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Ohio FFA Convention Fourth Session recap

Speakers were showcased, officer awards were presented, CDE winners were recognized, and parents of state officers were honored in this busy session. Attendees got to hear the Spanish (and English) versions of the FFA Creed and an inspirational message from National Officer Ruth Ann Myers as well.

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2015-2016 Ohio FFA State Officer candidates announced

President: Natalie Miller, Miami Trace and Matthew Klopfenstein, Wayne Trace

Vice President: Mary Buehler, Anna and Ryan Goddard, A.B. Graham Ohio Hi-Point

Secretary: Michaela Kramer, Botkins and Alyssa McQuiston, Miami Valley CTC

Treasurer: Haley Wilson, Sheridan and Sarah Landis, Valley View-MVCTC

Reporter: Aaron Klohn, Clyde and Madison Sheahan, Genoa-Penta

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Meet the 2015 Ohio FFA Convention Student Reporters

Ohio Ag Net and Ohio’s Country Journal are excited to announce yet another year of exceptional student reporters to help bring you live coverage of the 87th Ohio FFA State Convention, April 30th and May 1st at the Ohio Expo Center. They’ll be reporting alongside our staff and offering a view of convention from a member’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.

Here are this year’s student reporters:

Taylor Caster is a member of the Clyde FFA Chapter. She is currently a sophomore at Clyde High School and serves her chapter as its junior president. She’ll be serving as president next year. Taylor has participated in various CDEs such as Parliamentary Procedure, Agricultural Sales, Dairy Judging, and Public Speaking. Outside of school, she is involved with the Riley Booster 4-H Club serving as reporter, Jr.… Continue reading

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87th Ohio FFA Convention schedule

The 87th Ohio FFA Convention will take place April 30th and May 1st this at the Ohio Expo Center. The event will welcome Ohio FFA members from across the state to rub shoulders with others wearing blue jackets. Students will take part in workshops, compete in contests, and be recognized for their achievements to name just a few things of what to expect over the two busy days in Columbus.

Full coverage of the event will be provided from the 2015 Ohio Ag Net and Ohio’s Country Journal Student FFA Reporters.

Here is a look at the convention’s schedule:


7:30 am Set Up: Agriscience Fair, Proficiencies

8:00 am Convention Registration – Celeste

8:00 am National Chapter Interviews – Rhodes

8:00 am Ag Issues CDE – FFA Center

9:00 am Career Show & Expo – Bricker

9:00 am Agriscience Fair Interviews – Bricker

9:00 am Proficiency Interviews – Bricker

9:00 am Ohio FFA Fights Hunger – ODOT

1:00 pm Grain Merchandising Finals – Rhodes

12:30 pm Recognition Luncheon  – Rhodes



Opening Ceremony

Teacher/Administrator Recognition

Chapter Trust Awards

Foundation Service Chapters

Children’s Hospital Recognition

CROP/Church World Services Recognition

Ohio FFA Fights Hunger Recognition

Washington Leadership Conference Scholarships

Recognition of New FFA Chapters

Keynote Speaker – Curtis Zimmerman

Delegate Business Meeting & Officer Elections

Closing Ceremony

5:30 pm Honorary Degree Dinner  – Rhodes



Opening Ceremony

Honorary State FFA Degree Ceremony

National Winners Recognition

Star American FFA Degree Recognition

Star State FFA Degree Recognition

Proficiency Award Recognition

Wildlife through Fiber and/or Oil Crop

Concert – Keith Anderson

Closing Ceremony


8:00 am Registration – Celeste

9:00 am Career Show & Expo – Bricker

9:00 am Choir Practice – Bricker

9:00 am Band Practice – ODOT



Opening Ceremony

Chapter Awards

• Ohio FFA Gold Medal Chapters

• Top 10 Student Development Chapters

• Top 10 Chapter Development Chapters

• Top 10 Community Development Chapters

• Top 10 Chapters

Keynote Speaker – Miss Ohio Mackenzie Bart

Proficiency Award Recognition

Equine Science through Accounting

Closing Ceremony

1:00 pm Talent Show – Celeste



Opening Ceremony

Creed Speaking Presentation

Officer Awards

• Secretary’s Award

• Treasurer’s Award

• Reporter’s Award

National FFA Officer Keynote

State CDE Recognition

Prepared Speaking Presentation

Agriscience Fair Recognition

Ohio FFA Officers’ Parent Recognition

Closing Ceremony

5:00 pm State FFA Degree Reception – ODOT

5:00 pm Past Officer Reception – FFA Center

5:00 pm Band and Chorus Musical Presentation



Opening Ceremony

Band and Chorus Presentation

Remarks – Ohio FFA Alumni

Retiring Address – State President, Sydney Snider

2015-16 Ohio FFA Officer Announcement

Conferring of the State FFA Degree

Officer Installation

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Nine Benjamin Logan FFA members to receive State Degrees

