FFA News

Miami East-MVCTC FFA Sponsors Coloring Contest

By Libby Carpenter, Chapter Reporter

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 Agriculture Week.

Members of the Ag Literacy Committee challenged the students in third grade and were given a farm-themed picture to color.  FFA members evaluated the pictures and awarded first place to each homeroom. The results are as follows:

Ms. Katie Mason – Ava McGaharan

Ms. Elizabeth Fields – Josie Shane

Ms. Megan Noll – Alivia Johnson

Ms. Stephanie Blackton – Claire Antonides

Each student participating received a prize complements of the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter and Culver’s.  The first place picture in each homeroom was awarded a special prize of an official FFA T-shirt.  Congratulations to the winners!

Members of the Agricultural Literacy Committee involved in the project were Luke Brunke, Katelynn Dill, Kylie Haught, Jillian Niswonger, and Alivia Wade.Continue reading

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Milton-Union MVCTC FFA Chapter Elects New Officer Team

By Kelsie Tomlinson, chapter reporter

As our school year comes to an end, we would like to recognize our new 2020-2021 officer team for the Milton-Union MVCTC FFA chapter. Our new officers include:  President– Emmie Bohse, Vice President- Darby Welbaum, Secretary- Tayor Falb, Treasurer- Tyler Kress, Reporter– Kelsie Tomlinson, Sentinel- Tyler Leffew, Student Advisor- Carter Tinnerman, and Historian– Cammy Shook. These new officers will each receive a new FFA jacket and an officer pin to display on their jacket. The new jackets were donated by Hale-Sarver Family Funeral Home. Congratulations to all and we cannot wait to see what you do next year!… Continue reading

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Zane Trace FFA Members Recognized during Virtual State Convention

Several members of the Zane Trace FFA were honored for their accomplishments during the 92nd Ohio FFA Convention the week of May 4th – 8th. The Convention moved to an online format due to restrictions on large gatherings in place because of COVID-19. Special guest speakers and award sessions were still part of the Convention lineup in the videos posted through Facebook, Instragram and the Ohio FFA Website ohioffa.org.

Three ZT FFA Officers were honored with Gold Rated distinction for earning scores of 90% or higher on their respective officer books. These included Reporter Olivia Hettinger, Treasurer Hallee Scott and Secretary Briana Fetters. Six members were recognized as recipients of the Ohio FFA Degree, the second highest degree that members can earn in the FFA.  Gabby Gwinn, Bree Morrow, Hallee Scott, Laine Abbott, Brenden Naumovski and Alyssa Houser each earned their gold pin by earning over $3,000 in their Supervised Agriculture Experience Program, participating in state and national leadership events and completing 30 hours or more of community service during their FFA careers.… Continue reading

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Ohio’s Country Journal & Ohio Ag Net Podcast |Ep. 154 | Winter in May

This week during the quarantine chronicles, we have Matt, Kolt, and Dusty host Adam Sharp from the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation while he talks about their response to COVID-19. Interviews by Matt this week include Charlie Kail, Mark Loux, and Sam Custer. We wrapped up the Ohio FFA Celebration last week, and our fantastic Student Reporters talked with National FFA President, Kolsen McCoy after his keynote speech.… Continue reading

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Miami East-MVCTC FFA members recognized during virtual Ohio FFA Celebration

Due to the closures of school and cancellations of all Ohio Department of Education activities, the 2020 Ohio FFA State Convention moved to a virtual, online format. During the week of May 4, several members of the were recognized for their accomplishments at the state level.

The highlight of the celebration was the recognition of Ohio FFA State Degree recipients. FFA members may apply as a junior, senior or graduate with over $3,500 in earnings from their Supervised Agricultural Experience, participation in FFA chapter and state activities, and community service. Members of the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter earning the 2020 degree were Elizabeth Bair, Natalie Bair, Adam Bensman, Makayla Brittain, Libby Carpenter, Paige Pence, Rylee Puthoff, and Lauren Wright.

Several members were recognized for having outstanding Supervised Agricultural Experience Programs through the State FFA Proficiency Award program.  In the area of Poultry Production Michael Bair was named the state winner for his production and marketing of pasture-raised chickens.

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Ohio FFA Celebration | Day Five Recap

In the final day of the Ohio FFA Celebration, the team of student reporters is back and they visit with recently retired Ohio FFA state president Holly McClay, and newly elected state president Bethany Starlin. The team also share their thoughts about the virtual celebration. Coverage of the Ohio FFA Celebration is brought to you by Wilmington College.… Continue reading

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Ohio FFA State officers announced

The new leaders of the Ohio FFA Association were announced on the final day of the Ohio FFA Celebration. Newly retired State FFA President Holly McClay read the names of the new team of Ohio FFA state officers on Friday via Facebook.

