FFA News

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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Schmitz to serve as Northwestern FFA student teacher

Join us in welcoming Emily Schmitz as our Agricultural Education student teacher. Schmitz grew up in New Western, Ohio located in Darke County, showing in the county fair while being involved in 4H & FFA. She lives on the family livestock and grain farm. Schmitz is now a student at the Ohio State ATI studying Agriscience Education with a minor in Agronomy. 
Schmitz enjoys many hobbies such as baking, being with friends, and spoiling her niece and nephews. Being in the classroom is something Miss Schmitz is very excited for, she says, “I’m excited to learn all I can from Mrs. Tegtmeier and the students to apply to my future job.” Our chapter is very excited to get to know Miss Schmitz and work with her every week! Her favorite quote is: “Opportunity is often missed because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” -Thomas Edison… Continue reading

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West Holmes FFA county fair results

By Alysa Pringle, West Holmes FFA Reporter

The 2021 Holmes County fair was held on August 8th-14th at Harvest Ridge. There were many exciting activities throughout the week. Ally Ogi was crowned fair queen. Member Sarah Irwin and graduate Samantha Kendall were named attendants. Many FFA members also participated in showing animals and experienced great success throughout the week.

Swine: Derek Miller exhibited the 3rd overall and reserve senior showman. Hayden Smith was 8th overall. Lexy Starner was reserve in her division. Pacee Miller was 5th in her division and 5th overall senior showman. Chloe Shumaker was 3rd overall senior showman. Alysa Pringle was 1st in her class. Zora Starner was 3rd in her class and 9th overall intermediate showman. Jess Miller was 4th in her class. Jenna Sheldon was 4th in her class. Olivia Gerber was 5th in her class. Emily Harrower was 5th in her class. Kalan Bowling, Cora Crilow, Laina Croskey,  Maren Drzazga, Ethan Feikert, Garrett Fowler, Liberty Hendrix, Grant Miller, Madison Pearce- Laferty, Alex Pringle, Bree Pringle, Dakotah Ringwalt, Emily Sheely, Jenna Sheldon, Chloe Shumaker, Miley Snow, Zoee Snow, Ally Ogi, Ashley Tate, Ashley Ogi also exhibited a market hog. … Continue reading

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West Holmes FFA National Proficiency Finalist

West Holmes FFA member Brayden Shumaker was named a National Proficiency finalist in the Ag Services area. Brayden works for Application Specialties and owns Shumaker Custom Farming where he hauls and spreads manure.  He was a State winner last spring, which earned him the right to compete at the National level. He will go through a virtual interview on September 14 and will be recognized on stage at the National FFA Convention in October. Brayden will receive a $500 check for being a finalist and will receive another $500 if he wins. Ethan Drzazga received a gold in Ag Sales where he works at Ag Pro as a feed and equipment salesman and Lexi Ogi received a silver rating in Diversified Livestock where she raised her own cattle, pigs, and worked on her family farm and a local dairy farm. … Continue reading

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A summer well spent at the “Happiest Place on Dirt”

By Bethany Starlin, OCJ FFA reporter

Sitting prominently on a hillside at the edge of Leesville Lake lies a place that is near and dear to the hearts of those fortunate enough to experience it. Far from society and far from cell service, Ohio FFA Camp Muskingum offers an experience like no other. 

Each summer, FFA members from across the state travel to Camp Muskingum eager for the week ahead. A long trip for most, the camp sits roughly 10 miles outside of Carrollton, Ohio, but the trip is worth it for FFA members as they are about to experience a life-changing week. After navigating the winding roads that certainly weren’t designed for school buses for what felt like hours, campers pass under the infamous arch that reads “Ohio FFA Camp Muskingum.”

Upon arrival they are greeted by a beautiful view of Leesville Lake, the numerous buildings decorating the hillside, the sports courts placed intricately in between, and of course, the smiling faces of the Ohio FFA State Officer Team.… Continue reading

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River Valley FFA Back To School

By Kayleigh Aiken, chapter reporter

River Valley FFA welcomed the freshman to class on August 8, 2021. We were so excited to hear about all the freshmen who were wanting to join FFA. On the first day of freshman day Ms. Seckel had told the freshmen about the rules and expectations of the class. The class is so full we have almost 32 students in one class. All of them are so excited and looking forward to what they are going to learn. They have already done a dirt project and identified characteristics of the dirt from their own home. Everyone did their own part and got a good grade in just the first week of school. The juniors and seniors started working on the hydroponics system and cleaning up the shop. The sophomore class has started talking about animals and going to be starting their project next week. All of the officer team members are excited to tell these freshmen what FFA is and ready to prepare them, and want them to apply for office for next year.… Continue reading

