FFA News

FFA Agricultural Career Network connects students with employers

Key partners will help build career pathways for FFA members and alumni

The National FFA Organization has announced a first-of-its-kind formation of partnerships to assist its members’ efforts toward career success.  Through the Agricultural Career Network (AgCN), FFA will work in collaboration with Career Cruising, a provider of age-appropriate career planners, assessments and other resources; and AgCareers.com, a leading provider of Human Resources services to agricultural companies. These partnerships will provide valuable tools and assistance for students in their pursuits of more than 300 careers in agriculture.

Launched last December, AgCN is a nationwide system designed to help FFA members document their educational achievements, create robust portfolios and pursue award, scholarship, internship and employment opportunities. The network will provide a database of students who are interested in particular career fields within the industry.

Through the National FFA Organization’s relationship with Career Cruising, members will have easy access to career information within selected fields of interest.… Continue reading

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Miami East FFA members attend camp

By Kendra Beckman, chapter reporter

The week of June 4 to 8, 18 members of the Miami East FFA Chapter attended FFA Camp at Ohio FFA Camp Muskingum. Camp Muskingum is located on Leesville Lake in Carroll County, just south of Carrollton, Ohio.

During the week members competed in many competitions, participated in workshops and team building activities, and met FFA members from across the state.  The FFA members took part in leadership training sessions, which were conducted by the current Ohio FFA State Officers. The campers also learned about conservation through a recycling program. Members listened to a motivational speaker, Karen Vadino.

While at camp, members donated money towards the “Pie-in-the-Eye” campaign.  All proceeds from the activity will go to Children’s Hospital.  Miami East FFA purchased a chapter visit by the newly elected state FFA president, Shelby Faulkner.
Heather Skaggs was an attendee that has attended FFA Camp for four years.… Continue reading

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Benjamin Logan FFA brings home another banner

By Katelyne Ackley, chapter reporter

On April 10, Benjamin Logan FFA members participated in the Southwestern Skills Classic at MVCTC (near Dayton).  Students had the opportunity to compete in one or two of the following CDE areas:

a. Assembly procedures

b. Flower and vegetable identification

c. Corsage Making

d. Hand lawn mowing

e. Job application and interview

f. Painting and ladder safety

g. Personal finance

h. Commercial/walk behind mower operation

i. Small engine parts identification

j. Tractor operation

k. Tree transplanting

l. Animal Care

m. Meats Identification

n. Natural resources Identification

o. Aquarium Management

The team of students earned a second place state banner.  Team members include Ryan Anderson, Brandon Lane, Courtney Gorenflo, Cassandra Coil, Kelsey Savage, Lane Bowman, Cody Weber (competed in Paint and Ladder Safety and receiving a second place plaque), Tristan Reed, Dalton Griffin (placed second in the state in personal finance), Chance Coil (placed second in small engines), Dennis Bleininger, Hunter Colwell (taking home two state plaques with a second in natural resources and a first place plaque in tree transplanting), Tanner Penwell(continued with his Tree Transplanting perfection and teamed up with Hunter Colwell for another 1st place plaque), Hayden Ackley, Zane Collins, Colt Lane,  Bobby Brown (competed in Aquarium Management and brought home a second place state plaque),  Alex Bickham, and Josh Lowe (placed first in job interview contest).… Continue reading

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National FFA Organization’s Washington Leadership Conference inspires students to lead, give back

Last summer, Sierra Coulthard’s life changed forever.

She spent a week identifying her strengths and discovering who she was. She learned what it takes to be a leader and how leaders can change lives. And the Wisconsin high school student realized just how real and rampant poverty is in the world today.

“My eyes were opened to so many troubles in the world,” she said. “I saw how real the needs of people are and I wanted to do something to help.”

