FFA News

"Food for Thought" winners announced

By Joel Penhorwood, Student Reporter

On the morning of Thursday, May 3, the Ohio State Fairgrounds is busy with the setup of the agriscience fair, proficiency competitions, and career development events for the 84th Ohio FFA State Convention. Along with these contests, there is another activity in which blue jacket wearing members are participating. The Ohio Small Grains Marketing Program (OSGMP), an organization, which works to improve wheat production and other small grains in the state of Ohio, sponsored the “Food for Thought” program.

This year, eight teams participated in the competition which gives FFA chapters $500 dollars to fund activities and programs to educate the public on the benefits of small grains. The contest was judged by a panel of 5 judges from the Ohio Corn Marketing Program and a Chef from the “Chefs Move to Schools” program. Students at the convention voted by texting Teams created programs and then made a presentation to a panel of judges hoping to win the grand prize of a grant in the amount of $2,000.… Continue reading

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Benjamin Logan FFA holds blood drive

By Katelyne Ackley, chapter reporter

On April 10, 2012 the Benjamin Logan FFA held their annual blood drive. The blood drive was coordinated by the Healthy Lifestyle Committee. There were numerous students and staff that signed up to give blood, and there were more than 54 units collected. The blood collections went to the American Red Cross.… Continue reading

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Preble Shawnee FFA receives Bronze Rating

The Preble Shawnee FFA Chapter completed a National Chapter Award Application and received a bronze rating placing 52nd in the entire state of Ohio. The Preble Shawnee FFA Chapter has not completed this application for several years.

The National Chapter Award program recognizes FFA chapters that successfully complete an annual Program of Activities which includes a series of activities designed to encourage its members to grow as individuals, to work as part of a team, and to serve others. In order to qualify for a state or national award, your chapter must complete at least 15 activities: one for each of the five quality standards in each of the three divisions.… Continue reading

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Meet our student reporters

Joel Penhorwood is a senior at Benjamin Logan High School where he has been involved in the FFA for four years and has served as chapter president for two of those years. In addition to the FFA, Joel is also involved in marching, concert, and jazz bands, cross country, as well as National Honor Society and is currently president of his senior class. Outside of school, Joel is big into showing livestock (including beef steers, market/breeding hogs, and market goats) as he participates in the Logan County Fair and Ohio State Fairs every year. Joel is also the creator and broadcaster/narrowcaster of the LoCo Lingo, an agricultural podcast serving the Logan County, Ohio area. His background also includes work at Four-Henry Holsteins, a mid-sized dairy farm near West Liberty, Ohio. Overall, Joel is a bright spirited guy with a serious passion for agriculture!



Kaitlin Geisz is a senior at Edgewood High School in Trenton, Ohio where she has been a member of the Edgewood/Butler Tech FFA chapter for the past two years.… Continue reading

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Benjamin Logan FFA finishing strong at State Level

By Katelyne Ackley, chapter reporter

Benjamin Logan FFA Cooperative Education and Animal Behavior teams competed at the state level. The Cooperative Education team placed seventh overall with Kathleen Seeley placing eighth. Members that participated on the team were: Brent Weiss, Jasmine Wical, Chelsea Shaffer, JD Harvey, Josh Vinson, and Jessie Dodson.

The Animal Behavior team placed sixth overall with Ashley Wilson placing eighth. Members that participated on the team were: Chelsea Shaffer, Taylor McNamara, and Gwen Reaver.… Continue reading

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140 FFA Chapters Receive FFA: Food For All Grants

Nationwide Program Provides Funding for Service-Learning Projects to Fight Hunger

The National FFA Organization awarded $330,000 in grant money for the FFA: Food For All program. The program provides funding to support year-long service-learning projects focused on developing and implementing sustainable hunger programs. Service-learning is a method of teaching and learning that challenges students to identify, research, develop, and implement solutions to identified needs in their school or community as part of their curriculum.

The FFA: Food For All program provided up to $2,500 to 140 chapters in 41 states to assist local chapters with their programs. All of the projects will rely on FFA members for implementation. In addition to providing food for local residents in need, FFA members will provide helpful information regarding the care, preparation and preservation of food.

