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Benjamin Logan FFA competes in the Agricultural Power state competition

The Benjamin Logan FFA got the privilege to compete in the Agricultural Power state competition held at the University of Northwestern in Lima, Ohio. The team of Bradey Ackley and Matt Black competed and worked as a team to diagnose and repair problems in various diesel engines. They placed 10th in the state of Ohio and both students were awarded a $1,000 college scholarship to attend the University of Northwestern this CDE serves as an authentic assessment designed to evaluate students’ knowledge in recognizing and repairing malfunctions in agricultural and/or industrial power equipment. The skills Agricultural Education students’ employ in this CDE is the same skills required by agricultural and industrial technicians. This was a great experience for the students and we are excited to see what next years’ competition holds.… Continue reading

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Ohio FFA Convention cancelled, other events postponed

The Ohio Department of Education and Ohio FFA have made the decision to cancel the 2020 Ohio FFA Convention according to an email from Matt Winkle, Ohio FFA Advisor.

On March 9, 2020 Governor DeWine issued an executive order declaring a state of emergency in Ohio due to the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak; and on March 30, 2020 ordered Ohio’s school-building closure until May 1st. The coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic continues to escalate in the U.S. and Ohio, raising numerous issues and questions. The Governor has made it clear to limit large gatherings regardless of their sponsorship or purpose.

The Ohio Department of Education and Ohio FFA remains committed to protecting the health, safety, and welfare of its members. Therefore, it has been determined that the 2020 Ohio FFA State Convention is cancelled. In addition, all in-person events and competitions scheduled through May 1st have been postponed until further notice.

“The decision to cancel and postpone events was not made lightly,” said Winkle.… Continue reading

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Benjamin Logan FFA members visited First Grade students

Benjamin Logan FFA members recently visited the Benjamin Logan First Grade students. During their visit, FFA members worked with the students to learn about the water cycle.  FFA members interacted with the students to complete a water booklet which contained information about the water cycle, water types, conservation, and uses of water. To conclude the lesson, FFA members talked about water and agriculture and gave each student a honey stick. This was a great experience for both the FFA members and the first graders.
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Ohio FFA coping with COVID-19 through resilience

By Meredith Oglesby, OCJ FFA reporter

On March 7, students, advisors and supporters flooded to Marysville, Ohio for a jam-packed day of contests. At Marysville High School students were competing in the state public speaking career development event (CDE), and across the road students were laser focused at the Marysville Invitational preparing for the state spring skills contests that was just a few weeks away.

Little did students know this would be the last contest hosted before COVID-19 had different plans for the remainder of their school year. On March 12, Gov. Mike DeWine ordered all kindergarten through 12 grade schools closed until April 3 — maybe even the rest of the academic year. COVID-19 has left the world in a state of uncertainty. The daily changes have shocked local communities — disrupting work schedules, school schedules and the many events planned for the start of spring.

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Student leaders come together virtually to learn how to share story of agriculture

March 23 and 24, students from across the country will come together online, to learn best practices on sharing the importance of agriculture. It’s part of National Ag Day – a day that not only celebrates agriculture but provides an opportunity for those in the industry to share the importance of agriculture with a broader audience.

The future of agriculture is strong – and this is evident in many student-led agriculture organizations. This week, student leaders from FFA , 4-H, AFA and MANRRS will join together to share information on the critical role agriculture plays in our culture and economy.

“National Ag Day gives students from agriculture youth organizations the chance to work together and share to our national government leaders of the importance of agriculture and agriculture education. The skills the students learn this week, they’ll be able to use as they move forward in life and strengthen agriculture along the way,” said Celya Glowacki, advocacy and literacy officer, for the National FFA Organization.… Continue reading

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West Holmes FFA participated in the Berlin Farmstead Fundraiser

On Tuesday February 4th, the West Holmes FFA chapter participated in the Berlin Farmstead Fundraiser. Members split between waiters, hostesses, and table cleaners. People from the community came out to support the West Holmes FFA chapter and enjoyed a nice meal. Members had fun being able to serve their community. We would like to thank everyone that came out to support the West Holmes FFA.Continue reading

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Miami East-MVCTC FFA Member Places at State in Public Speaking

On Saturday, March 7, Emma Sutherly competed in the State FFA Public Speaking Contest held at Marysville High School. Emma is a sophomore and second year member of the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter.

Emma competed in the Beginning Prepared Public Speaking Career Development Event and placed 4th overall in the state competition. She advanced to the state contest after placing first at the county and second at the district contests earlier in February.