Coulthard returned home and immediately connected with Nashville-based Soles4Souls, which since 2005 has secured more than 17 million new and gently used shoes for people throughout the world. The charity shipped her a large supply of new shoe boxes that she placed throughout her home town of Neillsville to encourage donations. Nearly 1,000 pairs of shoes were donated to the “Sierra’s Shoes” drive.

And last month, she was able to travel to Haiti and pass them out to deserving children who needed them.… Continue reading

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Amanda-Clearcreek FFA culminates most successful year ever

The Amanda-Clearcreek FFA recently culminated its most successful year ever with it’s annual end-of-the year banquet. The A-C FFA Awards Banquet was held Saturday May 12th. At the awards banquet, we recognized all the CDE (Career Development Event) teams for their hard work throughout the year, but especially the state winning teams. Ten of our CDE teams placed in the top ten at state this year. Five of these teams won their respective state competitions, setting a chapter record for number of team CDE’s won in a single year. These state winning teams were recognized at the State FFA Convention. The Agricultural Communications, Environmental & Natural Resources, Wildlife Management, Outdoor Power Equipment and Agricultural Mechanics Skills CDE’s were the teams that won the state. The Agricultural Issues Forum team placed 2nd, Nature Interpretation placed 3rd, Forestry and Greenhand Quiz each placed 7th, and Aquarium Management placed 9th.… Continue reading

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West Holmes FFA 2012 Proficiency Awards

By Audrey Ivers, chapter reporter

Shane Gardner

Shane Gardner the son of Dennis and Pam Gardner received second place in the Agriculture Services Proficiency from his hard work and dedication working Gardner Farrier Services. Shane has two brothers, Wyatt, a current FFA members and Matt. Shane says that he was pretty excited to see his hard work paid off. Shane is currently studying at Hocking College for majoring in Farrier Science and Business. While Shane was in school as an FFA member he was involved in Camp, Wildlife and Nature Interpretation.

Casey Schlauch

Casey Schlauch the daughter of Lori Schlauch and Todd Schlauch was elected as the 2012-2013 District 8 President. Casey has a brother Jerrod, a sister Shannon and a twin sister Amanda. Her reaction whenever she was elected the 2012-2013 District 8 President was overwhelmed yet very excited. She says, “I couldn’t really take it all in,” She plans on attending ATI for Agriculture Education and then transfer to main campus to continue my education.… Continue reading

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FFA, RMEF Launch Relationship for Conservation

The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation has formed a new relationship with the National FFA Organization and the National FFA Alumni Association that opens the door for more than 500,000 students of agriculture to learn more about elk, habitat, hunting and conservation.

Through a gift made to the National FFA Foundation, RMEF will support two major FFA events in 2012—as an exhibitor in October’s 85th National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis, Ind., and July’s National FFA Alumni Development Conference in Bozeman, Mont. Together these events offer a chance to engage thousands of young and continuing leaders in the strong connections between sustainable agriculture and sound wildlife conservation.

“A partnership between these two organizations is exciting because it has the power to help both of us serve our respective members and missions more directly, and in the near term as well as the future,” said Steve Decker, vice president of marketing for RMEF.… Continue reading

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National Trail FFA 2012-2013 officers

The National Trail FFA Chapter recently elected new officers for the 2012-2013 school year.

The new officers are: President: Brenden Waddle, son of Gina Waddle of New Paris. Vice President: Abbie Taylor, daughter of Brad and Betty Jo Taylor of Eaton. Student Advisor: Tori Biser, daughter of Bobbie Newman of New Paris. Reporter: Kate Deaton, daughter of Ron and Pam Deaton of Eaton. Secretary: Allie Unger, daughter Craig Unger of New Paris and Traci Unger of New Paris. Treasuer: Melanie Stowers, daughter of Kandi Stowers of New Paris. Sentiel: Travis Simmons, son of Harvey and Liz Simmons of Eldorado. And Historian: Heather Brooks, daughter of Tonya Clark of Eldorado and Gary Brooks of West Manchester.
The National Trail FFA chapter’s Advisor, Joe Slone says that he is excited for this years new officers. National Trail’s FFA chapter is a satellite of the Miami Valley Career Technology Center’s agricultural program.… Continue reading