FFA: Food For All Grants are sponsored by Farmers Feeding the World and the Howard G. Buffett Foundation as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.… Continue reading

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Miami Trace annual banquet

On Wednesday, April 25th, the Miami Trace FFA held their annual banquet at Miami Trace High School.  The banquet is held every year to recognize members, advisors, parents, and other community members that helped make the last year such a success.  Many members were also recognized for having numerous achievements throughout the year.

Senior Rachel McClish served as toastmaster for the banquet and assisted in presenting numerous awards. Retiring Vice President Emily Ratliff gave the welcome followed by seniors Nathan Bowers and Victoria Dugan with the introduction of guests.  Freshmen Natalie Miller and Jacob Rose introduced parents of first year FFA members. The invocation was given by Senior Landon Gibbs to all attending the banquet meal, which was catered by McCoy’s catering of Wilmington, Ohio.

Before the awards were given in the auditorium, senior Sarah Peterson sang the National Anthem. Many scholarships were presented to senior FFA members. Alumni president, Dale Mayer, and alumni treasurer, Robin Beekman, presented the FFA Alumni scholarships to deserving seniors Tiarra Perkins, Jamie Payton, Zack Anderson, Charlie Hiser, Jordan Bonham, Trevor Kirkpatrick, Logan Noble, Whitney Starcher, Garrett Reed, Nathan Bowers, and Kayla Kiser received a $400 scholarship.… Continue reading

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West Holmes FFA competes at state judging contest

By Elizabeth Overholt and Audrey Ivers, chapter reporters

On March 31th 2012 the West Holmes FFA sent members to compete at the State Judging Contest held at the Ohio State Expo Center. The chapter had members compete in Dairy Judging, Horse Judging, Dairy Foods, and General Livestock.

In Dairy Judging, members evaluate dairy cattle classes, take a general knowledge test, create linear classifications, and evaluate pedigrees for sire selections. The dairy judging team placed 21st, individually Matt Schlegel placed 76th, Morgan Hoxworth 83rd, Tristan Ramseyer 98th, Clay Armstrong 112th, Derek Reutter 160th, Brandon Bowles 203rd, Marshall Overholt 236th, Maggie Raber 238th and Tanner Goines 265th.

In Horse judging members take a test over equipment, managements, and feeds, and judge halter and performance classes. In Dairy foods members identify cheese varieties, sample milk for defects, determine imitation verses real products, judge milking units, and take a general knowledge test over the dairy products industry.… Continue reading

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FFA develops online channel

Following the successful live broadcast of its 2011 National FFA Convention, the National FFA Organization has decided to take up permanent residence on the iHigh.com platform with its own channel.

The FFA Channel, which will be powered by Alltech and iHigh, will capitalize on the latest in Web technology to bring greater unity to their membership base, which is more than a half-million students strong throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The ability of a Web channel to provide such a platform was exemplified in the October live broadcast of 2011 National FFA Convention, which was attended by more than 53,000 attendees and joined live on the Internet by an additional 550,000 viewers who would have otherwise missed the experience.

“We are very excited about the opportunity that this channel will afford our members,” said Dwight Armstrong, chief executive officer of the National FFA Organization. “Having an FFA iHigh channel will create another vehicle for us to share the FFA message of premier leadership, personal growth and career success.”… Continue reading

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Zane Trace FFA animal behavior team takes fourth

Four members of the Zane Trace FFA Chapter recently participated in the state Animal Behavior, Welfare and Husbandry Career Development Event on April 17th at the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus.  In the competition, students were tested on their knowledge of typical and atypical animal behavior as well as their understanding of approved animal care standards and practices.

Students observed five different species of animals and answered questions over their behaviors then evaluated and presented a review of animal welfare compliance for two poultry farms and a power point presentation over the behavior of domesticated sugar gliders.  The students who participated included: Jessie Proehl, Nicole Jordan, Amber Ginter and Kasandra Dalton.

