FFA News

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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Wippel named American Star Farmer

Austin Wippel, of the Westfall FFA Chapter in Ohio was named the American Star Farmer at the 88th National FFA Convention & Expo in Louisville, Ky.

The American Star awards — including the American Star Farmer, American Star in Agribusiness, American Star in Agricultural Placement and American Star in Agriscience — are awarded to FFA members who demonstrate outstanding agricultural skills and competencies through completion of a supervised agricultural experience. A required activity in FFA, an SAE allows students to learn by doing by either owning or operating an agricultural business, working or serving in an internship at an agriculture-based business or conducting an agriculture-based scientific experiment and reporting results.

Here is more from Wippel.

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Firelands named a national chapter winner

Ohio was well represented today in terms of FFA national chapter awards. The Firelands Chapter was the national winner in the area of Models of Innovation – Community Development.

Other finalists representing Ohio for Chapter awards were the Felicity-Franklin and Ridgemont Chapters as finalists in Models of Excellence. The London Chapter was a finalist in Models of Innovation – Community Development. The Miami East, Versailles, and Ridgemont Chapters were finalists in Models of Innovation – Student Development.

Here is more from Firelands Chapter members Katy Tuggle and Michael Anadell about their win.

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Two American Star finalists, many others represent Ohio at Convention

The 88th National FFA Convention is underway in Louisville, Kentucky. Ohio is well represented with a considerable amount of members competing for recognition on the national level. 337 American FFA Degrees will be awarded to those from the Buckeye state.

Not listed are those competing in Career Development Events. As of Thursday morning, two Amanda Clearcreek members in the finals (top four in the country) for their respective public speaking contests.

Below are those Ohioans seeing action in their respective contests:

American Star in Agricultural Placement Finalist

Jakob Wilson, Fairbanks

American Star Farmer Finalist

Austin Wippel, Westfall

VIP Citation

Isaac Kershaw

Honorary American Degrees

Earl Beeler, Edward Beeler, Nevin Smith, David Warner

National Proficiency Award Finalists

Agricultural Education – Natalie Miller, Miami Trace

Agricultural Mechanics Design and Fabrication – Wyatt Downard, Preble Shawnee

Agricultural Mechanics Repair and Maintenance-Entrepreneurship – Zach Hasting, Covington

Agricultural Processing – Maggie Hovermale, Westfall

Agricultural Sales-Entrepreneurship – Kelsey Kirchner, Miami East

Agricultural Sales-Placement – Collin Dunaway, Felicity Franklin

Beef Production-Placement – Nick Erf, Bellevue

Dairy Production-Entrepreneurship – Demi Dovin, Firelands

Dairy Production-Placement – Katerri Schmitmeyer, Versailles

Diversified Agricultural Production – Clay Gerfen, Ridgemont

Diversified Crop Production-Entrepreneurship – Evan Schaefer, Miami Trace

Diversified Livestock – Nole Gerfen, Ridgemont

Emerging Agricultural Technology – Nathan Teeters, Miami East

Equine Science-Placement – Ellyse Shafer, Clear Fork Valley

Fiber and/or Oil Crop Production – Tyler Stegbauer, Fayetteville

Food Science and Technology – Mariah Cox, Zane Trace

Fruit Production – Alexandra Sabine, Firelands

Goat Production – Emily Beal, Miami East

Landscape Management – Troy Mabis, Talawanda

Nursery Operations – Zebulon Burton, South Central

Outdoor Recreation – Gabriel Watern – Tri-Village

Small Animal Production and Care – Laci Welch, Marysville

Swine Production-Entrepreneurship – Gus Mitchem, Miami Trace

Vegetable Production – Sam Richer, Wauseon

National Chapter Award – Models of Excellence Finalists

Felicity-Franklin, Ridgemont

National Chapter Award – Models of Innovation Finalists

Community Development – Firelands, London

Student Development – Miami East, Ridgemont, Versailles

Two-Star Chapters

Black River, Kenton, South Central, Upper Sandusky

Three-Star Chapters

Anna, Bowling Green, Cardington, Clear Fork Valley, Crestview-Ashland, Elgin, Fayetteville, Felicity-Franklin, Firelands, Hardin Northern, London, Lynchburg-Clay, Marysville, Miami East-MVCTC, Miami Trace, Mowrystown, North Union, New Bremen, Otsego, Peebles, Ridgemont, River Valley(D6), Talawanda, Versailles, Westfall, Zane Trace

National Agriscience Fair Finalists

Animal Systems Division 1 – Jordan Skates, Pettisville

Animal Systems Division 2 – Hannah Hottel, Northwestern

Animal Systems Division 3 – Kolbie Brandenburg and Abigail Fulton, Felicity-Franklin

Animal Systems Division 4 – Aaron Brautigam and Briana Fanaff, Anna

Environ Services/Natural Resources Systems Division 1 – Gretchen Lee, Pettisville

Environ Services/Natural Resources Systems Division 2 – Michael Schmenk, Patrick Henry

Food Products and Processing Systems Division 1 – Holly Schmenk, Patrick Henry

Food Products and Processing Systems Division 2 – Rhett Tom, Global Impact STEM Academy of Ohio

Food Products and Processing Systems Division 3 – Erin Jennings and Charlena Spaulding, Felicity-Franklin

Food Products and Processing Systems Division 4 – Paige Kirby and Caitlyn Baker, Westfall

Plant Systems Division 1 – Grace Lach, Bloom Carroll

Plant Systems Division 3 – Jarrett Crowthers and Jenna Jackels, Edgewood-Butler Tech

Plant Systems Division 4 – Colt Baker and Ethan Binion, Felicity-Franklin

Power, Structural and Technical Systems Division 1 – Jacob Ashby, Loudonville

Power, Structural and Technical Systems Division 2 – Hannah Meller, Pettisville

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