FFA News

Waterford FFA Aquaponics

By Emma Hartline, Waterford FFA Reporter


The Waterford FFA and the Greenhouse classes of the Waterford Agricultural Education program have been busy growing and harvesting lettuce in their Greenhouse. The lettuce is grown with the use of Aquaponics which is defined as a system of aquaculture in which the waste produced by farmed fish or other aquatic animals supplies nutrients for plants grown hydroponically, which in turn purify the water. The Greenhouse class currently raises a hybrid bluegill and green and red leaf lettuce, spinach, mustards, kale and bok choy and cherry and grape tomatoes. About once a month the class harvests the lettuce grown and donates it to the school cafeteria for the student body’s lunch.… Continue reading

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Four Local FFA members receive $1,000 grants from National FFA Foundation

Four $1,000 grants have been awarded to Miami East-MVCTC FFA members Isaac Beal, Annabelle Penny, Emma Sutherly, and Braden Zekas by the National FFA Organization. The SAE Grant is designed to help FFA members create and enhance their Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE), a requirement that all FFA members must complete. 

All four are members of the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter and were selected as recipients of only 289 grants out of over 5,958 applicants nationwide. 

An SAE requires FFA members to create and operate an agriculture-related business, work at an agriculture-related business or conduct an agricultural research experience. Upon completion of the grant fiscal year, grant recipients must submit a comprehensive report regarding their career development experience.

Isaac Beal

Isaac Beal is the son of John and Melissa Beal. He received a $1,000 grant from General Mills. Beal will use the grant funds to purchase goat kidding pens to be used in his operation.… Continue reading

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Clear Fork FFA competes in Parliamentary Procedure CDE

The Clear Fork FFA had two teams compete in the Parliamentary Procedure CDE (Career Development Event). They had both a novice and Senior team compete. Parliamentary procedure is the body of ethics, rules, and customs governing meetings and other operations of clubs, organizations, legislative bodies and other deliberative assemblies. Teams from ffa chapters from across the U.S. practice carrying out Parliamentary procedures for this contest. Clear Forks Senior team placed 1st at the county contest which was in person. They then went onto the District 7 contest for the state of Ohio and placed 3rd, this contest was conducted virtually on zoom. Sadly this was the end on the senior teams journey for the year. As for the novice team, they placed 2nd at county, 1st at the district 7 contest, and continued onto the state contest which was also held via zoom and placed 8th in the state of Ohio.… Continue reading

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West Liberty-Salem FFA Food Service/Transportation Worker Shoutout!

The West Liberty-Salem FFA donated 8 bushels of Florida navel oranges to the Food Service Department this week.  Several of the Food Service workers alongside the Transportation crew were busy all morning on Friday, December 18th bagging up over 2100 breakfasts/lunches to be delivered to our students’ homes. The WL-S FFA wants to give them a huge shout out for all of their efforts to continue feeding our students during Hybrid Learning time!  It takes a special crew to have such drive and initiative… Continue reading

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Zane Trace FFA Chapter News and Notes — December, 2020

Filling Christmas Care Boxes with FFA Produce
When our FFA Chapter learned that help was needed to fill 50 care boxes with food items for needy ZT families they stepped in to lend a hand. 35 members worked throughout the day on December 14th and 15th to bake cupcakes, brownies, cookies and pies to include in the boxes. Members also divided up 7 bushels of citrus fruit and donated 70 quarts of grape juice that they processed earlier in the fall to the care boxes project. Our chapter is happy to help serve the ZT community and we had a lot of fun making all of the desserts in the food science lab!

Members Host Dog Adoption Day with Ross Co Humane Society
When members of our chapter learned that animal shelters around the US had experienced an increase in the number of dogs being released by their owners, they felt the need to do something about it.… Continue reading

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Waterford FFA Advanced Parli Pro Team

By: Emma Hartline, chapter reporter

The Waterford FFA Chapters Parliamentary Procedure Team recently competed in two different contests that lead them to becoming one the best parliamentary procedure teams in the state of Ohio.  Parliamentary Procedure teaches students how to run an organized meeting using “Robert’s Rule’s of Order”.  

The sub-district invitational contest was held virtually through Google Meet, where the team placed second, received a “Gold Rating” and advanced to the District Parli Pro Contest, which again was held virtually.  Here the team went on to place second. Unfortunately the State FFA Association made the decision to only allow the top teams to advance to state due to Covid-19. This ranks the team in the top 20 teams in the state of Ohio. Typically each year approximately 200 teams from around Ohio compete in the Advance Parliamentary Procedure contest.     

The Waterford Parli Pro Team consisted of Mackenzie Suprano, Grace Huck, Mackenzie Cary, Ashlee Wagner, Emma Hartline, Josie Burke and Jacob Huffman.… Continue reading

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Waterford FFA Chapter 2020 Citrus Sale results

By: Emma Hartline, Waterford FFA Reporter

The Waterford FFA Chapter concluded its Citrus Sale for the year. The chapter has approximately 35 members and sold around $20,000 in gross sales, equally around $571 gross, per member sold. 

