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Utica FFA visits Farm Science Review 2019

By Abby Paxton 2019-2020 Utica FFA Chapter Reporter  


On September 17th, The Utica FFA Chapter took both middle school members and high school members to the annual Farm Science Review in London, Ohio. There we traveled around all the different booths and experienced new aspects of agriculture. We were tasked with playing bingo to visit various booths, organizations, government agencies and businesses. We learned about new farming technology to help solve current problems. Everyone had a great time!  

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Utica FFA Sub-districts and District Soils Competition 2019

By Abigail Paxton 2019-2020 Utica FFA Reporter

On September 24, 14 high school students took a trip to Infirmary Mound Park for  the Licking and Franklin County sub-district soils Career Development Event (CDE). There they competed individually in several components of the Ag soils CDE. The components were 2 pits to judge, a general knowledge exam, and a soil survey test, based on using the land for ag purposes. They judged the pits by structure, texture, water tables, slope, landform, and living organisms and how those properties would affect soil erosion, water quality, compaction, and soil health.  The general knowledge exam is based on the Ohio FFA Ag Soils Manual, while the soil survey exams asked questions about the test site, based from the Web Soil Survey.  Our team was 1st place out 4 teams and Amanda Annett placed 1st, Emily Hill 2nd, and Kenneth Davenport 3rd  and were the top 3 individuals at the contest.Continue reading

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West Holmes FFA takes the online forestry exam

On September 24 the West Holmes FFA had 7 members take the online forestry exam. The team was 19th out of 39 teams. Individually placing, Jayme Pennell 79th, Addison Yates 79th, Drake Mullet 128th, Lucas Shaum 165th, Nathan Yoder 199th, Clay Shepler 296th, and Dawson Doretich 371st out of 382 individuals. The participants had to answer a series of questions about forestry on a computer.

Then on September 28 the chapter sent 4 members to Hocking College. The team was 19th out of 34 teams. Individually placing, Jayme Pennell 76th, Addison Yates 80th, Drake Mullet 97th, and Nathan Yoder 148th out of 204 individuals. During the contest members had to diagnose forest disorders, make decisions about managing forests, identify trees and cruise them for timber, and complete a chainsaw safety and identification practicum.… Continue reading

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Anthony Wayne FFA Members Collect Water Samples

By Anthony Wayne FFA Reporter, Maggie Burkett

On Wednesday, October 2, the Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources, or AFNR, 1 and 2 classes went and collected water samples. The AW schools are lucky to have Swan Creek run through the property! The AFNR 1 and 2 students have been studying water quality in their classes and went down to Swan Creek to take water samples. They also identified other things they found in the water, as well as measured the phosphate levels, performed turbidity tests, and a couple of other tests.

The classes did the data collection for Toledo Metropolitan Area Council Of Governments, Student Watershed Watch program. Maddi Follas, a student in AFNR 2 who went out and collected some of the data said, “It was one of the most fun things we’ve done this year because we got to do research outside of the classroom. We also got to see how researchers collect samples and test for bacteria and unwanted substances in the water we drink!”… Continue reading

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Miami East-MVCTC FFA Holding Annual Fruit Sale

The Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter is now holding their annual Fruit Fundraiser. The Miami East FFA will be selling Washington Red Delicious Apples, Washington Golden Delicious Apples, Ohio Red Delicious Apples, Ohio Golden Delicious Apples, Ohio Fuji Apples, Navel Oranges, Clementines, Pears, Pineapples, Pink Grapefruit, Mixed Fruit, and Peanuts. The fruit is sold in full and half boxes.

Miami East-MVCTC FFA is also offering a variety of cheeses, including Colby, Swiss, Marble, Pepper Jack, and Horseradish, ring-bologna, large and small fruit gift baskets, and BBQ sauces. Additionally, FFA is offering Jack Link’s Beef Steaks in Original or Teriyaki flavors.

