FFA News

Nearly 400 Ohio FFA members to receive American Degree this week

Kameron Rinehart from the Miami Trace Chapter will be staying busy this week at the National FFA Convention.

“So here at National FFA Convention, I have several roles. I’m serving as a delegate for the Ohio FFA Association and I’m also receiving my American FFA Degree this year, and I’m representing Wilmington College as a student ambassador,” Rinehart said. “I am super excited for Saturday to get my American FFA Degree. It’s something that I’ve worked hard for the past six years being an FFA member. It’s a life long dream of mine to receive my American FFA Degree. During my freshmen year attending National FFA Convention when I saw my fellow FFA members receive their American Degrees, I made it a personal goal of mine to achieve and it wasn’t an easy task getting all the hours and all the different obligations you have to do to get that American Degree.… Continue reading

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Ohio’s Buehler vying for National FFA office

Ohio’s candidate to become National FFA Officer for 2017-2018 is Mary Buehler, former president of the Ohio FFA Association. She continues to be in contention for national office.

“It’s really neat to transition from state president to national officer candidate,” Buehler said. “A lot of those people that I met throughout my year last year — those members — they are what have inspired me to run as a national officer and I’ve been getting a lot of texts and messages from them as encouragement and I just hope I can represent Ohio to the best of my ability.”

Buehler must go through a number of interviews that whittle down the amount of blue corduroy-clad young people hoping to lead the organization over the next year.

“It started back in June. I was chosen for a candidate for Ohio so it’s been all sorts of prep and studying since then. I drove to Indy on Friday evening and we started the process bright and early at 7 a.m.… Continue reading

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Ohio FFA members well represented at National Convention

As usual, Ohio FFA will be well represented at the 2017 National FFA Convention. Here is a list of Ohio participants to watch for this week in Indianapolis.

American FFA Degrees – 397


American Star in Agribusiness FinalistShaun Wenrick, Anna


American Star in Agriscience FinalistChrysta Beck, Pettisville


National Officer Candidate Mary Buehler, Anna


Honorary American Degrees

Leah Amstutz, Columbus

Karen Cooley, Williamsfield

Andrew Muntz, Columbus


National Proficiency Award Finalists

Agricultural Communications – Kolt Buchenroth, Kenton-OHP

Agricultural Mechanics Design and Fabrication – Maci Krites, Miami East-MVCTC

Agricultural Mechanics Repair and Maintenance-Entrepreneurship – Aaron Hendrich, Eaton-MVCTC

Agricultural Sales-Entrepreneurship – Katie Bendickson, Miami East-MVCTC

Agricultural Sales-Placement – Sierra Drewes, New Bremen

Agriscience Research Plant – Jacob Dennis, Pettisville

Beef Production-Placement – Clinton Liming, Felicity-Franklin

Dairy Production-Placement – Clair Schmitmeyer, Versailles

Diversified Agricultural Production – Nole Gerfen, Ridgemont

Diversified Crop Production-Placement – Michael Klein, West Holmes

Diversified Horticulture – Nathan Stacklin, Ridgemont

Diversified Livestock – Adam Blumenschein, Fairbanks

Environmental Science and Natural Resources Management – Collin Brinkman, Fayetteville

Equine Science-Placement – Juanita Miller, West Holmes

Fiber and/or Oil Crop Production – Reed Aller, St.Continue reading

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2017 National FFA Convention schedule

Wed. Oct. 25, 2017

8 a.m. – 8 p.m. Onsite Registration (ICC, Hall K)

8 a.m. – 7 p.m. FFA Shopping Mall (ICC, Halls C-E)

Noon – 5 p.m. National FFA Expo (ICC, Halls B and F-J)

2 p.m. National FFA Grand March (ICC, Capitol Avenue Plaza)

3:30 p.m. Opening Session 1A (BLF)
6:45 p.m. Opening Session 1B (BLF)

6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. World’s Toughest Rodeo (ISF)

8:30 p.m. Rascal Flatts FFA Concert presented by Culvers (LOS – doors open 7:30 p.m.)

Other Activities

Delegate Activities (ICC)
Agriscience Fair Set up (ICC, Hall A)
National Chapter (ICC)
Alumni Central (ICC)
Teachers Internet Lounge (ICC)
Student Leadership Workshops (ICC)
Teacher Workshops (ICC)
Proficiency National Finalist Reception (Westin Hotel)
Career Success Tours (TBD)
Career Development and Leadership Development Events (Various Locations)

Thurs., Oct. 26, 2017

7 a.m. – 8 p.m. Onsite Registration (ICC, Hall K)

8 a.m. – 7 p.m. FFA Shopping Mall (ICC, Halls C-E)

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A behind the scenes look at the National FFA Convention

ADRENALINE. This word best describes my feelings in the weeks leading up to the 2016 National FFA Convention and Expo. Sleep was not something on my mind as we finalized scripts, practiced speeches and counted down the days until we welcomed 60,000 FFA members and supporters to Indianapolis, Ind. This convention would mark the emotional end of my seven-year journey in the blue jacket and I wanted everything to go perfectly.

From 2015-2016, I represented Ohio as our state’s most recent national FFA officer. During the year, I traveled to 30 states to speak with students, teachers and sponsors of the National FFA Organization. The experience was unbelievably exciting, but the most adrenaline-filled part of my entire year was easily the weeks of preparation that went into hosting the 89th National FFA Convention and Expo alongside my fellow national officer teammates.

