FFA News

Anthony Wayne FFA awards 1st Annual Les Disher Leadership Award

Les Disher was a man of integrity who invested a great amount of time into Anthony Wayne FFA members. He believed in agriculture and the importance of building leaders through the FFA. Everything in his life emulated an excellence leader. As a result, the Anthony Wayne FFA Chapter recently honored Disher for his service.

Over the years, Les has helped coach the Anthony Wayne FFA Meats Career Development Team and judged local carcass contests. He also assisted students with their sheep projects, employed students to assist with landscaping, and chaperoned FFA conventions. He was an Anthony Wayne FFA and Ohio FFA honorary degree recipient. He truly helped students live out the FFA mission of premier leadership, personal growth, and career success. His legacy will live on through the many students he impacted. As a result, this year the Anthony Wayne FFA chapter started the Les Disher Leadership award.

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Mt. Gilead FFA recognizes members at annual banquet

The Mount Gilead FFA chapter recently held its annual FFA Banquet. There were over 350 members, parents, teachers, administrators and community members present at this year’s event.  During the banquet, member elected new officers for the 2016-2017 year, gave out Honorary Member Awards, Top Class Awards, recognized the top CDE participants and teams, Dekalb Award recipient, awarded the Star Chapter Greenhand, Chapter Star Farmer, Chapter Star in Agricultural Placement, 4 year membership recipients, 110% Award winner, Proficiency Awards, American Degrees, State Degrees, and Booster Scholarships.

Dylan Pangborn received a Gold Rating on the chapters Treasurer’s Book and will be recognized at the State FFA Convention. Top Class Awards were awarded to Freshman Joseph (Xavier) Nells, Sophomore Molly Trapani, Junior Andrew Gardner, and the top Senior was Lauren Miller.

The following individuals were recognized as being four year members: Ben Hayes, Taylor King, Dustin McAvoy, Lauren Miller, Michael Mollohan, Jason Robinson, Tim Scaff, Sawyer Shipman, and Bobby Starlin.… Continue reading

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Miami Trace FFA excels at Ohio FFA Convention

The Miami Trace FFA Chapter, a satellite program of Great Oaks Career Campuses, recently attended the State FFA Convention held at the Ohio State Expo Center on May 5th and 6th. The Chapter attended convention sessions, and listened to four guest speakers Tiana Tozer, Dave Roever, Jones Loflin, and Sydney Snider, Eastern Region National VP . These speakers entertained the crowd and gave inspiring messages that helped improve member’s leadership skills.

Miami Trace excelled this year in State Career Development Events, State Degrees, and Proficiency Awards. The chapter had four teams place within the top five in the state in Career Development Events this year. The teams include the Agronomy Team, the Grain Merchandising  Team, the Novice Parliamentary Procedure Team, and the Nature Interpretation Team. The thirteen State Degree recipients were Thomas Bondurant, MaKayla Eggleton, Hannah Ellenberger, Gavin Harper, Todd Peterson, Marissa Sheets, and Clare Sollars. Proficiency Award winner recipients were Riley Evans – 1st in Poultry Production, Kameron Rinehart- 3rd in Home and Community Development, and Brock Wilt – 3rd in Nursery Operations.… Continue reading

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Arlington FFA has good showing at State Convention

Eight members of the Arlington FFA Chapter traveled to State Convention May 4th-6th. During the trip they toured the Radnor Grain Elevator, and The American Whistle Corporation, as well as the Ohio State University Plant Pathology Lab and Waterman Dairy Farm. On May 5th and 6th, they attended convention sessions that had inspirational speakers and were recognized for their accomplishments over the past year. The chapter received commendations for raising $467.28 for Nationwide Children’s  Hospital as well as for raising $200 for CROP/CWS World Hunger Relief through their peanut sales during football games. They also attended a session where Colton Kidd was awarded his State FFA Degree. Colton is the son of Craig and Becky Kidd. The State Degree is the highest honor the State FFA can bestow upon its members. Colton Kidd is the first Arlington FFA member to receive this award since 2010. To earn the State Degree, you must earn and have productively invested at least $1,000 or worked at least 300 hours in excess of scheduled class time.… Continue reading

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2016-2017 Ohio FFA Officer team announced

President: Mary Buehler, Anna

Vice president: Meredith Oglesby, Hillsboro

Secretary: Josie Montoney, Amanda-Clearcreek

Treasurer: Evan Smith, Bloom-Carroll

Reporter: Lauren Grover, Hillsboro

Sentinel: Johnathon Cottingim, Preble Shawnee

Vice President at Large: Ryan Matthews, Fredericktown

Vice President at Large: Maggie Hovermale, Stoneridge

Vice President at Large: Trisha Seckel, River Valley

Vice President at Large: Kameron Rinehart, Miami Trace

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2016 Ohio FFA Convention Third Session highlights

The Third Session of the 88th Ohio FFA Convention was all about never giving up, and amplifying your actions. After a lip sync battle and inspirational video of a mouse in a trap, we enjoyed opening ceremonies and the start of the session. We began with awarding the Gold Medal chapters in Ohio and gave awards for the Top 10 Chapters for Student, Chapter, and Community Development. The Top 10 Chapters Overall was also awarded.

