FFA News

West Holmes FFA members visit Snow Trails

On Monday February 7th West Holmes FFA members went to Snow Trails with 9 other chapters for the annual snow tubing event. Members include: Dyllan Bender, Kalan Bowling, Ian Barr, Maison Carter, Cora Crilow, Hailey Conner, Laina Croskey, Maren Drazga, Ethan Feikert, Garrett Fowler, Olivia Gerber, Brody Gindlesburger, Keith Hawkins, Justice Hendrix, Liberty Hendrix, Garrett Houin, Sarah Irwin, Amy Hughes, Jimmy Lesiak, Derek Miller, Pacee Miller, Ally Ogi, Casey Ogi, Taelor Patterson, Alex Pringle, Alysa Pringle, Bree Pringle, Leah Reining, Natalie Rohr, Torrie Savage, Andi Schuch, Becca Schuch, Jenna Sheldon, Chloe Shumaker, Lexy Starner, Zora Starner, Alexa Tate, Ashley Tate, Quentin Vehrs, and Elijah Williams-Dixon. The members then snow tubed for 2 hours and ate pizza. … Continue reading

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Miami East-MVCTC March FFA Member of the Month

The March 2022 Miami East-MVCTC FFA Member of the Month is Matthew Osting. He is a junior and third year member of the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter. His parents are John and Duanna Osting of Troy.

Matthew was selected because he is a member of the state qualifying Agricultural Power Diagnostics Career Development team. He is also receiving the State FFA Degree at the upcoming State FFA Convention. His Supervised Agricultural Experience includes job placement on a Lynn Allen Farm, a local feed, hay, and livestock farm.

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.  If selected, the member will be recognized at the monthly FFA meeting, have their picture displayed in the Miami East Ag Room, and will receive a special accolade in celebration of their accomplishment.… Continue reading

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West Holmes FFA members participate in District 2 Tractor Troubleshooting

On February 9th, the West Holmes FFA chapter had 3 members participate in the District 2 Tractor Troubleshooting contest. Members were Logan VanSickle and Quentin Vehrs, Wyatt Myers was the alternate. They placed 3rd in the district. This event is where a piece of equipment is purposefully disabled and it is up to the teammates to troubleshoot the piece of equipment and get it up and running in as little time as possible, they work on 5 tractors. They are scored on accuracy and safety. They also take a general knowledge test.… Continue reading

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Zane Trace FFA update

Sausage Breakfast Survives the Ice Storm!

The Zane Trace FFA Chapter continued working the entire first week of February to get ready for the 44th Annual Sausage Breakfast. The work nights on February 1st and 2nd were beyond successful. After all this hard work, an ice storm hit on February 4th and the breakfast was sadly postponed. The chapter kept their heads up and continued working for the big day to come. On February 11, many members woke at 2:30am to serve the long awaited meals. After a tiresome morning, the chapter concluded that a total of 604 meals were served. Along with these meals, the chapter has made $4,795 for Nationwide Children’s Hospitals, Junior Fair Board, and the Pete Dunkle Scholarship Fund. Many students were grateful for the opportunity to serve the Zane Trace community, and they cannot wait for this again next year!

ZT Elementary Students go Hog Wild for Pork Lessons

Sophomores Lily Rose, Sadie Swepston, and Ellie Doles teaching a class of engaged students about pigs.
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Ben Logan student competed in Creed Speaking

On Tuesday February 8th Lylli Kelley competed in Creed Speaking for the public speaking CDE. The purpose of the Creed Speaking Career Development event is to provide FFA members the opportunity to develop oral communication skills, confidence, and the ability to appear before groups through Agricultural Public Speaking activities. The Creed CDE is available to 7th, 8th and 9th grade students, as they become members of the FFA.… Continue reading

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MVCTC EBITA Department February 2022 Student of the Month Recognized

The Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) Electives, Business, Information Technology, and Agriculture Department is proud to announce the February Department’s Career Tech Student of the Month Lainey Roberts (Eaton).

