FFA News



Mowrystown FFA well represented at Spring Dairy Expo

Members of the Mowrystown FFA chapter recently traveled to Columbus to participate in state dairy juding as well as the state dairy handlers contest. Our high school judging team placed 23rd in the state, the middle school team placed 1st in the state, Audrey Ferguson placed 1st in dairy handlers, and Atlee Carr was 3rd. Audrey will move on to the national contest and Atlee will go to the Big E this fall.… Continue reading

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Wanted: Ohio FFA State Convention Student Reporters

Attention Ohio FFA Members:

The 2017 Ohio FFA State Convention is almost here. Ohio’s Country Journal and Ohio Ag Net is on the search for three outstanding Ohio FFA members to help serve as student reporters for this year’s event. You’ll get the opportunity to help cover the convention and work alongside our news staff that includes Matt Reese, Dale Minyo and Ty Higgins. Ever wonder what it’s like to do our job? Here’s your chance!

The live coverage of the Ohio FFA Convention will be posted on www.ocj.com and various social media outlets.

Student Reporters will assist in gathering information, shoot video of newsworthy items and people, share their commentary of what happened in each session through a video recap and much more.

To be considered:

  • Applicants must be attending both days of the Ohio FFA State Convention May 4and 5.
  • Submit a video sharing your qualifications and why you should be selected. 
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Miami East FFA notes successful state 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.

American FFA Degree – Emily Beal, Daniel Everett, Stephanie Millhouse, Levi Reid and Hunter Sharp, graduates of Miami East High School, submitted an application to receive the American FFA Degree. Their applications were approved and will be submitted to the National FFA Organization for review. They will receive their degree at the National FFA Convention in October in Indianapolis, IN.

State FFA Degrees – Junior Alex DiNardo, and seniors Katie Bodenmiler, Carly Gump, and Alyssa Westgerdes 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.

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

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Fort Recovery FFA’ers vie for truck and tractor drive-in awards

Fort Recovery FFA Chapter held a truck and tractor drive-in to help promote agriculture and the National FFA Organization during National FFA Week last week.

24 FFA members drove in tractors to win a number of awards.

The award for the biggest went to Cole Bergman, and smallest was won by Luke Klingshirn. Rick Knapke won the award for oldest and Jay Brown won newest. Josh Homan received the award for cleanest, while best restored went to Chris Link. The most hours award went to Adam Schoenlein.

28 FFA members also drove in trucks. Clint Metzger won the award for loudest and Gabe Grieshop received the award for cleanest. Sydney Alig won the award for newest and Taylor Thien won oldest. The award for most miles went to Taylor Post and the dirtiest award went to Joey O’Connor.

All winners received a trophy at the close of FFA Week.… Continue reading

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Fort Recovery FFA awards Greenhand Degrees

The Fort Recovery FFA Chapter held its Greenhand FFA Degree Ceremony during January regularly scheduled monthly chapter meeting.  The Greenhand FFA Degree was awarded to 37 first-year members enrolled in an Agricultural class.  The Greenhand FFA Degree is the 1st degree that an FFA member can receive and requires members to demonstrate knowledge of FFA history, the FFA Creed, FFA motto, as well as have satisfactory plans for a Supervised Agricultural Experience Program.

The Fort Recovery FFA program continues to be a very popular program for many, boasting 129 in total membership. Fort Recovery FFA members learn about the vast agricultural industry to include animal, plant, and soil sciences, leadership and communication skills, business, technology, and engineering, as well as woodworking and metal working shop skills that allow students to gain knowledge and confidence while taking pride in their work.

