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Cincinnati Reds hold FFA Day at the Ballpark Aug. 25

The Cincinnati Reds welcome FFA members, their families and friends, alumni and supporters to Great American Ballpark for FFA Day at the Ballpark on Sunday, Aug. 25.

The Reds take on the Milwaukee Brewers at 1:15 p.m.

Discount tickets specially offered to FFA members and supporters are being offered by the Reds organization. A View Level Box or Mezzanine seat is $17.50, regularly sold at $25 each, or a Field Box seat is $24.50, regularly sold at $36.

For every ticket sold, $2 is donated back to Ohio FFA.

To order tickets and support Ohio FFA, go to www.Reds.com/FFA and enter promotional passcode “OHFFA.”

This summer, the National FFA Organization has partnered with the Kansas City Royals, Pittsburgh Pirates, St. Louis Cardinals and Reds to stage FFA Day at the Ballpark events to benefit FFA. FFA Day at the Ballpark with the St. Louis Cardinals is Sunday, Aug. 11, in St.… Continue reading

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State FFA Officer Profile – Mary Beth Siekman

Name: Mary Beth Siekman

Home Chapter: Buckeye Valley DACC

What state office do you hold? District 6 President

What school do you attend and what year are you? In the fall, I will be attending The Ohio State University ATI as a freshman.

What is your major? I will be studying Agricultural Communication.

What is your favorite thing to do when you have free time? I love to be outside and spend time with my family, friends, and my dog. (I also like to line dance!)

Favorite sports team and why: I do not follow many sports teams, but I love watching my younger brother play high school baseball!

Favorite Movie and why: My favorite movie is Soul Surfer. It is about a girl who is on track to become a professional surfer but loses her arm in a shark attack. I love this movie because it tells the story of how she is strong in her faith and perseveres through a stumbling block in her life and uses it as an opportunity to influence the lives of those around her.… Continue reading

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State FFA Officer Profile – Tre Plowman

Name: (Brennan) Tre Plowman

Home Chapter: Cardington FFA

What state office do you hold? State Vice President

What school do you attend and what year are you? The Ohio State University – Freshman

What is your major? Chemical Engineering

What is your favorite thing to do when you have free time? Create new magic tricks

Favorite sports team and why: I’ve been an avid Steelers football fan since I’ve understood the game, partially due to the fact that my dad is also a very dedicated fan.

Favorite movie and why: Inception; A movie that causes the watcher to think in such an abstract way doesn’t come along very often, and I thoroughly enjoy it when one does. This was one of those movies.

Favorite CDE and why: Soil Judging is my favorite CDE, because as a freshman I was able to grasp the concepts and make it to state. The success I found gave me a ton of confidence that I needed in other aspects of my journey through FFA.… Continue reading

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FFA members invited to attempt to break world record for pick-up truck parade

FFA members from throughout the Midwest with a penchant for their pick-up trucks can help attempt to set a world record next month in Indianapolis.

From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, food, live entertainment and a classic tractor parade will be capped by a 2 p.m. attempt to break the Guinness Book of World Records mark for a parade of pick-up trucks – a one-lap trek around the racetrack.

The current world record for a pick-up truck parade stands at 273 pick-up trucks, a mark set by the Dresden Agricultural Society on Aug. 25, 2012, on the Dresden Raceway in Ontario, Canada.

FFA members – and pick-up truck enthusiasts from throughout the region – are welcome at IMS Saturday to join in the world-record-breaking attempt. Interested participants are asked to register themselves for the Parade of Pick-ups online at www.RFDTV.com by July 25.

There is no cost for participants to enter the parade.… Continue reading

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A-C FFA Members Volunteer in Summer Activities

Now that school at Amanda-Clearcreek is out for the summer, this presents the perfect opportunity for Amanda-Clearcreek FFA members to participate and help out with community activities. Throughout the school year, FFA members volunteer to help out with multiple activities. Two of their biggest activities that members volunteer to help with are the Adopt-a-Highway clean-ups and the Holiday Food Drive.

Members volunteer to help clean up the sides of the roadways along State Route 159 in the spring, summer, and fall. The stretch of State Route 159 that the FFA Chapter at Amanda-Clearcreek strives to keep clean during the year stretches from Oakland to Tommy Wayne’s Pizza outside of Amanda. The Amanda-Clearcreek FFA partners with the Amanda Fire Department in the Fall to help with the Holiday Food Drive. FFA members put together donation bags and deliver them to all the houses in the towns of Amanda and Stoutsville. Several days later, members go back around the houses in these two villages and collect the bags of non-perishable foods that residents have donated and set back out.… Continue reading

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A-C FFA culminates successful year with awards banquet

This year’s FFA banquet for the Amanda-Clearcreek FFA Chapter took place on Saturday, May 11th at 4:00 P.M. in the school cafeteria. There were approximately 550 people in attendance including 143 FFA members, which is one of the best turnouts the chapter has ever had. This year’s banquet was very special because the chapter was celebrating its 75 years of existence as the Amanda-Clearcreek FFA.