From the perspective of a student watching in the crowd, National FFA Convention looks like a well-oiled machine running smoothly and without a problem.… Continue reading

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Miami East FFA’ers bring top yields for chapter corn contest

Recently, members from the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter were 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 Paige Pence. Her corn was predicted to yield 312.3 bushels to the acre with a 35,000 seed population per acre. Her corn was a Channel product. Second place went to Kearsten Kirby who presented an ear of corn that is predicted to produce 283.6 bushels per acre with a 30,000 seed population per acre.… Continue reading

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300+ bidders attend Miami Trace FFA Alumni consignment sale

The Miami Trace FFA Alumni, in cooperation with the Wendt Group, Inc, held the annual Consignment Sale on Friday, September 1st at the Fayette County Fairgrounds. This was the second sale where the FFA Alumni worked in partnership with the Wendt Group, Inc. Auctioneers, Nick Cummings and Kevin Wendt, have been long time supporters of the agricultural community in this area and continue to assist the Miami Trace FFA Alumni in provided funds to support the high school members. For this, the FFA would like to extend a special thank you to the Wendt and Cummings family for their efforts in ensuring the success of the auction. The Wendt group committed 1% of the gross earnings to the Miami Trace FFA Alumni. Despite the weather forecast, this year’s sale totaled approximately $430,000 with 300+ registered bidders present at the sale. A special thanks to Joe Geesling for donating all of the profits from his Oliver forklift to the Miami Trace FFA.… Continue reading

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Ohio FFA Camp a memorable time for Miami Trace and Great Oaks Chapters

On July 5th, students from Miami Trace in cooperation with Great Oaks FFA chapter attended FFA camp Muskingum. Students who attended FFA Camp include Meri Grace Carson, Graham Carson, Makayla Eggleton, Morgan Eggleton, Bryce Bennett, Garrett Hagler, Regan Hagler, Rebecca Heckathorn, Nathan Malloy, Blake Bradshaw, Quinton Waits, Blake Roberts, Tyler Cummings, Seth Simonson, Preston Huff, and Kyler Adkins. During camp week, FFA students got to spend time with  Ohio’s FFA state officers as well as meeting students from other chapters across Ohio. The week was full of exciting events and fun activities, such as motor boating, kayaking and paddleboarding, participating in workshops put on by the state officers, and meeting many new people. FFA Camp is a unique experience for all members who are able to attend.… Continue reading

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Arlington FFA hosts Farm Day

On May 11, 2017 the Arlington held Farm Day, where most of the FFA members brought in either a tractor or some kind of livestock.  On this day Zoie Young and Holly Lee brought their rabbits. Seth Courtney and Dylan Miles brought  calves. Gavin, Caden, and Jared Isenbarger  brought pygmy goats and piglets. Lillian Swails brought her Alpaca. Tyler Vanderhoff brought his mini sprayer. Colin Tobin brought his duck. Tessa Bowling and Ivy Kidd brought their horses. Meaghan Hummell brought her ewe and two lambs. Courtney Fox brought her donkey and her miniature horse.  Brittani Wright brought her chickens. TheFFA Alumni President Mr. Brad Beach brought three different varieties of eggs for the FFA to take care of and to watch hatch. The following individuals brought their tractor’s; Ashley Glick, Chayton Newman, Brayden Bushong, Seth Richards, Colton Kidd, Tyler Rowlett, Bailey Parke, and Blake Bishop. Our gates were provided by Charlie Beagle.… Continue reading

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Ohio well-represented in National Soil Judging Contest

Several Ohio FFA chapters had a busy schedule last week with the National Land and Range Judging Contest in Oklahoma where 600 4-H and FFA members gathered.

Austin Wood of the Northwestern-Wayne FFA Chapter said it was a busy one, competing in the OK state before quickly flying back for the last day of the 89th Ohio FFA Convention on Friday.

“Our team placed fifth at state which qualified us to go out there,” Wood said. “We signed in Tuesday morning and we went out and did six pits. That was really cool. The red dirt is completely different than what we do here in Ohio, but a lot of the textures and stuff are the same. The following day, we went out and did two more pits then Thursday was the actual contest.

“We each just went there more as a fun thing for us to do. It was our first year doing this and to me it was just an amazing experience being able to go out and represent our chapter in a national contest.”… Continue reading

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2017-2018 State Officer Team

The 2017-2018 State Officer Team is:

President: Ryan A. Matthews, Fairfield

Vice President: Kacey Reinhart, Wayne Trace

Secretary: Koleson McCoy, Global Impact STEM Academy

Treasurer: Emily Mullen, Talawanda Butler-Tech

Reporter: Evan Callicoat, Northeastern

Sentinel: Marleigh Kerr, Anthony Wayne

VP at Large: Carley Coppler, Carey

VP at Large: Milan Pozderac, Fredericktown

VP at Large: Emma Sterwerf, Talawanda Butler-Tech

VP at Large: Lane Heil, Tri-Valley

VP at Large: Phillip Eberly, Northwestern-Wayne

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Session 5 photo highlights

The fifth and final session of the Convention was packed with highlights. The packed house heard from the band and chorus, talented soloists and State President Mary Bueller her impressive retiring address.  The new officer team was announced and more than 900 FFA members were aware their State FFA Degree.


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Session 4 photo highlights

There was plenty in the packed Session 4 including the Creed Speaking Presentation, officer awards, a keynote presentation from National FFA Secretary Victoria Harris, CDE winner announcements, the Prepared Speaking Presentation, the Agriscience Fair recognition, and the Ohio FFA Officer parent recognition.


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Session 3 photo highlights

Ohio’s top chapters were recognized, the crowd learned about developing your passion from keynote speaker Lamarr Womble, and the second set of proficiency winners were recognized in this session that kicked off the second day of Convention.… Continue reading

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