Miami East-MVCTC FFA chapter will be selling from now through November 8th. Delivery will be the first full week in December. If you want to buy fruit there will be FFA members travelling throughout the community. If an FFA member doesn’t contact you, feel free to call Miami East High School, at 335-7070 ext.Continue reading

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Corn Contest Proves Big Ears Means Big Yields

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 prize. 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 classes 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 339.2 bushels to the acre with a 35,500 seed population per acre. Her corn was a DeKalb product. Second place went to Emma Sutherly who presented an ear of corn that is predicted to produce 332.4 bushels per acre with a 34,000 seed population per acre.Continue reading

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West Holmes FFA Greenhand Camp 2019

On September 29th, the West Holmes FFA sent 13 members to Greenhand Camp. These members include: Pacee Miller, Becca Schuch, Cassie Warren, Alysa Pringle, Olivia Sampsel, Dakotah Ringwalt, Sarah Irwin, Kadan McDougale, Dyllan Bender, Dawson Doretich, Blaine Winkler, Syrus Tish, and Garrett Houin. The camp is located in Carroll County along Leesville Lake. At the camp, members have the chance to interact with State FFA Officers, participate in activities, and learn more about the FFA Organization. After they checked in, members were able to play games and interact with people from other schools. The State Officers put on many different workshop sessions throughout the weekend. Those sessions included topics like “Discovering Decisions,” “Open Opportunities,” “Setting Our Course,” and “Where To Next.” Members went to camp to learn more about the qualities of leadership, as well as how to take those qualities and implant them in their community. While at camp, students could participate in activities such as: motor boating, canoeing and kayaking, archery, rifles, shotgun and various sports.… Continue reading

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Benjamin Logan FFA participated in a soil judging

Benjamin Logan FFA students participated in a soil judging Career Development Event. There are two different divisions of soil judging; one is rural which is out in the country and one is urban which is in the city. The urban land and soil judging CDE is an educational activity designed as a practical method of teaching students to evaluate land and soil to determine its potential use for urban, homesite, and other non farm uses. The Agricultural Soils CDE is an educational activity designed as a practical method of teaching students to evaluate land and soil and to make decisions when faced with soil related issues that affect agricultural production. (ohioffa.org) The students that participated in the rural/ag were Ty Anspach, Chance Frater, Gage Hamm, Carson Lyden, Owen O’Brien, and Wyatt Smith. The students that participated in the urban were Elliot Bailey, Madison Beuttner, Lukas Hemmelgarn, Elizabeth Deardurff, Micah Petterson, and Whitney Willoby.… Continue reading

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West Holmes FFA 5th Grade Farm Tour 2019

On Sept. 26, 26 members of the West Holmes FFA Presented the annual 5th Grade Farm Tour. The members that attended were the Officer Team, which consisted of Jayme Pennell, Maddie Stitzlein, Kylie Ramirez, Cora Crilow, Ally Ogi, Lexi Ogi, Rebecca Sprang, and Amy Hughes. The Juniors and Seniors that were there were Natasha Averbukh, Hayleigh Bender, Megan Brannon, Ethan Drzazga, Taryn Grassbaugh, Hannah Goines, Macin Hager, Bree Houin, Braxton Lint, Philip Lepley, Ethan Reining, Brayden Schumaker, Lucas Shaum, Clay Shepler, Tierra Slaubaugh, Chase Stitzlein, Addison Yates, and Nathan Yoder. The tour was put on by the Holmes Soil and Water Conservation District. This year Spring Walk Farm hosted the tour. The farm is owned by Bill and Bev Wachtel, and is operated by Bill, his son Kurt, and a few other workers. They own 150 Holsteins and Guernseys. The FFA helped set up and run the event. The schools in attendance were as follows; Holmesville, Killbuck, Lakeville, and Millersburg.… Continue reading

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Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter competed in the District 5 Soils Judging Contest

On Thursday, September 26, members of the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter competed in the District 5 Soils Judging Contest in Montgomery County at the Sycamore State Park.

The Urban Soils team consisted of Rylee Puthoff, Emma Sutherly, Isaac Beal, Dustin Winner, and Ethan Paulus. The team placed 8 out of 24 teams. Rylee Puthoff was the highest placing individual from Miami East placing 9 out of 147 individuals.

The Rural Soils team consisted of Samuel Sutherly, Ethan Fine, Keira Kirby, Jillian Niswonger, Katelynn Dill, Luke Brunke, and Keyara Davis. Samuel Sutherly was the high individual from Miami East placing 16 out 199 contestants.

The contest consisted of evaluating three soils pit for slope, erosion, drainage, depth, and soil texture and structure. Also, the contestants took a written test and answered questions from the soil survey.