Jud Cooper-4th place and top first year member (FFA Jacket Winner), Madi Hiener-3rd place, Ashlee Wagner-2nd place and Emily Hoffman-1st place. 

Great job to all our members and families for selling and delivering the fruit! Also thank you to our community for always supporting our program!… Continue reading

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Food Science and Technology Team Competes, Earns Banner

By: Libby Carpenter, Chapter Reporter

Lauren Wright

Recently the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Food Science and Technology Team competed in the Ohio FFA State Career Development Event held virtually.

Food Science and Technology contestants included Erin Baker, Adam Bensman, Erin Blocher, Makayla Brittain, Anna Broerman, Libby Carpenter, Carter Gilbert, Chloe Gump, Brayden Ingle, Katie Larson, Evan Massie, Morgan Nosker, Kaitlyn Roop, Paige Pence, Meadow Powers, Rylee Puthoff, Gretchen Stevens, Emma Sutherly, Jimmy Sutherly, Samuel Sutherly, Isabelle Waite, Seth Wells, and Lauren Wright.

Miami East students placed 5th out of 61 teams. The highest placing individuals that comprised the team were Lauren Wright, Rylee Puthoff, Carter Gilbert, and Emma Sutherly. Lauren Wright was the highest placing individual from Miami East placing 9 out of 412 individuals. The team earned a banner for the agriculture classroom.

During the contest the team members were asked to take a written test, responded to customer inquiry scenarios, identified sanitation errors in the food industry, complete math questions related to the food science scenarios, and recognize common equipment used in a food production facility.… Continue reading

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Anthony Wayne – Penta FFA Member Earns State Award

 Jake Zajkowski, Anthony Wayne High School senior, earned 3rd place in the state at the Ohio FFA Job Interview Career Development Event.

Jake Zajkowski, Anthony Wayne High School senior, competed in the Ohio FFA Job Interview Career Development Event on Saturday, December 5, 2020. Jake qualified for the contest by winning both the sub-district and district level contests. He then submitted a cover letter and resume, virtually interviewed for a hypothetical job, and wrote a follow-up letter during the state contest. Jake earned 3rd place in division 4, which included 12th grade FFA members from across Ohio. Jake said, “I had a great time competing at the state job interview CDE for the first time. I am very grateful for the opportunity to improve my communication and employment skills.” Anthony Wayne FFA is a satellite of Penta Career Center.… Continue reading

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Milton-Union MVCTC FFA top fruit sellers

The Milton-Union MVCTC FFA Chapter held their annual fruit sale this November. Congratulations to our Top 5 Fruit Sellers! In 1st place Erica Pratt, in 2nd place Tyler Kress, in 3rd place Darby Welbaum, in 4th place Sydney Smith, and in 5th place Gracey Bloomfield! Thank you to everyone who bought and sold fruit this fall; we appreciate all of our supporters of our FFA Chapter.… Continue reading

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West Holmes FFA participated in parliamentary procedure contest

By: Chloe Shumaker, chapter reporter

On Thursday, December 3rd, the West Holmes FFA participated in the District 2 parliamentary procedure contest. The contest requires members to run a proper business meeting and respond to oral questions about parliamentary law. The team placed 2nd out of 6 teams. Team members were: Chairman – Natasha Averbukh, Secretary – Cora Crilow, Sarah Irwin, Chloe Shumaker, Jess Miller, and Becca Schuch.  Alternate members were Ally Ogi, Samantha Kendall, and Olivia Sampsel.  

On Tuesday, November 24, the West Holmes FFA participated in the sub-district parliamentary procedure contest. The senior team consisted of Natasha Averbukh, Cora Crilow, Ally Ogi, Sarah Irwin, Chloe Shumaker, and Jess Miller, they placed 1st and qualified for the district contest.  Alternate members were Becca Schuch, Samantha Kendall, and Olivia Sampsel.… Continue reading

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Benjamin Logan FFA Members participated in the Topgolf field trip

Benjamin Logan FFA Members participated in the Topgolf field trip, provided by The Wells Foundation. This foundation’s mission is to push the bounds of philanthropy and create value for the community through social innovation, impact investing and leadership development. The founder, Tony Wells, is a Benjamin Logan FFA Alumni. He has recently reached out to the FFA to encourage students to take part in helping support and shape the future of agriculture. 

Topgolf is a global sports entertainment company with heated, outside bays, pointing to driving ranges. Students were transported to Topgolf by bussing where they were introduced to Tony Wells. Each golfing bay had 5 students, to which the students were provided with unlimited food and drinks, as well as 3 hours to golf. Each group got to pick the game version that best fit their abilities. All students were very thankful for this opportunity where many say that they had the time of their lives.… Continue reading

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Clear Fork FFA Vegetable Table

This year doing the vegetable table for the Bellville Street Fair was a little different due to the given circumstances. Luckily we were still able to put up a very nice table. This year the theme was to educate people about what FFA really is. The junior and senior members of the FFA worked very hard to get everything prepared for the table. We were very fortunate to still have the opportunity to set up the table for the community and to advocate what FFA is all about. We got first in the judging contest and are looking forward to next year’s street fair!… Continue reading

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Clear Fork FFA Chapter Fall 2020 News

This fall the Clear Fork FFA Chapter from Bellville, Ohio has been very well represented in the show ring at a national level. 

