FFA News

A-C FFA Members Receive Greenhand and Chapter Degrees

At the monthly Amanda-Clearcreek FFA meeting in January, sixty chapter members were awarded either their Greenhand FFA Degree or Chapter FFA Degree.


The Greenhand FFA Degree assures the members understand both the history and purpose of FFA as a whole. To be eligible for a Greenhand FFA Degree members must also have a strong supervised agricultural experience, otherwise known as an SAE. By demonstrating these abilities along with other specific requirements, first-year members are considered worthy of the greenhand degree.


The following 43 freshmen members were awarded their greenhand degrees: Camryn Allerding, Seth Beaty, Dakota Binkley, Dalton Binkley, Megan Bosch, Anna Branham, Nolan Brumfield, Emily Buckley, Alyson Colliton, Payton Covell, Morgan Cowdrey, Mercedes Draper, Sarah Floyd, Dakota Griffin, Lily Hines, Faith Jewell, Halley Johnson, Zach Julian, Hannah Kemmerling, Kayden Kern, Landon L’Huillier, Kassidy Leasure, Mikael Lindsey, Miguel Lobo, Madelynn Marshall, Hannah Matheny, Riley McKeska, Eian McKnight, Morgan Metzger, Gibby Miller, Dominic Palombo, Autumn Parry, Karlee Parry, Henry Poor, Austin Poston, Hannah Saum, Tucker Shamblin, Jessica Shaw, Josie Speakman, Emilee Stats, Alyssa Valentine, Reed West, and Alex Williams.… Continue reading

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FFA Chapters Invited to Apply for Turn the Bag Blue & Gold Program

Students Receive Hands-on Training and Fundraising Support From Mycogen Seeds

It’s time for Turn the Bag Blue & Gold again. Throughout February, FFA chapters can apply for the 2020-21 program. Sponsored by Mycogen Seeds, this fundraising opportunity with the National FFA Organization is in its fourth year and has raised more than $93,000 for local FFA chapters, state FFA associations and the National FFA Organization.

FFA chapters can apply for the program by visiting Mycogen.com/FFA and submitting the online form by March 2, 2020. Mycogen Seeds and the National FFA Organization will review applications and accept up to 20 chapters. Selected chapters will be notified by May 1, 2020.

“Seventeen FFA chapters have participated in the Turn the Bag Blue & Gold program since its introduction three years ago,”said Blake Courtney, Mycogen Seeds Marketing Communications Manager. “Along with raising funds to support chapters, the program teaches students about agronomy, sales and customer service.… Continue reading

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Miami East-MVCTC February FFA Member of the Month

The February 2020 Miami East-MVCTC FFA Member of the Month is Jillian Niswonger. She is the daughter of Felicia Niswonger and Shane Niswonger. She is a freshman and first year member of the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter.


Jillian attended the State Greenhand Conference, competed at the county and district Rural Soils and county Parliamentary Procedures Career Development Events, and assisted with the FFA’s Princess For A Day to benefit the March of Dimes. She is the chair of the Agricultural Literacy Program of Activity Committee and helped at the Fall Fest consumer education activity.  She and her partner placed second in the chapter’s chili cook-off competition. Additionally, she is a member of the meats judging team.


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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Miami East-MVCTC FFA competed in the District 5 Evaluations

The Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter recently competed in the District 5 Evaluations of the Ohio FFA Association at Miami Valley Career Technology Center, Clayton.  Several members of the chapter dedicated numerous hours on developing and growing on their Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) records to prepare their applications for awards and degrees.

Three 2019-20 Chapter Officers that submitted books for review. Kearsten Kirby submitted the Secretary’s Book and earned a perfect score and gold rating. Michael Bair submitted the Treasurer’s Book and earned a perfect score and gold rating. Emma Sutherly submitted the Reporter’s Book and earned a perfect score and gold rating. All three will be recognized at the State FFA Convention in May.

Graduates Liza Bair, Kylie Blair, and Zach Kronenberger applied for the American FFA Degree for their outstanding Supervised Agricultural Experience and overall FFA involvement. Their applications were reviewed and will be evaluated at the state evaluations.

Senior Elizabeth Bair and Juniors Natalie Bair, Makayla Brittain, Adam Bensman, Libby Carpenter, Paige Pence, Rylee Puthoff, and Lauren Wright applied for the State FFA Degree.Continue reading

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McIntosh Puts MVCTC Skills to Work

Woodson Farm recently hired Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) Agriculture and Livestock Production junior Justin McIntosh. Justin was hired to care for the farms livestock consisting of horses, goats, and sheep. The livestock are shown at area county fairs and some are sold for breeding stock. Justin cares for the livestock while on the job to feed, clean stalls keep inventory of bedding and feed supplies and in general, keep the barns in order. These are all skills he has learned as part of FFA for the past two years and in his MVCTC Career Technical Education program.

