FFA News

Meet the 2016 Ohio FFA Convention Student Reporters

Ohio Ag Net and Ohio’s Country Journal are proud to announce another year of exceptional student reporters to help bring you live coverage of the 88th Ohio FFA State Convention, May 5th and 6th at the Ohio Expo Center. The three new reporters and one returning member will be working alongside our staff and offering a view of convention from an FFA’er’s perspective, all while learning valuable communication skills and having fun in the process. Stay tuned to www.ocj.com for the latest updates from Ohio FFA.

Kolt Buchenroth is a junior in the Kenton-OHP FFA Chapter and has served as the reporter, president, and is currently the vice president of his chapter. He is also active in 4-H, student council, National Honor Society, and the Hardin County Junior Fair Board. He raises cattle on his farm in Kenton and stays busy as the ag news director and reporter for WKTN radio.… Continue reading

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Mechanicsburg FFA wins county tractor troubleshooting contest

The tractor troubleshooting teams of Gus Hoewischer and Kylie Owen will move on from the county contest on February 17th to the district contest on February 27th.

The team of Heath Starkey and Wyatt Snyder placed second at the county contest. The two teams traveled to Koenig’s Equipment in Urbana, Ohio for the county contest.  Tractor troubleshooting, or ag power and diagnostics, consists of having to debug a problem in the tractor, asses the problem, use Service Adviser and fix the problem all within 20 minutes.… Continue reading

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Miami East FFA announces February Members of the Month

The February 2016 Miami East-MVCTC FFA Members of the Month are Lane Mergler and Liza Bair. Lane is the son of Scott and Michelle Mergler of Troy. Liza is the daughter of Todd and Wendy Bair of Fletcher. Mergler and Bair are freshman at Miami East High School and first year members of the FFA.

Lane’s Supervised Agricultural Experience Program consists of Lane’s Lures, a custom fishing lure business. He plans to market his lures through social media and at craft fairs such as Miami East’s Viking Fest on February 20, 2016. He is a member of the Program of Activities Committee of which he helped organize and attended the tour of Ohio State’s College of Food, Ag, and Environmental Sciences and Vet School.

Liza’s Supervised Agricultural Experience program consists of Minnie Winnies, a homemade horse treat business. She plans to market her treats to fellow horse enthusiasts. Liza has participated in county and district Novice Parliamentary Procedures as the vice chair, Princess For a Day fundraiser for the March of Dimes, and Freshman Families.… Continue reading

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Miami East FFA Alumni sponsors upcoming basket bingo

The Miami East FFA Alumni Chapter is sponsoring a Basket Bingo on Sunday, January 31st at 2 p.m. in the Miami East High School Cafeteria. Please enter through the east door of the high school (door #14). Doors will open at one o’clock.

Beautiful and functional Longaberger Baskets will be the prize for the 20 games, with the grand prize being a retired basket feature.

Tickets are $20 for the 20 games and a raffle entry. There will also be raffles, extra games, and concessions sales offered. All winning tie-breaking cards win a consolation prize of a Longaberger product.

Tickets can be purchased by calling the Miami East FFA Alumni Chapter at (937) 335-7070 ext. 3212 or by purchasing them at the door.

All funds raised will be donated to the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter in support of their community activities and leadership development.… Continue reading

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Hiland FFA helps bring joy to nursing home

The Hiland FFA Chapter visited the Walnut Hills Living Assistance and Nursing Home residents recently.

When the chapter first got there, they went inside to  greet and pass out cards to the residents, which the chapter made before their Christmas break to help spread holiday joy. The chapter then continued to the Living Assistance section of the nursing home. The FFA chapter passed out cards and wished the citizens there a happy holiday as well.

A few members, and a couple of the Nursing Home residents, took a picture for fun and from there conversations began. After the chapter left the nursing home, they went out to eat at Berlin Farmstead where everyone shared what they learned and expressed their interests to help again.

The FFA members that went to the Walnut Hill were: Seirra Conway, Bailey Engstrom, Nikyta Engstrom, Carson Feikert, Alisha Hershberger, Marlin Hershberger, Natalie Lovell, Hayleigh Scheufler, Alexis Raber, Cheryl Yoder, Diane Yoder, and Maxwell Weaver.… Continue reading

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Holiday giving a focus of Eaton MVCTC FFA

In December, the Eaton MVCTC FFA chapter delivered fresh flower bouquets and a table centerpieces to local businesses in Eaton for the holidays.

The flowers and greenery came from Eaton’s agriculture education classroom, which the students made arrangements for their families to take home, using skills and techniques taught in class. Extra bouquets and arrangements were made that Friday and delivered around town by students. The local businesses that the FFA chapter delivered to includes; Creature Comforts Veterinary, Jell’s Sports Grill, Taffy’s, Sarah’s Pizza, Just Teasin’, Alley cat Tattoo, Hometown Furniture, U.S. Bank, China Wok, Wings Etc., Eaton Police and Fire Departments, Vancrest Health Care Center, Greenbrier Nursing Center, Preble County Medical Center,  and the Preble County YMCA.