Twenty-five Career Development Event teams were recognized at this year’s banquet; 2 of which competed at the National FFA Convention. It is a huge accomplishment for these teams to win the state contest and compete at the national level, as these events are extremely challenging due to the amount of educational information that competing members have to learn. Six of the 25 teams also placed in the top 5 in the state in their respective Career Development Event area, earning a recognition banner for the chapter.Continue reading

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West Holmes member earns trip to Costa Rica

June 12-20, graduate member Aaron Clark and advisor Jaime Martin of the West Holmes FFA had the chance to go Costa Rica for 9 days with the National FFA Proficiency and Stars Travel Seminar. Aaron earned this opportunity by being a national finalist in the Diversified Agriculture Proficiency last November.  Aaron had to fill out an application and go through an interview to earn the trip.  He was selected along with 46 other students for an expenses paid trip to Costa Rica to tour their country and agricultural areas.  The student’s advisors may also join them on the trip.  While in Costa Rica, they toured a variety of agricultural operations and tourist areas.  The first stop was La Paz Waterfall Gardens where there are many waterfalls flowing through rain and cloud forests.  Next up was Dole Banana Farm, where they learned about the growing, harvesting, and storing process for bananas.  Finca Corsicana, which is a pineapple plantation that produces organic pineapples for DelMonte, was exciting as they were able to consume fresh pineapple straight from the field. … Continue reading

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West Holmes attend first session of “Hunger Games” FFA camp

On June 3-7, the West Holmes FFA Chapter sent 20 members to first session FFA camp at Camp Muskingum in Carrollton, Ohio. Members who attended were Alex and Jeared Miller, Tim Cox, Coven Mullet, Patrick Schlabach, Dustin and Dakota Stocker, Riley Brannon, Racheal Yerian, Harlie Spurlock, Sierra Wengerd, Hunter Carpenter, Lexi and Levi Kinstle, Tory Eggers, Justin Lorentz, Devon Little, Jillian Gurley, Lyndsey Davis , Brandy Haddock. On the first day of camp, members were separated into camp chapters. After being separated into camp chapters, everyone gathered together in the meeting hall for a short meeting about rules and what to expect at camp. Then, we gathered into our camp chapters and played ice breaker games. Some of the activities consisted of name games and questionnaires. Throughout the week, we attended multiple learning sessions in which we furthered our leadership skills. While at camp, we spent time working to improve our leadership capabilities by attending workshops put on by the state officers.… Continue reading

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Ft. Recovery FFA announces state finalists

The Ft. Recovery FFA Chapter announces that Keith Fortkamp and Logan Jutte were both State FFA Proficiency Finalists.

Keith Fortkamp, son of Kevin and Sharon Fortkamp, applied for the Ag Mechanics Repair and Maintenance Proficiency Award for his employment at K&L Tractor Sales and Service and placed 4th in the state.  Logan Jutte, son of Eric and Gail Jutte, applied for the Fruit Production Proficiency Award for his strawberry crop and placed 3rd in the state.  Logan also applied for the Landscape Management Proficiency Award for his employment at Jutte’s Fruit Farm and Landscaping and placed 2nd in the state.

In order to apply for a Proficiency Award, the members were required to keep accurate records at their work experiences and fill out an extensive application.  This application included a resume, an employer’s statement, and pictures taken on the job site.… Continue reading

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A-C FFA culminates successful year with awards banquet

This year’s FFA banquet for the Amanda-Clearcreek FFA Chapter took place on Saturday, May 11th at 4:00 P.M. in the school cafeteria. There were approximately 550 people in attendance including 143 FFA members, which is one of the best turnouts the chapter has ever had. This year’s banquet was very special because the chapter was celebrating its 75 years of existence as the Amanda-Clearcreek FFA.

Twenty-five Career Development Event teams were recognized at this year’s banquet; 2 of which competed at the National FFA Convention. It is a huge accomplishment for these teams to win the state contest and compete at the national level, as these events are extremely challenging due to the amount of educational information that competing members have to learn. Six of the 25 teams also placed in the top 5 in the state in their respective Career Development Event area, earning a recognition banner for the chapter.… Continue reading

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National Trail elects new officers for upcoming year

Interviews to nominate new officers were held in early April, by advisor, Joe Slone and the 2012-2013 Executive officers. Officers for 2013-2014 were elected at the next FFA meeting. New officers were elected were as follows:

Kate Deaton, former Reporter, was elected as Chapter President. She is a senior, and the daughter of Ron and Pam Deaton of Eaton.