This year’s recipients include freshmen Jacob Acheson, Morgan Alt, Cole Bergman, Kayla Briner, Jay Brown, Riley Dilworth, Claire Evers, Garret Faller, Kurt Fisher, Michael Fritz, Jon Green, Ian Homan, Mitchell Huntsman, Claudia Jones, Kenzie Kaiser, Eli Keller, Luke Klingshirn, Brooke Knapke, John Knapke, Troy Kunk, Caleb Lennartz, Walker Leuthold, Ramsey Leverette, Katelin O’Connor, Riley Pearson, Riley Post, Mitchell Pugh, Dylan Ranly, Cole Schmitt, Jason Siefring, Rachel Thien, Jared Timmerman, Kegan Timmerman, Paige Timmerman, Derek Wendel, Lydia Wenning, and Evan Westgerdes.… Continue reading

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Carsey named Miami East FFA Member of the Month for February

The February 2017 Miami East-MVCTC FFA Member of the Month is Keagan Carsey. Keagan is the son of Ryan and Casandra Carsey of Troy. Keagan is a sophomore at Miami East High School and a second year agriculture student enrolled in Plant and Animal Sciences.

Keagan was chosen for his participation in the County Public Speaking Career Development in the area of Extemporaneous Public Speaking. Keagan will compete at the upcoming event by randomly choosing an agriculture topic from a list of agriculture issues, preparing a speech in just 30 minutes, then presenting and answering questions. Keagan also attended the National FFA Convention and was the 2016 Miami County Fair King. Keagan’s Supervised Agricultural Experience includes raising goats, shoring them, and marketing their fiber and a blacksmithing business in which he makes and markets metal works.

Every month of the school year the Miami East-MVCTC FFA will select a student to be the FFA Member of the Month.  … Continue reading

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Chili cook-off at Miami East January FFA meeting

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 to create a chili to submit to the judges for evaluation. They had to provide their recipe and were evaluated on taste.

Winners of the competition included two categories. The Judges Choice Winner was a tie between the team of Aliegha Ulsh and Blake Snyder with their bean-based red chili and Ashley Hawkins and Bailey Buck with their tomato based chili. The People’s Choice Winner was Emma Linn and Alex Isbrandt with their stewed tomato chili. Additional contest participants included Jessica Copeland, Zach and Colton Kowalak and Carly Gump.

All winning teams and participants received an FFA T-Shirt . Judges for the event were the Miami East High School custodial staff of Les Kinder, Richard Hague and Hannah Ivey.… Continue reading

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Ridgedale FFA students dissect pigs

Students of the Ridgedale FFA have been hard at work in recent weeks learning biology hands-on — through the dissection of pigs.

The classes started on January 13th and finished with an oral quiz over what was learned on January 20th. Everyone was timid at first but as we got started they really enjoyed the time spent dissecting pigs.

This project was a great experience for all of the students to learn and understand how the pig’s body functions.… Continue reading

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Zane Trace FFA members attend leadership conference

Students from FFA chapters across Ohio recently attended the 212o and 360° Leadership Conferences. These conferences are an activity of the National FFA Organization made possible by title sponsor Syngenta. 23 students from the Zane Trace FFA Chapter attended the event January 14-15, 2017 in Dublin, OH.

212° – the temperature at which water boils – focuses on taking students to the boiling point of leadership. At 211° water is extremely hot, but just one more degree gets us to the next level. The two-day 212o Leadership Conference is focused on student development and helps FFA members become aware of their passions and virtues. FFA members attended sessions on discovering their passions, making positive decisions, setting SMART goals and taking steps towards self-improvement.

360° – takes students full circle in terms of chapter leadership. The two-day 360° conference is focused on the importance of vision and how to become a visionary leader.… Continue reading

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Madison-Plains FFA reflects on successful toy drive

For the past two years the Madison-Plains FFA Chapter has donated toys to children’s hospital. The previous year the chapter donated 110 toys to the hospital near christmas time. This year the goal was to donate at least 200 toys.

The chapter went above and beyond to exceed this goal by donating 260 toys to the hospital this year. The chapter would like to thank its members for participating and giving the gift of a smile to those children who need it the most.