Lainey Roberts (Eaton) is a senior in Veterinary Science.  Dr. Christa Nealeigh, Instructor, shared that Lainey has been a star student in promoting, supporting, and participating in FFA.  Lainey is always an active member and is outstanding at encouraging other students to become involved in FFA.  Lainey was great support to our current FFA Reporter and helped her finish and receive a Gold Rating for her MVCTC FFA POA Reporter book.  Lainey has also been diligent in completing her application for her FFA State Degree.  It was a difficult year to fulfill all of the requirements due to COVID in 2021, but Lainey was able to complete and has submitted her application for her State Degree.

Congratulations to Lainey on her outstanding representation of MVCTC and her career technical program. … Continue reading

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Ben Logan FFA student participated in Agricultural Power Career Development Event

On Friday February 11th Owen O’Brien and Kane Gibson participated in the Agricultural Power Career Development Event at the John Deere Training Center.

Owen O’Brien is a junior and Kane Gibson is a sophomore. FFA member Owen O’Brien said “This was a great learning experience and I will be able to use these skills the rest of my life.”

The purpose of this Career Development Event (CDE) is an extension of the Agricultural Education classroom and laboratory. Additionally, this CDE serves as an authentic assessment designed to evaluate students’ knowledge in recognizing and repairing malfunctions in agricultural and/or industrial power equipment. The skills Agricultural Education students’ employ in this CDE are the same skills required by agricultural and industrial technicians.… Continue reading

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Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter Competes in County, District Public Speaking Career Development Events

Recently the Miami County and District 5 FFA Public Speaking Career Development Events were held. The County competition was held in early February, hosted by the Upper Valley Career Center in Piqua. Miami County FFA Chapters participating included Bradford, Covington, Miami East, Milton Union, Newton, and Upper Valley Career Center. The top two speakers in each category advanced to the district competition.
The District 5 FFA Public Speaking Contest was held mid-February. It was hosted by Coldwater High School. District 5 consists of schools from Auglaize, Darke, Mercer, Miami, Montgomery, Preble, and Shelby Counties.
Fletcher Harris competed in the Beginning Prepared Speaking Event. He researched, wrote, presented and answered questions on a five to seven-minute speech. Harris’s speech concerned the importance of African Swine Fever. He placed second in the county contest and seventh in the district.
The Extemporaneous Speaking Event members are given an agriculture topic then have 30 minutes to prepare a four to six-minute speech and follow-up answer questions.… Continue reading

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Norwayne FFA Science Fair


Science fair was a big hit this year! The Planimal and Livestock classes enjoyed experimenting with different AG related topics. One of the most interesting topics from the planimal classes was by Colton Rhoda and Austin Hamlink. They experimented on different deer food and what food they eat more. The boys set up a trail camera and set up three different kinds of minerals for deer to eat. They had very good results, the deer liked the one with the most nutrients. Colton said his favorite part of the science fair was; “experimenting and spending time with his friends and classmates!” Great job to the winners of the Science Fair! Tied for first place were Kya Csapo and Morgan Wiles, and Olivia Stoudmire. Tied for Second, was Blake Simmons and Marley Snyder. The third place winners were Kyle Olszewski and Luke Larrison! Congratulations to these hardworking students!… Continue reading

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West Holmes FFA agricultural communications team competed in the state contest

On February 12th, the West Holmes FFA agricultural communications team competed in the state contest. The team placed 4th in the state. Individual placings were Ashley Tate 4th, Cora Crilow 12th, Sarah Irwin 28th, and Alysa Pringle 50th. Agricultural Communications is a 4 person team that creates a proposal and presentation about an agricultural topic.  This year’s scenario was to promote a FFA member who promotes agriculture. Members were also asked to take a test on general communications and complete an AP Style editing exercise.  After the team presentation, the team attended a mock press conference and did either a journalistic writing, opinion writing, created a website, or created a video. … Continue reading

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West Holmes FFA chapter hosted fundraiser