Previously, the teams had competed at the Miami County Soils Career Development Event coordinated by the Miami Soil and Water Conservation District.… Continue reading

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Miami East-MVCTC FFA October Member of the Month

The October 2019 Miami East-MVCTC FFA Member of the Month is Katelynn Dill. She is the daughter of Trish Dill and Gary Dill. She is a freshman and first year member of the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter.

Katelynn attended the State Greenhand Conference, competed at the Urban Soils Career Development Event, and assisted with the FFA’s Cruise-In for Suicide Prevention and Princess For A Day to benefit the March of Dimes. Additionally, she is a member of the meats judging team.

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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Norwayne FFA competes in Soil Judging Contest

On Wednesday, September 18, the Norwayne FFA’s soil judging teams participated in the sub district soil judging contest. Both the rural and urban teams came in second place. Tim Gunkelman and Kelsie Mannasmith placed third and fourth individually in the rural contest. At these contests, participants go into pits and observe the soil and score them on judging cards. On Wednesday, September 25 the urban soil judging team placed second and the rural team placed first at the district soil judging contest. Kelsie Mannasmith came in first place and Grace Gunkelman in second out of 45 FFA members in the rural contest. Shane Simmons came in third in the urban contest. The top four from each team will go onto the state soil judging contest on October 12.… Continue reading

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Miami Trace FFA Chapter Members Visit With State Legislators

COLUMBUS- On Wednesday, September 25th 5 members of the Miami Trace FFA Chapter, a satellite program of Great Oaks Career Campuses, attended the 8th annual Ohio FFA Legislative Leadership Conference at the Ohio Statehouse. Members representing the Miami Trace FFA were: Aubrey Schwartz, Morgan Eggleton, Kyler Batson, Shana Lott and Taylor Moore.  These members took part in a morning workshop led by the Ohio Farm Bureau focusing on advocating for agricultural education, informing students about important issues and preparing them to speak with legislators.  During this activity, the more than 200 FFA members from across the state were given several agriculture-related issues to lobby and advocate for legislative support.  FFA members learned firsthand the process of creating new bills, representation in the statehouse and the roles of lobbyists.

After the morning workshop, students were given time to tour the historic Ohio Statehouse and learn more about the state’s history as well as the layout of our state legislative government. … Continue reading

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Zane Trace FFA Members Meet with Ohio Legislators

By: Oliva Hettinger, ZT FFA Reporter

On Wednesday, September 25th, five members of Zane Trace FFA chapter officer team joined over 200 other FFA members for the OLLC (Ohio Legislative Leadership Conference) meeting in Columbus. This meeting took place in the atrium of the Ohio State House and was sponsored by the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation and Ohio FFA Foundation. During the event members learned about the legislative branch of government and how bills are brought before lawmakers for consideration. Members also had the opportunity to enjoy lunch with their local legislators and learn more about current agriculture issues in Ohio. Every member who participated came away with a better idea of the lawmaking process. ZT President Laine Abbott stated “It’s one thing to learn about the legislative process in class, but seeing it done in person and being with elected officials made the whole process more real.”  The Zane Trace FFA would like to thank Ohio Farm Bureau and Ohio FFA for their continued support of this program.… Continue reading

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Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter Sponsors Safety Poster Contest

CASSTOWN, OH – The Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter recently sponsored a farm safety poster contest at Miami East Elementary.  The competition was coordinated by the Safety Committee and its members, Erin Baker, Anna Broerman, Carter Gilbert, Justin Hawkins, and Meadow Powers.

Students in the second grade were given poster board and had to create a farm safety promotion poster.  FFA members evaluated the pictures and awarded first place to each homeroom.  The results are as follows:

Mrs. Patty Gentis – Teaghan Rich

Mrs. Ashley Demmitt – Dylan Howell

Mrs. Amanda Riley – Oliver Magalnick

Mrs. Tammy Mumford – Hayden North

Each student participating received a gift from the FFA Chapter, including candy and a pencil.  The first place poster in each homeroom was also awarded special prize.  Congratulations to the winners!

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Amanda-Clearcreek FFA Members Excel at the Big E

The Big E — September 13-15, 2019 proved to be a hugely successful weekend for the Amanda-Clearcreek FFA at the Eastern Regional (Big E) Career Development Event contesst in West Springfield, Massachusetts.