The keynote speaker for this session was past 1986-87 National Officer, Jones Loflin. He spoke on what motivates/electrifies you, and also how you will show your impact on the world. We ended the morning with proficiency awards and the talent show. Awards from the talent show will be posted after the next session recap.

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2016 Ohio FFA Convention Second Session highlights

In the Second General Session the Stars over Ohio, Clay Gerfen, Ridgemont Star Farmer; Maggie Hovermale, Stoneridge-Pickaway Ross, Star in Agricultural Placement; Shaun Wenrick, Anna, Star in Agribusiness; and Nathanael Freeman, Zane Trace, Star in Agriscience were announced. In addition, national winners were recognized, honorary state degrees were announced, and the first set of proficiency winners were announced as well. Wounded military veteran Dave Roever provided a very inspirational message as the keynote speaker.


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88th Ohio FFA State Convention Schedule

Thousands of Ohio FFA members are converging on Columbus over the next two days to experience the 88th Ohio FFA State Convention. Follow along with up-to-the-minute updates at www.ocj.com as our 2016 Student Reporters work to bring you coverage of the event.

A busy two days are in store at the Ohio Expo Center. Here is the schedule:

Thursday, May 5

7:30 am Set Up: Agriscience Fair, Proficiencies

8:00 am Convention Registration – Celeste

8:00 am National Chapter Interviews – Rhodes

8:00 am Ag Issues CDE – FFA Center

9:00 am Career Show & Expo – Bricker

9:00 am Agriscience Fair Interviews – Bricker

9:00 am Proficiency Interviews – Bricker

9:00 am Ohio FFA Fights Hunger – ODOT

1:00 pm Grain Merchandising Finals – Rhodes

12:30 pm Recognition Luncheon  – Rhodes

 1:30 pm PRE-SESSION


Opening Ceremony

Teacher/Administrator Recognition

Chapter Trust Awards

Children’s Hospital Recognition

CROP/Church World Services Recognition

Ohio FFA Fights Hunger Recognition

Washington Leadership Conference Scholarships

Recognition of New FFA Chapters

Keynote Speaker – Tiana Tozer

Delegate Business Meeting & Officer Elections

Closing Ceremony


5:30 pm Honorary Degree Reception  – FFA Center

 6:30 pm PRE-SESSION


Opening Ceremony

Honorary State FFA Degree Ceremony

National Winners Recognition

Star American FFA Degree Recognition

Star State FFA Degree Recognition

Proficiency Award Recognition

Accounting through Equine Science

Keynote Speaker – Dave Roever

Closing Ceremony


Friday, May 6

8:00 am Registration – Celeste

9:00 am Career Show & Expo – Bricker

9:00 am Choir Practice – Bricker

9:00 am Band Practice – ODOT

 9:30 am PRE-SESSION


Opening Ceremony

Chapter Awards

• Ohio FFA Gold Medal Chapters

• Top 10 Student Development Chapters

• Top 10 Chapter Development Chapters

• Top 10 Community Development Chapters

• Top 10 Chapters

Keynote Speaker – Jones Loflin

Proficiency Award Recognition

Fiber and/or Oil Crop through Wildlife Management

Closing Ceremony


1:00 pm Talent Show – Celeste


 2:30 pm PRE-SESSION


Opening Ceremony

Creed Speaking Presentation

Officer Awards

• Secretary’s Award

• Treasurer’s Award

• Reporter’s Award

National FFA Officer Keynote – Sydney Snider

State CDE Recognition

Prepared Speaking Presentation

Agriscience Fair Recognition

Ohio FFA Officers’ Parent Recognition

Closing Ceremony


4:00 pm Past Officer Reception – FFA Center

5:00 pm Band and Chorus Musical Presentation




Opening Ceremony

Band and Chorus Presentation

Retiring Address – State President, Matthew Klopfenstein

2016-17 Ohio FFA Officer Announcement

Conferring of the State FFA Degree

Officer Installation

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Ohio FFA President welcomes members to State Convention

The 88th Ohio FFA Convention kicks off its two-day run in Columbus on Thursday. Thousands of blue corduroy clad members from around the state will be converging on the Ohio Expo Center to participate in delegate sessions, show their work in competition, listen to motivational speakers, hear updates on the one-of-a-kind organization, and much more.