Emma’s speech was entitled, “Could Chevon Save the World’s Food Supply?” Emma’s speech addressed the possibility of goat meat to fit the growing food security needs of the an increasing population. Her speech was 5-7 minutes in length and answered questions related to her speech.… Continue reading

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Bellevue FFA grad Recognized For Proficiency Award Second Year in a Row

By Lara Spurlock, Chapter Reporter

Lindsey Spurlock, 2019 Bellevue grad, will walk across the stage at FFA State Convention for a shot at a state title. Agricultural Proficiency Awards recognize FFA members who have specialized in a skill through a Supervised Agricultural Activity (SAE). Spurlock is 1 of 4 finalists in the area of outdoor recreation after several rounds of evaluation. Spurlock was awarded 3rd place as a state finalist in 2019. She will return to the conference with an opportunity to interview with judges and a state title this May. “I think that I am a stronger candidate this year than I was last year in my proficiency category. I have had room to grow and accomplish more”(Spurlock). Lindsey’s SAE consists of working as a tour guide and gift shop manager at Seneca Caverns. She now attends Ohio State ATI majoring in Animal Sciences to use her knowledge in agriculture to her best advantage.… Continue reading

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Fort Recovery FFA Tractor and Truck Drive In

To celebrate National FFA Week, the Fort Recovery FFA Chapter held a truck and tractor drive in to help promote agriculture and the National FFA Organization.

Twenty four FFA members drove in tractors to win the following: Biggest Horsepower, Smallest Horsepower, Oldest by Year, Newest by Hours, Cleanest, and Best Restored. The award for the biggest horsepower went to Logan Hartnagel, and smallest horsepower was won by Dylan Ranly.  Cole Bergman won the award for oldest, and Ben Grieshop won newest.  Clark Knapke received the award for cleanest, and Bailey Bergman was awarded best restored.

Forty one FFA members also drove in trucks to win the following:  Loudest, Cleanest, Newest by Year, Oldest by Year, Most Miles, and Junkiest.  Dylan Ranly won the award for loudest, and Peyton Brunswick received the award for cleanest. Jay Brown won the award for newest, and Cole Bergman won the award for oldest and the Junkiest award went Mitch Post.… Continue reading

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Miami East-MVCTC competes in State FFA Evaluations

The State FFA Evaluations were recently held at the Ohio FFA Center in Columbus, Ohio.  Several members of the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter competed in various competitions.  Members became eligible for State Evaluations by placing at District Evaluations in February.

State FFA Degrees – Juniors Natalie Bair, Adam Bensman, Makayla Brittain, Libby Carpenter, Paige Pence, Rylee Puthoff, Lauren Wright and senior Elizabeth Bair submitted applications to receive the State FFA Degree.  Their applications were approved, and they will receive their Degrees in May at the State FFA Convention in Columbus.

American FFA Degrees – Graduates Liza Bair, Kylie Blair, and Zach Kronenberger applied to receive the American FFA Degree. Their applications were reviewed and will now be submitted to the National FFA Organization. If approved by National FFA they will receive their degree at the National FFA Convention in October.

Proficiency Awards – Members applied for a district and state proficiency award.… Continue reading

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Ohio FFA celebrated National FFA Week in unique ways

By Meredith Oglesby, OCJ FFA reporter

Each year during the week of George Washington’s birthday, middle school and high school students across the nation celebrate how the FFA organization is making an impact in their state and local communities. FFA week serves as a time for students to share the impact of agricultural education, interact with alumni and celebrate the organization.

The first national FFA week took place in 1948 and was chosen during the week of the first president’s birthday to honor the impact he had on agriculture. This year FFA week was Feb. 22 to 29 and Ohio FFA members were busy executing events and activities to share the story of agriculture and agricultural education.

The Franklin Monroe Chapter, located in Darke County, hosted several events throughout the week for FFA members, school staff and students. FFA members participated in theme days throughout the school week, which included hat day, western day, FFA Wednesday, camo day, and agriculture occupation day.… Continue reading

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MVCTC FFA Students Attend Young Leaders Conference

Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) FFA Chapter has a primary goal to follow the National FFA Mission, which is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for career success through agricultural education and Career Development Events.

The Veterinary Science Seniors recently went to the Young Leaders Conference sponsored by The Ohio State University and Alpha Gamma Rho and Sigma Alpha.  The purpose of the 2020 Young Leaders Conference is to provide a unique opportunity for students to improve their leadership skills, experience professional development, and advance communication abilities.  These are just a few of the fundamental qualities that the conference works on developing to help the students succeed in their future endeavors.  A variety of Ohio State University faculty and industry professionals came in to present to the students.  The students gained a better sense of how to become a leader in the agricultural world.… Continue reading

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West Holmes FFA Chapter attended sub-district speaking at Plymouth High School

On February 13th, the West Holmes FFA Chapter attended sub-district speaking at Plymouth High School.

