FFA News



A-C FFA competes in Massachusetts

Four Amanda-Clearcreek FFA members recently traveled to Massachusetts to represent Ohio at the Eastern regional Environmental and Natural Resources contest. The contest was held at the Eastern States Expositional, also known as The Big E, and the members who represented Ohio were Adrian Wymer, Josh Metzon, Kayla Luft, and Josie Montoney. These members earned the opportunity to compete in this contest after placing second in the state contest last spring. After weeks of preparation, the team came home with a respectable fourth place out of the 18 potential teams. And not only did the Amanda-Clearcreek team place fourth, but Ohio took home the sweepstakes after winning more contests than any other state. At the actual contest, competitors were required to know a wide variety of subjects, including animal and plant identification, waste management practices, how to determine water quality, how to write a letter to the editor, and how to analyze a scenario dealing with the environment and find the best possible resolution.… Continue reading

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Miami East FFA 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 corn-related prize. All participants got a can of Mountain Dew soda pop because corn syrup is a major ingredient. Overall winners were presented a T-shirt with a corn-related theme presented by 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 took time in class to figure the predicted yield of corn ears as part of their continuing education of the agriculture industry.

The overall winner was Kira Cron. Her corn was predicted to yield 313.67 bushels to the acre with a 30,000 seed population per acre. Second place went to Dave Wright who presented an ear of corn that is predicted to produce 282 bushels per acre with a 30,000 seed population per acre.  … Continue reading

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Fort Recovery FFA has canoeing trip

The Fort Recovery FFA recently made a trip to the Mad River for a canoeing trip.  This event was held near Urbana, Ohio where FFA members could take a relaxing ride down the Mad River or enjoy splashing other members.  The event was organized by the FFA officers and although cool out was agreed that the activity was worthwhile and enjoyable for all that participated.  The members enjoyed a chapter meal at Buffalo Wild Wings to finish the day.… Continue reading

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BC FFA qualifies for national soil judging contest

On Saturday, Oct. 11 the Buckeye Central FFA attended the State Soil Judging Contest at Taft Reserve Park in Newark, Ohio.

Both the Urban and Rural teams did exceptionally well at the contest with the Rural team placing 11th of 54 teams and the Urban team placing 3rd of 54 teams.

“It has been a fun and exciting year of soil judging,” Tori Miller said. “I have learned a lot and it has been an exciting experience.

For the Rural team, Jaret Shook placed 6th individually, Ray Stahl placed 28th, Tori Miller placed 140th, and Makayla Aichholz placed 185th out of 200 student participants.

“I am proud of our accomplishments this year,” Shook said. “I feel the Rural team did well.”

For the Urban team,  Seth Ollis placed 6th, Austin Wurm placed 10th, Paul Heydinger placed 32nd, and Peter Keller placed 39th out of 200 student participants.

“Leaving the competition, I felt we all did well.… Continue reading

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Zane Trace’s Hoey to compete as National Proficiency Finalist

The National FFA Organization (FFA) has announced that Audrey E Hoey of the Zane Trace FFA was selected as a national finalist for the National FFA Proficiency Award in Agriscience Research Integrated Systems. Hoey is one of only four people chosen to compete for this award at the national finals held Oct. 29- Nov. 1, 2014 during the 87th National FFA Convention & Expo in Louisville, Ky. The proficiency awards recognize outstanding student achievement in agribusiness gained through establishment of a new business, working for an existing company or otherwise gaining hands-on career experience.

The Agriscience Research- Integrated Systems Award is one of 49 proficiency program areas FFA members can participate in to develop valuable experience and leadership skills at the local, state and national levels.

Hoey, a member of the Zane Trace FFA Chapter, became eligible for the national award after winning the Ohio FFA competition earlier this year.