The officer team has already set the goal to 300 toys for next year and encourages members to continue to support this great cause.… Continue reading

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Utica FFA member receives grant from Caterpillar

A $1,000 grant has been awarded to FFA member Shaeley Warner of Utica, OH by Caterpillar.

Grant Requirement: For applicants from TX, CO, NE, KS, MO, IA, MN, ND, SD, OH, and KY who have or wish to begin an SAE in Beef Production.

The SAE Grant is designed to help FFA members create and enhance their supervised agricultural experience (SAE), a requirement that all FFA members must compete. An SAE requires FFA members to create and operate an agriculture related business, work at an agriculture-related business or conduct an agricultural research experience. Upon completion, FFA members must submit a comprehensive report regarding their supervised agricultural experience (SAE).

Shaeley Warner is a member of the Utica FFA Chapter of Utica, OH, and was selected from hundreds of applicants nationwide.  She plans to use this grant to attend AI (Artificial Insemination) School, so that she can AI her own cattle and expand her cattle herd.… Continue reading

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Bair named Miami East Member of the Month

The January 2017 Miami East-MVCTC FFA Member of the Month is Michael Bair. Michael is the son of David and Annette Bair of Troy. Michael is a freshman at Miami East High School and a first year agriculture student enrolled in Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources.

Michael was chosen for his recent accomplishment of earning a $1,000 National FFA Supervised Agriculture Experience Grant from CCOF Foundation for organic agriculture. Michael has his own business of raising pasture-raised, organic market chickens. Additionally, Michael has participated in the county FFA Parliamentary Procedures Career Development Event as the team’s chairperson. Michael has also participated in the Farm Safety Week’s Drive-Your-Tractor-To-School and Corn Challenge.

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.  … Continue reading

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Two Miami East FFA’ers take on SAE grants

Two $1,000 grants have been awarded to Miami East-MVCTC FFA members Michael Bair and Maci Krites by the National FFA Organization. The SAE Grant is designed to help FFA members create and enhance their Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE), a requirement that all FFA members must complete.

Both Bair and Krites are members of the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter and were selected as recipients of only 149 grants out of almost 2,600 applicants nationwide.

An SAE requires FFA members to create and operate an agriculture-related business, work at an agriculture-related business or conduct an agricultural research experience. Upon completion of the grant fiscal year, grant recipients must submit a comprehensive report regarding their career development experience.

Michael Bair is the son of David and Annette Bair. He received a $1,000 grant from the CCOF Certified Organic Foundation. Bair will use the grant monies to develop his own pasture raised chickens. He will purchase a meat cooler to store harvested chickens until customers are able to purchase the product.Continue reading

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Anthony Wayne FFA member receives $1000 grant

IMG_0701Anthony Wayne FFA member Maggie Burkett recently received a $1000 grant from the National FFA Organization for her supervised agricultural experience (SAE).

In her SAE, Maggie uses the manure from two horses she owns and composts it. The manure composts in large pallets that are 5’ tall and 4’ wide during the winter. When the manure is finished composting, Maggie packs it into 10 pound bags and sells them for $2 each in the spring. She has multiple customers who have requested that she continues this business because they like using the natural fertilizer for their gardens.

She began this SAE in the winter of 2015, which was when she began taking an agriculture course at Anthony Wayne High School. With the grant that she received, Maggie plans to purchase a Stall Butler. This will help her to separate the manure more efficiently than she can by hand, make it more organic, and expand her business throughout her years in FFA.… Continue reading

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Shelby FFA hosts multi-chapter leadership night

Leadership and potential, these are two words with many meanings.

On Thursday, December 1st, at the Shelby FFA Leadership Night, 132 FFA members from 8 different chapters learned what these words are all about.

The night was kicked off at 6 p.m. with a pre-session meet and greet mixer put on by the Shelby FFA Officer Team. During the meet and greet, FFA members were all given a paper with multiple questions such as, “Find someone who has shown at the Ohio State Fair.” or “Find someone who has received their State FFA degree.” The members then had to find a member from a different school who fit the question, and have them sign under the statement.