President: Bethany Starlin – Chief Logan

Vice President: Paige Teeters – Fairfield

Secretary:  Joe Helterbrand – Hillsboro

Treasurer:  Allison Engel – Ayersville

Reporter: Bailey Lowe – Felicity-Franklin

Sentinel: Victoria Snyder – Lincolnview

Vice Presidents at Large:

  • Olivia Coppler – Carey
  • Kyra Davidson – Felicity-Franklin
  • Kyle Hicks – Amanda-Clearcreek
  • Jacob Zajkowski – Anthony Wayne-Penta
  • Riley Jacobs Bell – Tri-Valley
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Shining a light on the Class of 2020

By Meredith Oglesby, OCJ FFA reporter

Think back to the first time you put your FFA jacket on. As you slid one arm in and then the other, you were filled with excitement for the future, wondering what your FFA journey would be like? As you smoothed out the jacket to be able to zip it up for the first time, it felt a little awkward and uncomfortable. You soon realized these feelings would become all too familiar as you became more involved and your advisors pushed you outside your comfort zone. The more you wore the jacket, the more you learned, and the more you became invested in growing through your FFA family.

Fast forward three years to your senior year where you felt nervous about the uncertainty of the future but were excited to see what it would hold. You appreciated the “lasts” of high school as the months crept closer to May.… Continue reading

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Ohio FFA state officer slate announced

At noon Thursday during the Ohio FFA Celebration, State President Holly McClay announced the slate of state officers who will be leading the Ohio FFA Association for the next year. In all cases except the State President’s race, those who are not elected to an office will be named State Vice Presidents At Large.

State President: Bethany Starlin – Chief Logan & Chyann Kendel – Twin Valley South MVCTC

Vice President: Paige Teeters – Fairfield & Riley Jacobs Bell – Tri-Valley

Secretary: Jacob Zajkowski – Anthony Wayne-Penta & Joe Helterbrand – Hillsboro

Treasurer: Kyle Hicks – Amanda-Clearcreek & Allison Engel – Ayersville

Reporter: Bailey Lowe – Felicity-Franklin & Kyra Davidson – Felicity-Franklin

Sentinel: Victoria Snyder – Lincolnview & Olivia Coppler – Carey

The state officer elections will be announced Friday at 4pm on the Ohio FFA Facebook Page… Continue reading

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FFA members and advisors making due during COVID-19

By Madi Kregel, OCJ field reporter

FFA chapters all over the state have felt the sting of canceled competitions and a canceled state convention this spring, but advisors and chapter officers have adapted to online learning and virtual engagement.

Three of the Oak Harbor Penta FFA officers laughed as they recalled the different ways they have stayed busy and connected with each other during quarantine. After the online schooling began, FFA advisor Noah Neiderhouse said the students already knew what they were doing.

“When this all came about, it happened really fast, but we’ve been using Google Classroom,” he said. “All of the students are one-to-one in our school which has really been a godsend.”

Three Oak Harbor FFA officers, Trey Helle, Bailey Dusseau, and Emily Lutman talked about the different ag classes they are in and the activities they have during quarantine for the classes. Some of the activities involve worksheets about ag business or swine diseases, others are more hands on.… Continue reading

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Showing gratitude to essential workers during COVID-19

By Meredith Oglesby, OCJ FFA reporter

The last line of the FFA mission states, living to serve, which is what FFA members and chapters across the state have been doing during the outbreak of COVID-19. Farmers, nurses, doctors, mailmen, restaurant workers, and anyone continuing to work to keep us safe, healthy and fed have been classified as essential workers. FFA members have risen to the challenge to stay strong and support their community members during these tough times. Many members themselves are working hard as essential workers.

Tess Ruehrumd from the Cardington FFA chapter has been volunteering at her local food pantry. She works to unload truck shipments, sort food and provide those in her community with the food they need. With the outbreak of COVID, Ruehrumd has taken on more responsibilities to keep the clients safe and the food available. She explained many of the volunteers and the current director of the pantry are older in age and at risk during the outbreak.… Continue reading

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Ohio Star State FFA Degree recipients for 2020

Ohio Star State FFA Degree recipients for 2020 were recognized virtually on May 4. The 2020 Ohio Star State FFA Degree recipients are:

Brandon Fleak, Westfall: Star State in Agricultural Placement

Jessica McWatters, Pettisville: Star State in Agriscience

Morgan Kimmel, Covington-UVCC: Star State in Agribusiness

Cole McKinley, Ridgemont: Star State Farmer

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Ohio FFA proficiency finalists, winners announced

Ohio FFA’s Celebration of Students highlighted proficiency finalist and award winners Tuesday. A complete list of all finalists are below.