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Memorial Day weekend events

By Audrey Ivers, chapter reporter

The West Holmes FFA hosted the Mid Ohio Lamb Classic on May 26. This is the sixth year the FFA has hosted the Jackpot Lamb Show and this year there were 127 lambs present from all over Ohio and Pennsylvania. The FFA members helped anywhere from being a ring man, an announcer, working in the concession stands and by helping with weigh-ins.

The FFA chapter received a large amount of sponsorship from the following businesses and families; Bell Stores, TMK Farm Supply, Major Lane Center, Schlauch Sheep Farm, Prairie Partners 4-H, Croskey Club Lambs, Classy Critters 4-H, Schlegel Farms, Holmes Oil, Village Motors, Paint Valley Equipment, KSB, Melway Paving, Autoworks Collision Center, The Overholt Family, The Miller Family, West Holmes FFA Members, Lora Howell, The Petalers, Jarrod Webb, DVM, Weaver Leather, Moores Lawn and Garden, Jim & Wendy Baughman/ Tobias and Amber Myers, Sweet Breeze Farms, Holmes Ag Service, Killbuck VFW Post 7079, Trent Insurance Group, Agrisludge, Shearer Equipment, Millersburg Electric,  Four Seasons Flowers and Gifts, Mohican Tavern, Millersburg Tire Service, On the Go Farm, Tom and Kay Klein and Sharon Kozak.… Continue reading

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FFA hosts Food for America

By Jessica Millenbaugh, chapter reporter

On Friday May 18th, seventy second graders from Colonel Crawford traveled to the high school to learn about farm animals, tractors, plants, and many more aspects of agriculture.  Each of the kids we’re asked to bring a canned food item that was given to the Bucyrus Salvation army. The group collected 85 cans of food that was donated.


Second graders visited 12 stations that educated them about farm life. Among the stations were: pigs, sheep, horses, poultry, goats, dairy, steers, tractor safety, plants, and woodworking.  At these stations students learned about quality assurance, breeds, show practices, what food and by products come from each animal, and general care for the animals.

While at the horse station, they each took a ride down the driveway which was a highlight for most.  At the tractors they learned safety, parts, the use of the electronic GPS equipment, and what tractors are used for. … Continue reading

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Benjamin Logan FFA helps their community

On May 14, 2012 The Benjamin Logan FFA had a leadership meeting. This meeting was based on the Creed “I Believe.” The newly elected chapter officers did different games and activities. The officers asked each member to bring in canned food items, if they brought in any cans they were put in a drawing to pie an officer in the face. Following all the activities all eleven officers where pied in the face.

On May 19, 2012 the 2012-2013 Benjamin Logan FFA officer team had an officer outing. The outing consisted of hiking at John Bryant St. Park and Clifton Gorge. After the beautiful hike officers went to Clifton Mill where they had lunch and fellowship. Officers then discussed ways to improve the chapter. Once officer discussed certain things officers then traveled to Young’s Dairy where they had a golf outing.… Continue reading

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Nutrients for Life Foundation announces winners of “Helping Communities Grow”

Nutrients for Life Foundation today announced Pettisville High School and Ridgemont High School’s FFA chapters each earned $5,000 in a tie for first place in the first year of the “Helping Communities Grow” FFA chapter recognition program in Ohio.

Both chapters displayed creative projects that effectively expressed the importance of crop nutrients in feeding the world. Pettisville FFA chapter grew fresh greens and herbs for the school’s cafeteria salad bar. Additionally, FFA students taught eighth grade classes about soil nutrients with activities in growing plants, quizzes and lecture sessions. Finally, FFA members hosted a Jeopardy-style adult education program about fertilizer and crop nutrients.