The A-C Forestry CDE team consisting of Garrett Drake, Bryson L’Huillier, Jake Shamblin, and Trevor Spence placed first in their respective contest. The students were asked to diagnose forest disorders, manage forests, and forest inventory while applying approved silviculture practices. In addition to their first-place team win, Trevor Spence took home second place laurels, while Bryson L’Huillier placed fifth, and Jake Shamblin secured a seventh-place finish.

Aaron Sharp, senior, placed first in the Extemporaneous Public Speaking CDE. This contest requires participants to use a randomly chosen topic from a pool of 125 possible topics. Then, contestants must research the topic for 30 minutes, and deliver a 3-5 minute speech in front of a panel of judges.… Continue reading

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Miami East-MVCTC FFA Members Attend State FFA Greenhand Conference

On Saturday, September 21, 13 Miami East-MVCTC FFA first-year members attended the 2019 State Greenhand Conference hosted by the Versailles FFA Chapter.  The theme was “First Down and Life To Go,” and the conference offered workshops for the first-year agricultural education students to learn about opportunities in the FFA, setting goals, developing communication skills, and working in teams. Additionally, attendees rotated through various Career Development Events that FFA members can get involved in during their FFA membership.

The keynote speaker was Ty Eschenbaum from South Dakota and he shared his message about his personal fight with childhood cancer. Additional presenters for the conference included sessions by Ohio’s National FFA Officer Candidate Coleson McCoy, State FFA President Holly McClay, State FFA Vice President Bethany Starlin, State FFA Secretary Noah Smith, State FFA Sentinel Justin Beckner, State FFA Vice President-at-Large Chyann Kendel, State FFA Vice President-at-Large Wyatt Kissell, and State FFA Vice President-at-Large Alec Ogg. … Continue reading

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West Holmes FFA Chapter competes in county soils competition

On September 12th, the West Holmes FFA Chapter sent 9 members to county soils in Ashland. Members examined soil slope, texture, depth and drainage, as well as the potential farming or building uses for the specified areas. They were tested on their knowledge of how to read a soil survey book and their general knowledge of soil and its characteristics. The chapter had two teams competing in the contest. The Urban team included: Leah Reining, Kyle Mowery, Samantha Kendall, and Emma Stitzlein. The Rural team: Ally Ogi, Cora Crilow, Chloe Shumaker, Amy Hughes, and Abby Waers. Members were able to go and learn a lot of new things about soil that they can use in the future.  Thanks to the Ashland and Holmes County Soil and Water Conservation District Staff for making this event possible.… Continue reading

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The Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter Seatbelt Awareness Activity Held

On Wednesday, September 18, as part of National Farm Safety and Health Awareness Week, the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter held a Seatbelt Awareness Activity. As students exited the parking lot at Miami East High School, the drivers were stopped and their seatbelts were checked.

All student drivers were inspected for wearing their seatbelt. They received “Smarties” for wearing their belts and “DummDumm” candies for not wearing their belts. They were reminded that, “Seatbelts are for Smarties.” Any student drivers or passengers not wearing their seatbelts were instructed to put on their seatbelt immediately.

Results of the event proved that a majority of the drivers at Miami East High School do wear their seatbelt. Over 70 drivers and passengers were presented candy with 8% of drivers were not wearing their seatbelt and 92% wearing the seatbelt. Similar results as were collected last fall when 5% of drivers were not wearing their seatbelt.Continue reading

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Holmes County Home Clean- Up

On Saturday, Sept. 7, 15 members from the West Holmes FFA chapter visited the Holmes County Home for community service to help prepare for the upcoming Auction. Members who participated include: Chloe Shumaker, Cora Crilow, Blaine Winkler, Taryn Grassbaugh, Bree Houin, Jayme Pennell, Jared Miller, Lexi Ogi, Emma Stitzlein, Tyler Eichelberger, Kadan McDougale, Maria Steiner, Dakohta Ringwalt, Addison Yates, Garrett Houin. Members weeded the gardens, trimmed bushes, picked up sticks, and cleaned sidewalks. The members worked from 9am – 12pm and were thanked with pizza and drinks when they were done.… Continue reading

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