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Ohio well represented among National FFA Proficiency Finalists

Ohio was represented at the 89th National FFA Convention and Expo by 16 finalists in the National FFA Proficiency competition. The contest revolves around the work done through a Supervised Agricultural Experience, otherwise known as an SAE.

We came across several of these finalists in Indianapolis. Watch the video below as several of them recap each of their projects and the work that’s gone into it so far.

Proficiency winners from Ohio were:

Agriscience Research—Plant Systems
Mariah Joy Cox

Mariah Joy Cox of the Zane Trace FFA Chapter in Chillicothe, Ohio, has participated in science fairs since the fourth grade and found that she enjoyed the scientific research process and sharing her results with the judges.  Her SAE research has focused on three projects, all related to plant science.  She first identified properties of potato starch and their applications to plant-based packaging.  Secondly, she compared two varieties of raspberries in terms of phenolics and anthocyanins. … Continue reading

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Bloom Carroll FFA’s Smith makes Extemp Speaking top four

At the 89th National FFA Convention currently underway in Indianapolis, Evan Smith of the Bloom Carroll FFA Chapter made the top four of extemporaneous public speaking, one of the more unique and challenging of the public speaking events. He finished third in the nation.

Ohio Ag Net’s Joel Penhorwood spoke with Smith about the honor and his preparation for the finals in this video.… Continue reading

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West Holmes dairy team finds success at Big E

In mid-September, the West Holmes FFA Chapter sent their Dairy Judging team to compete in the Eastern States Exposition (Big E) in Springfield, Massachusetts. The team placed 4th in the state last year and qualified to compete there.

The team consists of William Hughes, Logan Schlauch, Regina Miller, Alyx Morris, John Hughes, and Mikey Kick. While competing the members take a test, judge cows, participate in a team activity, and give oral reasons.

Individual placings were: William Hughes 14th, Regina Miller 15th, Alyx Morris 18th, and Logan Schlauch 21st. The team placed 3rd overall.

Congratulations to the West Holmes FFA dairy team.… Continue reading

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A brief history of National FFA Convention as it moves back to Indy

The National FFA Organization’s 89th annual National Convention & Expo is underway this week from October 19th through the 22nd. This time, it travels back to the familiar home of Indianapolis, Indiana. The return follows a multi-year stretch in which the convention moved back to its former home of Louisville, Kentucky through 2015. Indianapolis will now be the host city through at least 2024.

A growing organization is partially the reason behind the change back to our neighbors in the west. The National FFA Organization currently boasts a new record-high student membership of 649,335, a 3% notch higher than just a year before.

Well over 60,000 of those students are expected to be lining the streets of Indianapolis in blue corduroy jackets. As those students gear up for a busy week ahead, we take a look back at the change the organization’s biggest event has seen down the years, as well as what lies ahead.… Continue reading

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Ohio FFA members poised for big things in Indy

As usual, Ohio FFA will be well represented at the 2016 National FFA Convention. Here is a list of Ohio participants to watch for this week.

American FFA Degrees – 345                                                        

American Star Farmer FinalistEvan Schaefer, Miami Trace

National Officer Candidate Matthew Klopfenstein, Wayne Trace

Honorary American Degrees

Jo Heather Arnett, Hillsboro

Kevin Blakley, Fairfield

Joseph Boff, Columbus

Dan Fulk, West Salem

Harold Karcher, Richwood

Patrick Lynch, Columbus

Ronald Overmyer, Oak Harbor

Dave Stiles, New Philadelphia

Tim Turner, Baltimore


National Proficiency Award Finalists

Agricultural Mechanics Design and Fabrication – Luke Durbin, Indian Valley

Agricultural Mechanics Repair and Maintenance-Entrepreneurship – Reed Aller, St. Marys

Agricultural Mechanics Repair and Maintenance-Placement – Ross Homan, Ft. Recovery

Agricultural Processing – Brandon Palmer, Firelands

Agriscience Research Plant – Mariah Cox, Zane Trace

Beef Production-Entrepreneurship – Curtis Harsh, Buckeye Valley

Dairy Production-Placement – Cameron Mizer, Ridgewood

Diversified Crop Production-Entrepreneurship – Brice Walker, East Clinton

Goat Production – Olivia Congrove, Zane Trace

Landscape Management – Shaun Wenrick, Anna

Poultry Production – Riley Evans, Miami Trace

Sheep Production – Lindsay Shell, Blanchester

Swine Production-Entrepreneurship – Nole Gerfen, Ridgemont

Swine Production-Placement – Mitchell Kramer, New Bremen

Vegetable Production – Frank Becker, Smithville

Wildlife Production and Management – Tyler Stewart, East Clinton


National Chapter Award-Models of Excellence Finalists

Felicity-Franklin, Houston, Miami Trace, Ridgemont


National Chapter Award-Models of Innovation Finalists

Community Development – Bowling Green, Ridgemont

Chapter Development – Ridgemont, Versailles

Student Development – Northwestern(D3)