“It’s been an honor and a privilege to be able to travel the state and be able to serve Ohio’s FFA members,” said Matthew Klopfenstein, who will be rounding out his year of service as Ohio FFA state president when the newly elected state officer team is installed Friday evening. “One of the really cool things that I get to do is hear all the different stories and see the students at the beginning of the year and then during the two days of convention, I get to see where they end up. The growth in between is truly phenomenal.”… Continue reading

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Meet the 2016 Ohio FFA Convention Student Reporters

Ohio Ag Net and Ohio’s Country Journal are proud to announce another year of exceptional student reporters to help bring you live coverage of the 88th Ohio FFA State Convention, May 5th and 6th at the Ohio Expo Center. The three new reporters and one returning member will be working alongside our staff and offering a view of convention from an FFA’er’s perspective, all while learning valuable communication skills and having fun in the process. Stay tuned to www.ocj.com for the latest updates from Ohio FFA.

Kolt Buchenroth is a junior in the Kenton-OHP FFA Chapter and has served as the reporter, president, and is currently the vice president of his chapter. He is also active in 4-H, student council, National Honor Society, and the Hardin County Junior Fair Board. He raises cattle on his farm in Kenton and stays busy as the ag news director and reporter for WKTN radio.… Continue reading

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Mechanicsburg FFA wins county tractor troubleshooting contest

The tractor troubleshooting teams of Gus Hoewischer and Kylie Owen will move on from the county contest on February 17th to the district contest on February 27th.

The team of Heath Starkey and Wyatt Snyder placed second at the county contest. The two teams traveled to Koenig’s Equipment in Urbana, Ohio for the county contest.  Tractor troubleshooting, or ag power and diagnostics, consists of having to debug a problem in the tractor, asses the problem, use Service Adviser and fix the problem all within 20 minutes.… Continue reading

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USDA announces Conservation Stewardship Program sign-up for 2016

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the 2016 sign-up period for the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP), the nation’s largest working lands conservation program. CSP supports farmers and ranchers as they introduce and expand conservation on their land in agricultural production

Farmers and ranchers have until March 31 to complete the initial CSP application, which consists of a simple form that asks for basic information regarding land ownership, type of production, and contact information. While applicants can sign up for CSP anytime throughout the year, those who miss the March 31 deadline will not be considered until 2017.

This year’s sign-up deadline carries particular significance, as a major program overhaul is scheduled for 2017. In order for producers to enroll in CSP under its existing structure, ranking process, and current conservation activities, they must apply by the March 31 deadline.

Existing CSP participants with contracts set to expire later this year also have until March 31 to apply to renew their five-year contracts.… Continue reading

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Miami East FFA announces February Members of the Month

The February 2016 Miami East-MVCTC FFA Members of the Month are Lane Mergler and Liza Bair. Lane is the son of Scott and Michelle Mergler of Troy. Liza is the daughter of Todd and Wendy Bair of Fletcher. Mergler and Bair are freshman at Miami East High School and first year members of the FFA.

Lane’s Supervised Agricultural Experience Program consists of Lane’s Lures, a custom fishing lure business. He plans to market his lures through social media and at craft fairs such as Miami East’s Viking Fest on February 20, 2016. He is a member of the Program of Activities Committee of which he helped organize and attended the tour of Ohio State’s College of Food, Ag, and Environmental Sciences and Vet School.

Liza’s Supervised Agricultural Experience program consists of Minnie Winnies, a homemade horse treat business. She plans to market her treats to fellow horse enthusiasts. Liza has participated in county and district Novice Parliamentary Procedures as the vice chair, Princess For a Day fundraiser for the March of Dimes, and Freshman Families.… Continue reading

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Miami East FFA Alumni sponsors upcoming basket bingo

The Miami East FFA Alumni Chapter is sponsoring a Basket Bingo on Sunday, January 31st at 2 p.m. in the Miami East High School Cafeteria. Please enter through the east door of the high school (door #14). Doors will open at one o’clock.

Beautiful and functional Longaberger Baskets will be the prize for the 20 games, with the grand prize being a retired basket feature.

Tickets are $20 for the 20 games and a raffle entry. There will also be raffles, extra games, and concessions sales offered. All winning tie-breaking cards win a consolation prize of a Longaberger product.

Tickets can be purchased by calling the Miami East FFA Alumni Chapter at (937) 335-7070 ext. 3212 or by purchasing them at the door.

All funds raised will be donated to the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter in support of their community activities and leadership development.… Continue reading

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