Justin stated, “MVCTC has helped me with my job because I have learned all the skills necessary for caring for livestock, organizing, and checking feed inventory along with growing my work ethic since I have became an Agricultural & Livestock Student at MVCTC.”

Justin is a Valley View student and the son of Annette McIntosh of Farmersville.… Continue reading

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Miami East-MVCTC FFA Annual Chili Cook-Off

At the January FFA Meeting the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter held its annual Chili Cook-Off Competition. Members were given the challenge of working in teams or as individuals to create a chili to submit to the judges for evaluation. They had to submit their recipe and cooking directions.

Winners of the competition included two categories. The Judges Choice Winner was Kylie Haught and Keyara Davis. Second place went to Alivia Wade and Jillian Niswonger. Third place went to Justin Hawkins. Winner of the People’s Choice was Ethan Paulus and Kendal Staley. Additional entries were from Matthew Osting, Adi Richters, Ella Demmitt, Sumsaar Thapa, Luke Brunke, and Michael Bair.

All winning teams received an FFA T-Shirt. Judges for the event were the Miami East High School custodial staff members Hannah Ivey and Sandy Welker and parent Jeff Carpenter.Continue reading

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Making a Difference in Agriculture, One Student at Time

Rev. Dr. Cathi Braasch shares with others how much of an impact FFA had on her late daughter Sara Braasch Schmidt’s life. Bob Funk, co-founder of Express Employment, says his ambition developed when he was in FFA from 1954-58. Raised the son of a missionary, Tom Dille credits FFA for helping him assimilate into the U.S.

Rev. Dr. Braasch said that impact FFA had on her daughter was so great, she wanted to continue the family legacy and, in 2019, announced an endowment for an FFA conference, known as the Washington Leadership Conference.

“WLC made such a profound impact on Sara’s life. It’s beyond words. It opened doors. It opened horizons. It opened relationships that continued up until the time of her death,” Rev. Dr. Braasch said.

Bob Funk gives back to FFA by supporting scholarships and helping to build the talent pipeline that is needed for agriculture. “Industry is crying for people who have a good work ethic and good values, and that’s what FFA does for young people,” Funk said.… Continue reading

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FFA Members Return from Educational, Cultural Experience in Portugal and Spain

During the past two weeks, 75 FFA members visited Portugal and Spain for a 12-day educational and cultural experience.

Members participated in the 2020 International Leadership Seminar for State Officers (ILSSO) as an annual, international opportunity through the National FFA Organization. The seminar allows FFA members to experience a foreign culture, learn about international agriculture and become more knowledgeable regarding the global marketplace.

Seventy-five past and present state FFA officers representing 23 states left the United States on Jan. 4 The group traveled throughout Spain and Portugal while surveying the agricultural landscape. While in Spain, the group toured a variety of cities- from Madrid to Toledo to Seville. Students visited a beef cattle farm as well as Costa Tropical- the most prominent co-op in Spain. They then spent time in Almeria, which is known as “Europe’s Vegetable Garden.”  They also visited the main olive oil cooperative in Spain.

In Portugal, students visited the Amorim Cork factory – as Portugal has become one of the worlds’ top cork producers.… Continue reading

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Welcome to 2020 Ohio FFA!

Dear Ohio FFA,

Welcome to 2020! As we are excited to welcome in the new year, we also reflect on the incredible accomplishments that occurred in 2019.

Ohio FFA remains strong with over 25,000 members across our state. These members excel in and out of the classroom. One hundred percent of our members have a Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) and our members compete in over 50 Career Development Events (CDE) on the state level.

This past October, our members made Ohio FFA history! At the 92 National FFA Convention, we had the most finalists our state has ever had on the national level. We had American Star Finalists in three of the four categories, we were represented in the top four of 27 Proficiency Award Areas and we had 22 Agriscience Fair Finalist projects. Additionally, 438 Ohio FFA Members walked across the stage to receive their American FFA Degree. We wrapped up National Convention by celebrating Kolesen McCoy, Ohio’s National Officer Candidate, as he was elected to serve as the 2019-2020 National FFA President!… Continue reading

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West Liberty-Salem freshmen receive FFA Jackets thanks to BECK’s Hybrids

By Alyssa Alfordy, Chapter Reporter

West Liberty-Salem freshmen Kiersten Holtvoigt, Makenna Smith, Adam Stapleton and Travis Cropper all received their first FFA Jackets free thanks to BECK’s Hybrids, a family-owned seed company that serves much of the midwest.

