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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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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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Elifritz named January Miami East FFA Member of the Month

The January 2016 Miami East-MVCTC FFA Member of the Month is Kyle Elifritz. Kyle is the son of Joe and Tiffney Elifritz of Fletcher. Kyle is a freshman at Miami East High School and a first year agriculture student enrolled in Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources.

Kyle was chosen for his continued strong worth ethic and dedication to FFA events. At the recent county and district Parliamentary Procedures Career Development Event, Kyle served as the chairperson and led his team to a gold rating at both events. He participated in the District Job Interview Career Development Event in Division 1. He also earned the Greenhand FFA Degree and helped regularly with the loading and sort of fruit during the chapter’s fruit sales fundraiser.

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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Miami East-MVCTC FFA member receives $1,000 grant from National Foundation

A $1,000 grant has been awarded to FFA member Emily Thimmes, of Piqua, OH, 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. 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.

Thimmes is a member of the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter and was selected from over 1,600 applicants nationwide. Thimmes will use the grant monies to expand her herb and plant greenhouse small business SAE. Thimmes makes and markets her own herb gardens at local farmers markets. The grant money will be used to purchase her own equipment and build a small greenhouse. She also plans to expand the variety of herbs grown in her greenhouse.… Continue reading

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Hiland FFA experiences Ohio State University ag school, hockey

The Hiland FFA Chapter visited The Ohio State University recently, experiencing a Men’s Hockey Game, ag campus, and the football stadium.

The chapter took a tour of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences campus and explored buildings, discussing what was in each and their purpose. Members discovered that an ag engineer made the slow vehicle sign, which is on slow moving vehicles such as farm equipment.

Later that night, the chapter watched the OSU Hockey Game. The Buckeyes took on the Canisius Golden Griffins. Ohio State won 4-1 and the crowds went wild.

25 FFA members went to the game: Natalie Byler, Sierra Conway, Bailey Engstrom, Nikyta Engstrom, Claire Farquhar, Carson Feikert, Marlin Hershberger, Kyle Huprich, Alex Jamison, David Mast, Hunter Mast, Ryan Mast, Blaine Miller, Morgan Miller, Violet Miller, Regina Nisley, Will Stoltzfus, Parker Stutzman, Sheila Troyer, Tallie Troyer, Brandon Raber, Lexi Raber, Cheryl Yoder, Diane Yoder, and Max Weaver.… Continue reading

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Shelby FFA looks back on 2015 fruit donations

The Shelby FFA does multiple community service projects throughout the year, one of them is donating fruit to the Shelby Help Line.

The FFA has donated fruit for many consecutive years. Members say it’s one of their favorite community service projects.

This year, Shelby FFA donated $2,274 worth of fruit to the Help Line.

This project would not be possible without the generous donations from community members as well as the FFA.

The chapter also started another community service project in the later part of 2015. 25 boxes of fruit, or $625.00 worth, were taken to 25 different people/families that were  nominated.

The Shelby FFA prides itself on all of our different community service activities.… Continue reading

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Mowrystown FFA gets into the giving spirit this holiday season

The Mowrystown FFA hosted a school wide day of giving at Whiteoak Jr./Sr. High School on December 18th. Students had two different sessions to go to where they could either make tie blankets, assemble boxes of food, help decorate and fill bags for Totes for Hope, or watch a movie.

By the end of the day the students had assembled about 30 blankets, 95 boxes of food, and about 25 bags for Totes for Hope. It was a fun and successful day of helping others and the Mowrystown FFA would like to thank everyone who helped and those who donated the material.

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FFA chapters receive thousands from Ohio Small Grains Checkoff

Eleven Ohio FFA chapters were chosen to receive a $500 grant to participate in the Ohio Small Grains Marketing Program’s (OSGMP) nutritional-awareness campaign, “Food for Thought Challenge.”

Introduced at the annual Farm Science Review, Food for Thought is a statewide competition among FFA chapters to increase awareness about the nutritional value of a diet with whole grains, among other healthy behavior changes, in their schools and communities. Participants will create a campaign that will promote small grains in any way they choose. Participating FFA chapters submitted campaign entries in September and were selected in October based on the originality of their campaign ideas.

FFA chapters selected to participate in the Food for Thought challenge include:

• Cory-Rawson

• Cedarville

• Eaton-MVCTC

• London

• Madison-Plains

• McComb

• Mowrystown

• North Union

• Ridgedale

• Riverdale

The selected chapters met on November 10th at the Ohio FFA center to kick off the contest.… Continue reading

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Miami East FFA raises funds for Heifer International

The Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter, along with a friendly herd of (plywood) cows, is seeking greener pastures for cows in third world countries. Presently, the FFA members at Miami East High School are soliciting donations for Heifer International. The goal of the Heifer International: Greener Pastures Program is to generate $1,000 that will provide 2 cows ($500 each) to be given to the impoverished families in poor, third world villages. The generous donations of members of the Miami East School Community is making this happen.

The program is designed to have six creatively decorated plywood cows stay a night or two in the yard of a community member. The community member will then make a donation to the FFA’s fundraising program to: 1) have the cows removed, 2) tell the FFA whose yard to put the cows in next, and/or 3) purchase insurance that the cows will not return to their yard or any combination of the three.… Continue reading

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Mowrystown serves food at fall carnival

In early November, current and alumni members of the Mowrystown FFA served the food at this year’s Bright Elementary Fall Carnival.

Alumnus and members spent the evening serving chili, hot dogs, hamburgers, nachos, and desserts they had made the day before. The chapter made about $1000 dollars and would like to thank everyone who came and the members for helping.… Continue reading

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