FFA News

Anna Hires New Ag Teacher

As the Anna FFA Chapter starts off their 2013-2014 School Year so does the former 2003 Anna Graduate Mrs. Sarah Heilers. Mrs. Sarah Heilers will be serving as Anna High School’s new FFA and Agricultural Education Teacher. Heilers is filling the vacancy of Mrs. Michelle Brunson who is now employed at the Upper Valley Career Center located in Piqua, Ohio as an instructional supervisor.

While in high school, Heilers participated in the FFA program receiving her American FFA Degree as well as serving as the chapter president. In 2007 she went on to graduate from The Ohio State University with a BS in Agriculture. Heilers received her Master’s Degree in Teaching and Learning. Previous to Anna, she taught at Mechanicsburg and Ft. Loramie Schools. Heilers is glad to come back to Anna as she is very excited to teach at her home school.… Continue reading

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Edgewood/Butler Tech FFA attended National FFA breakfast

On August 14th, 2013, the Edgewood/Butler Tech FFA officer team headed down south to Kentucky for a unique opportunity.

The National FFA Officer breakfast, sponsored by Toyota, gives officer teams the chance to meet and interact with their national officers. The event was held at Gateway Community and Technical College in Florence, Kentucky. After listening to opening remarks from Toyota manager Helen Carroll and Gateway’s president Mr. Ed Hughes, the Edgewood officers ate breakfast and prepared to listen to a presentation by the National Officer team. The National Officers talked about life lessons they wish they knew as chapter officers for FFA. Then, at the end of the presentation, they answered questions from the members in attendance.

“The Toyota breakfast was a great experience for members to meet and learn from national officers,” says Edgewood/Butler Tech FFA Treasurer Lindsey Laird. “Many of us regard them as some if the most influential people in the organization.”… Continue reading

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State FFA Officer Profile – Joe Schmitz

Name: Joe Schmitz

Home Chapter: Mississinawa Valley-MVCTC

What state office do you hold? District 5 President

What school do you attend and what year are you? Senior at Mississinawa Valley High School

What do you hope to study when you go to college?  Agribusiness

What is your favorite thing to do when you have free time? Farm with my brother and dad.

Favorite sports team and why:The Ohio State Buckeyes because that is where my family has gone to school

Favorite Movie and why: The Lonesome Dove Saga because it is adventurous and it’s a Western.

Favorite CDE and why: General Livestock Judging because you don’t have to necessarily agree with the judge to be right.

What is your biggest fear? Receiving a life long injury.

What are your personal FFA goals for upcoming year? This year I want to win districts in public speaking, win State Farm Business Management CDE, as a team win General Livestock Judging Contest CDE.… Continue reading

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State FFA Officer Profile – Erika Nigh

Name: Erika Nigh

Home Chapter: Cory-Rawson FFA

What state office do you hold?   District 4 President

What school do you attend and what year are you?  I will be a freshman at The Ohio State University regional campus Agriculture Technical Institute.

What is your major? I want to be in a major that is centered upon agriculture, so currently I am looking at either studying agronomy or agriculture law.

What is your favorite thing to do when you have free time?  I really enjoy listening to music and spending time with my friends and family.

Favorite sports team and why: The Ohio State Buckeyes because I have grown up watching them and now I am going to be a Buckeye!

Favorite Movie and why: I enjoy so many movies that I can’t just pick one!

Favorite CDE and why: My favorite CDE is the Creed Speaking Contest because it gives members a chance to learn what the FFA is about.… Continue reading

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A-C FFA Attends Summer FFA and Leadership Camps

Each summer, the Amanda-Clearcreek FFA Chapter attends the 5th and final session of summer FFA Camp at FFA Camp Muskingum near Carrollton. Some of the current State FFA Officers as well as the camp summer staff run each of these sessions of camp. This meant that the Amanda-Clearcreek FFA Chapter’s very own Nick Brumfield, who is serving as the 2013-2014 State FFA Sentinel, spent the majority of the summer at camp, helping to run the different sessions including the final session. Fifth session of FFA camp takes place the second week of July each year, which fell from the 8th to the 12th this summer. The A-C FFA Chapter had 31 members attend camp this year, which is almost a full bus load, and with the Bloom Carroll FFA members who rode to camp with us, it was! The 5th session was also completely sold out this summer, with a total of 308 FFA members in attendance!… Continue reading

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Agricultural education teachers named to National FFA Organization’s board of directors

Two experienced and accomplished agricultural education teachers have been named to the National FFA Organization’s board of directors.