The leadership session was then presented by three of the Ohio FFA State Officers, Meredith Oglesby, vice president, Evan Smith, treasurer, and Johnathon Cottingim, sentinel. Within the program, the state officers put together games, questions, and challenges to teach members not only what potential means, but also how we can use our potential to make a difference.… Continue reading

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Hiland FFA Trapshoot Team notes successful contest

The Hiland FFA participates each year in the Trapshoot Contest. The contest is where the contestants use shotguns to hit clay pigeons that have been thrown in the air. This year the contest was held at Columbus and the Hiland FFA Trapshoot Team saw one place 11th and team two placed 12th. The contestants were split up randomly. The members that took part in this contest included: Carson Feikert, Bailey Engstrom, Marlin Hershberger, Kyle Huprich, Ryan Mast, Violet Miller, Tanner Neuenschwander, Parker Stutzman, Miguel Tapia, and Tallie Troyer.… Continue reading

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National Trail FFA advances Parli Pro teams to state competition

The National Trail-MVCTC FFA Chapters Advanced and Novice parliamentary procedure teams recently competed in the districts parliamentary procedure CDE contest at National Trail High School. The advanced team includes Mallory Nugent, Gracie Jones, Hunter Lee, Lily Carpenter, Erika Gallaher, Rachael Kimball and Macel Stowers. The novice team includes Raven Tout, Taylor Davis, Austin Knapp, Abbey Rodefer. Noah Phillips, Ricky Cole, Mark Armstrong, Trena Caldwell and Lila Pegg. The chapter is very proud of the team’s results and all the hard work they put into the preparation for this event as they now are state bound.

This CDE requires FFA members to conduct a business meeting using parliamentary law according to the guidelines outlined in Robert’s Rules of Order. FFA members are also tested on their knowledge of parliamentary law. They are graded based on public speaking, official dress, completeness and accuracy, format of the secretary’s minutes, grammar, style and legibility.

The two teams performed well during the sub districts contest as well at Eaton High School.… Continue reading

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Miami East FFA competes in county, district contests

Recently members of the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter recently participated in the 2015 FFA County and District Novice Parliamentary Procedure Career Development Events. The County Competition was hosted at Miami East High School and the District competition was hosted at National Trail High School.

Participating was Novice Period 4 were team members Chair Anastasia Kilbourne, Vice Chair Kearsten Kirby, Brandi Abner, Kyle Baker, Blaine Brokschmidt, Josie Desautels, Kelsea Drake, Austin Ferryman, Jessica Hicks, Korey Lauck, Kirsten Overholser, Blake Snyder, and Andy Wargo. They earned first place. They advanced to the District Novice Parliamentary Procedures Career Development Event.

Participating in Novice Period 5 – Team Blue were team members Chair Chloee Thomas, Vice Chair Savannah Holzen, Elizabeth Bair, Ryan DiNardo, Luke Gilliland, Saige Lacey, Kaitlyn Rohrbach, and Brailyn Tarcea. They received a gold rating.

Participating in Novice Period 5 – Team White were team members Chair Michael Bair, Vice Chair Ethin Bendickson, Daniel Baker, Madison Calvert, Megan Honeyman, Thomas Miller, Jesse Nick, Anna Puthoff, and Aliegha Ulsh.… Continue reading

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Harvest Day at Madison-Plains

The Madison-Plains FFA Officers hosted their second annual harvest day with grades,
kindergarten through sixth.

The officers broke into groups and taught three different stations. The stations included lessons about, Dairy discovery, Soybeans , and Farm equipment. Each group taught the students about their subject and had an activity to go along with the lesson, and, according to the feedback given, the harvest day was once again a huge success.

The Madison-Plains FFA Officers would like to thank the Elementary and Intermediate school for being so cooperative and allowing us to teach the children. Also to the advisors for help with supplies needed to make the day successful.… Continue reading

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