FFA News



Benefit Breakfast: Pen Facilities for Millard Ag & Expo Building

The Crawford Antique Farm Machinery Association will serve a Pancake Breakfast to benefit pen facilities for the Millard Ag & Expo building on the Crawford County Fairgrounds.

The breakfast is slated for Saturday December 1, 2012 from 7:00 until 11:00 AM at the Colonel Crawford High School cafeteria in North Robinson.  The breakfast will be offered at no charge with a free will offering graciously accepted.

“The Crawford Antique Farm Machinery Association members may have shown animals during their youth or have family members involved in the Crawford County Junior Fair.  With these connections, our Association strongly supports the 4-H and FFA youth organizations involved with the fair.  We have supported the building effort from the outset.  And, we look forward to our ongoing support through this fund raising effort,” indicated Earl Smith, President of the Crawford Antique Farm Machinery Association.

Tom Laughbaum, Fair Manager described the progress of the pen facilities by commenting, “The completed Millard Ag & Expo Building was utilized for the first time during the 2012 fair. … Continue reading

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Members of the Benjamin Logan FFA collect shoe boxes

By Katelyne Ackley, chapter reporter

Members of the Benjamin Logan FFA teamed up with Goshen Friends Church, and collected shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child. Together they collected a total of thirty-seven shoe boxes “the power of a simple gift.”

Operation Christmas Child is an organization that assists victims that were affected by natural disasters, diseases, wars, and famines. This organization is to help give the light to children of the less fortunate, help them feel they are never alone, and never forgotten.

To find out more information please visit   http://www.samaritanspurse.org/index.php/Who_We_Are/About_Us.… Continue reading

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Miami Trace FFA Agronomy Team Competes at National Convention

Members of the Miami Trace FFA Chapter in Ohio were one of 34 teams participating in the National FFA Agronomy Career Development Event (CDE). The event was held in conjunction with the 85th National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Ind. The team, led by advisor Bruce Bennett, was awarded a Gold emblem and placed second in the nation. Members also competed for individual awards with 131 other participants. Landon Gibbs received a Gold emblem, Rachel McClish received a Silver emblem, Evan Schaefer received a Gold emblem, and Judith Straathof received a Gold emblem.

The top ten individuals and the national winning team members received cash awards to recognize their success in the event. The cash awards and the agronomy event are sponsored by Bayer CropScience as a special project of the National FFA Foundation. The members of the team placed in the top 15 individually with Straathof placing sixth, Schaefer placing seventh, Gibbs placing ninth and McClish placing thirtieth.… Continue reading

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Zane Trace FFA attends National Convention

Wednesday, October 24, a group of Zane Trace FFA members traveled to Indianapolis to attend the 85th National FFA Convention. This convention is an annual trip for the most involved members of Zane Trace FFA, and used as  a great opportunity to grow as leaders, learn more about their future, explore Indianapolis, and get to know FFA Members from around the country.

The Zane Trace Members started of their trip with a visit to the Hoosier Gym in Knightstown, Indiana, where they learned many fun facts about the movie Hoosiers, and were able to shoot baskets in the original gym from the movie. From there, they traveled to Traders Point Creamery. There, they looked around the milking area and learned about the natural products that Traders Point has to offer. The members ended their day by attending The Band Perry and Brantley Gilbert concert in Lucas Oil Stadium.

Thursday morning was when the convention activities kicked off, and the members attended opening session of the convention, held in the Bankers Life Field House.… Continue reading

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Mohawk FFA attends National FFA Convention

By  Emily Daniel, chapter reporter

Thirteen members of the Mohawk FFA attended National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana.  Members were:  Meghan Chaffee, Meagan Cleveland, Emily Daniel, Lindsay Daniel, Kayla Draper, Morgan Edington, Somer Freeman, Caitlin Huffman, Blaec Kearns, Austin Morter, Deon Morter, Cassie Parsons, and Austin Vasquez-Miller.  Members went to the career fair, toured Indiana Downs, visited a large dairy, and went to many sessions.  The trip is a great way for members to develop their leadership potential and to explore possible careers in the agriculture fields.… Continue reading

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Southeastern FFA competes in food science event

Seven members of the Southeastern FFA recently competed in the sub-district food science and technology career development event held at Southeastern High School. Team members had to use nutritional and budget information for ingredients to develop a food product prior to completing four other activities.