The Benjamin Logan FFA has announced a near record setting amount of State FFA Degrees to be awarded to their members this year.

The State Degree is the second highest honor a member can receive, only below the American FFA Degree, and the highest honor a state organization can bestow.

The following Ben Logan FFA members will receive their State Degree at the Ohio FFA State Convention on Friday, May 1st: Grace Barger, Noah Nicholl, Dillion Park, Erica Wilson, Cassondra Coil, Chance Coil, Jessie Griffin, Robert Brown, and Taylor Miller.… Continue reading

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Urbana FFA does well at state Career Development Events

Urbana FFA members recently took part in the State Career Development Events. The Milk Quality and Products, Poultry, and General Livestock teams competed in this event.  With State Dairy Cattle and Meat Evaluations more recently on April 25th. These competitions promote leadership and life skills for the students involved. All students take part in practices before the contests, to learn the skills they will need for the competitions. Teams are made up of up to eight members, and are given an accumulative score on the three highest ratings.

The Milk Quality and Products team taste milk to determine a defect and milk fats also determining the type of cheese. The team placed first in the state and consisted of Hannah Preston who placed (1st) individual in the entire state, Jacob Wood placing (8th) individual, Ciera Marchal placing (9th) individual, Billie Stiltner, and Robert Keller.  The top four scores are going to be going to The Big E regional competition in the fall which takes place in Massachusetts.… Continue reading

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Ft. Loramie FFA wins its first state banner

On April 14th, the Fort Loramie Agriculture, Food and Resources, Structural Engineering, and Business Management for Agriculture and Environment students competed in one of the following contests: Greenhand Quiz, Farm Business Management and Agricultural Technology and Mechanics CDE.  Agriculture, Food and Resources class competed in the Greenhand quiz, in which tests a first year member’s knowledge about the organization’s history and functions. Austin Meyer placed 83rd as an individual out of 1, 692 in the state.

Structural Engineering students took a test for Agricultural Technology and Mechanics, testing them on agricultural equipment, metals and calculating acreage. Cole Cordonnier ranked 24th, Clint Ratermann placed 30th, Ethan Broerman was 35th, and Joseph Seger ranked 40th as individuals out of the 314 contestants. Their team ranked 6th in the state; all participants claim the contest will help them in their engineer and mechanic careers, and are planning to come back to compete in the state finals this October.… Continue reading

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Edgewood/Butler Tech FFA member wins state Creed Speaking contest

Jarrett Crowthers, a freshman member of the Edgewood/Butler Tech FFA, finished first in the statewide Creed Speaking Career Development Event (CDE) on Saturday, March 7th.  Jarrett advanced through four levels of competition to make it to the state finals, where he presented the FFA Creed in front of a panel of judges and answered questions about the Creed.  Jarrett will now present the Ohio FFA at the national CDE during the National FFA Convention in October.

Over the early months of 2015, Jarrett practiced after school to gain feedback on his speaking skills.  He competed at the sub-district contest at Ross High School, and the district prelims and finals at Fayetteville High School.

The Creed Speaking CDE is for first-year FFA members.  Thousands of members across the country compete each year by presenting the FFA Creed from memory and answering questions about its meaning and purpose.  The event boosts self-confidence and develops students’ ability to communicate in a powerful, professional manner.… Continue reading

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Student reporters wanted for 2015 Ohio FFA State Convention

Attention Ohio FFA Members:

The 2015 Ohio FFA State Convention is just around the corner and the Ohio Ag Net & Ohio’s Country Journal is looking for three Ohio FFA members to help serve as student reporters for this year’s event. You’ll get the opportunity to help cover the convention and work alongside our news staff that includes Matt Reese, Dale Minyo, and Ty Higgins. Ever wonder what it’s like to do our job? Here’s your chance!

