FFA News

Utica FFA advances in Food Science CDE

Submitted by Kimberlee Hornyak, Utica FFA

On Monday, November 12th, 9 members from the Utica FFA chapter attended the District Food Science CDE at Zane Trace high school and qualified for the state competition in December. The Food Science CDE tests members abilities to identify aromas, identify food safety errors, and identify food science equipment. This CDE also requires members to perform a triangle taste test and use mathematics to find information about foods. The Utica FFA chapter placed second out of fourteen teams. Individually, Trina Orr placed placed 4th, Aramaik Wright placed 5th, Seth Blake placed 13th, Kimberlee Hornyak placed 23rd, Georgia Gamble placed 35th, Montanna Moran placed 78th, Bella Ellis placed 90th , Lindsay Gray placed 104th, and Melodie Woodruff placed 133rd out of 140 participants. Trina Orr, Aramaik Wright, Seth Blake, and Kimberlee Hornyak will be represeting the Utica FFA chapter at the State Contest on December 1st at the Ohio State University.… Continue reading

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Ohio FFA members awarded through Blue Jacket program

The Ohio FFA Foundation recently announced it would be awarding the symbolic FFA jackets to first-year members. Students from across Ohio applied to receive the jackets as part of the Blue Jackets program, sponsored by Beck’s Hybrids and the Ohio FFA Foundation.

Beck’s Hybrids is committed to helping provide FFA jackets for first-year members who otherwise may not be able to afford the jacket. With the generous support of individuals and the Beck’s Hybrids dealer network, 107 FFA jackets were awarded this year to Ohio FFA members.

Sponsors of the jackets were as follows: Beck’s Hybrids; Cardinal Creek Seeds; Centerra Co-op; Madden Seed Sales; Tri Ag Products, Inc.; Christopher Andrus; Jason Bormuth; Joe Hoerst; and Roger Wright.

The blue corduroy jacket is part of FFA Official Dress, the student organization’s uniform worn at local, state and national events. FFA jackets open doors for students by allowing them to participate in competitions, conferences and events.

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Anthony Wayne FFA member makes history

Submitted by the Anthony Wayne FFA Chapter.

Louis Pawliski, Anthony Wayne 2017 graduate, made school history as he was a national proficiency finalist at National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana this fall. With 1,444 total state proficiency winners, Louis made it into the top 188 finalists in the country, being in the top four in the area of Agricultural Mechanics Design & Fabrication. This award was based on a application that Louis completed, as well as the state competition that he won. This was all due to the business that he began and grew as an FFA member called Krusty Lures. Today Louis continues to build his business, where he hand-makes fishing lures and rods, in downtown Toledo. He recycles used lead to create fishing lures that are useful to area fishermen. Louis is currently a sophomore at University of Toledo where he is studying business to further build Krusty Lures.… Continue reading

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National FFA Convention from the eyes of a first-year adviser and student

By Sydney Snider, OCJ FFA reporter

The 91st National FFA Convention and Expo was a memorable experience for attendees across the country. Featuring a concert from Garth Brooks, countless student winners and a visit from President Trump, the convention was full of energy, passion and booming enthusiasm. The convention was held in Indianapolis from Oct. 24 to 27.

Blake Campbell is the adviser at Warren high school in Washington County.

For a first-year FFA adviser, Convention brought light to the “behind the scenes” work that advisers put in for Campbell.

“Convention was different in many ways as a teacher over a student,” Campbell said. “This time I was in charge of finding restaurants for dinner along with helping the bus navigate Indianapolis, which can be a challenge during convention. I was in charge of making sure we had all students at each stop we left — making sure to not leave anyone behind.”… Continue reading

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Ohio’s results at the 2018 National FFA Convention at a glance

American FFA Degrees – 434


Honorary American Degrees

Melissa Bell, Zanesville
Leslie Kinder, Fletcher
Jean Scott, Tontogany

Virgil Strickler, Columbus


National Proficiency winners

Agricultural Communications – Jamie Hart, Versailles

Agricultural Processing – Emily Holcomb, Firelands

Agriscience Research Plant – Abigail Hissong, Milton-Union MVCTC

Beef Production-Entrepreneurship – Garrett Hagler, Miami Trace

Diversified Crop Production-Entrepreneurship – Todd Peterson, Miami Trace

Fiber and/or Oil Crop Production – Sarah Lehner, Buckeye Valley-DACC

Specialty Animal Production – Nathan Stewart, East Clinton

Turf Grass Management – Carson Eyre, Western Brown


Two-Star Chapters – Anna, Fayetteville, North Union, Northeastern, Talawanda-Butler Tech,


Three-Star Chapters – Amanda-Clearcreek, Black River, Bowling Green-Penta, Cardington, Cedarville-GCCC, Covington-UVCC, Eaton-MVCTC, Elgin, Felicity-Franklin, Firelands, Genoa-Penta, Houston-UVCC, London, Lynchburg-Clay, Miami East-MVCTC, Miami Trace, Missinssinawa Valley-MVCTC, National Trail-MVCTC,

