FFA News

Big numbers at National FFA Convention

One can’t help but be inspired by the quality and the hard work of the young people clad in those distinctive jackets who, for a few short days are turning Louisville a bluer hue.

This week’s National FFA Convention will once again transform the city of Louisville into a sea of corduroy as big numbers are expected for the event. The city is prepared for more than 60,000 students, advisors and other visitors for the 2014 National FFA Convention and expects an estimated economic impact of $40 million, with visitors in 136 hotels for a combined 39,247 nights within a 60-mile radius of Louisville. Those sound like some big numbers, but they are well founded based upon past conventions and the steady membership increases in FFA around the country. This last year saw an explosion in FFA membership throughout the United States, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. As of this fall, membership in FFA stands at 610,240 students up from 579,678 in 2013.… Continue reading

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Anthony Wayne FFA Alumni sponsors jackets for chapter

The Anthony Wayne FFA Alumni sponsors FFA jackets for Anthony Wayne FFA members each year. This year, the alumni group distributed 12 partial scholarships and 1 full jacket scholarship.

These scholarships make having a personalized FFA jacket a reality for many students. FFA members wear their personalized jackets to official FFA functions such as conventions, the annual FFA banquet, and contests. “I think it’s really cool that the alumni sponsored $20 toward my jacket. This made getting a jacket a possibility for me,” said Sierra Wcislek. Rachel Myers said, “I am more excited about participating in FFA now that I have my own FFA jacket.”… Continue reading

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Blue Jacket Program brings free corduroy to National Trail chapter

The National Trail-MVCTC FFA Chapter was recently selected to receive three free FFA jackets as a part of the Ohio FFA Foundation’s Blue Jacket Program.

The program is sponsored by Farm Credit Services of Mid-America. Farm Credit donates money each year to buy FFA jackets for members in their local territory. The jackets cost nothing to the chapter or students who receive them. The National Trail Alumni and National Trail-MVCTC FFA Advisor Mr. Eric Kennel will be deciding who the three members from the chapter will be.

The National Trail-MVCTC FFA Chapter would like to thank the Farm Credit Services, Ohio FFA Foundation’s Blue Jacket Program and the Ohio FFA Foundation for the jackets! The Chapter appreciates the support.… Continue reading

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West Holmes FFA participates in Forestry CDE at state

In early October, the West Holmes FFA chapter sent five members to State Forestry at Hocking College.

The team placed 27th out of 41 teams. As individuals, the members placed: Wyatt Mellor – 66th, Coven Mullet – 142nd, Terry Medley – 168th, John Maki – 213th, and Remington Green – 227th out of 258 individuals.

At State Forestry, members had to take a general knowledge test, identify equipment and forest products, perform timber cruising to estimate diameter breast height, the number of logs in trees, the board foot in trees, and total value of a tree. They also had to identify tree and leaf types and perform map reading. The team also visited Hocking College for a tour of the campus.… Continue reading

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Tailgate party held by Fort Recovery FFA

The Fort Recovery FFA recently held a tailgate party for the community prior to the Ft. Recovery Homecoming Football Game.  This event was held in the Mary Help of Christians grass lot, across from the football field, and in the school’s bus barn.

Students from elementary and middle school grades could participate in a Punt, Pass, and Kick contest; have tattoos put on; get their faces painted, and listen to the DJ’s music.  Members made hot dogs and had chips and cookies for all that came.  The event was organized by the junior FFA members and was a huge success.  Special thanks goes out to Mr. Hobbs for being the DJ, to Mary Help of Christians for letting us use their grass lot, to the FR Cheerleaders for putting on tattoos, to the Art Club for face painting, and everyone else that helped make the event possible.… Continue reading

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Ohio FFA chapters hard at work with fruit sales

Several FFA chapters across the state are hard at work with their annual fruit sale fundraiser.

Miami East-MVCTC FFA

The fruit sales are now on! 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, Navel Oranges, Tangelos, Pears, Pineapples, Pink Grapefruit, Mixed Fruit, and Peanuts. The fruit is sold in full and half boxes.

Miami East 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 FFA chapter will be selling from now through November 13th. Delivery will be the first full week in December. If you want to buy fruit there will be FFA members travelling throughout the community.… Continue reading

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Clear Fork FFA takes part in annual Belleville Street Fair

This year marked the 164th year of Bellville’s annual Street Fair. FFA members were hard at work all week to prepare the animal tents and make sure that all of the shows ran smoothly. On Monday members set up all of the animal tents to prepare for Tuesday when the animals would be moved into their temporary homes. Wednesday and Thursday was packed full of livestock shows that went very well thanks to the barn supervisors and other helpful members. Many of the members did very well showing their animals and won some awards. Brent Ball raised the scholarship hog this year and won first in his showmanship class. Shelby Tedrow had Grand Champion ducks, while Ellyse Shafer had Reserve Champion ducks. This year we also had two  ladies from the FFA participate in the fair queen contest; Jenna Mascazinni and Cheyenne Smith-Raines. Congratulations to Cheyenne on getting 2nd runner up and representing Clear Fork FFA.
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Anthony Wayne chapter takes part in iAmFFA video

On October 2nd, the Anthony Wayne FFA was fortunate to be a part of a video for the Ohio Department of Education. The purpose was to create an iAmFFA video featuring some of our very own Anthony Wayne FFA members. The video crew followed the veterinary science, biotechnology, and plant science classes to observe and video the everyday activities in those classes.

Several members were also individually interviewed.  Drake Moore, Spencer Burtscher, Troy Schalitz, Carmyn Buskey, and Kalie Anderson were all given an opportunity to be a movie star. When asked about his interview, Troy said, “It was pretty interesting. I really want to learn more about what they do.” The video crew asked the students to talk about their SAEs and how they will impact their future careers. Also, they asked the students what they would say to a member who was on the fence about joining FFA. All of the answers seemed to be very similar: “Do it!” … Continue reading

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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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