Individually, students had to identify twelve different food aromas, identify differing food products in a series of triangle tests, respond to and identify problems and solutions posed in a customer complaint letter and identify up to six different food safety and sanitation violations given ten photographs of food preparation areas.

Each portion of the competition was scored and the top three schools advance to the district level. Southeastern placed third behind Graham and Urbana.

Those competing were; Jillian Edwards, Haley Conway, Ashley Finchum, Danielle Augustus, Matt Toops, Kyle James and Shawn Carpenter. Other students who assisted in running the event were; Deanna Keating, Tristin Ford, Alex Lancaster, Cory Knox, and Madison Roddy.… Continue reading

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Benjamin Logan attends National Convention 2012

By Katelyne Ackley, chapter reporter

On October 24-25, 2012 members of the Benjamin Logan FFA Chapter recently attended the National Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana. Once in Greenville, Ohio members visited the Anderson’s Ethanol Plant where they toured and saw how a plant worked. As enjoyment, members went to the Incredible Pizza Place and a Band Perry Concert. This was a great way to mingle and have a good time.

The Benjamin Logan FFA Chapter recently had three FFA members recognized at the National Convention. Congratulations to Heather Bleiniger, Cierra Jordan, Kelsey Lininger, Stephen Miller, and Libby Zoldak. They were awarded with the highest degree possible which was their American Degree.… Continue reading

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Mohawk FFA hosted a distracted driving stimulator

By Emily Daniel, chapter reporter

The Mohawk FFA planned its first-ever Distracted Driving Day this year.  There was a speaker that came and talked to the junior and senior classes about the dangers of texting and driving.

The Ohio Department of Transportation brought a driving stimulator to the school for a day during Homecoming week.  Students participated by driving the stimulator and signed and pledged vowing not to text and drive.

The stimulator was also available for community members to participate in during the football game that night.… Continue reading

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Bellevue FFA's Greenhand initiation

On Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012 the Bellevue FFA hosted its annual Greenhand initiation to formally induct first- year members into the FFA. There were 32 members who completed the applications to earn the Greenhand degree.

The ceremony was held in the high school cafeteria, and members and guests enjoyed refreshments following the festivities. The Greenhand degree is the first degree that an FFA member can earn, and is symbolized with a bronze pin (to be worn on the FFA jacket) and a certificate.

“Greenhands” as they are referred to throughout their first year in the Ag program, must learn about the FFA organization, memorize the FFA creed and have plans for a satisfactory Supervised Agricultural Experience in order to qualify for this prestigious degree. Congratulations to all recipients, and welcome to the Bellevue FFA!… Continue reading

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Preble Shawnee FFA Busy at Black Walnut Festival

The Preble Shawnee FFA Chapter had a float in the Black Walnut Festival Parade. The float was pulled by Jeremy Bendel. Johnny Cottingim, chair of the Ag Awareness Committee contacted local commodity organizations for items to distribute during the parade.

The Preble Shawnee FFA Chapter also assisted with the kiddie tractor pull, where they helped set up, record pull lengths, hand out trophies/ prizes, line up, and signed up participants.

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Colonel Crawford Fall Festival

By Jessica Millenbaugh, chapter reporter
The annual Fall Festival hosted by Colonel Crawford FFA in partnership with Pioneer, was a big success.  The CC FFA set up a tent and put on the petting zoo.  Despite the cold, and wind, the petting zoo was a wonderful experience for kids looking to experience fun with animals that are in our community.

Not only did we host the petting zoo, but we also held a bake sale to raise money for the FFA National Convention trip from Oct. 24 through Oct. 27.… Continue reading

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Hiland FFA fruit sale

The annual FFA Fruit Sale fundraiser is now running for the Hiland FFA Chapter. Sales are now being taken and will run until Nov. 19.