The live coverage of the Ohio FFA Convention will be posted on www.ocj.com.

Student Reporters will:

  • Assist in gathering award winner information
  • Shoot video of newsworthy items and people
  • Share their commentary of what happened in each session through a video recap

To be considered:

  • You must be attending both days of the Ohio FFA Convention April 30th and May 1st.
  • Submit a video sharing your qualifications and why you should be selected no longer than two minutes.
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Farm Credit Services donates FFA jackets to Miami East

Recently, Farm Credit Services of Mid-America donated FFA jackets to two members of the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter. The jackets were made available through a special project of the Ohio FFA Foundation. The Blue Jackets Program was founded to help new FFA members earn their first FFA jacket. Participating FFA members pledge to meet the Blue Jacket Program requirements and the jackets will be awarded to them.

Requirements of the Blue Jacket Program include attending two FFA events, completion of 10 hours of community service, submission of satisfactory plans for a Supervised Agricultural Experience Program, service on an FFA Program of Activities committee, completion of a high school agricultural education course, and attendance at 80% of the FFA chapter meetings. Additionally, the members selected agree to maintain a positive and cooperative attitude.

Selected from Miami East-MVCTC FFA were Lane Davis and Zac Gordon. Lane Davis and Zac Gordon are first year FFA members and freshmen at Miami East High School.… Continue reading

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Zane Trace members compete in district ag sales

In mid-February, four members of the Zane Trace FFA chapter traveled to Lancaster High School to participate in the District 7 Ag Sales Career Development Event.  As part of the competition, members prepared a sales presentation for an agriculture related product and attempted to complete a mock sale to a panel of judges.  Members also completed a practicum in sales prospecting and answered questions about sales and marketing in an online test.  This year’s team consisted of Nathanael Freeman, Ann Shelby, Kevin Daubenmire and Olivia Pflaumer.  The group placed 9th out of 12 teams in the competition with Nathanael having the highest individual score.… Continue reading

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Ft. Recovery FFA hosts tractor and truck drive-in

To celebrate National FFA Week, the Ft. Recovery FFA Chapter held a truck and tractor drive in to help promote agriculture and the National FFA Organization.

Twenty FFA members drove in tractors to win the following: Most HP, Least HP, Oldest, Cleanest, Least Hours, Most Hours, Best Restored, and Most American.  Austin Kahlig won 1st in the Most HP, while Kurt Wendel placed 1st in the Least HP. The oldest award went to Brian Lennartz and Gabe Grieshop got 1st in Cleanest tractor. Whereas Rick Knapke won 1st place in the Least Hours and Adam Schoenlein won Most Hours.  Best Restored went to Isaac Siegrist and Most American went to Jason Hein.

Thirty-five FFA members also drove in trucks to win the following:  Newest, Oldest, Most Miles, Cleanest, Dirtiest, Loudest, Sharpest, and Junkiest.  First place in the Newest truck category was awarded to Nick Link, and the Oldest went to Devon Stephens.… Continue reading

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Anthony Wayne FFA donates to Toledo Seagate Food Bank

On February 11th, Anthony Wayne FFA students presented a check with proceeds from their holiday sale to the Toledo Seagate Food Bank.

After presenting the check, the students also got to tour the facility. They saw the storage areas and different freezers and also got to see where they grow some of their food, although they couldn’t see much right now because of the snow.

It is a very good program at the Seagate Food Bank, the chapter was happy to support them, and it was very interesting to see their facility. The food bank helps support people who may need food.

They grow some of their food and also are partnered with stores to get more food. They are an independent organization so they get to decide what they want to do with their food and how they want to distribute it. They also have a food cart with fresh food to hand out to people.… Continue reading

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Preble Shawnee takes teams to the district Ag Sales contest

The Preble Shawnee FFA recently participated in the district agricultural sales contest. The two teams of Savannah Lynch, Johnathon Cottingim, Sidney Hacker, Wyatt Downard, Sarah Kurtz, Caleb Moore, Kage Worley, and Colton Pugh competed and got fourth place. Cottingim was the second highest individual on the contest. Each participant had to sell a product to the judge and complete a customer service practicum.… Continue reading

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