FFA News

Ridgemont FFA’s Empty Bowls Project fights local hunger

Submitted by the Ridgemont FFA Chapter.

1 in 5 children in the United States are hungry. The Ridgemont FFA Chapter took action in late May through their Empty Bowls Project to make a difference in local hunger.

The chapter partnered with the school’s art department, as well as students in the elementary, to host a meal and art auction that will support the district’s weekend food program. Attendees were able to donate and receive a student-created, ceramic or 3D printed bowl along with a soup supper.

Guests could also purchase elementary students’ artwork for a donation. The event raised $3000 that will fund a weekend food program to send meals home from school with hungry children each month.

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2018-2019 State FFA Officers and photo highlights

State FFA Sentinel: Mallary Caudill, West Liberty Salem
State FFA Reporter: Bailey Eberhart, Harrison Central
State FFA Treasurer: Kalyn Strahley, Paulding
State FFA Secretary: Gretchen Lee, Pettisville
State FFA Vice President: Holly McClay, Fredericktown
State FFA President: Kolesen McCoy, Global Impact STEM Academy

State Vice Presidents – At Large: Austin Becker, Fairbanks; Tyler Zimpfer, Anna; Grace Lach, Bloom-Carroll; Grant Lach, Bloom-Carroll; Emma Dearth, Amanda-Clearcreek


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Miami East names Laycox member of the month

The April 2018 Miami East-MVCTC FFA Member of the Month is Tyler Laycox. He is the son of David and Stephanie Laycox of Troy and Kelli Ordway of Dayton. He is a freshman and first year member of the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter.

Tyler has participated in a variety of FFA opportunities in his first year of membership, including State Greenhand Conference and National FFA Convention. He competed at then County and District Novice Parliamentary Procedures and District Rural Soils Evaluation Career Development Events. He sold over $1,000 in fruit sales and plans to attend the Chapter Exchange program to Minnesota this coming June. His Supervised Agricultural Experience consists of designing and marketing custom made birdhouses.

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.… Continue reading

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Redline Equipment invests $8,150 in Ohio FFA members

Redline Equipment donated $8,150 to the Ohio FFA Foundation. The money will go to fund scholarships for 24 Ohio FFA members in the counties Redline Equipment serves, to attend the Washington Leadership Conference and Ohio FFA Camp Muskingum.

“The redliners are extremely proud to be able to pay it forward. Most of our customers and many of our staff are former FFA members,” said Heather Hetterick, Director of Marketing Communication at Redline Equipment. “This is not a donation. We consider this an investment in youth in our communities to ensure they have opportunities for personal growth and leadership development.”

The money was raised through Redline Equipment’s annual Parts Days sale. When customers purchased a $1,000 or more in parts, the dealership committed to donating $50 to FFA.

“We are very thankful for Redline Equipment and their customers,” said Jessica Parrish, Executive Director of the Ohio FFA Foundation. “This money will help provide transformational experiences for students that otherwise wouldn’t have the opportunity to attend life-changing leadership conferences.”… Continue reading

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Miami East FFA judging teams complete busy season

The Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter members wrapped up a spring season of Career Development Events. A special thank you goes to the practice sites for the teams. The Livestock Team practiced at Team Johnson Sheep Farm, Lynn/Alan Pence Goat Farm, Duff Swine Farm, and the Brent and Jenny Clark Feedlot.

On March 3 at the Marysville/Champaign County Invitational in Marysville the General Livestock team placed 16th out of 117 teams with members Isaac Beal, Chloe Gump, Paige Pence, Ethan Fine, Adam Bensman, Lauren Wright, Emma Sutherly, Keira Kirby, Ethan Paulus, Sam Sutherly, and Blake Boggess. Isaac Beal was the highest placing individual from Miami East at 20th out of 622 contestants.