Fruit will come in the week of Dec. 10. The chapter is selling Navels, Tangelos, Tangerines, Oranges, Red Grapefruit, Nuts and Barbecue Sauces.

Please contact a Hiland FFA member or Ms. Albright at Hiland at 330-893-2626.… Continue reading

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Aaron Clark wins trip to Costa Rica

Aaron Clark, son of Heidi Truit, Chris and Julie Clark, was one of the four national finalists for the Diversified Agricultural Production. The National FFA Organization’s Agricultural Proficiency Awards program recognized outstanding student achievement in agribusiness gained through establishment of a new business working for an existing company or otherwise gaining hands-on career experience.

Aaron became eligible for the national contest after winning the Ohio state FFA contest earlier this year and will take home a $500 award plus a special plaque.  Aaron worked at Loder Farms and Kick Farms, where he did both crop and livestock production for the past four years.

Aaron has worked on farmland on a 6,000 acre gain and poultry farm, he helps with fieldwork, plant beans, takes soil samples and inspects the eggs of the approximately 45,000 laying hens. At a different operation, he works with a 150 herd of crossbred dairy cows, feeding calves, hauling manure and grinding feed.… Continue reading

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“Invest 2 Fight Hunger Pilot Program”

National FFA Organization has selected the Madison Plains FFA chapter to participate in the Invest 2 Fight Hunger (I2FH) Pilot Program. Only 30 chapters were extended this opportunity across the nation. Madison Plains will be hosting at least four educational workshops regarding hunger and its related issues.

The National FFA Organization is committed to helping combat hunger by providing its chapters and members with resources and opportunities to engage in this important cause. The Invest 2 Fight Hunger (I2FH) Pilot Program will provide opportunities for students to put their FFA leadership skills into action by educating their community. In addition, the chapter will partner with its local ADM grain elevator and Feeding America Food Bank to help provide relief for needy area citizens.

The Invest 2 Fight Hunger Pilot Program is sponsored by the Howard G. Buffett Foundation as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.

About the Howard G.… Continue reading

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Miami East FFA donates books to elementary schools

Recently members of the Miami East FFA Chapter donated dozens of to the elementary libraries of three schools that participate in the Miami East Ag Day in May. The books will be available for all the elementary students to learn about where their food comes from and gain a better understanding of agriculture in their lives. The schools donated to include Troy City School’s Cookson Elementary, Troy City’s Concord Elementary, and Miami East Elementary.

These books were selected from an approved list provided by the American Farm Bureau Federation and Ohio Farm Bureau as recipients of Children’s Literature Medal for accuracy in agriculture and farm-friendly.

One of the books donated was the 2012 Ohio Farm Bureau’s Award for Children’s Literature Winner, “How Did That Get In My Lunchbox? The Story of Food,” by Chris Butterworth. The book was chosen because it is a clear, engaging look at the steps involved in producing some common foods.… Continue reading

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Mowrystown FFA attends National Convention

Twenty- four Mowrystown FFA members attended the 2012 National FFA Convention in Indianapolis. The students enjoyed sessions, the expo, and the tours and activities they did while they were there.

A few stops that they made were at: The Children’s Museum, Lincoln Tech, and the National Museum of the US Air Force. On Saturday, Logan Morris, Ashley Frazer, and Taryn Christy were received their American Degrees.

Everyone enjoyed the trip and had a good time!… Continue reading

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Colonel Crawford FFA fruit sale

By Jessica Millenbaugh, chapter reporter

Colonel Crawford FFA is selling fruit starting on Oct. 18.  Fruit forms will be due Nov. 19 and fruit delivery will begin around Dec. 7.

The FFA chapter will be selling navel oranges, grapefruit, tangelos, various nuts, BBQ sauce, and Fruit Baskets.  Call the Colonel Crawford FFA chapter at (419) 562-6755 to order or contact a FFA member today.… Continue reading

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