Two-Star Chapters – Benjamin Logan, Newton


Three-Star Chapters – Anna, Black River, Blanchester, Bowling Green, Cardington, Clear Fork Valley, Covington, Crestview-Ashland, Elgin, Fayetteville, Felicity-Franklin, Houston, Hardin Northern, Kenton, London, Lynchburg-Clay, Marysville, Miami East-MVCTC, Miami Trace, Mowrystown, North Union, New Bremen, Northwestern(D3), Peebles, Ridgemont, Versailles, Wauseon, Zane Trace

National Agriscience Fair Finalists

Animal Systems Division 1 – Jessica McWatters, Pettisville

Animal Systems Division 2 – Olivia Pflaumer, Zane Trace

Animal Systems Division 3 – Rachel Lokai and Natalie Zerkle, A.B.Continue reading

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Anthony Wayne FFA competes in soil judging

Fourteen Anthony Wayne FFA members competed in the District 1 Agricultural and Urban Soil Judging CDE. The agricultural soils team consisted of Haley Schmersal, Madison King, Nicole McMullen, Dylan Stall, Kelly Rice, Morgan Fairchild, Patrick Wright, and Taylore Harman. The urban soils team consisted Kennedy Shartzer, Paige Miller, Lily Hassan, Carter Holck, Laura Caswell, and Maggie Burkett. The ag soils team placed 6th in their division and the urban soils team placed 8th in their division. Haley Schmersal placed 11th as an individual in the ag soils division and and Laura Caswell placed 17th as an individual in the urban soils division. Dylan Stall said “It was my first year competing and I learned a lot about types of soil. ”

It was a successful competition and the chapter plan’s to compete again next year.… Continue reading

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Five must-see experiences at National FFA Convention

You will not want to leave Indianapolis without taking part in these five things

The 89th National FFA Convention & Expo will be held in Indianapolis, Indiana on October 19 to 22. The four-day convention is an unforgettable experience for students who attend. FFA members from across the nation come together once a year to celebrate their achievements and become motivated for what’s next. This year Indianapolis will be packed full of opportunities for attendees to engage in including general sessions, motivational keynote speakers, tours, concerts, service projects and more.

Navigating the sea of blue corduroy jackets at convention can be a little overwhelming at times. Listed below are five “must-see” experiences you will want to do before leaving the 89th National FFA Convention & Expo.

Download the National FFA Convention & Expo mobile app

Available on iOS and Android, this brand new and engaging app is a must have for convention and is a free download.… Continue reading

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West Holmes FFA assists with fifth grade farm tour

In late September, the West Holmes FFA Chapter sent 27 members to Watchels Farms for the annual 5th grade farm tour.

Members participating were Kerrin Fair, Whitney Miller, Juanita Miller, Marris Hoffee, Taylor Feikert, Becca Vales, Thane Kaufman, Erik Hanna, Michael Klein, Mikey Kick, Sarah Sprang, Marissa Lamp, Chris VanSickle, Abby Rohr, Drew Mast, Jarrett Snow, Regina Miller, Aylx Morris, Tyler Lyons, Jaeden Roloff, Mosey Schlabach, John Hughes Hailee Carter, Cade Patterson, Jake Mullet, Jake Napier, and Austin Reining.

At the tour the officer team split up into two groups. These two groups were part of the stations the 5th grade classes visited. They taught them about livestock safety and farm safety. The rest of the members split into pairs and served as group leaders to guide them around the farm.

After each class had go through each station they watched a demonstration on PTO safety and ate their lunch before heading back to school.… Continue reading

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Oak Hill FFA: Leaf it to the Professionals

In early October, the Oak Hill FFA traveled to Hocking College to compete in the State Forestry CDE judging. The competition required students to participate in timber cruising where students are required to identify ten different types of trees, the diameters of the tree, number of logs you can get out of that tree, and then determine the amount of board feet, in addition to the value per tree.  Additionally, students were to identify the tree by their leaves and to determine what type of lumber was used to create specific wooden projects.  Students then have to identify modern forestry harvesting tools and equipment. The students who attended this event were as follows: Michael Adkins, Chase Dickens, Owen Greene, Josie Hackney, Connor Hughes, Morgan Lahrmer, AJ Meldick, Bailey Ward, and Lane Wright.  These students competed against other FFA chapters from all over the state of Ohio, and finished in the top 25 in the state, and as a reminder there are over 300 FFA Chapters in Ohio.… Continue reading

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2016 FFA soil judging contest results

It was a beautiful, brisk morning in early October on the Fairfield County farm of Walter Bader for the DSC_37162016 Ohio FFA state soil judging competitions.

In agricultural soils the top five individuals were:

  1. Ethan Cockerill, Greenfield McClain
  2. Holly McClay, Fredericktown
  3. Spencer Crauder, Talawanda
  4. Rebecca McCarty, East Knox
  5. Ryan Matthews, Fredericktown

The top five teams in agricultural soils were:

1. Greenfield McClain

2. East Knox

3. Fredericktown

4. Talawanda

5. Buckeye Central High School.

In urban soils the top five individuals were:

  1. Kendra Stahl, Buckeye Central
  2. Kendra Denton, Fredericktown
  3. Austen Wood, Northwestern (West Salem)
  4. Cody Kiefer, Talawanda
  5. Craig Jasin, Centerville.