William Davenport of Connecticut has taught agriscience at Nonnewaug High School in Woodbury, Conn., since 1986. He has also served as director of the Ellis Clark Regional Agriscience and Technology program since 2004. For more than 22 years, he has led the 328-member Woodbury High School FFA chapter as its advisor.

He has achieved an array of honors throughout his career, including being named the 2004 Connecticut state Teacher of the Year and one of the top 20 teachers of the year by USA Today in 2005.

Davenport earned both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in animal science from the University of Connecticut and received a sixth-year diploma in administration and supervision from Southern Connecticut State University.

Michael Womochil of Colorado has 34 years of teaching experience. He has been involved in developing curriculum and program standards, coordination between local agriculture programs and university teacher education programs.… Continue reading

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Princess For A Day Planned

Hear ye, hear ye! Calling all princesses to a day of pampering and learning how to be a princess. Miami East High School’s FFA and Pride In M.E. welcome young girls of all ages to attend a Princess For A Day Open House on Saturday, Sept. 7, from 2:30 to 4:30 at the Miami East High School Cafeteria.

A $10 cash per princess will be accepted at the door. All proceeds benefit the March of Dimes. All princesses are encouraged to dress in a princess dress as they learn everything it takes to be a princess, including: hair, make-up, nails, healthy snacks, walking the runway and much more. Each princess will be given a tiara. Girls of all ages are welcome with parental supervision.

Come help improve young girls’ self-esteem while making a donation to the March of Dimes. Contact Miami East High School with questions by calling 335-7070 ext. 3212 or 3008.… Continue reading

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State FFA Officer Profile – Geoffrey Norris

Name: Geoffrey Norris

Home Chapter: Triway FFA

What state office do you hold?  District 3 President

What school do you attend and what year are you?  Triway High School, Senior

What do you hope to study when you go to college? Agribusiness and bioenergy

What is your favorite thing to do when you have free time? Hang out with friends and family.

Favorite sports team and why: Ohio State, I’ve grown up as a buckeye and will always be a buckeye.

Favorite Movie and why: Blind Side, because it teaches you that helping one person can go a long way.

Favorite CDE and why: Soil judging, because the soil is never same in any one area and always presents a challenge.

What is your biggest fear? Failure

What are your personal FFA goals for upcoming year?  To grow more in my leadership skills.

What is the best advise you have ever received?  Continue reading

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Miami East FFA Recognized by National FFA

The National FFA Organization recently selected the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter of Casstown, Ohio, as a 3-Star National Chapter for the National FFA Chapter Award Program. A 3-star is the highest award a chapter can be recognized for in the National Chapter process.  In order to be considered for such an honor, the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter had to place in the top 10% in the state of Ohio. In May, the chapter learned that they were in the Top 10 in the state and would have their application forwarded to national evaluations.

This is the 13th straight year that the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter will be recognized at the National FFA Convention in their National Chapter Award program. Two students will receive the plaque on stage during the National FFA Convention, October 31 in Louisville, Kentucky.
The National FFA Chapter Award program recognized FFA chapters for developing and conducting a detailed Program of Activities (POA). … Continue reading

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State FFA Officer Profile – Blake Campbell

Name:  Blake Campbell

Home Chapter: Waterford FFA

What state office do you hold?  District 10 President

What school do you attend and what year are you? Waterford High School – Senior

If you are not in college, what do you hope to study when you go to college?  Hope to attend The Ohio State University and study agricultural education

What is your favorite thing to do when you have free time?  I love to farm with my family and show animals.

Favorite sports team and why: Ohio State Buckeyes because I hope one day I can become a Buckeye.

Favorite Movie and why: We bought a Zoo, because it shows how the dad cares about the zoo and wants to keep it.

Favorite CDE and why: Parliamentary Procedure, because it takes a lot to learn the process and uses a lot of team work.

What is your biggest fear?Continue reading

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Accomplished fund-raising executive named president of National FFA Foundation

The National FFA Foundation Board of Trustees announced today that it has selected a highly experienced and accomplished fund-raising professional to serve as its next president.

Molly A. Ball, CFRM, has served as vice president for development and college relations at Monmouth College in Monmouth, Ill. Since 2010, she has directed all facets of fundraising for the college, including annual strategic planning, corporate and individual giving, board member cultivation and training, alumni relations, advancement services, marketing and communications and more.