Beyond its place in Official Dress, an FFA corduroy jacket is an article of faith, honor and pride.

The jacket unifies members in a long-standing tradition and reminds them that they are part of something larger than themselves. Nine first year FFA members from WL-S have received scholarships from BECK’s hybrids in the past three years. These student are amongst thousands of students who apply every year for the scholarship. Congratulations to this year’s recipients!

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Zane Trace FFA Members Attend Leadership Conference

On Jan. 9, 2020, members of the Zane Trace FFA Chapter travelled to Mad River Mountain to attend the State Officer Leadership day. The 25 ZT FFA Members, as well as over 200 other students from all over the state, began the conference with a workshop. This workshop showcased different ways that students can be leaders, and encouraged students to implement them in their lives. Students were broken into two large groups, with three of the 2019-2020 Ohio FFA State Officers facilitating each of the leadership workshops.
Following the workshop, students were able to hit the slopes for a fun afternoon of skiing, snowboarding, and snowtubing. Less experienced students were able to learn how to ski or snowboard from the staff at Mad River Mountain, and more experienced students were able to ski on the more difficult slopes.
“I really enjoyed snowboarding at the conference,” said Austin Wingo, a sophomore at Zane Trace, “at least until I fell.”… Continue reading

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West Holmes FFA ugly sweater chapter meeting

On Tuesday, December 10th, the West Holmes FFA chapter held its December meeting, where members were encouraged to wear an ugly sweater or Christmas apparel. The meeting was called to order by President Jayme Pennell. Opening ceremonies took place and then we had a motion to recess. Then we moved on to new business. We discussed fruit sales, sending freshmen and sophomores to MFE, and going to snow trails. After the meeting, each member was asked to purchase and bring an item that is worth ten dollars in value. We had many gifts, ranging from blankets to gift cards. We concluded the evening with a dessert bar. … Continue reading

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West Holmes FFA Chapter hosted a statewide FFA leadership night

On December 5th, the West Holmes FFA Chapter hosted a statewide FFA leadership night highlighted by a workshop from Wyatt Kissell and Beth Pozderac. There were over 100 members from West Holmes, Harrison Central, Loudonville, Hillsdale, Norwayne, RG Drage CTC, Triway, Smithville, and Hiland. Upon arrival, members had the opportunity to eat pizza, chips and pop. Around 6:30 we began with ice breakers such as, 2 truths and a lie, nut stacker, human knot, balloon pop, and various other activities planned by West Holmes FFA Officers. At 7, the State Officers, Beth Pozderac and Wyatt Kissell spoke to us about why followership is important. Many famous role models have all been a follower in their lives. To become a leader you have to follow something. They left us with the question, how can you apply followership to your life? At the conclusion of the evening we had a dodgeball tournament with the other schools.… Continue reading

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Mowrystown FFA Receives Three Star National Chapter Award

On Thursday, October 31st 2019, Mowrystown FFA was in Indianapolis Indiana on National FFA Convention. On this day, Mowrystown FFA President Cora Gillespie and Treasurer Robert Wickline walked across the national stage to receive the Three Star National Chapter Award for Mowrystown FFA.

This award is only awarded to a small number of chapters who have worked to earn the title of a Three Star Chapter. An application must be filled out on activities and events the FFA chapters attends and holds. This application is filled out by the officer team of each year. This allows for the team to work together in order to complete one common goal.

This is a highly respected achievement and something that few chapters can achieve. Earning a Three Star National Chapter Award proves that Mowrystown FFA chapter is not only one of the more superior chapters in Ohio, but also one of the more superior chapters in the nation.… Continue reading

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Mowrystown FFA members received their State FFA Degrees

This month, 5 Mowrystown FFA members received their State FFA Degrees during the 90th Ohio State FFA Convention on May 3rd. These members included Nathan Frazer, Clay Risner, Cora Gillespie, Brianna Purvis, and Cylee Bratton. The State FFA Degree is a high achievement in the FFA organization and the agriculture industry in general. To earn this award, members must complete a list of specific goals to be eligible, and a lot of hard work and time is dedicated into these degrees.It is a very respectable accomplishment as only 2% of members go on to earn this award. Frazer, Risner, Gillespie, Purvis, and Bratton have worked extremely hard to be able to say they are State FFA Degree recipients.… Continue reading

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Mowrystown FFA Attends National Convention

From October 30th – November 2nd 2019, twenty Mowrystown FFA members were in Indianapolis to attend the 92nd National FFA Convention And Expo. Throughout this four day trip, students took educational tours and trips, and attended various National FFA Convention sessions. This gave members the opportunity to grow as leaders, meet new people, and learn more about how they can improve their chapter.

