FFA News

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 Session Four highlights

The Fourth General Session featured presentations Ohio’s representative on the National FFA Officer Team Sydney Snider, creed speaking contest winner Austin Becker from Fairbanks, and prepared speaking winner Josie Montoney from Amanda Clearcreek. CDE winners, top Ohio officers and agriscience fair recognition and state officer parents were recognized.

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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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2016 Ohio FFA Convention First Session Highlights

State officer advisors were recognized, members learned about how to deal with adversity in life from a keynote speaker who emphasized the importance of making good choices and the generosity of Ohio FFA was highlighted. Ohio FFA members donated to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals ($18,795 to from Camp Muskingum and $48,669 from chapter donations) and CROP/Church World Services ($13,800 from chapter donations and $1,000 from Camp Muskingum). New chapters were also recognized and it was announced that 400 members participated in an Ohio FFA Fights Hunger event where they packed 95,000 meals for those in need. In addition, new 2016-2017 state officer candidates were introduced.

Candidates are

President: Mary Buehler, Anna and Ryan Goddard, A.B. Graham OHP

Vice president: Maggie Hovermale, Stoneridge and Meredith Oglesby, Hillsboro

Secretary: Josie Montoney, Amanda-Clearcreek and Ryan Matthews, Fredericktown

Treasurer: Evan Smith, Bloom-Carroll and Trisha Seckel, River Valley

Reporter: Kameron Rinehart, Miami Trace and Lauren Grover, Hillsboro

Sentinel: Ryan Matthews, Fairfield and Johnathon Cottingim, Preble Shawnee

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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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Hiland FFA helps bring joy to nursing home

The Hiland FFA Chapter visited the Walnut Hills Living Assistance and Nursing Home residents recently.

When the chapter first got there, they went inside to  greet and pass out cards to the residents, which the chapter made before their Christmas break to help spread holiday joy. The chapter then continued to the Living Assistance section of the nursing home. The FFA chapter passed out cards and wished the citizens there a happy holiday as well.

A few members, and a couple of the Nursing Home residents, took a picture for fun and from there conversations began. After the chapter left the nursing home, they went out to eat at Berlin Farmstead where everyone shared what they learned and expressed their interests to help again.

The FFA members that went to the Walnut Hill were: Seirra Conway, Bailey Engstrom, Nikyta Engstrom, Carson Feikert, Alisha Hershberger, Marlin Hershberger, Natalie Lovell, Hayleigh Scheufler, Alexis Raber, Cheryl Yoder, Diane Yoder, and Maxwell Weaver.… Continue reading

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Holiday giving a focus of Eaton MVCTC FFA

In December, the Eaton MVCTC FFA chapter delivered fresh flower bouquets and a table centerpieces to local businesses in Eaton for the holidays.

The flowers and greenery came from Eaton’s agriculture education classroom, which the students made arrangements for their families to take home, using skills and techniques taught in class. Extra bouquets and arrangements were made that Friday and delivered around town by students. The local businesses that the FFA chapter delivered to includes; Creature Comforts Veterinary, Jell’s Sports Grill, Taffy’s, Sarah’s Pizza, Just Teasin’, Alley cat Tattoo, Hometown Furniture, U.S. Bank, China Wok, Wings Etc., Eaton Police and Fire Departments, Vancrest Health Care Center, Greenbrier Nursing Center, Preble County Medical Center,  and the Preble County YMCA.

The students also caroled Christmas songs at Vancrest Health Care Center in the assisted living lobby. It was a memorable night for both the students and residents as the FFA chapter sang traditional Christmas songs and handed out flowers.… Continue reading

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