The students also caroled Christmas songs at Vancrest Health Care Center in the assisted living lobby. It was a memorable night for both the students and residents as the FFA chapter sang traditional Christmas songs and handed out flowers.… Continue reading

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Elifritz named January Miami East FFA Member of the Month

The January 2016 Miami East-MVCTC FFA Member of the Month is Kyle Elifritz. Kyle is the son of Joe and Tiffney Elifritz of Fletcher. Kyle is a freshman at Miami East High School and a first year agriculture student enrolled in Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources.

Kyle was chosen for his continued strong worth ethic and dedication to FFA events. At the recent county and district Parliamentary Procedures Career Development Event, Kyle served as the chairperson and led his team to a gold rating at both events. He participated in the District Job Interview Career Development Event in Division 1. He also earned the Greenhand FFA Degree and helped regularly with the loading and sort of fruit during the chapter’s fruit sales fundraiser.

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 student that has been actively involved in the FFA chapter, school and community activities. … Continue reading

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Miami East-MVCTC FFA member receives $1,000 grant from National Foundation

A $1,000 grant has been awarded to FFA member Emily Thimmes, of Piqua, OH, by the National FFA Organization. The SAE Grant is designed to help FFA members create and enhance their Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE), a requirement that all FFA members must complete. An SAE requires FFA members to create and operate an agriculture-related business, work at an agriculture-related business or conduct an agricultural research experience. Upon completion of the grant fiscal year, grant recipients must submit a comprehensive report regarding their career development experience.

Thimmes is a member of the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter and was selected from over 1,600 applicants nationwide. Thimmes will use the grant monies to expand her herb and plant greenhouse small business SAE. Thimmes makes and markets her own herb gardens at local farmers markets. The grant money will be used to purchase her own equipment and build a small greenhouse. She also plans to expand the variety of herbs grown in her greenhouse.… Continue reading

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Hiland FFA experiences Ohio State University ag school, hockey

The Hiland FFA Chapter visited The Ohio State University recently, experiencing a Men’s Hockey Game, ag campus, and the football stadium.

The chapter took a tour of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences campus and explored buildings, discussing what was in each and their purpose. Members discovered that an ag engineer made the slow vehicle sign, which is on slow moving vehicles such as farm equipment.

Later that night, the chapter watched the OSU Hockey Game. The Buckeyes took on the Canisius Golden Griffins. Ohio State won 4-1 and the crowds went wild.

25 FFA members went to the game: Natalie Byler, Sierra Conway, Bailey Engstrom, Nikyta Engstrom, Claire Farquhar, Carson Feikert, Marlin Hershberger, Kyle Huprich, Alex Jamison, David Mast, Hunter Mast, Ryan Mast, Blaine Miller, Morgan Miller, Violet Miller, Regina Nisley, Will Stoltzfus, Parker Stutzman, Sheila Troyer, Tallie Troyer, Brandon Raber, Lexi Raber, Cheryl Yoder, Diane Yoder, and Max Weaver.… Continue reading

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Shelby FFA looks back on 2015 fruit donations

The Shelby FFA does multiple community service projects throughout the year, one of them is donating fruit to the Shelby Help Line.

The FFA has donated fruit for many consecutive years. Members say it’s one of their favorite community service projects.

This year, Shelby FFA donated $2,274 worth of fruit to the Help Line.

This project would not be possible without the generous donations from community members as well as the FFA.

The chapter also started another community service project in the later part of 2015. 25 boxes of fruit, or $625.00 worth, were taken to 25 different people/families that were  nominated.

The Shelby FFA prides itself on all of our different community service activities.… Continue reading

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Mowrystown FFA gets into the giving spirit this holiday season

The Mowrystown FFA hosted a school wide day of giving at Whiteoak Jr./Sr. High School on December 18th. Students had two different sessions to go to where they could either make tie blankets, assemble boxes of food, help decorate and fill bags for Totes for Hope, or watch a movie.

By the end of the day the students had assembled about 30 blankets, 95 boxes of food, and about 25 bags for Totes for Hope. It was a fun and successful day of helping others and the Mowrystown FFA would like to thank everyone who helped and those who donated the material.

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FFA chapters receive thousands from Ohio Small Grains Checkoff

Eleven Ohio FFA chapters were chosen to receive a $500 grant to participate in the Ohio Small Grains Marketing Program’s (OSGMP) nutritional-awareness campaign, “Food for Thought Challenge.”