Kincannon & Reed, a leading global executive search firm focused on the food and agribusiness sectors, conducted a nationwide search for the position. Ball will lead the foundation that last year raised a record $20.8 million through corporate and private contributions. She was selected based on achievements over the past 15 years while strategically managing major fund-raising campaigns in higher education and non-profit sectors.

“Ball brings a wealth of experience, proven philanthropic leadership and a diverse skill set to the National FFA Foundation,” said Mark Timm, chairman of the National FFA Foundation Board of Trustees.… Continue reading

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State FFA Officer Profile – Andrew Teet

Name:  Andrew Teet

Home Chapter: Anthony Wayne

What state office do you hold?  District 1 President

What school do you attend and what year are you? I recently graduated from Anthony Wayne High School and in August I will be attending The Ohio State University ATI.

What is your major? I will be studying Animal Science.

What is your favorite thing to do when you have free time? Spend time with my family and friends.

Favorite sports team and why: The Green Bay Packers because of the rich history that the franchise possesses.

Favorite Movie and why: The Harry Potter movies because I enjoyed the books immensely.

Favorite CDE and why: General Livestock because I apply the skills learned from livestock evaluation to my own SAE.

What is your biggest fear? Becoming homesick while away at college.

What are your personal FFA goals for upcoming year? To serve the members of the Ohio FFA Association to the best of my abilities by continually striving to better myself.… Continue reading

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Pettisville FFA members attend Washington Leadership Conference

This year on July 8th Erin Betz, Mikayla Crouch, and Hannah Meller from the Pettisville FFA Chapter began their travel to Washington, D.C.  For the FFA Washington Leadership Conference.  Before they got to the conference, they made a couple of stops. The first stop was the Hershey’s Chocolate Factory in Pennsylvania. There they saw how candy was produced and packaged and made a chocolate bar. The next stop was the Gettysburg War Museum, also located in Pennsylvania. They were able to see many interesting war artifacts as well as being able to see the Ohio monument. Both of these stops added to their knowledge of agriculture uses and history.

On July 9th the girls registered at the Washington Leadership Conference (WLC).  More than 1,800 students registered for the 2013 Washington Leadership Conference this summer, over a six week period.  The Pettisville members went to week 5. Even though that seems like a lot of students, they are only half of one percent of the FFA’s total membership.… Continue reading

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State FFA Officer Profile – Nick Brumfield

Name:  Nick Brumfield

Home Chapter: Amanda-Clearcreek

What state office do you hold?  Sentinel

What school do you attend and what year are you? Freshman at The Ohio State University, Columbus Campus

What is your major? Mechanical Engineering – Green Engineering Scholars Program

What is your favorite thing to do when you have free time? I enjoy hunting, fishing, and spending time in the woods learning different plant species and identification

Favorite sports team and why:  Ohio State Football and Basketball because I love their play styles and how they work 110% every play.

Favorite Movie and why: The Touchback because it inspired me with how support truly does make a difference and it also shows how everything happens for a reason.

Favorite CDE and why:  Environmental and Natural Resources because I love nature and this CDE combines Nature Interpretation, Wildlife Management, Forestry, and Soils into one CDE.

What is your biggest fear? Continue reading

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Faulkner will represent Ohio as National FFA officer candidate

When she first joined the A.B. Graham FFA Chapter in eighth grade, Shelby Faulkner was a timid girl with no agricultural background. However, she soon discovered a passion for the industry and began her FFA story.

Faulkner became involved in her chapter by competing on teams, serving as chapter treasurer and president and completing Supervised Agricultural Experiences in livestock and crop entrepreneurship. Her excitement for the organization grew and she wanted to do more. In 2011, she became state sentinel on the Ohio FFA Officer Team. Faulkner’s love for the FFA evolved and she knew her time was not finished. She continued a consecutive year to serve the Ohio FFA Association as the 2012-2013 State FFA President.

Her term has concluded after attending first session of Ohio FFA Camp Muskingum earlier this summer. What is next? Faulkner has just completed her Early Field Experience at Miami East FFA Chapter and is taking summer classes at The Ohio State University, where she is pursuing a degree in agriscience education.… Continue reading

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FFA members vie for selection to compete in 2013 National FFA Agriscience Fair

More than 20 agricultural teachers and college professors from throughout the U.S. recently met in Indianapolis to determine what FFA members and teams will compete for top honors in the 2013 National FFA Agriscience Fair.