This award is sponsored by FMC and Monsanto, as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.… Continue reading

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Logan Elm FFA completes ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

The Logan Elm FFA officer team was challenged to the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge last month. Wanting to participate in raising awareness for ALS they completed the challenge and, in turn, challenged two other FFA chapter officer teams along with the Student Union at Logan Elm to complete the Ice Bucket Challenge AND donate $100 or to donate $200.… Continue reading

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National Trail-MVCTC FFA holds ‘Greenhand Lock-In’

The National Trail-MVCTC FFA Chapter held their first annual Greenhand Lock-In this past Friday thru Saturday. The Greenhand Lock-In was a way for Freshman Ag students to learn about the chapter and our activities we have throughout the year. The members stayed all night at the school and played different leadership and communicational activities with each other and the officers. The members included: Joseph Allen, Chloe Anderson, Kyla Atherton, Haley Baker, Lucas Boggs, Noah Brinkley, Katie Buehner, Kian Caldwell, Caitlyn Collins, Kraig Cottingim, Brandon Creech, Kara Feix, Chelsea Forster, Erika Gallaher, Brandon Grubb, Dalton Harmon, Jacob Heck, Joel Hoke, Jacob Hurd, Callista Kisling, Holly Lawson, Sonia Lopez, Dalton Mason, Kelsey  Matheny, Sophie McCloskey, Sydney Miller, Alexis Moler, Lauren Moore, Nathaniel Parker, Rachel Ray, Kaleb Rose, Noah Stonecash, Raina TIbbs, Keir Wambo, Andrew Willett and Silas Zurwell.

They also had 4 guests that came, the Ohio FFA State Officers. They were Sydney Snider, Alex Miller, Thomas Shaw and Shelby Furer.… Continue reading

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BC FFA advances to state soils contest after solid performance at districts

On Tuesday, Sept. 30, the Buckeye Central FFA excelled at the District 2 Soils Contest in Lorain County.

The Rural Land Judging Team placed first out of 21 schools, and Urban Land Judgint Team placed first as a team out of 20 schools.

“Our hard work has payed off,” teacher Tyler Pope said. “And it is evident in the results. The participants overcame the rain and cold and represented our Chapter and Community well.”

Not only did BC place first as a team, but also had students place first individually in rural and urban.

Peter Keller placed first individually in the Urban contest and Ray Stahl placed first individually in Rural contest.

“Even though the weather wasn’t favorable,” Stahl said. “we still dominated the competition.”

The rest of the rural team did well too. Makayla Aichholz placed second individually, Tori Miller placed 11 individually, Jaret Shook placed 19 individually, and Derek Kalb placed 50 individually.… Continue reading

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Southeastern FFA freshmen attend conference

Four freshmen Southeastern FFA students attended the Ohio FFA Greenhand Conference held at Versailles High School to learn more about opportunities in the organization and meet other first-year FFA students from other schools. Many workshops were presented by Ohio FFA officers and Jason Wetzler, National FFA Western Region Vice President. Students were able to learn about and practice smaller versions of career development events as well as skills in communication, leadership, teamwork and goal setting. Those who attended included Emily Lambert, Madison Goodbar, Jesse Mitchell, and Tyler Blankenship.… Continue reading

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Miami East FFA does well in Agricultural Technical and Mechanical Systems Contest

Four members of the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter recently competed in the State Agricultural Technical and Mechanical Systems Finals Career Development Event at The Ohio State University in Columbus. The contest was formally known as Agricultural Engineering The team consisted of Cody Reid, Grant Hodge, Weston Hodge, and Trent Church.

The team qualified for the finals after taking online exam and scoring in the Top 10 in the state. The finals contest was hosted by the Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering at Ohio State and consisted of several hands-on practicums.

The team placed 7 in the state. The team received a plaque for their overall placing. The highest placing individual from Miami East was Cody Reid who placed 11 overall. A highlight of the contest was the perfect scores that Cody Reid and Weston Hodge scored in the engineering practicum.

During the finals event the contestants welded according to specifications, calculated corn seed population on precision agriculture machinery, and researched and tabulated engineering specifications on farm equipment using an online data system.… Continue reading

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Trupointe hosting Grain Safety Day for area students

As harvest begins and the dangers of grain entrapments and explosions increases, now is the time to help educate youth on grain safety.