Introduced at the annual Farm Science Review, Food for Thought is a statewide competition among FFA chapters to increase awareness about the nutritional value of a diet with whole grains, among other healthy behavior changes, in their schools and communities. Participants will create a campaign that will promote small grains in any way they choose. Participating FFA chapters submitted campaign entries in September and were selected in October based on the originality of their campaign ideas.

FFA chapters selected to participate in the Food for Thought challenge include:

• Cory-Rawson

• Cedarville

• Eaton-MVCTC

• London

• Madison-Plains

• McComb

• Mowrystown

• North Union

• Ridgedale

• Riverdale

The selected chapters met on November 10th at the Ohio FFA center to kick off the contest.… Continue reading

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Miami East FFA raises funds for Heifer International

The Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter, along with a friendly herd of (plywood) cows, is seeking greener pastures for cows in third world countries. Presently, the FFA members at Miami East High School are soliciting donations for Heifer International. The goal of the Heifer International: Greener Pastures Program is to generate $1,000 that will provide 2 cows ($500 each) to be given to the impoverished families in poor, third world villages. The generous donations of members of the Miami East School Community is making this happen.

The program is designed to have six creatively decorated plywood cows stay a night or two in the yard of a community member. The community member will then make a donation to the FFA’s fundraising program to: 1) have the cows removed, 2) tell the FFA whose yard to put the cows in next, and/or 3) purchase insurance that the cows will not return to their yard or any combination of the three.… Continue reading

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Mowrystown serves food at fall carnival

In early November, current and alumni members of the Mowrystown FFA served the food at this year’s Bright Elementary Fall Carnival.

Alumnus and members spent the evening serving chili, hot dogs, hamburgers, nachos, and desserts they had made the day before. The chapter made about $1000 dollars and would like to thank everyone who came and the members for helping.… Continue reading

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District Job Interview sees Miami East-MVCTC FFA’ers compete

Several members of the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter recently competed in the District 5 FFA Job Interview Career Development Event held at Preble Shawnee High School.

The Job Interview Career Development consists of designing a resume and cover letter, completing a job application, performing an interview, and composing a typed follow-up thank you note.

Emily Beal competed in the Division 4 (senior year) interview competition. She placed 2nd in the district. She earned a plaque sponsored by the District 5 FFA Chapters. There were 22 participants.

Katie Bodenmiller competed in the Division 3 (junior year) interview competition. She placed 12th in the district. There were 16 participants.

Emily Thimmes competed in the Division 2 (sophomore year) contest and placed 5th in the district. There were 21 participants.

Kyle Elifritz competed in the Division 1 (freshman year) contest and placed 13th in the district. There were 19 participants.… Continue reading

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Madison Plains FFA members awarded highest honor

Three graduate members from the Madison Plains FFA chapter recently received the highest degree attainable in the FFA, the American Degree.

The three were recognized at the 87th annual National FFA Convention in Louisville Kentucky. The Degree requires the recipients to meet specific extensive requirements. This year’s recipients included Roger Mason, Rachel Garrison, and Ethan Fryer. These three members combined made a total community economic impact of $98,000 over their four years of agriculture education. And dedicated over 9,509 hours of their time to their home chapter.

The Madison Plains FFA Chapter is very proud to see its members go so far and would like to congratulate them on their hard work.… Continue reading

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Sydney Snider: 2015 National Officer

Ohio FFA just capped off an incredible year of success at the National FFA Convention with the announcement that Sydney Snider is the 2015-2016 Eastern Region Vice President on the 2015-2016 National FFA Officer Team.

Listen to her comments about national office here:

Sydney Snider full interview on National Officer 11-2-15

Joel Penhorwood caught up with Sydney after she qualified in the top tier of candidates before the final announcement on Saturday. Here is the interview:

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Gerfen brothers competing for top proficiency awards

Brothers Nole and Clay Gerfen from the Ridgemont Chapter are both finalists for National Proficiency awards. Nole is a finalist in Diversified Livestock and Clay in competing in Diversified Agricultural Production. Their projects are separate but there is quite a bit of teamwork with the brothers that are both competitive at the highest level of the national FFA proficiency competition.

Here is more from the brothers.

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Ohio’s National Agriscience Fair results

Ohio also had a solid showing in the National Agriscience Fair.

Holly Schmenk, Patrick Henry, was first place in Food Products and Processing Systems Division 1.

Kolbie Brandenburg and Abigail Fulton, Felicity-Franklin, were second in Animal Systems Division 3.

Grace Lach, Bloom Carroll, was third in Plant Systems Division 1

Jarrett Crowthers and Jenna Jackels, Edgewood-Butler Tech, were third in Plant Systems Division 3

Rebecca Helt, Global Impact STEM Academy of Ohio FFA Association, was third in Social Systems Division 2.… Continue reading

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