A team representing the Lancaster Hs- FFA chapter in Lancaster, Ohio, has been named a finalist this year in the Animal Systems category in the Teams in Grades 10-12 division of the competition. The National FFA Agriscience Fair is a key competition that is part of the annual National FFA Convention & Expo Oct. 30-Nov. 2 in Louisville, Ky. To qualify, FFA members working as individuals or teams in grades seven through 12 are required to conduct a scientific research project focused on the agriculture or food science industries and win their state’s FFA agriscience fair.

Individuals or teams compete in one of six categories – animal, environmental or national resources, food products and processing, plant, power/structural/technical or social systems – in four divisions – individuals in grades 7-9, teams grades 7-9, individuals grades 10-12 and teams grades 10-12.… Continue reading

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State FFA Officer Profile – Jarred Shellhouse

Name:  Jarred Shellhouse

Home Chapter: Mohawk

What state office do you hold? State Treasurer

What school do you attend and what year are you? In the fall, I will be starting my freshman year of college at The Ohio State University in Columbus.

What is your major? My major will be Agricultural Communication.

What is your favorite thing to do when you have free time? In my free time, I love to hang out with my friends, whether it’s playing games or going out to eat or just chilling around a campfire.

Favorite sports team and why: The Ohio State Buckeyes are my favorite sports team.  OSU has always been where I wanted to go to college, and therefore it was really the only sports team I would pay attention to when I was little.  Since then, I have grown to just love it even more.

Favorite Movie and why: My favorite movies would have to be the Fast and Furious movies.  … Continue reading

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Miami East FFA Alumni sponsors scholarships

The Miami East FFA Alumni Chapter recently recognized graduates of Miami East High School that had been enrolled in Agricultural Education and members of the FFA Chapter. In order to qualify for the scholarship, the applicants completed an essay on “The Benefits of Agricultural Education” and been active in the FFA Chapter for at least one year. Each recipient received a cash scholarship to be used for their further education.

Sarah Pyers is the daughter of Kevin and Lori Pyers of Troy. She has participated in Food Science, attended State and National FFA Conventions, and served as a chapter officer. She earned her State FFA Degree and was second in the state in the Specialty Crop Production Proficiency. She will be attending Findlay University majoring in Occupational Therapy.

Emily Johnson is the daughter of Jim and Kris Johnson of Casstown. She served as a chapter officer for three years, earned her State FFA Degree and was second in the state in the Sheep Production Proficiency.… Continue reading

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Dedication of the Preble County Agriculture Education Center

The Preble County Fairgrounds held the official dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony of the Preble County Agriculture Education Center on July 27, the opening day of the fair.

As the fair continues to evolve, the fair staff saw great potential in their commercial building to expand their outreach and educational services, but the building was in need of a little tender loving care. Generous donations totaling $15,000 from the Preble County Farm Bureau, Central Ohio Tractor Pullers Association, Preble County Ag Society, all six FFA Chapters in the county, and FFA Alumni made this two-month project possible. Around 60 FFA members added in the hard work and physical labor to renovate the building, which will now exhibit FFA member’s fair projects. The county’s FFA chapters also hope to use the building for educational activities during the Preble County Pork Festival.

Harold Neihaus, past teacher and advisor for the Preble Shawnee FFA chapter and current Director of Curriculum for the Miami Valley Career Technology Center, was very excited to see this project completed.… Continue reading

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State FFA Officer Profile – Maddy Buschur

Name: Maddy Buschur

Home Chapter: Versailles

What state office do you hold?  State President

What school do you attend and what year are you?  I will be a freshman at OSU in the fall of 2014.

What is your major? Agribusiness & Agriscience Education

What is your favorite thing to do when you have free time? I love to goof around with my crazy younger siblings!

Favorite sports team and why: The Buckeyes, because I have Ohio pride!

Favorite Movie and why: My favorite movie is October Baby because it focuses on topics I’m extremely passionate about.

Favorite CDE and why:  My favorite CDE was Agricultural Communications because the time and effort I poured into it helped me learn more than I ever expected to.

What is your biggest fear? I fear that I’ll one day look back and realize I missed an opportunity to help someone. (I also really dislike dragon flies.)… Continue reading

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