Ridgemont FFA in Ridgeway, Ohio, also earned the first place award by hosting a Hunger Banquet for more than 140 students. During the Hunger Banquet, student participants linked the popular book Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins to the realities of global food insecurity. Additionally, students wrote articles about how fertilizer helps to nourish our world and studied plants in the FFA chapter’s container gardens.… Continue reading

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West Holmes FFA at state convention

By Audrey Ivers, chapter reporter

Members of the West Holmes FFA came together in front of the school Thursday, May 5th, at six o’ clock a.m. to depart for the 84th annual State Convention. The following members made the trip, Marshall Overholt, Clay Armstrong, Megan Miller, Derek Reutter, Tawnya Eckerle, Elizabeth Overholt, Beth Klein, Dylan Holloway, Travis Campbell, Garrett O’Donnell, Matt Schlegel, Brandon Miller, Grayson Miller, Brandon Bowles, Atlee Miller, Casey Schlauch, Maggie Raber, Becca Chamberlin, Kayla Chandler, Sam Krejci, Elise Neville, Shyann Kick, Madee Brewer, Audrey Ivers, Tristan Ramseyer, Wyatt Gardner, Haylee Mackey, Mandy Taylor, James Friend, Bailey Boughman, Alexis Bird, Chris Patterson, and Corey Phillips.

Members Travis Campbell, Garrett O’Donnell, Aaron Clark, and Shane Gardner had proficiency interviews to kick start the morning. Travis competed in Outdoor Recreation, Shane competed in Agriculture Services, Garrett competed in Fruit Production, and Aaron competed in State Star Farmer, Diversified Crop Production Placement, and Diversified Agriculture Production.… Continue reading

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“FFA Rally to Fight Hunger” planned for 2012 Convention

Event Launches Long-Term Commitment to Fight Hunger

The National FFA Organization announced plans for an “FFA Rally to Fight Hunger” at the 2012 National FFA Convention and Expo, Oct. 24-26, to help feed children and adults suffering from food insecurity. Launched as part of the organization’s “Feeding the World–Starting at Home” initiative to fight hunger, the rally will engage as many as 10,000 FFA members from across the country and local volunteers. Their goal is to package one million meals at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis to combat hunger.

Working with Kids Against Hunger, a humanitarian food-aid organization, FFA members from across the nation will assemble meals and gather additional supplements to provide relief from hunger and malnutrition. Approximately half of the meals will be distributed in the Indianapolis area. Others will be shipped to designated locations domestically and internationally.

Distributing a portion of the meals in Indianapolis has special significance.… Continue reading

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Preble Shawnee FFA attends state convention

The Preble Shawnee FFA Chapter attended the Ohio FFA State Convention. The Chapter was recognized numerous times. The PSFFA Chapter donated money to two charities including CROP and Children’s Hospital. The Chapter also had five students compete in the State AgriScience Fair. Layne Brown and Aaron Lewis received gold ratings. Katie Bratton received her  State Chapter degree. Preble Shawnee also received a gold rating for their treasurer, reporter, and secretary officer books. The theme for this year’s convention was I Believe. We listened to motivational speakers and learnt valuable lessons about how to believe in yourself and others, while we learnt about believing we also learned not to let people down and how to help people feel better about themselves and just be an all around better person by being the best you can be. This experience allows our members to become great leaders in the future.… Continue reading

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National FFA scholarship awarded to local student

The National FFA Organization awarded a $1250.00 Anderson Foundation Scholarship to Erika Coldiron of the Mohawk FFA. Anderson Foundaiton, as a special project of the National FFA Foundation, sponsors the scholarship. Erika plans to use the funds to pursue a degree at Ohio State University- Marion.

This scholarship is one of 1,539 awarded through the National FFA Scholarship Program this year. Currently, 130 sponsors generously contribute more than $1.9 million to support this program. This the 28th year that scholarships have been made available through the National FFA Foundation by individuals and business and industry sponsors to reward and encourage excellence and enable students to pursue their educational goals.