All four students have a strong interest in animal science and this contest helped them to further their understanding of animals and their normal behaviors.  For their efforts the team received a 4th place finish in the state competition and will be recognized with a banner from the Ohio FFA Association.… Continue reading

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Ohio Soybean Council Foundation scholarship recipients

The Ohio Soybean Council Foundation (OSCF) is pleased to announce the scholarship recipients of the OSCF Scholarship Program for the 2012-2013 academic year.

Undergraduate scholarships of $3,000 each were awarded to Mike Hannewald, Andrew Klopfenstein, Derek McCracken and Brent Stammen. The second annual $3,000 Farmer, Lumpe + McClelland (FLM) Scholarship, a scholarship awarded to a student studying agriculture communications or business, was awarded to Stacie Seger. The annual $5,000 Bhima Vijayendran Scholarship, a scholarship named in honor of a Battelle research scientist who has made tremendous contributions to the soybean industry, was awarded to Stephanie Verhoff.

A $5,000 graduate scholarship was awarded to Brittany Nauth and two $2,500 graduate scholarships were awarded to Dee Marty and Jessica Schwartz.

This is the fifth year for the OSCF Scholarship Program, which was created to encourage undergraduate students to pursue careers in agriculture, as well as to support ongoing graduate-level research. All OSCF scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis to full-time students enrolled at an Ohio college or university.Continue reading

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St. Henry FFA Banquet

By Janel Broering, chapter reporter

On April 2nd, the St. Henry FFA held their 58th Annual Parent/Member Banquet at Romer’s Catering in St. Henry. The evening started with FFA President, Isaac Marchal, welcoming all those in attendance.

During the ceremonies, two members who will be receiving their American Degree at the 2012 National FFA Convention were recognized: they are, Brad Nieport and Ethan Tobe.

We also had five members earn their state degree, which they will be awarded at the State Convention in May.  The State Degree recipients are Isaac Lefeld, Tyler Lefeld, Brad Rindler, Kaitlin Schmitmeyer, and Zach Siefring.

We also recognized those students who earned their Greenhand Degree, the first degree an FFA member can achieve.  There were 28 members who earned this degree.  We then awarded the chapter degree which 24 members achieved this past year.

At the end of the banquet we recognized the Star Greenhands and Star Chapter. … Continue reading

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West Holmes FFA banquet

By Audrey Ivers, chapter reporter

On April 5, 2012 the annual banquet of the West Holmes FFA was held at 7 o’clock in the high school gym. The 2011-2012 President Derek Reutter called the banquet hall to order and conducted opening ceremonies. A member slide show was prepared by Elizabeth Overholt. The program continued with a prayer lead by junior Samantha Krejci and a delicious meal compliments of Des Dutch Essenhaus of Shreve. After the meal was completed the banquet continued with a Year in Review slide show that highlighted the key events the chapter participates in throughout the year.

Each year the chapter likes to recognize those community members who help out during the year. Certificate of Appreciation were given to; Mr. Chad Strouse, Mrs. Jodi McDonnell, Shearer Equipment, Ms. Marie Arnold, Mr. Lindsey Sprang, Mrs. Lisa Hipp, Ms. Rosemary Taggart, Holmes County Prevention Coalition, Mr. Roger Patterson, Mr. Martin Overholt, Ms.… Continue reading

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Two former Pettisville students receive scholarships

By Lexie Poulson, Pettisville FFA Alumni Reporter

Dylan Weirauch of the Pettisville FFA is the 2012 Pettisville FFA Alumni College Scholarship recipient.  This scholarship is given to a former Pettisville FFA member to assist them in their continuing studies of agriculture.  Dylan is studying Diesel Technologies at the University of Northwestern Ohio.  He is very pleased with the business and finance skills he learned through his agricultural classes and the FFA. Dylan was active in FFA raising sheep, the Ag Mechanics CDE (Career Development Event), being on the Jr. Fairboard and working.  His parents are Jackie and Doug Weirauch of rural Pettisville.