Note: Lines that are Bold indicate the winner of that proficiency award area

AccountingCierra AndrewsAmanda-Clearcreek
AccountingJoshua LangenkampHouston-UVCC
AccountingCora GillespieMowrystown
AccountingMekenzie JolliffRidgemont
Agricultural CommunicationsKyra DavidsonFelicity-Franklin
Agricultural CommunicationsMegan RoellPreble Shawnee
Agricultural CommunicationsEmily BooklessRidgewood
Agricultural EducationKatie GoeringArchbold
Agricultural EducationMallory TaulbeeFelicity-Franklin
Agricultural EducationMekenzie JolliffRidgemont
Agricultural EducationKasey CondoTalawanda-Butler Tech
Agricultural Mechanics Design and FabricationHunter MaysA.B. Graham OHP
Agricultural Mechanics Design and FabricationEthan AufderhaarBotkins
Agricultural Mechanics Design and FabricationHunter ZellCovington-UVCC
Agricultural Mechanics Design and FabricationGarrett BennettFairview
Agricultural Mechanics Repair and Maintenance – EntrepreneurshipAustin GattBuckeye
Agricultural Mechanics Repair and Maintenance – EntrepreneurshipEthan KaperLiberty Union
Agricultural Mechanics Repair and Maintenance – PlacementTyler TraverGenoa-Penta
Agricultural Mechanics Repair and Maintenance – PlacementMason KieselSouth Central
Agricultural Mechanics Repair and Maintenance – PlacementJustin PreeceUrbana
Agricultural Mechanics Repair and Maintenance – PlacementCaden KeckWest Muskingum
Agricultural ProcessingEvan  StewartEast Clinton
Agricultural ProcessingBlayne FergusonMiami Trace
Agricultural ProcessingTucker JourneyTri-Valley
Agricultural ProcessingSierra SinclairWarren
Agricultural Sales – EntrepreneurshipLandon WengerBenjamin Logan
Agricultural Sales – EntrepreneurshipMontana SeitzRidgewood
Agricultural Sales – EntrepreneurshipJustin BecknerTalawanda-Butler Tech
Agricultural Sales – EntrepreneurshipAlexandra LiskaiWoodmore
Agricultural Sales – PlacementAbigail RodeferNational Trail-MVCTC
Agricultural Sales – PlacementDakota KieferTalawanda-Butler Tech
Agricultural Sales – PlacementAustin TimmermanVersailles
Agricultural Sales – PlacementEthan DrzazgaWest Holmes
Agricultural ServicesGrant SkinnerBuckeye Valley-DACC
Agricultural ServicesAubrey SchwartzMiami Trace
Agricultural ServicesBrayden ShumakerWest Holmes
Agricultural ServicesLevi DelongZane Trace
Agriscience Research-Animals SystemNikita ScheifeleIndian Lake OHP
Agriscience Research-Animals SystemJessica McwattersPettisville
Agriscience Research-Animals SystemCharity MooreValley View-MVCTC
Agriscience Research-Integrated SystemsElla WarnerCovington-UVCC
Agriscience Research-Integrated SystemsLuke JenningsFelicity-Franklin
Agriscience Research-Integrated SystemsJared HamiltonFelicity-Franklin
Agriscience Research-Integrated SystemsTrina OrrUtica
Agriscience Research-Plant SystemsJacob ZajkowskiAnthony Wayne-Penta
Agriscience Research-Plant SystemsLanden TullFelicity-Franklin
Agriscience Research-Plant SystemsAngelina KurekOregon-Clay
Agriscience Research-Plant SystemsChrista GeorgeOregon-Clay
Beef Production – EntrepreneurshipAshleigh OsbornBlanchester
Beef Production – EntrepreneurshipSamantha WallaceLakota
Beef Production – EntrepreneurshipWesley HatfieldTri-Valley
Beef Production – EntrepreneurshipShaeley WarnerUtica
Beef Production – PlacementAutumn ScheidererFairbanks
Beef Production – PlacementLucas GillilandMiami East-MVCTC
Beef Production – PlacementLiam HomanNew Bremen
Beef Production – PlacementAmanda AnnettUtica
Dairy Production – EntrepreneurshipMaggie MathewsEast Clinton
Dairy Production – EntrepreneurshipElizabeth HowmanNorthwestern
Dairy Production – EntrepreneurshipLogan SchlauchWest Holmes
Dairy Production – EntrepreneurshipTimothy  StitzleinWest Holmes
Dairy Production – PlacementRiley ThobeAnna
Dairy Production – PlacementDerek BurnsLiberty Union
Dairy Production – PlacementMichael BairMiami East-MVCTC
Dairy Production – PlacementRenea SchmitmeyerVersailles
Diversified Agricultural ProductionWyatt CrozierFelicity-Franklin
Diversified Agricultural ProductionZachary BornFirelands
Diversified Agricultural ProductionMason MizerRidgewood
Diversified Agricultural ProductionBenjamin ChaffeeSouth Central
Diversified Crop Production – EntrepreneurshipBenjamin SheafferUpper Sandusky
Diversified Crop Production – PlacementAmber ZimpferAnna
Diversified Crop Production – PlacementChris DibleBig Walnut-DACC
Diversified Crop Production – PlacementJacob WuebkerVersailles
Diversified Crop Production – PlacementAnna JonesWaterford
Diversified HorticultureWilliam KellerLorain County JVS
Diversified HorticultureThomas KellerLorain County JVS
Diversified Livestock ProductionDylan GoodmanCardington-Lincoln
Diversified Livestock ProductionMichael BairMiami East-MVCTC
Diversified Livestock ProductionCole MckinleyRidgemont
Diversified Livestock ProductionJacob WuebkerVersailles
Environmental Science and Natural Resources ManagementBrant HelmanUpper Valley Career Center
Environmental Science and Natural Resources ManagementJayme PennellWest Holmes
Equine Science – EntrepreneurshipBella SweigardColumbiana County Career & Technical Center
Equine Science – EntrepreneurshipKori KileEast Clinton
Equine Science – EntrepreneurshipBrianna BrubakerFayette
Equine Science – EntrepreneurshipCaitlyn DemassimoNorwayne
Equine Science – PlacementAbigail MartensDelaware Area Career Center
Equine Science – PlacementJessica BattonFairlawn-UVCC
Equine Science – PlacementKatelyn KonicekFirelands
Equine Science – PlacementBrooke BlansetteLiberty Union
Fiber and/or Oil Crop ProductionZachary BornFirelands
Fiber and/or Oil Crop ProductionGarrett ThomasKenton-OHP
Forage ProductionKasey KuhlmanGenoa-Penta
Forage ProductionWyatt KunkHouston-UVCC
Forage ProductionCarter RoellPreble Shawnee
Forage ProductionCarlos MourerRidgewood
Forest ManagementLouis CiraCory-Rawson
Forest ManagementHunter ZellCovington-UVCC
Forest ManagementColton SaylorFairview
Forest ManagementCaden CarsonLicking Valley
Fruit ProductionLillian BeebeFayetteville
Fruit ProductionAlyssa ZdobinskiNational Trail-MVCTC
Fruit ProductionAlex BortonNorthwestern
Fruit ProductionAlexandra LiskaiWoodmore
Goat ProductionLane HollingsworthA.B.
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Ohio’s Country Journal & Ohio Ag Net Podcast |Ep. 153 | Ohio FFA Celebration Week