Scholarship recipients were selected from 8,050 applicants from across the country. Selections were based on the applicant’s academic record, FFA and other school and community activities, supervised agricultural experiences (SAE) in agricultural education and future goals.… Continue reading

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Zane Trace FFA Traveled to State Convention

Students from Zane Trace traveled to Ohio State FFA Convention on Thursday, May 3. Students spent Thursday and Friday in Columbus at the Ohio State Fairgrounds for the Convention’s activities. Throughout the weekend, FFA Members took part in activities such as Agriscience Fair, the FFA Career Show, touring grocery stores, rock climbing, hearing from many speakers, and meeting other FFA members from all around Ohio.

Thursday morning, the group took a tour of Giant Eagle Market Place in Upper Arlington. Throughout this tour, students had the opportunity to try many foods such as buffalo, crepes, sandwiches, and salted caramel. Students also learned a bit about healthy living and where their food comes from.

The students traveled from Giant Eagle back to the fairgrounds, where they celebrated the achievements of their gold rated officers Stephanie Glass, Audrey Hoey, and Amber Ginter, as well as agriscience fair winners. They also heard from speaker Brooks Gibbs, who shared the importance of showing others love in order to overcome hate.… Continue reading

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Hiland FFA participates in ag sales

By Jessica Davis, chapter reporter

Hiland FFA participated in the District 8 FFA Ag Sales contest. The contest was held at West Holmes. The members were Mac Cordle, Cameron Cordle, Ethan Spencer, and Zachary Wilcoxon. Mac Cordle placed 5th as individual and they placed 5th as a team.

The purpose of this contest is to get students to demonstrate their skills in sales by participating in many activities based on the total sales process.  For the contest, kids will be scored on different things such as sales demonstration, which shows the team’s ability to properly sell an Ag related product to customers and include the sales transaction with the sales invoice and also proper change. They will also be scored on approach, demonstration, handling customer objections and closing the sale. Points will be scored individually and as a team. The students made their own agriculture product to sell including the label, brochure, and business cards.… Continue reading

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ZT FFA Celebrates a Great Year

On the evening of May 14, the Zane Trace FFA celebrated their annual chapter banquet. The banquet is held every year in order to celebrate the chapter’s achievements from throughout the school year. This year, the banquet included many special guests, including FFA State Treasurer Aaron Miller. It also included chapter favorites such as the year in review slideshow, and an installation of new officers for the coming year.

FFA Members received awards at the banquet according to their participation in certain activities from throughout the year. Some of the awards include: chapter leadership award, scholarship award, and awards for outstanding students in broad categories such as AgriScience, farming, and placement. Zane Trace’s lone retiring officer, Vice President Sarah Cox, was also honored at this banquet with a scholarship to be put towards her degree in bioengineering.

Perhaps the greatest highlight of this year’s banquet was a speech given by FFA State Treasurer Aaron Miller.… Continue reading

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Zane Trace FFA Brings Home Gold

On the morning of Thursday May 3, twenty-three students competed in the Ohio AgriScience Fair at Ohio FFA Convention in Columbus. Zane Trace FFA was very successful within the science fair this year, with twelve students receiving a gold rating. The teams of David Glass and Audrey and Stephanie Glass and Jessie Proehl placed first and third in the Food Science and Products category, respectively. This is David and Audrey’s third consecutive year with a win at the state level, and they will again advance to the National level in the fall. Sarah Cox and Eva Bugg both placed first in their categories of Plant Systems and Natural Resources. Zane Trace also had two teams placing second within their categories. The second place teams include: Maleah Calhoun and Lauren Smith in Social Systems, and Hunter Hardman and Camden Everidge in Animal Systems.

“It has been amazing to see the AgriScience participation grow into such a big thing within our school,” said Stephanie Glass.… Continue reading

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