On March 10 at the Miami Trace Invitational in Washington Courthouse, the Equine Management team consisted of Jessica Copeland and Sydney Preston. The team placed 24th and Jessica Copeland was the highest placing from Miami East at 20 out of 131 contestants.… Continue reading

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Anthony Wayne FFA busy with spring CDEs

On Tuesday March 13th, several Anthony Wayne FFA members competed in General Livestock Judging, Poultry Management, Equine Management, Meats Evaluation, and Wildlife Management Career Development Events at the Fulton County Fairgrounds. The Equine team consisting of Maggie Burkett, Reegan Kehres, Emily Queen, and Paige Miller placed 3rd in their contest. The General Livestock team consisting of Lila Common, Lauren Swartz, Tayler Common and Patrick Miller placed 4th in the district. Haley Schmersal placed 4th as an individual in the Wildlife CDE, Lila Common placed 11th as an individual in the General Livestock CDE, and Maggie Burkett placed 16th as an individual in the Equine CDE. Junior FFA member Emily Queen said “We had new team members and improved a lot from last year’s contest.” Overall, this was a great experience for FFA members and each team did very well in their contests.

Anthony Wayne FFA is a satellite program of Penta Career Center.… Continue reading

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Pence named Miami East FFA Member of the Month

The January 2018 Miami East-MVCTC FFA Member of the Month is Paige Pence. She is the daughter of Brent and Christine Pence of New Carlisle. She is a freshman and first year member of the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter.

Paige has accomplished much in her brief membership in the FFA Chapter. She was a member of the District Novice Parliamentary Procedures Career Development Event Team,  was one of the top seller in the chapter fruit sales fundraiser with over $1,000 in sales, and was the overall winner in the chapter’s Corn Contest for high yields.

Her Supervised Agricultural Experience consists of market goats and market steers. She exhibited the Grand Champion Market Goats at the Keystone International in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and American Royal in Kansas City, Missouri. Just recently she was named the Intermediate Showmanship winner in the market goat show and exhibited a class winner in the market sheep show at the National Western Stock Show in Denver, Colorado.… Continue reading

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Miami East FFA hosts state leadership night

The Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter recently hosted a State Leadership Night for its FFA members with the theme of “Passion.” Several members from Miami East-MVCTC FFA attended the activities. State FFA Officers coordinated the workshop.

Representing the Ohio FFA Association were Carley Coppler, State Vice President at Large from Carey FFA, and Kolesen McCoy, State Secretary from Global Impact STEM. During the evening members completed tasks to identify a personal passion they have and establish a timeline for their passion.

Attending from Miami East-MVCTC FFA were Liza Bair, Natalie Bair, Elizabeth Bair, Michael Bair, Daniel Baker, Erin Baker, Arielle Barnes, Ethin Bendickson, Adam Bensman, Kylie Blair, Sarah Blocher, Makayla Brittain, Anna Broerman, Jakob Brunke, Madison Calvert, Libby Carpenter, Keagan Carsey, Abigail Covault, Coleman Demmitt, Josie Desautels, Alex DiNardo, Ryan DiNardo, Kelsea Drake, Carter Gilbert, Luke Gilliland, Kaitlyn Hawes, Justin Hawkins, Rachael Hodge, Savannah Holzen, Megan Honeyman, Alex Isbrandt, Kearsten Kirby, Saige Lacey, Abbey Lauck, Tyler Laycox, Kami Martin, Lane Mergler, Cole Mergler, Morgan Nosker, Paige Pence, Meadow Powers, Sydney Preston, Kaitlyn Rohrbach, Grace Slone, Jimmy Sutherly, Jacob Sweitzer, Brailyn Tarcea, Caleb Taylor, Emily Thimmes, CJ Vanpelt, Leann Vernon, Isabella Waite, Seth Wells, Jarrett Winner, Lauren Wright, and Emma Younce.… Continue reading

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Ohio FFA Alumni Association and Miami County Farm Bureau hosting agriculture-leadership event Feb. 10

The Ohio FFA Alumni Association, along with the Miami County Farm Bureau, will host a community, agriculture-leadership event Feb. 10 at Hobart Arena in Troy.