Carson Fort was elected Vice President. Carson joined the officer team as a first year officer, and is a junior. He is the son of Stephen and Barbara Fort of New Paris.

Taking the position of Treasurer is Kara Gallaher. Kara is a junior and a first year officer. She is the daughter of Archie and Paula Gallaher of New Paris.

The newly elected Reporter is Tessa Rhodus. She is a junior and a newcomer to the officer team. She is the daughter of Brain and Angie Rhodus of New Paris.

Cara Williams was elected Secretary.… Continue reading

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Fort Recovery holds 83rd annual FFA banquet

The Fort Recovery FFA recently held its annual banquet at the Fort Recovery Middle School Auditorium with well over 230 members, parents, and agribusiness leaders in attendance. The banquet serves as public display of all the hard work done by the members in the past year.  Fort Recovery Chapter President Logan Jutte called the banquet to order.  Chapter Sentinel Mitchell Lennartz gave the invocation and the buffet meal was served.  Remarks were given FRHS Principal Jeff Hobbs, FRHS Superintendent, and Fort Recovery Alumni Secretary Lisa Timmerman.

With 103 members, the Fort Recovery FFA participates in numerous events including career development events, fundraisers and community service projects. This year nine members will receive their State FFA Degree, which include Randy Braun, Samantha Florence, Katie Fortkamp, Mitchell Lennartz, Grant Muhlenkamp, Nicole Nietfeld, Alex Stammen, Kaleb Timmerman, and Samantha Tobe. Six other members, Kurt Fortkamp, Doug Lennartz, Andrea Lennartz, John Link, Jacob Whitacre, and Karissa Will, will receive their American FFA Degree.… Continue reading

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Straits competed in State General Livestock Finals

Gretchen Straits competed in the State General Livestock Finals and placed 3rd in the State. She qualified for the finals by placing 10th in the preliminary judging contests. There were nearly a thousand contestants who participated in the general contest this year.  For General Livestock Judging you are required to take an online test over livestock management and marketing information.  In the pre-lims you judge classes of beef cattle, sheep, hogs, and boar goats.  The animals are evaluated for their characteristics in meat production and breeding programs.   In the finals you are to judge 2 classes of beef, sheep, and hogs and give a set of oral reasons on each one.  Gretchen was the high scorer in both sheep and swine judging in the finals.  Gretchen is the daughter of Joyce and Phil Straits.… Continue reading

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Miami East members attend FFA camp

The week of June 3, 13 members of the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter attended the first session of Ohio FFA Camp Muskingum, Carrollton, Ohio.  Members attending included: Austin Rush, Bekah Eidemiller, Brandon Nales, Daniel Everett, Devin Staley, Haleigh Maggert, Kelly Rindler, Kelsey Kirchner, Lauren Williams, Lindsey Roeth, Shane Richardson, Sydney Oakes, and Tanner Church.

The 2013 theme was “The Hunger Games.” During the week members also participated in various sports tournaments involving softball, sand volleyball, basketball, tetherball, horse shoes, ping pong, and corn hole. Additional competitions included group presentations on recycling, reciting of the FFA Camp Creed, rifle, shotgun, and archery.  Each morning, before breakfast, campers had the opportunity to plunge into the lake or take a sunrise walk. Several members participated in a paintball challenge.

During the first day members met fellow members in their district, the Treaty of the Treason (camp rules), and participated in a dance.  The day ended with a campfire reflecting of opportunities at camp.… Continue reading

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Ft. Recovery FFA Attends 85th State FFA Convention

Thirty-five members, two parent-chaperones, and two advisors of the Ft. Recovery FFA Chapter recently attended the 85th State FFA Convention in Columbus, Ohio.  Over 6,200 members representing 320 FFA Chapters across the state of Ohio were in attendance at the convention.  The two-day trip was packed with convention sessions, skills contests, educational tours, and good fun.  Between convention sessions, members could participate in a career show that featured nearly 50 exhibitors from agriculture, business, and education.

The Ft. Recovery FFA Chapter was fortunate to receive many awards for the great success this past year at the State FFA Convention. Nine members including Randy Braun, Samantha Florence, Katie Fortkamp, Mitchell Lennartz, Grant Muhlenkamp, Nicole Nietfeld, Alex Stammen, Kaleb Timmerman, and Samantha Tobe, received the prestigious State FFA Degree, a degree received by only 2% of Ohio’s 23,000 members each year.

Ft. Recovery FFA members attending the convention included SENIORS-Randy Braun, Keith Fortkamp, Maleia Fullenkamp, Logan Jute, Melissa Lochtefeld, Kendra Tobe, and Samantha Tobe.;… Continue reading

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West Holmes FFA holds annual banquet

The annual West Holmes FFA banquet was held Friday, April 19th, at the high school gym with 2012-2013 President Elizabeth Overholt conducting the open ceremonies. A member slide show was prepared by Audrey Ivers identifying all members and their parents. Prayer was led by Wyatt Gardner and the meal was prepared by Des Dutch Essenhaus. After the meal a Year in Review slide show was presented that highlighted the key events the chapter participates in throughout the year.