On the first day after breakfast, students traveled from small Mowrystown Ohio, to large Indianapolis Indiana. Upon arrival they attended the “World’s Toughest Rodeo” where they enjoyed the entertainment. Between bareback riding broncs to bull riding to liberty horsemanship there was something for everybody to enjoy watching.

As for day two, members attended the 1st National FFA Convention session at Lucas Oil Stadium. There they heard from keynote speaker Bob Goff and the retiring address of the 2018-2019 National FFA President. After the first session, members had lunch and returned to Lucas Oil Stadium for the Second National FFA Convention session.… Continue reading

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Mowrystown FFA Holds Annual 2019 Community Thanksgiving Dinner

On Monday November 25th, 2019, Mowrystown FFA held their annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner. From 5pm-7pm in two different locations, Mowrystown Church of Christ and Fairfax Methodist Church, Mowrystown FFA members served people of the community a free Thanksgiving meal.

Food was prepared throughout the day on Monday by members with the help of staff. The menu consisted turkey, chicken, mashed potatoes, macaroni, corn, dinner rolls, sweet tea, lemonade, and desserts. Food was set up at each location that was serving food and at 5 o’clock people of the community started coming in to be served a meal by the members of Mowrystown FFA.

This dinner allows the members to help their community and give back to others. Thank you to everyone who helped prepare food, serve food, or helped in any way. Also, thank you to the Mowrystown Church and Christ and Fairfax Methodist Church for allowing us to serve food there.… Continue reading

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Mowrystown FFA Parliamentary Procedure Team Qualifies for District Contest

On Tuesday, November 26th 2019, the Mowrystown FFA Chapter’s Parliamentary Procedure competed in the County Parliamentary Procedure Contest at Hillsboro High School. In this contest, members test their skills on Roberts Rules of order by going through the motions of chapter meeting in an orderly fashion. Each team has a chairman, a secretary, and a few other members who make motions, vote, and more.

Members who make up the 2019 Mowrystown FFA Parliamentary Procedure Team are Rachel Rudy who serves as chairman, Zoey Pugh who serves as secretary, Robert Wickline, Morgan Evans, Madison Knox, and Emmy Hawkins. On November 26th they competed in the county Parliamentary Procedure contest again other chapters in Highland County. The Mowrystown team placed second at the contest, earning a gold rating. Placing second qualifies them for the District Advance Parliamentary Procedure Contest being held on December 5th, 2019 at Peebles High School. The top two teams from this contest will advance to the State Advanced Parliamentary Procedure Contest on December 21st.… Continue reading

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Mowrystown FFA Holds Annual Day Of Giving

On December 18th 2019, Mowrystown FFA held their annual Day of Giving. This is a day which is full of community service projects to give back to those around them. This day is hosted by the Mowrystown FFA chapter. All students and faculty in Whiteoak High School spend the school day working on multiple ways to better the community.

This year, projects included goody bags for the Veterans home, tie blankets for Children’s Hospital, Diaper Cakes for the Highland County Pregnancy Center, care bags for the local elderly and shut ins, chew toys and houses and blankets for the Highland County Humane Society, made Christmas cards for various people and places, and prepared food boxes for anyone to take home for themselves or anyone they know in need. All of these projects were completed throughout the day and collected before school let out. In the next few days, these items were delivered to their destinations.… Continue reading

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Utica FFA Leadership Night

By Abby Paxton, Utica FFA Reporter 2019-2020  

December 12th, Utica FFA hosted an Ohio Leadership Night. Not only did members from the Utica FFA participate during the activity but, there were chapters from Mount Vernon, Licking Valley, Highland, and Centerburg. Holly McClay the Ohio FFA President  and Beth Pozderac,  Ohio Vice President at Large led many fun activities. They included relay races, talking about followership, and how important it is to be a follower sometimes. Each member had to donate 2 cans of food or $5. Total there were 107 cans of food and $100 donated to the Utica food pantry.  All the members had an awesome time!  Continue reading

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