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Mowrystown FFA member named Champion Prospect Heifer

Allison Kiley of the Mowrystown FFA Chapter recently competed in the Ohio State Fair Beef Show. Allison has raised and shown calves for several years and in her final year of showing she has had a show season to remember.  While in Columbus she was named Champion Prospect Heifer, this is a fantastic accomplishment in its own right but she was not finished.  She also exhibited and won the Champion Feeder Steer. Two state champion banners in one day.  This phenomenal feat is one that she will always remember, and the fact that the feeder steer was born and raised on the family farm makes it that much more impressive.  Congratulations to Allison and the entire Kiley family on this accomplishment.… Continue reading

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Norwayne FFA receives Grants for Growing funding from National FFA Organization

The Norwayne FFA chapter in Creston, Ohio has been awarded $1,076.00 as part of the Grants for Growing program. The nationwide program, sponsored by Tractor Supply Company, provides grant funds to local FFA chapters to support the development or improvement of agricultural education projects that enhance the classroom experiences for students through chapter engagement activities. 

Norwayne FFA plans to use these funds to advance their beekeeping program for their members. The program has one year under its belt with keeping a beehive on the school grounds, and these funds will help in purchasing supplies such as bee jackets, hive tools, and a honey extractor. During the school year, the Plant and Animal science class, consisting of mainly freshmen students, is put in charge of this beehive and maintains it during the different seasons. At the end of the school year the beehive(s) provide students who are interested an opportunity to take care of the bees as their Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE).… Continue reading

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Miami East-MVCTC FFA Recognized by National FFA

The National FFA Organization recently announced the results of the National FFA Evaluations. Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter was selected as a 3-Star National Chapter for the National FFA Chapter Award Program. A 3-star is the highest award a chapter can be recognized for in the National Chapter process.  In order to be considered for such an honor, the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter had to place in the top 10% in the state of Ohio. In May, the chapter learned that they were in the Top 10 in the state and would have their application forwarded to national evaluations. 

This is the 21st straight year that the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter will be recognized at the National FFA Convention in their National Chapter Award program. The chapter will be recognized on stage at the 2021 National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana in October. 

The National FFA Chapter Award program recognized FFA chapters for developing and conducting a detailed Program of Activities (POA). … Continue reading

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Zane Trace FFA Recognized as One of Nation’s Top Chapters

The Zane Trace FFA was recently honored as one of ten high school chapters in the nation to earn the distinction of being named a Model of Excellence chapter. The 2021 National FFA Model of Excellence chapters were selected from over 550 applications submitted by the top ranking FFA chapters across all 50 states. The top ten chapters were chosen based on fifteen activities conducted by their members throughout the year that focused on three goals: growing leaders, building communities and strengthening agriculture.

To earn this recognition the Zane Trace FFA conducted elementary lessons in agriculture for students in grades K-4, immersed high school students with hands on experiences in meat science, maple syrup processing and poultry production and established a partnership with a local food pantry to provide produce and chicken for hungry families. They also harvested fresh vegetables for the Zane Trace cafeteria from their community garden, provided leadership opportunities for members and encouraged them to build their SAE programs through school-based opportunities.… Continue reading

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Benjamin Logan FFA Chapter Receives Grant for Local Community

The Benjamin Logan FFA Chapter has been awarded a grant designed to help the local community. The grant is provided through the Ohio FFA Foundation’s Agricultural & Rural Community Outreach Program (ARCOP) which provides support to build sustainable relationships and programs that will benefit Ohio communities for years to come. 

Originally introduced in 2013, ARCOP grants allow Ohio FFA chapters to apply for funding that aid community development projects. These FFA chapter ARCOP projects often benefit rural residents or low-income farmers and have a long-term impact on the community, either economically or through an improved quality of life. Participating FFA Chapters will work in collaboration with other local organizations to complete these projects which will cover agricultural topics varying from educational programs to awareness and promotion to economic development.

Members from the Benjamin Logan FFA Chapter will be providing agricultural knowledge through hands-on applications and experiences to nearly 500 Logan County Elementary School students.… Continue reading

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