Each year the chapter recognizes community members who help out during the past year. Certificates of Appreciation were given to Kenneth and Laura Ivers, Mr. Rhoades, Mr. Dodd, Mike and Sheri Miller, Jack and Lauren Armstrong, Ken and Julie Krebs, Casey Schlauch, Nicole Steiner, Adam Rine, Dennis and Pam Gardner, Duane Yoder, Terry Adams, Sam Collett, Kerry Taylor, Kiersten Sigler, Martin Overholt, Mr. Sterling, Mr. Baughman, Rhett Martin, Kurt Rodhe and Rodhe’s IGA, Jim and Tracy VanKuren, Des Dutch Essenhaus, Chad Strouse, Ms.… Continue reading

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Largest endowment in FFA history to impact thousands

A new endowment that has been established with the National FFA Foundation will allow thousands of future FFA members to attend the organization’s largest leadership development conference – free of charge.

Once active, the Glenn and Maggie Stith Leadership Development Fund Endowment could provide about $1,500 each for 110 eligible FFA members from throughout the country to attend the annual Washington Leadership Conference each year. The scholarship will be awarded to the National FFA Organization to cover the cost of each recipient to attend the conference and provide a stipend to cover travel, meals, lodging and other conference-related expenses.

Glenn Stith of Ankeny, Iowa, who grew up on a family farm in Kentucky and was an FFA member in high school, was vice president of U.S. Branded Business for Seeds, Biotech Traits and Chemistry and Global Lead of Seminis Vegetable Seeds at Monsanto for 35 years. After retiring in 2010, he was named senior associate at Context Network, a business management and strategy consulting firm providing services to global agriculture, biotechnology and food companies.… Continue reading

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Madison Plains FFA Chapter attends State Convention

On May 3rd of 2013 The Madison Plains FFA Chapter traveled to The Ohio State Fairgrounds for the Ohio FFA State Convention. While there; Abby Ames, Aaron Depugh, Jennifer Ernst, Rachel Garrison, Clay Hart, Jessica Lahna, Bailey Mierzejewski, and Rick Verhoeven were awarded their State FFA degrees. Abby Ames, Poorva Patel, and Rachel Garrison were awarded a gold rating for their excellent officer books kept for the Chapter.  Joe Ballah, Sam Owens, and Dathan Pollard part of the Madison Plains FFA Chapter were able to perform with the Ohio State FFA band. The chapter also toured The Ohio Department of Agriculture. They viewed the necropsy lab, weights and measurement department, plant and pesticide lab, and the consumer protection lab. The State Convention provided many learning opportunities for the Madison Plains FFA chapter and was enjoyed by all who attended.… Continue reading

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Japan waffles on U.S. wheat imports

Trade concerns immediately emerged with last week’s USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announcement that test results of plant samples from an Oregon farm indicate the presence of genetically engineered (GE) glyphosate-resistant wheat.

 

“The Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries (MAFF) has temporarily suspended tenders for soft white wheat from the United States because of the recent announcement from USDA that an unauthorized Roundup Ready GM trait was detected in volunteer wheat on a single farm in Oregon,” said the U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) and the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) in a statement. “MAFF has not, however, suspended or restricted all U.S. wheat imports as some reports claim. MAFF did purchase U.S. hard red spring wheat and hard red winter wheat in its regular tender this week. Our organizations are also aware that wheat buyers in South Korea have temporarily suspended purchases of U.S.Continue reading

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Mount Gilead FFA Chapter Enjoys State Convention

May 2nd and 3rd the Mount Gilead FFA chapter went to FFA State Convention held at the Ohio state fairgrounds in Columbus. The Chapter visited the Ohio Cattleman’s Association and Select sires. The chapter also attended the five sessions of the convention. The sessions included the State Choir Performance, The FFA state Degree ceremony, 3 keynote speakers and award winners.  Samantha Appleman, Kyle Hack, Sarah Hubschman, and Amanda Bush received their state degrees. Samantha Appleman, Keirston Pangborn and Brittany Broadwater were recognized for gold rated officer books.  Emma Weiss, Levi Ridenour, and Robert Hudson performed in the FFA State Choir.

While at Ohio Cattleman’s Association, members learned about how  the check off dollars help the Cattleman’s Association to promote beef products. Members had the opportunity to ask questions and earn prizes. Members had a lot of fun participating in questions and most received a “lean beef” t-shirt. We learned about internship availability and exactly what the Ohio Cattleman’s Association does as an organization.… Continue reading

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