The categories were FFA Creed Speaking, Beginning Prepared Speaking and Extemporaneous Speaking. Garrett Houin competed in the FFA Creed Speaking Competition. Garrett Houin was 2nd in his division. In Beginning Prepared Speaking, which is writing a 5-7 minute speech, Chloe Shumaker spoke about the pro and cons of tail docking in sheep and cattle. Chloe placed 2nd in her division as well. In advanced prepared, which is a 5-7 minute speech of an agricultural topic Bree Houin spoke about precision agriculture in which she talked about 20/20 vision, she received 2nd place. In Extemporaneous Speaking, which is drawing a random agricultural topic and writing a 4-6 minute speech on it in a half hour. Jayme Pennell competed in that area and received 1st overall. All members proceeded to Districts Speaking at Northmore High School on February 18th. … Continue reading

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West Holmes FFA visits Snow Tails

On February 10th the West Holmes FFA Chapter joined 9 other FFA chapters and  rented out the Snow Tails tubing park in Mansfield! 15 members attended the event and enjoyed an evening of fun and comradery.. Members include; Josh Carter, Dyllan Bender, Alysa Pringle, Kylie Ramirez, Chloe Shumaker, Ally Ogi, Pacee Miller, Ethan Feikert, Maddie Stitzlein, Rebecca Sprang, Olivia Sampsel, Jayme Pennell, Dawson Doretich, Sarah Irwin, Taryn Grassbaugh, and Tyler Eichelberger. Members had the opportunity to snow tube for 3 hours and they were able to have pizza and drinks.Continue reading

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Milton-Union MVCTC FFA Chapter competes in the Public Speaking CDE

The Milton-Union MVCTC FFA Chapter recently took 4 members to compete in the Miami County Public Speaking CDE. Tyler Kress competed in the freshman students only, Darby Welbaum competed in the Beginning Prepared contest with a speech she wrote and memorized herself. Jackson Kimmel and Gracie Guldemond competed in the extemporaneous contest in which they received a topic and have 30 minutes to research and write a speech, and then deliver their speech to the judges. Members Darby Welbaum and Jackson Kimmel moved on to the District 5 contest the following week!… Continue reading

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Miami East-MVCTC March 2020 FFA Member of the Month

The March 2020 Miami East-MVCTC FFA Member of the Month is Isaac Beal. He is the son of John and Melissa Beal. He is a freshman and first year member of the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter.


Isaac is a member of the General Livestock Evaluation team and recently placed 3rd high individual at the Patriot Invitational competition. He also placed 2nd in the county Creed Speaking Competition and 4th in the District job Interview Event. His Supervised Agricultural Experience program consists breeding goat and market wethers.


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.  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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Anthony Wayne Penta FFA Provides Ohio Fresh Teacher & Staff Luncheon for FFA Week

AW FFA Vice-President of Building Communities, Jacob Zajkowski

On February 26, 2020, the Anthony Wayne FFA Chapter celebrated National FFA Week. The celebration started with the annual teacher and staff luncheon for all high school and junior high teachers and staff members. This annual event allows the school’s staff to celebrate the great achievements of our organization and also take the time to thank all faculty members for their help in making our chapter great. The theme for the luncheon this year was Ohio fresh food. All of the food that was provided was grown and made in Northwest Ohio. The teachers enjoyed pulled pork sandwiches, salad, potato chips, cookies and buckeyes while talking with other staff from the campus. NatureFresh in Delta donated tomatoes, and Turkeyfoot Creek Creamery in Wauseon donated goat feta cheese. Anthony Wayne FFA is a satellite of Penta Career Center.


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Wanted: 2020 Ohio FFA State Convention Student Reporters

The 2020 Ohio FFA State Convention is right around the corner and Ohio’s Country Journal and Ohio Ag Net is on the search for outstanding Ohio FFA members to help serve as student reporters for this year’s event.

In our tenth year of the student reporter program, selected FFA members will get the opportunity to help cover the convention and work alongside our news staff, including Matt Reese, Dale Minyo, and Kolt Buchenroth. Ever wonder what it’s like to do our job? This is your chance!

The live coverage of the Ohio FFA Convention will be posted on www.ocj.com and various social media outlets with reporters helping to host news coverage in addition to a couple veteran student reporters.

Students will assist in gathering information, shoot photos and video of newsworthy items and people, share their commentary of what happened in each session, and much more.

To be considered:

  • Applicants must be attending both days of the Ohio FFA State Convention April 30 and May 1, 2020.
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National FFA reaches milestone

The National FFA Organization’s GIVE THE GIFT OF THE BLUE program has reached a milestone. The program gifted it 10,000th jacket last week during National FFA Week when Allison Burns of North Miami High School in Indiana was presented with her own jacket.

The program was established in 2014 in response to a large number of members who do not own an FFA jacket. The FFA estimates more than half of its members do not have a FFA jacket to wear for official functions.

Individual donors and corporate sponsors fund the GIVE THE GIFT OF THE BLUE program.… Continue reading

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Zane Trace FFA Members Grow as Leaders

By Alayna Butler, ZT FFA Member

The Zane Trace FFA Chapter, was represented by 13 members at the 212-360 Union Local High School FFA Lock in. The lock in took place February 22-23 2020. The training is made up of 6 different leadership sessions to include personal growth,mental growth,emotional growth,physical growth,social growth and lifelong growth. The philosophy of this lock in was SHOW UP, SPEAK UP, BUILD UP. This philosophy was displayed in multiple places in the school. While this training helps to fulfill a requirement for the State Degree much more was gained than just fulfilling a requirement. Along with the mandatory requirements students were able to have a fun night with other FFA Chapter members to include square dancing,hypnotist,inflatables, line dancing, ice cream party, and dodgeball. This was an amazing opportunity and is highly recommended from all those who attended.


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