New Bremen, Norwayne, Otsego-Penta, Peebles, Ridgemont, South Central, St. Marys,

Stoneridge-Pickaway Ross, Upper Sandusky, Versailles, Zane Trace


National Agriscience Fair winners

Food Products and Processing Systems Division 1 – Luke Jennings, Felicity-Franklin

Food Products and Processing Systems Division 5 – Emily Beck-Aden, Athens

Plant Systems Division 1 – Ian Hoffman, Millcreek-West Unity

Power, Structural and Technical Systems Division 6 – Joseph Glassmeyer and Jared Hamilton, Felicity-Franklin

Social Science Division 5 – Adrianne Moran, Eastern Brown


Career Development Event winners

Food Science and Technology CDE – Big Walnut-DACC

Food Science and Technology CDE – Lex Marvin, Big Walnutt-DACC (1st place individual)


National Band Participants

Meredith Bischoff-Kenton-OHP, Seth Taylor-Clyde


National Chorus Participants

Shay Bolton-Parkway


National Talent Participants

Macey Butchko-Firelands, Megan Drake-United, Aaron Hand-Wynford… Continue reading

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Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Ep. 79 | FFA success and more #WaterDrama18

The 79th episode of the Ohio Ag Net Podcast, sponsored by AgriGold, brings together host Ty Higgins alongside Joel Penhorwood, Matt Reese, and Dale Minyo.

Ohio FFA members excelled at the 2018 National FFA Convention, with 434 American Degrees. Joel talks with Sydney Malone about her American Degree and hearing President Trump speak.

Joel and Matt also sit down for a roundtable discussion with several Ohio FFA state officers.

Ty gets an update on the latest #WaterDrama18 with Kris Swartz of Soil and Water as well as Ohio Farm Bureau’s Adam Sharp.

All that and much more in the Ohio Ag Net Podcast.… Continue reading

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Eight Ohio FFA members named National Proficiency winners

Out of the 47 categories of National Proficiency Award areas available from the National FFA Organization, Ohio was represented by 24 national finalists. Eight Ohioans came out on top of their respective categories, an extremely difficult task. More about each of this year’s winners from the Buckeye State below:

Agricultural Communications – Entrepreneurship/Placement

Jamie Hart

From the moment Jamie Hart of the Versailles FFA Chapter in Ohio gave her first presentation in her Agricultural, Food and Natural Resources course, she was hooked on public speaking. She was motivated to find a job as a Farm News Director. When her local radio station was searching for a student farm news broadcast, she jumped at the chance. Six counties in Ohio and Indiana regularly hear news delivered from Hart. She is supported by her FFA advisor, Dena Wuebker. This award is sponsored by Bader Rutter and Associates, Inc. and Red Brand.

Agricultural Processing – Entrepreneurship/Placement

Emily Holcomb

Emily Holcomb of the Firelands FFA Chapter in Wakeman, Ohio, began producing maple syrup as a family project with her father.… Continue reading

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President Trump, politics and the FFA

By Matt Reese

Are you ready for an FFA kerfuffle? It’s been going on all week.

I must confess I was totally in the dark about this until I read an odd comment on the post at ocj.com about President Donald Trump speaking this weekend at the National FFA Convention. Here is is:

(From September)

To Whom It May Concern,

My name is Kari Hanson and I am the advisor of the FFA members you have referenced in your letter to me regarding their attendance at the September 6, 2018 President Trump rally for Matt Rosendale. I want you to know that I am deeply sorry and regretful for how my students have been portrayed and the impact that this has had on each of them, my chapter, my school, the Montana FFA Association, and National FFA Organization.

I know that some that read my response will find no value in any justification I attempt to provide.Continue reading

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Ohio twins take on National FFA Convention as state officers

By Matt Reese

Brother and sister duo Grant and Grace Lach from the Bloom-Carroll FFA Chapter are both serving on the Ohio FFA 2018-2019 Officer Team. They are the first twins to ever serve together as state officers in Ohio.

“We have no choice but to work together and we make sure to make the most of it. I’d say we work together better than average for twins,” Grant said. “We don’t have many sibling fights.”

“Sometimes we finish each others’ sentences,” Grace said. “Having a twin is like having a built-in best friend. We treat it as such and we work together really well.”

Along with the rest of this year’s Ohio FFA State Officer Team, the Lachs have been hard at work getting reading for this week’s National FFA Convention in Indianapolis.

“We have been really busy doing prep. At National Convention we are responsible for being on committees and changing things so they fit more with what our members need,” Grace said.… Continue reading

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Busy day at National Convention

The 91st National FFA Convention continues today in Indianapolis. We’re sure there’s several tired FFA members at this morning’s general session after last night’s special Garth Brooks concert.

Joel Penhorwood caught up with Ohio FFA president Kolesen McCoy backstage after the first session of the day. In addition to his role as president, Kolesen is serving as a delegate at the National Convention.