In October, four of our members made their way out to the American Royal in Kansas City. Savannah Harriman and her brothers Hayden and Logan represented us very well competing with their market lambs and placing very well. Also, they have competed at many jackpots with their lambs even winning their breeds. Colton Boyer has built a small herd of Herefords over the past few years for his SAE (Supervised Agricultural Experience). This year he raised a few heifers of his own and wanted to see where they would rank in the country so he took them to the American Royal to compete.

Then in November several more of our members made their way to the North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville, Kentucky. Caroline Tilton has been exhibiting cattle at the North American for a few years now. … Continue reading

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7 West Holmes FFA members received their American Degrees

During the virtual 93rd National Convention 7 West Holmes FFA members received their American Degrees.  The recipients are Hayley Davis, Taylor Feikert, Drew Mast, Abby Rohr, Logan Schlauch, Gabby Sherman, and Hunter Smith. This is the highest degree achievable in the National FFA Organization and is given to roughly 2% of the membership each year.  The American FFA Degree shows an FFA member’s dedication to his or her chapter and state FFA association. It demonstrates the effort FFA members apply toward their supervised agricultural experience and the outstanding leadership abilities and community involvement they exhibited through their FFA career. American FFA Degree recipients show promise for the future and have gone above and beyond to achieve excellence. The requirements to earn the American FFA Degree is set forth in the National FFA Constitution. To be eligible to receive the American FFA Degree, members must meet qualifications such as receiving a Greenhand, Chapter, and State FFA Degree, holding active membership for the past three years, completing secondary instruction in an agricultural education program, and operating an outstanding supervised agricultural experience program and earning or investing at least $10,000, 50 hours of community service, and demonstrating leadership abilities and outstanding scholastic achievement are also required.… Continue reading

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BL FFA’s first virtual Job Interview Career Development Event

Benjamin Logan FFA members participated in the Job Interview CDE. This contest was completed online for the first time ever, due to COVID-19. The Ohio Job Interview CDE is designed for FFA members to practice and demonstrate the skills needed in

seeking employment in all areas of agriculture. Each part of this event simulates real world experiences that students will have when seeking employment in the future. The participants first completed job applications followed by a job interview. To end the contest, the competitors emailed a follow-up letter. Benjamin Logan Participants include: Senior, Emily Roth; Junior, Maria Henderson; Sophomore, Owen O’Brien; and Freshman, Katie Workman. Jase Stathas was our first year junior/senior participant for division 5. Jase placed 3rd in his division because of his outstanding interviewing skills in the district. Owen also placed 3rd in his division with the great effort he put in and his experience in the district.… Continue reading

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Thirty six, Benjamin Logan FFA members received their Greenhand degree

Greenhand FFA Degree, Chapter FFA Degree, State FFA Degree, and American FFA Degree. Each of these degrees have different requirements, As a freshman, the Greenhand degree is offered. The Greenhand is a degree given to first-year high school students who have demonstrated that they have a thorough understanding of the history and purpose of FFA and have an SAE plan. The requirements to applying for this degree are:

  • Enroll in an agricultural education program and have satisfactory plans for a Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE).
  • Learn and explain the FFA Creed, FFA Mission and Motto, and FFA salute.
  • Describe and explain the meaning of the FFA emblem and FFA colors.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the FFA Code of Ethics and the proper use of the FFA jacket.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the history of the organization, the chapter constitution and bylaws and the chapter Program of Activities.
  • Own or have access to the Official FFA Manual and the Official FFA Student Handbook.
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Benjamin Logan FFA Members competed in the Wildlife Management Career Development Event

Benjamin Logan FFA Members – Chase Miller, Peyton Henry, Kaiden Munz, Libby Siefring, and Alexis Sutherly recently competed in the Wildlife Management Career Development Event.  The team led by Kaiden Munz placed 36th in the state.  The purpose of the virtual event was to stimulate interest and to promote instruction in the areas of fish and wildlife management, as well as to provide recognition for those who have demonstrated skills and competencies as a result of natural resources instruction through a written examination, wildlife identification, understanding pond management, and identifying game laws and safety.    … Continue reading

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West Holmes FFA members participated in the wildlife management competition

On Tuesday, November 17, 6 West Holmes FFA members participated in the wildlife management competition. They answered questions about identifying mammals, birds, reptiles/amphibians, fish, and equipment as well as questions over wildlife conservation practices and regulations on hunting and fishing. The team placed 33rd out of 78 teams. Individually Beeca Schuch was 97th, Alysa Pringle was 165th, Addison Yates was 225th, Clay SHepler was 282nd, Maison Carter was 307th, and Ashley Tate was 332nd. There were a total of 492 individuals… Continue reading

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