On February 8th, the West Holmes FFA chapter hosted a fundraiser at the Berlin Farmstead. Members were greeters, hostesses, and table cleaners. Members of the community came out to support the chapter. Thank you to everyone who came out to support the chapter and to the Farmstead for allowing us to host the event! … Continue reading

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West Holmes FFA members participated in the state Nursery Landscape contest

On February 9th, four West Holmes FFA members participated in the state Nursery Landscape contest. The team placed 17th in the state. Individually Alex Pringle was 74th, Quentin Vehrs was 75th, Colby Long was 92nd, and Adam Mast was 137th. Prior to competing, these members had to compete in an online test. The test consisted of general safety questions, information on the green industry, and how to read seed and fertilizer labels.   
During the contest, members had to identify plants and insects. The team also had to answer some general safety questions after the test. They also had to identify landscaping tools and read a blueprint. … Continue reading

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Miami East-MVCTC FFA Agricultural Power Diagnostics Team Competes

Matthew Osting and Braden Zekas recently competed in the District Agricultural Power Diagnostics (formerly known as Tractor Trouble Shooting) Career Development Event hosted by the Darke County FFA Chapters and held at Koenig Equipment in Greenville. Matthew and Braden are both members of the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter at Miami East High School.

During the contest the team troubleshot two bugs in each of five tractors. They had to identify the problems and fix them in less than twenty minutes. Prior to the contest they took a test over tractor maintenance and repair.

A special appreciation goes to coaches and helpers for the training of the team. The lead coach was Denny Zerkle of Lost Creek Repair. The team also had a practice session with Jarrett Winner, Apple Farm Service in Covington, Farmers Equipment in Urbana, and Dan Schmeising.

The team won the contest. They placed 1st in the district out of 21 teams.… Continue reading

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Give FFA Day is Feb. 24

It is National FFA Week and a great opportunity to support thousands of FFA members on Give FFA Day on Feb. 24.
Contributions made on Give FFA Day will support various statewide programming including student award programs, the recruitment and retention of current and future agricultural educators, Ohio FFA Camp, the Ohio FFA officer team and general activities and initiatives. Donors can designate their gift to which of these areas that matter to them most.
In addition, Sunrise Cooperative is matching gifts, up to $25,000, to the Ohio FFA Foundation to help donations make twice the impact. For more than 94 years, the organization has strived to make a positive difference in students’ lives through agricultural education.
“FFA has helped me believe in myself and showed me how important it is to believe in others. I was pushed out of my comfort zone more times than I can count, and before I knew it, I was accomplishing more than I ever dreamed I could,” said Cassie Mavis, a Fairfield FFA member who is currently serving as a state vice president at large.… Continue reading

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Interested in being a student reporter at the 2022 Ohio FFA Convention?

The 2022 Ohio FFA State Convention is right around the corner and Ohio’s Country Journal and Ohio Ag Net is looking for outstanding Ohio FFA members to help serve as student reporters for this year’s event.

In our tenth year of the student reporter program, selected FFA members will get the opportunity to help cover the convention and work alongside our news staff, including Matt Reese, Dale Minyo, and Kolt Buchenroth. Ever wonder what it’s like to do our job? This is your chance!

The live coverage of the Ohio FFA Convention will be posted on www.ocj.com and various social media outlets with reporters helping to host news coverage alongside our staff in addition to a couple veteran student reporters.

Students will assist in gathering information, shoot photos and video of newsworthy items and people, share their commentary of what happened in each session, and much more.

To be considered:

  • Applicants must be attending both days of the Ohio FFA State Convention May 5 and 6, 2022.
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Sunrise University and Ohio FFA

By Dale Minyo and Matt Reese

As part of a unique partnership with Ohio FFA, Sunrise Cooperative has created the RISE FFA Career Program and Sunrise University. The program was developed in 2019 and serves two purposes: provide an avenue to reach the future leaders of agriculture, while supporting the Ohio FFA Association State President during their term in office. 