Trupointe Cooperative will be sponsoring its first Grain Safety Day on Tuesday, October 7, 2014, at our Sidney grain location. High school FFA students from Sidney, Wapakoneta and Jackson Center will participate in hands-on demonstrations, which will include the use of a grain engulfment simulator and grain dust explosion simulator.

The grain engulfment simulator utilizes a mock grain bin filled with corn, allowing participants to experience a practical entrapment and rescue. Participants, wearing a harness and safety gear, will be partially submerged in the corn while emergency responders use a rescue tube to free the person from the bin. The grain engulfment simulator is used annually to train emergency responders and also to show others how quickly a person can become helplessly trapped in grain.

With expected high yields that may be harvested wetter than normal this year, there likely will be more potential for clogged equipment and safety hazards.… Continue reading

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Anna FFA named Three-Star Chapter by National FFA

The Anna FFA chapter of Anna, Ohio, has been recognized in the 2014 National Chapter Award Program from the National FFA Organization. The program recognizes outstanding FFA chapters from throughout the country that successfully complete an annual set of required activities that encourage members to grow as individuals, work as a team and serve others in their communities.

Chapters that received star ratings during judging July 27-Aug 1 will be recognized at the 2014 National FFA Convention & Expo, Oct. 29-Nov. 1 in Louisville, Ky. All-star FFA chapters receive honors made possible by corporate sponsor John Deere as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.

“Feeding some 9 billion people by mid-century brings with it unprecedented challenges for today’s farmers,” said Amy Allen, manager, national corporate contributions for John Deere. “The skills and experiences learned through the National Chapter Awards programs will help meet the critical needs.”… Continue reading

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National Trail-MVCTC FFA holds their first Administrative Dinner

The National Trail-MVCTC FFA Chapter held their first Administrative Dinner September 22nd. The National Trail-MVCTC officers showed the school board members of National Trail and MVCTC their POA or Program of Activities. They explained the whole POA and multiple activities that they are planning on participating in this following year. Also, they had three amazing guest speakers, Natalie Miller, Jenna Genson and Tracy Dendinger.

Jenna Genson was first to speak, she told the board members about the importance of the National Honorary FFA Member award and how special it is to receive. Jessica Helsinger will be receiving this award October 31st at the National FFA Convention for Mr. Joseph Slone. Ms. Genson then spoke about how Joseph Slone was respected by more than just the National Trail-MVCTC FFA Chapter and how he was one of the best advisors.

Natalie Miller then spoke about the importance of field trips we take during the school year.… Continue reading

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Miami Trace FFA helps with blood drive

Miami Trace students, age 16 and older, were eligible to donate blood during the first annual blood drive of the school year. The drive was held September 24, 2014 at the Miami Trace High School field house. Mr. Owens, the government teacher, promotes this event as a development of citizenship and cooperates with the Red Cross and the FFA in conducting the event.

On average, a student who donates one pint of blood will save up to three lives. The American Red Cross supplies 40% of the nation’s blood supply.  The Red Cross provides blood for patients in approximately 2,700 hospitals across the U.S.

The FFA will host this event three times this school year.  A special recognition program was implemented to recognize students who donate blood three times during the last 365 days at FFA, or community blood drives, or who will donate a double red blood cell unit twice in the present school year.  … Continue reading

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Preble Shawnee FFA Wins Grand Champion “Oinkers for Art”

Three members of the Preble Shawnee FFA Chapter were challenged by their advisor Mrs. Kennel to paint a concrete pig in the 2014 Oinkers for Art Contest. The three FFA members included Samantha Burns, Sawyer Hacker, and Sidney Hacker . Their artistic skills took the honor of Grand Champion. The pig the FFA members designed and painted received the most votes by 2014 Pork Festival goers. The honor earned $100 cash for the Preble Shawnee FFA Chapter. The pig was auctioned off on Saturday evening to Vonderharr Farms.… Continue reading

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Miami East-MVCTC FFA announces September Member of the Month

The September 2014 Miami East FFA Member of the Month is Cody McConnaughey. He is the son of Roger McConnaughey and Stephanie Rudasill. Cody is a second year member of the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter.