Along with FFA members, alumni and advisers, Farm Bureau members, 4-H, young farmers and Grange members are all invited to attend.

Featured speakers will include: Greg Peterson, of the Peterson Farm Brothers; Sydney Snider, past Ohio and National FFA officer; Hannah (Crossen) Everetts, past Ohio and National FFA officer and current agriculture educator, and several other past Ohio FFA officers.

On the day of the event, a light breakfast will be offered during registration from 8-9 a.m. At 9 a.m., the Ohio FFA Alumni will conduct a business and awards meeting. Lunch will be provided from noon to 1 p.m.

Peterson Farm Brothers will perform at 6 p.m. These three Kansas farm brothers, along with their family, have been telling the story of American agriculture through various workshops and parody music videos.… Continue reading

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Anthony Wayne FFA officers compete in Parli Pro

Six members of the Anthony Wayne FFA officer team competed in the District 1 Advanced Parliamentary Procedure Career Development Event at Four County Career Center in early December.

For the competition, students took a 40 question written test over different aspects of parliamentary procedure. Then members correctly demonstrated parliamentary procedure in front of three judges. The Anthony Wayne FFA team placed 3rd in the district.

Competitor Lexi Fries said “I’ve participated on the novice team in the past and I enjoyed competing on advanced team this year.”… Continue reading

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Genoa FFA notes Parliamentary Procedure team

The Genoa FFA had a novice parli pro team and an advanced parli pro team that they sent to the sub-district contest. Both teams qualified to move on to a district. The advanced parli pro team did not compete in the District competition. That team consisted of Kaleb Kuhlman as chairperson, Jordan Iffland as secretary, and Mason Hogan, Bobby Bench, Seth Moore, and Brady Linker also on the team.

The novice team was Andrew Blausey, Candance Lawson, Kenneth and Emilio Aranda, Timmy Matthews, Gregory Clark, Kasey Kuhlman, Charlotte Priddy, and Samantha Richards. Parliamentary procedure is the body of rules, ethics, and customs governing an FFA meeting. For the contest, students had to present and debate motions.

The secretary has to write down everything that is said. Each student also receives a task they’ll have to do like amending a motion or call for a division of the house. Each individual must debate three times to receive the full amount of points and all do the tasks they were given correctly.… Continue reading

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Ohio FFA members excel at National Convention

The 90th National FFA Convention and Expo took place October 25-28 in Indianapolis, Ind. Ohio FFA was well represented with multiple Career Development Event (CDE) teams, Proficiency Award finalists and 397 American Degree Recipients.

The final days of convention brought much anticipation as the winners were announced for CDE’s, Proficiency Areas and the Agriscience Fair. Below are the results for Ohio FFA members and chapters who competed at convention.


Ohio CDE Teams/Individuals who placed in the top 5:

Agricultural Issues, 4th place: Amanda-Clearcreek FFA

Agronomy, 1st place: North Union FFA

Extemporaneous Public Speaking: Koleson McCoy, Global Impact STEM Academy

Food Science and Technology, 4th place: Hillsdale

Forestry, 4th place: Liberty Union


National Agricultural Proficiency Winners:

Agricultural Communications—Entrepreneurship/Placement
Kolt Buchenroth, Kenton-OHP

Agricultural Mechanics Repair and Maintenance—Entrepreneurship
Aaron Lane Hendrich, Eaton-MVCTC

Agricultural Sales—Placement
Sierra MacKenzie Drewes, New Breman

Diversified Agricultural Production—Entrepreneurship/Placement
Nole Gerfen, Ridgement

Diversified Livestock Production—Entrepreneurship/Placement
Adam Daniel Blumenschein, Fairbanks

Food Science and Technology—Entrepreneurship/Placement
Ann Marie Shelby, Zane Trace

