paulus and Kendal Staley. Additional entries were from Matthew Osting, Adi Richters, Ella Demmitt, Sumsaar Thapa, Luke Brunke, and Michael Bair.

All winning teams received an FFA T-Shirt. Judges for the event were the Miami East High School custodial staff members Hannah Ivey and Sandy Welker and parent Jeff Carpenter.Continue reading

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Making a Difference in Agriculture, One Student at Time

Rev. Dr. Cathi Braasch shares with others how much of an impact FFA had on her late daughter Sara Braasch Schmidt’s life. Bob Funk, co-founder of Express Employment, says his ambition developed when he was in FFA from 1954-58. Raised the son of a missionary, Tom Dille credits FFA for helping him assimilate into the U.S.

Rev. Dr. Braasch said that impact FFA had on her daughter was so great, she wanted to continue the family legacy and, in 2019, announced an endowment for an FFA conference, known as the Washington Leadership Conference.

“WLC made such a profound impact on Sara’s life. It’s beyond words. It opened doors. It opened horizons. It opened relationships that continued up until the time of her death,” Rev. Dr. Braasch said.

Bob Funk gives back to FFA by supporting scholarships and helping to build the talent pipeline that is needed for agriculture. “Industry is crying for people who have a good work ethic and good values, and that’s what FFA does for young people,” Funk said.… Continue reading

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FFA Members Return from Educational, Cultural Experience in Portugal and Spain

During the past two weeks, 75 FFA members visited Portugal and Spain for a 12-day educational and cultural experience.

Members participated in the 2020 International Leadership Seminar for State Officers (ILSSO) as an annual, international opportunity through the National FFA Organization. The seminar allows FFA members to experience a foreign culture, learn about international agriculture and become more knowledgeable regarding the global marketplace.

Seventy-five past and present state FFA officers representing 23 states left the United States on Jan. 4 The group traveled throughout Spain and Portugal while surveying the agricultural landscape. While in Spain, the group toured a variety of cities- from Madrid to Toledo to Seville. Students visited a beef cattle farm as well as Costa Tropical- the most prominent co-op in Spain. They then spent time in Almeria, which is known as “Europe’s Vegetable Garden.”  They also visited the main olive oil cooperative in Spain.

In Portugal, students visited the Amorim Cork factory – as Portugal has become one of the worlds’ top cork producers.… Continue reading

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Welcome to 2020 Ohio FFA!

Dear Ohio FFA,

Welcome to 2020! As we are excited to welcome in the new year, we also reflect on the incredible accomplishments that occurred in 2019.

Ohio FFA remains strong with over 25,000 members across our state. These members excel in and out of the classroom. One hundred percent of our members have a Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) and our members compete in over 50 Career Development Events (CDE) on the state level.

This past October, our members made Ohio FFA history! At the 92 National FFA Convention, we had the most finalists our state has ever had on the national level. We had American Star Finalists in three of the four categories, we were represented in the top four of 27 Proficiency Award Areas and we had 22 Agriscience Fair Finalist projects. Additionally, 438 Ohio FFA Members walked across the stage to receive their American FFA Degree. We wrapped up National Convention by celebrating Kolesen McCoy, Ohio’s National Officer Candidate, as he was elected to serve as the 2019-2020 National FFA President!… Continue reading

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West Liberty-Salem freshmen receive FFA Jackets thanks to BECK’s Hybrids

By Alyssa Alfordy, Chapter Reporter

West Liberty-Salem freshmen Kiersten Holtvoigt, Makenna Smith, Adam Stapleton and Travis Cropper all received their first FFA Jackets free thanks to BECK’s Hybrids, a family-owned seed company that serves much of the midwest.

Beyond its place in Official Dress, an FFA corduroy jacket is an article of faith, honor and pride.

The jacket unifies members in a long-standing tradition and reminds them that they are part of something larger than themselves. Nine first year FFA members from WL-S have received scholarships from BECK’s hybrids in the past three years. These student are amongst thousands of students who apply every year for the scholarship. Congratulations to this year’s recipients!

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Zane Trace FFA Members Attend Leadership Conference

On Jan. 9, 2020, members of the Zane Trace FFA Chapter travelled to Mad River Mountain to attend the State Officer Leadership day. The 25 ZT FFA Members, as well as over 200 other students from all over the state, began the conference with a workshop. This workshop showcased different ways that students can be leaders, and encouraged students to implement them in their lives. Students were broken into two large groups, with three of the 2019-2020 Ohio FFA State Officers facilitating each of the leadership workshops.
Following the workshop, students were able to hit the slopes for a fun afternoon of skiing, snowboarding, and snowtubing. Less experienced students were able to learn how to ski or snowboard from the staff at Mad River Mountain, and more experienced students were able to ski on the more difficult slopes.
“I really enjoyed snowboarding at the conference,” said Austin Wingo, a sophomore at Zane Trace, “at least until I fell.”… Continue reading

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West Holmes FFA ugly sweater chapter meeting

On Tuesday, December 10th, the West Holmes FFA chapter held its December meeting, where members were encouraged to wear an ugly sweater or Christmas apparel. The meeting was called to order by President Jayme Pennell. Opening ceremonies took place and then we had a motion to recess. Then we moved on to new business. We discussed fruit sales, sending freshmen and sophomores to MFE, and going to snow trails. After the meeting, each member was asked to purchase and bring an item that is worth ten dollars in value. We had many gifts, ranging from blankets to gift cards. We concluded the evening with a dessert bar. … Continue reading

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