“Being a delegate this year consists of quite a bit of responsibility. The delegate body, which consists of delegates based on the membership of each state, comes to the national convention to discuss six general committees presented to the board of directors for the National FFA,” McCoy said. “This year I am serving as the chair for the committee on technology and social media. So I am really looking forward to that. We are looking forward to our first business session and seeing what we can accomplish there and what committee reports we can bring to the board of directors.… Continue reading

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Ohio FFA’ers staying busy with delegate duties at National Convention

The 91st National FFA Convention continues Thursday in Indianapolis. Wednesday officially kicked off the convention with Garth Brooks performing a special concert for FFA members Wednesday night.

Mallary Caudill is an Ohio FFA State Officer staying busy at convention. She has also worked with our team in the past as an Ohio Ag Net student reporter. She said she’s enjoying seeing the wave of blue corduroy jackets in Indy.

“It’s an awesome opportunity to see 65,000 of your closest friends,” she said. “I attended National Convention as a member three years in high school and I’m just really excited for the opportunity to see a different perspective and a different avenue of it as a delegate this year.”

FFA truly is a student-led organization, with student representatives in each state showing up early at convention to take part in the governance and bylaw changes of the organization.

Caudill said it is an honor to work as an FFA delegate.… Continue reading

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Fairfield FFA member pursues National FFA office

By Sydney Snider, OCJ FFA reporter

Ryan Matthews became involved with FFA almost on a whim. When he joined as a young, shy high school freshman he was simply looking for a way to fit into his new school and connect with his older brothers, both former FFA members. But the organization has taken him further than he could have imagined.

“Sitting through the class I realized I really enjoyed learning about agriculture,” said Matthews, who is an alumnus of the Fairfield FFA Chapter in Highland County.

Matthews didn’t grow up with an agriculture background so his freshman “intro to ag” course was his first exposure to the industry. His interest in FFA took a little longer to develop.

“It was FFA camp going into my sophomore year where I got hooked,” said Matthews, who attributes his experience as a camper at Ohio FFA Camp Muskingum to opening his eyes to his own ability to lead.… Continue reading

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President Trump to speak at the 91st National FFA Convention

President Donald Trump will be attending the National FFA Convention & Expo on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018, during the ninth general session at Bankers Life Fieldhouse and will address the FFA members.

Over time, it is has become a tradition of the National FFA Organization to invite the sitting president to make remarks during its annual national convention and expo.

Former President Harry S. Truman spoke in 1957. Presidents Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter spoke in 1974 and 1978, respectively. Then Vice President George H.W. Bush spoke in 1987 followed by a pre-recorded message from President Ronald Reagan in 1988. President George H.W. Bush spoke in 1991. First Lady Michelle Obama also brought pre-recorded greetings in 2015, and Vice President Mike Pence did the same at last year’s convention.

Please note that the 91st National FFA Convention is a private event and is a closed convention; therefore, it is not open to the public.… Continue reading

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More than 65,000 expected in Indianapolis Oct. 24-27 for 2018 National FFA Convention & Expo

This week, the city of Indianapolis will transform into a sea of blue jackets when the National FFA Convention & Expo kicks off for the ninety-first time. This time-honored tradition, where innovators and leaders of tomorrow come together, will be held in the Circle City Oct. 24 to 27, 2018.

More than 65,000 FFA members and guests from across the U.S., representing all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, are expected to attend the event.

Convention and expo events will take place at several venues in downtown Indianapolis and other surrounding areas. FFA members and advisors will meet in Bankers Life Fieldhouse, where eight of the nine general sessions will be held. At the Indiana Convention Center, members can explore the expo or expand their minds by attending a variety of workshops or participating in educational and career success tours.

This year, the theme of the convention and expo is “Just One,” and the national officer team is excited to share this with all of those in attendance.… Continue reading

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Benjamin Logan FFA takes part in district soil judging

On September 27th students from the Benjamin Logan FFA Chapter competed in District Rural and Urban Soil Judging contest held in Delaware County. 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.

Emma Wenger, LeAnn Regula, Peyton Derr, Kyleigh Neeld, and Hallie Anderson represented the Urban Soil team. Nathaniel Devine, Dalton Rockhold, Tanner Anspach, John Lowe, and Matt Black represented the Rural Soil team.

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Fredericktown High School receives Ohio Historical Marker for FFA jacket

By Kayla Hawthorne, OCJ field reporter

Fredericktown Local School District received an Ohio Historical Marker for the world’s first blue corduroy jackets worn by members of the National FFA Organization.

The historical marker sign states, “In 1933, Dr. J.H. “Gus” Lintner, a Fredericktown teacher and advisor to the local FFA chapter, commissioned a jacket for its members to wear to FFA’s national convention in Kansas City, Missouri.” The national organization then adopted the jacket as part of the official dress for FFA members.

The historical marker will be placed in front of the school so it can be viewed by students and visitors.

“Tonight was a very exciting moment, not only for Fredericktown FFA, but FFA in general,” said Holly McClay, Ohio FFA State Vice President at the event.

Two of the members of the Fredericktown FFA chapter from 1933 were in attendance at the event. Linden Scheff and Neil Overly — who were in the original 1933 Fredericktown FFA band that wore the first FFA jackets to the National Convention — got to unveil the marker.… Continue reading

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