The top five teams in urban soils were:

  1. Buckeye Central
  2. Talawanda
  3. Centerville
  4. Greenfield McClain
  5. Northwestern (West Salem).
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Puthoff named Miami East-MVCTC FFA Member of the Month

The October 2016 Miami East-MVCTC FFA Member of the Month is Anna Puthoff. She is the daughter of James and Cheryl Puthoff of Conover. She is a sophomore and first year member of the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter.

Anna recently participated in the county and district rural soils Career Development Event. Her scores helped the team place in the top 20 teams in the district. Anna also attended the State Greenhand Conference at Versailles High School.

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 student that has been actively involved in the FFA chapter, school and community activities.  If selected, the member will be recognized at the monthly FFA meeting, have their picture displayed in the Miami East Ag Room, and will receive a special accolade in celebration of their accomplishment.… Continue reading

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Amanda-Clearcreek FFA notes success in Environmental and Natural Resources CDE

The 2016 A-C FFA Environmental and Natural Resources Career Development Event team, consisting of Billy L’Hullier, Bronowyn Cummings, Blair Farmer and Michael Montoney, placed seventh in the state of Ohio in this very challenging Career Development Event area.

The Environmental and Natural Resources Management CDE is a team oriented contest with four members working together to solve different problems and perform different tasks related to natural resources management. In addition, the team must make a presentation about an environmental topic to a panel of judges. Currently, this is an invitation-only CDE.

To participate, a chapter must have a CDE team place in the top 5 in the state of Ohio in any of the following contest areas: Forestry, Rural Soils, Urban Soils, Nature Interpretation or Wildlife Management.

This is the eighth year the chapter has placed in the top ten in the state of Ohio, winning the state contest two times.… Continue reading

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Anthony Wayne officers attend Ohio FFA Legislative Leadership Conference

On Wednesday September 28th, four Anthony Wayne FFA officers attended the Ohio FFA Legislative Leadership Conference.

To begin the conference, several representatives from Ohio Farm Bureau taught the FFA members about lobbying, bills, and government relations. After listening to the speakers, FFA members participated in an activity that taught them about the roles of legislators and lobbyists. Once the activity was complete, members were released for a break and self-directed tour of the Ohio Statehouse before lunch. District 2 Senator Randy Gardner joined the Anthony Wayne FFA members for lunch, and shared about his journey to the senate. His aide also shared advice about pursuing a career in government. After lunch, Senator Gardner gave the Anthony Wayne FFA members a tour of the state house, that concluded with a visit to the senate chamber where the students sat in the senator’s personal chair.

The conference ended with remarks from Senator Troy Balderson, Ohio FFA President Mary Buehler, and Ohio FFA Vice President-At-Large Ryan Matthews.… Continue reading

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Madison Plains’ greenhands recognized with ceremony, jackets

The greenhand members of the Madison-Plains FFA chapter joined together on Saturday,
October 1st to meet their officer team and receive their FFA Jackets.

The cost of the jackets was partially paid for by the chapter as a gift for these members, for whom without the chapters future is unknown.

Kameron Rinehart, Ohio Vice President at Large spoke to the greenhands and their parents about the benefits and importance of the organization. The officer team is excited to see its newest members accell and develop into tomorrow’s leaders.… Continue reading

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Big ears means big yields in Miami East FFA corn contest

Members from the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter were recently challenged to participate in the annual Chapter Corn Contest. The rules of the contest were to bring in one ear of corn and earn a corn-related prize. All participants got a can of soda pop because corn syrup is a major ingredient. Overall winners were presented an FFA T-shirt from the FFA Chapter.

A winner is chosen based on the predicted yield of the corn. The grand prize winner was determined by the highest yield estimate, based on plant population per acre. Agriculture Education students in plant and animal sciences took time in class to figure the predicted yield of corn ears as part of their continuing education of agronomy.

The overall winner was Kearsten Kirby. Her corn was predicted to yield 327 bushels to the acre with a 34,000 seed population per acre. Second place went to Alyssa Westgerdes who presented an ear of corn that is predicted to produce 279 bushels per acre with a 30,000 seed population per acre.… Continue reading

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Buckeye Central FFA excels at district soils contest

The Buckeye Central FFA chapter competed in the District 2 soil judging contest on Sept. 27.

In the urban contest, BC placed second out of 16 schools with an overall score of 2576.

Sophomore Mason Stahl placed first on the team with a score of 900. Stahl was also placed second individual out of a total of 70 individual students competing.

Junior Makayla Aichholz and junior Kendra Stahl tied for second on the team and 6th overall individuals, both scoring 838.

Rounding off the team was junior Jared Clark with a score of 832 which put him in 9th place as an individual.

“I’m excited that I was able to compete and could help the team move on to state,” Clark said.

The rural team placed fourth out of 19 teams with a score of 2576.

Placing first on the team was sophomore Madi Diesch, with a score of 898. Diesch was the fourth ranked overall judger out of 84 total participants.… Continue reading

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