FFA News

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 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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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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Meet the 2020 Class of FFA Student Reporters

Although Coronavirus has a lot of uncertainty across agriculture and across the globe, something certain is the Ohio FFA Celebration of Students held May 4-8 online. Continuing in the tradition, Ohio’s Country Journal and Ohio Ag Net are still hosting Student FFA Reporters to cover the celebration. We asked them to write a little bit to introduce themselves.

Halle Miller

Halle Miller is a Junior at Norwayne High School and a member of FFA and 4-H. She has enjoyed competing in many CDE events at the District and State level including Food Science, Parliamentary Procedure, Job Interview, Ag Sales, Meat Judging, Creed Speaking and Beginning and Advanced Prepared Speaking CDEs. Halle was excited to be chosen to represent Ohio at the National FFA Convention this upcoming October with her Advanced Prepared Speech.

Halle breeds Bordoodle puppies, crossing a border collie and a poodle, which creates an extremely intelligent low shed breed.… Continue reading

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Benjamin Logan FFA members read books via Facebook to kids

The Benjamin Logan FFA would have been hosting a petting zoo for our elementary students, sadly due to our current situation we were not able to do that so we came up with the next best thing. Many of our students have been working on videos for the Benjamin Logan FFA Facebook Page. In each of the videos our students are in their barn reading one of their favorite books to some of their Supervised Agricultural Experience projects. We hope that everyone that sees these videos are enjoying them.
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Benjamin Logan FFA members recognized during the 2020 Ohio FFA Celebration

Benjamin Logan FFA  members would have had the privilege of participating in the 2020 Ohio FFA State Convention on Thursday, April 30th thru Friday May 1st; due to the current situation the event has been canceled.  Instead, Ohio FFA is excited to recognize members and commemorate another year of student success via social media channels during the 2020 Ohio FFA Celebration, May 4-8!Daily video announcements will highlight member accomplishments including: addition, awards and recognition posts beyond those listed will be shared throughout the week. Members and their friends and family can invite others to stay up-to-date by responding to the Facebook event: 2020 Ohio FFA Celebration.  Watch for more details about the online event in the coming weeks. Recognition results shared originally via social media during the 2020 Ohio FFA Celebration will also be posted on ohioffa.org at a later date.   (https://www.facebook.com/pg/OhioFFA/posts/)

Many Benjamin Logan FFA Members would have been walking across the State FFA Convention Stage.… Continue reading

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May 2020 FFA Members of the Month

The May 2020 Miami East-MVCTC FFA Members of the Month are Michael Bair, Ethin Bendickson, and Kearsten Kirby. They are all retired chapter officers and will soon be graduates of Miami East High School.
Michael Bair is the son of David and Annette Bair of Troy. Michael has served as a Chapter Officer, earned the State FFA Degree, and for three years has had three proficiencies in the Top 4 in the state. He plans to pursue a sustainable agriculture internship and return to expand his family’s organic dairy and poultry farm.
Ethin Bendickson is the son of Derick and Kris Bendickson of Troy. He served as a chapter officer, earned the State FFA Degree, and attended the State and National FFA Conventions. He has obtained fulltime employment with Sunrise Cooperative as a special placement program through the Ohio FFA Foundation.
Kearsten Kirby daughter of Kenny and Jenni Kirby of Piqua.… Continue reading

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