At the 2014 Miami County Fair Cody exhibited the Grand Champion Shop Project with his restored 1949 Farmall M Tractor. He exhibited additional items in the FFA Shop and Crop Building. Cody has competed in the Greenhand parliamentary procedures contest and sold fruit. His Supervised Agricultural Experience includes job placement on his grandparent’s farm.

Every month of the school year the Miami East 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.  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 memento in celebration of their accomplishment.… Continue reading

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Shelby FFA stays busy with Field Day and tailgate

The Shelby FFA stayed busy all day last Friday during their 2014 Field Day. The day started with prep of the shop and table setup for the event and at noon, the students got to sit down and eat lunch with local farmers. While everyone enjoyed an awesome lunch, Adison Niese, Kaitlyn Evans, and Haley Evans were teaching students as well as farmers about modern issues and technologies in agriculture such as superweeds, roundup ready beans, and twin rows. We also had bean plants from our test plot out, so farmers could see how the different populations affected the plant.

After the field day the craziness didn’t end. When the cleanup was done we started the set up for the FFA Tailgate party at the practice field in front of the Shelby Football Field. This tailgate party was in appreciation for anyone who donated to the Shelby FFA Alumni Buyers Club.… Continue reading

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River Valley FFA officers host Greenhand cookout

The River Valley FFA recently held their annual Greenhand Cookout at Strine Farms. Greenhands were able to come and play games, sit around a fire, and have dinner while getting to know the new officer team and Agricultural Education teacher Ellen Keck.

The 2014-15 officers also had the chance to get to know the freshmen and talked to them about different activities, such as the National FFA Convention in October, and Career Development Events like Creed Speaking and Parliamentary Procedure.

The River Valley FFA is looking forward to a great year in class and the chapter with their Greenhands.… Continue reading

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Buckeye Central FFA wins Farm Business Contest at Big E

Five Buckeye Central FFA members traveled to Springfield, Massachusetts over a four day period last week to compete in the National FFA’s Eastern Regional Farm Business Management Contest. The National FFA’s Eastern Regional competition includes 18 states from the North Eastern portion of the United States.

Leaving on Thursday the group traveled to Stanfordville, New York where they toured Wheatley Farms – a 600-acre beef cattle farm managed by Travis Pope formerly of Bloomville, Ohio.  Friday morning, the group then traveled up the New England countryside to visit the Eastern States Exposition (BIG E). The Big E is a regional fair playing host to a “state fair” atmosphere for six of the New England states. After much preparation and anticipation on Saturday morning the group of students participated in the National FFA’s Eastern Regional Farm Business Management Competition.

The Farm Business Management Competition tests an FFA members understanding of general business concepts and principles through an extensive testing format.… Continue reading

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Hiland FFA stays busy at Holmes County Fair

Hiland FFA recently had a successful week at the 2014 Holmes County Fair. Tanner Neuenschwander, Aaron Nisley, Kelsey Yoder, and Rachelle Yoder showed market hogs through FFA. Tanner Neuenschwander placed second in his class. Nikyta Engstrom placed 4th overall with her pen of 3 market ducks. Tallie Troyer showed a market dairy goat. She placed reserved grand championship for showmanship and 5th for actual judging.

The following FFA members showed through 4-H; Tanner Neuenschwander, Tallie Troyer, Shauna Kline, Grant Mast, Derek Burke, Drew Mast, Regina Nisley, Deanna Shetler, and Blaine Miller. Tanner got reserve grand champion with his market dairy steer. Tallie showed a Holstein senior calf. Grant placed 8th overall with his broilers and also took a beef steer. Derek took a market hog and dairy steer. Drew showed a dairy steer. Regina and Deanna each had a dairy goat.

This past year in FFA the students built shop projects in class.… Continue reading

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