Swine Production—Entrepreneurship
Collin Dunaway, Felicty-Franklin


National Agriscience Fair Winners:

Plant Systems Division 3: Kayla Wyse, Pettisville FFA

Power, Structural and Technical Systems Division 4: Jared Hamilton and Joseph Glassmeyer, Felicity-Franklin FFA

American Star in Agriscience Winner: Chrysta Beck, Pettisville

Along with these competitors, Ohio was also represented in the National FFA Band and Chorus.… Continue reading

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FFA traffic jams worth stopping for

I recently found myself inescapably trapped in a traffic jam in Indianapolis. It wasn’t cars and trucks, but a sea of blue jackets that prevented me from moving. I was in a hurry to meet with some folks for an interview and was being temporarily delayed without any hope of moving. The reason: the National Anthem.

I was riding up the escalator just outside of the arena prior to the start of a session. All of the televisions in the hallway featured a lone corduroy-clad FFA member singing a beautiful, respectful version of the National Anthem then switched to a picture of the flag. The escalator was packed with FFA members trying to get to their seats for the start of the Session and everyone (to a person) stopped in the places they were standing with their hand over their heart, respectfully watching the flag on the multiple televisions in the vicinity.… Continue reading

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A conversation with Ohio FFA State Officers at 2017 National Convention

Matt Reese and Joel Penhorwood borrowed several Ohio FFA State Officers from their busy time at the 2017 National FFA Convention. The team has been staying hard at work with delegate sessions, meeting officers from other states, and gaining ideas to take back home. Ryan Matthews, Lane Heil, Evan Callicoat, and Milan Pozderac are among the group that sat down for the conversation in the video below.… Continue reading

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FFA soil judging winners announced

Student teams from Northmor High School in Morrow County and Gallia Academy High School in Gallia County were first place winners in the 65th annual FFA State Land and Soil Judging Contest held Oct. 14 at the Farm Science Review site in Madison County. The event is sponsored by the Ohio Department of Agriculture Division of Soil and Water Conservation, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Delaware Soil and Water Conservation District and Haviland Plastic Products.

Northmor’s victory came in the rural land judging portion of the competition, where soils are evaluated for their limitations, soil health, fertility and overall potential for agricultural production. The Gallia Academy win came in the urban soil judging category, which challenges students to evaluate soil limitations for urban applications such as buildings, septic systems, roads and landscaping.

Teams from East Clinton High School (Clinton County) and Upper Sandusky High School (Wyandot County) placed second and third, respectively, in the rural contest.… Continue reading

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Chrysta Beck of Archbold named 2017 American Star in Agriscience

Since third grade, Chrysta Beck of Archbold has raised broilers and layers to sell meat and egg products to local customers. As she got older and joined FFA, she developed a supervised agricultural experience (SAE) that would look into the health of poultry. But what started as research to assist her with personal production goals soon developed into a project with a vastly larger scope. It focused on U.S. and global poultry production and welfare.

Beck’s work began when she was in ninth grade and started looking closely into broiler production factors and exactly how the birds grew. She also learned how to determine meat quality. By her senior year, Beck was investigating alternative methods for replacing antibiotics.

“I was looking into the gut health of the chick,” Beck said. “I was looking into the microbiology of chickens and doing probiotic research.”

In her lab trials, Beck has been testing different types of bacteria to determine their viability.… Continue reading

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Hard work paying off for FFA proficiency finalists from Ohio

An astounding 25 FFA members from Ohio are finalists in the national proficiency competition. Proficiency is one of the key competitions in FFA, where members are judged off work completed through their Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE), depending on category. The video below highlights nearly all the hard working young people representing Ohio and their respective chapters this year.

Congratulations to the Ohio FFA’ers that are vying for a national placing in the contest.

Winners will be announced at the sixth general session Friday afternoon at the 90th National FFA Convention in Indianapolis.… Continue reading

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