“The state FFA came to us and they had a need for a vehicle for the State FFA president to drive. I say, ‘I’ll tell you what, we’ll give you a brand new pickup truck for the state FFA president to drive and, at the end of that year, when it is one year old, we’ll take that truck and give it as a signing bonus to whoever you say is the top FFA student that wants to come right into the work force from high school,’” said George Secor, President/CEO of Sunrise.… Continue reading

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FFA Member Leadership Series makes its’ debut

By Bethany Starlin, OCJ FFA reporter

Formerly known as 212/260, the FFA Member Leadership Series is a National FFA conducted event that offers students the opportunity to step out of their comfort zones and grow their leadership skills. 

“The FFA Member Leadership Series is beneficial to students because it teaches them that they can make a positive impact in their personal lives and their FFA chapters,” said Mackenzie Ott, Ohio FFA State Treasurer. 

The last time Ohio FFA hosted an event similar to the FFA Member Leadership Series was in March of 2020. The event was canceled in 2021 because of the COVID-19 pandemic and instead Energize Ohio FFA, a virtual conference with similar formatting, was held in its place.

Ohio FFA went above and beyond to make this experience the best it could be for FFA members. Hosted at the Embassy Suites in Columbus, students arrived Saturday morning and jumped right into a day full of sessions.… Continue reading

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Miami Valley Career Technology Center FFA Members participate Public Speaking Contests

Every year at Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC), junior FFA Members participate in Beginning and Advanced Prepared School Public Speaking Contests held at the local chapter level.

The Ohio Beginning Prepared Speech CDE provides an early opportunity for FFA members to develop the art of public speaking. The purpose of the Extemporaneous Public Speaking CDE is to develop oral communication skills, expressing thoughts and ideas with limited preparation. The Extemporaneous Public Speaking CDE develops the prepared speaker further to formulate remarks in situations with minimal prior notification or rehearsal.

The following students earned the opportunity to represent MVCTC at the sub-district FFA Speech Competitions.

Lana Gray (Veterinary Science/Northmont) participated in the Beginning Prepared School Public Speaking Contest. Her speech earned her First Place Honors at the local contest.

Makinley Jarrett (Veterinary Science/National Trail) participated in the Advanced Public Speaking Contest. Her speech earned her First Place Honors at the local contest.… Continue reading

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Miami East-MVCTC FFA Members at Agricultural Sales Competition

Recently several members of the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter competed in the District 5 FFA Agricultural Sales Career Development Event hosted by New Knoxville High School.

The Agricultural Sales team consisted of Isaac Beal, Rhylee Eichhorn, Alaina Helsinger, and Braden Zekas. The team members each completed a test on agricultural sales, prepared a team sales presentation, and demonstrated their ability to sell an agricultural product.  

Alaina Helsinger was the highest placing individual from Miami East. She tied for the highest score in the individual selling component of the competition. The team placed seventh out of 13 teams.  … Continue reading

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Miami East FFA Competes in State Competition

Recently, the junior and senior FFA members of the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter competed in the Ohio FFA Grain Merchandising Career Development Event of Grain Merchandising. 

The Grain Merchandising event consisted of an online test which evaluated participant’s knowledge of grain merchandising options for farmers and former and current grain marketing trends. Members taking the test were Annabelle Penny, Dottie Everett, Emma Sutherly, Jayden Gates, Sydney Brittain, Samuel Sutherly, Keira Kirby, Anthony Putnam, Evan Massie, Braden Zekas, Isaac Beal, Adi Richter, Olivia Shaffer, Chloe Gump, Gretchen Stevens, Spencer Triplett, Megan Gilliland, Ethan Paulus, Keyara Davis, Katelynn Dill, Luke Brunke, Jillian Niswonger, Ethan Fine, Kendal Staley, and Matthew Osting.

The team placed 15th out of over 40 teams. Team members were Annabelle Penny, Dottie Everett, Emma Sutherly, and Jayden Gates. The highest individual from Miami East was Annabelle Penny. Penny was the 35th place individual in the state out of almost 400 individuals.… Continue reading

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