The Quarantine Chronicles take the virtual stage for the Ohio FFA Celebration with the help of our 2020 FFA Student Reporters, Halle Miller, Jacob Zajkowski, and Elizabeth Fannin. Interviews this week include a group interview from intern Madi Kregel with the Oak Harbor Penta FFA chapter officers and their advisor. Matt has three interviews this week with Cheryl Day, Chris Henney, and Miles VonStein. And Kolt brings an interview with President of the Marion County fair, after they announced the cancelation of their fair.… Continue reading

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Celebrating Ohio FFA, the virtual way

By Meredith Oglesby, OCJ FFA reporter

The countdown to show time may look different this year as Ohio FFA kicks off the Ohio FFA Celebration, but the excitement and hard work are all the same. And although the celebration may be different than the originally planned convention, Ohio FFA has a jam-packed week of speakers and recognition planned to commend the dedication of members during the 2019-2020 school year.

“I am looking forward to the Ohio FFA Celebration because it is our chance as an organization to recognize the hard work of our members and advisors throughout this year,” said Chyann Kendel, State Vice President at Large. “With our new platform of outreach, we will be able to watch the celebration while being surrounded by our loved ones and connected to our FFA family from afar.”

The virtual celebration allows more FFA members than ever before to watch and experience the recognition of Ohio FFA members.… Continue reading

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