Zach Pursel of the Pettisville FFA is the 2012 Pettisville FFA Alumni Senior Scholarship recipient.  This scholarship is given to a Pettisville FFA member to assist them in advanced schooling.  Zach will be attending Trine University and studying business administration.  Zach has been an active FFA member serving as many Committee Chairs and also a member of the basketball and baseball teams. … Continue reading

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Mt. Gilead FFA banquet

On April 14th 2012, the Mt. Gilead FFA Chapter held their annual banquet in the high school auditorium. Members of the chapter, family members and administrators enjoyed dinner provided by Special Occasions Catering out of Upper Sandusky, Ohio. At 7pm the program of recognition began, for students who participated in activities throughout the year. Students were awarded for their hard work, dedication and roles they played within the chapter. Receiving special awards were: Top Freshman, Kendra Hartman; Top Sophomore, Samantha Appleman; Top Junior, Emma Weiss; and Top Senior, Amanda Evans. Star Chapter Greenhand went to Bailey Gompf, Star Chapter Farmer was Brayden Barnett and Chapter Star Agri-Placement was awarded to Amanda Evans. New office holders were also announced at the end of the banquet. The 2012- 2013 Officer team is: President, Kyle Hack; Vice President, Sarah Hubschman; Secretary, Brittany Broadwater; Student Advisor, Conner Hill; Historian, Deandra Hudson; Sentinel, Andrew Evans; Reporter, Keirston Pangborn and Treasurer, Samantha Appleman.… Continue reading

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West Holmes FFA state finalists

The West Holmes FFA is proud to announce the following members are State Finalists in their proficiency areas.  In order to become a State Finalist, members must submit an application to district evaluation, have it advance to the state evaluation, and then be chosen as one of the top 4 applications in their area.  Once named a finalist, the members will have to create a poster display and compete in an interview at the State FFA Convention.  Members will then be recognized on stage at State Convention where the winners will be announced.  The winner in each area will have the opportunity to compete at the national level.

Travis Campbell is a finalist in Outdoor recreation. Travis is the son of Doreena Campbell. Travis spent his summer at Faith Ranch working in the horse trail riding area. Campbell is a senior at West Holmes and will be attending Findlay University in the fall to study Pre- Vet.… Continue reading

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Mohawk FFA holds Annual Parent-Member Banquet

By Emily Daniel, chapter reporter

The Mohawk FFA held their 54th annual banquet on April 12, 2012, at Mohawk High School.  The meal was catered by Special Occasions and the Mohawk FCCLA.

The major fundraiser done by the Mohawk FFA is fruit sales.  The top three sales people recognized at the banquet were Darby Walton first, Jarred Shellhouse second and Meghan Chaffee third place salesman.  The other fundraiser done by the chapter is the Fall Barbeque.  The top three salesmen were Lindsay and Emily Daniel third, Brett Spencer second and Meghan Chaffee first place.  The overall fundraiser salesperson was Meghan Chaffee.

Meghan Chaffee, Sabrina McDermott, Jarred Shellhouse, and Erika Coldiron received awards for their academic excellence.  Lindsay Daniel, Deon Morter, Grant Price, Jarred Shellhouse and Darby Walton will be receiving their State FFA Degrees at State Convention in May, and their achievements were recognized at the banquet also.  Robert Gilliland will receive his American Degree in October at National Convention. … Continue reading

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Ohio FFA Career Development Events Awards

Foundation Provides Funding for Technical Education Across Ohio

The Animals for Life Foundation sponsored winners of the Animal Behavior, Welfare and Husbandry division at Ohio FFA’s Career Development Events (CDEs) annual awards breakfast Wednesday.
Career Development Events are an opportunity for high school juniors and seniors to showcase knowledge gained through agriculture education curriculum, which is constantly being updated with new technology and scientific methods while meeting industry standards.
More than sixty students participated in the Animal Behavior, Welfare and Husbandry division. Clear Fork Valley High School of Bellville took top team honors while Robin Butz of Coldwater High School was named top individual.
“Through Career Development Events we are training future employees and employers,” said James Ogden, CDE Coordinator for Ohio FFA. “The sponsors of these events go on to hire students who excel in these areas. Only so many kids can go home and farm. These career development events allow young adults to go into a technical field that still puts them at the heart of animal agriculture.”… Continue reading

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