FFA News

Proficiency Finalists Announced

The top four finalists in each proficiency area will be interviewed at the Ohio FFA State Convention and winners will be announced during the sessions. Below are the finalists listed in their respective area.

Accounting – Ohio Only
Brittany Conkey, Fairview High School
Anne McElwee, Cardington-Lincoln High School
Katie Krile, Amanda-Clearcreek High School
Miranda Miser, Meadowbrook High School

Agricultural Communications
Courtney Rose, Versailles High School
Thomas Shaw, Greenville High School
Lauren Williams, Miami East-MVCTC High School
Stephanie Glass, Zane Trace High School

Agricultural Mechanics Design and Fabrication
Seth Morrison, Genoa Area High School
Sam Poeppelman, Marion Local High School
Dylen Price, Tri-Village-MVCTC High School
Andrew Smith, Versailles High School

Agricultural Mechanics Energy Systems
Isaac Schaffner, Wauseon High School

Agricultural Mechanics Repair and Maintenance- Entrepreneurship
Braden Anderson, Miami East-MVCTC High School
Kurt Wyler, Ridgewood High School

Agricultural Mechanics Repair and Maintenance- Placement
Levi Weber, Wauseon High School
Keith Fortkamp, Fort Recovery High School
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Greenville FFA Places in Contests

The Greenville FFA Agricultural and Industrial Diagnostics judging team of Brady Garber and Patrick Schmitmeyer  placed 5th at Darke County contest.  The contest was held at Koenig Equipment and employees of Koenig’s ran the contest for teams from Darke County FFA Chapters.

The Tractor Troubleshooting contest involves a team of two members.  The team had 4 tractors that were bugged with problems and the team had to identify the bug and then fix the problem.  Examples of problems that can be found in the tractors are bad fuses, broken electrical wiring, blown lights, safety switches disconnected, obstructed air flow, and others.  It challenges the team members to work in a systematic method to troubleshoot the problem, utilize computers to help in identifying the problem and to correct it. The team members also have a written test to take concerning similar topics.  Members have 20 minutes to complete each of the stations of the contest.… Continue reading

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Southeastern FFA members compete in CDEs

Ten members of the Southeastern FFA have spent the past month memorizing and organizing speeches and developed resumes and cover letters in preparation for two competitions in public speaking and job interview.

Danielle Augustus, Haley Conway and Jillian Edwards competed in the junior division of job interview at the county level, with Haley placing second, Jillian placing sixth and Danielle placing eighth. Haley went on to the sub-district level, placing sixth in the junior division. Cory Knox, Brandon Zerkle and Kyle James competed in the sophomore division of job interview where Cory placed ninth, Kyle placed tenth and Brandon placed eleventh in the largest division of the contest. Cory went on to place third at sub-district and will advance to the district level. Finally, in the freshman division, Miranda B. placed seond, Stephanie Whetstone placed eleventh and Shawn Carpenter placed twelfth. Miranda competed at the sub-district level, placing second and will also advance to the district level.… Continue reading

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Miami East FFA Fairs Well in Evaluations

The Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter recently competed in the District 5 Evaluations of the Ohio FFA Association at Upper Valley Career Center in Piqua.  Several members of the chapter worked extra hard on their Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) record books to prepare their applications for awards and degrees.

Three 2012-13 Chapter Officers that submitted books for review. Lauren Williams submitted the Secretary’s Book and earned a gold rating (100 out of 100). Kendra Beckman submitted the Treasurer’s Book and earned a gold rating (100 out of 100). Rebekah Eidemiller submitted the Reporter’s Book and earned a gold rating (100 out of 100). Lauren, Kendra and Rebekah will be recognized at the State FFA Convention in May.

Senior Sarah Pyers and Juniors Daniel Bodenmiller, Kolin Bendickson, and Lindsey Roeth applied for the State FFA Degree. All applications were reviewed and submitted to the state evaluation for further review.

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West Holmes FFA competes in Job Interview

Submitted by: Audrey Ivers, West Holmes FFA Reporter

On February 11th, the West Holmes FFA sent members to compete at District Job Interview contest at Buckeye Career Center. Four members participated in four divisions.   In division I Jillian Gurley placed 2nd, in division II Shyann Kick placed 1st, in division III Mandy Taylor placed 1st, and in division IV Audrey Ivers placed 5th. The divisions were age categories that the people are placed in. Prior to the contest, members prepare by making a portfolio that includes personal information, a cover letter, and resume. During the actual contest, members are interviewed by judges and then follow up the interview with a thank you letter. Shyann and Mandy will be competing at the State Contest on March 2nd. Good Job to all of our members!

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Ohio Department of Agriculture, Ohio FFA Announces Grant Program

Local chapters can apply to receive up to $2,500 for projects

REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio – Local FFA chapters can now apply for their chance to receive grants to help fund community development projects through the 2013 Agricultural and Rural Community Outreach Program. The program, jointly administered by the Ohio FFA Foundation, Ohio FFA Association and the Ohio Department of Agriculture, will award grants to chapters with top-ranking projects.

“FFA not only helps shape future agricultural leaders, but it also generates a qualified workforce to fill jobs created by the state’s top industry – food and agriculture,” said Ohio Department of Agriculture Director David T. Daniels. “The Ohio Department of Agriculture is proud to partner with the Ohio FFA Foundation and Association to help youth improve their local communities and to keep agriculture strong in Ohio.”

Local FFA chapters can submit project proposals until May 15 to the Ohio FFA Foundation. A committee will then select projects to receive grant funds ranging from $750 to $2,500.… Continue reading

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Agriculture teaming up to fight hunger

By Jessica Shanahan, OCJ field reporter

The Howard G. Buffet Foundation, Archer Daniels Midland (ADM), and Monsanto have partnered with the National FFA Organization to raise awareness about the perennial problem of hunger.

The National FFA’s pilot program awarded the Madison Plains FFA with a $2,000 grant to educate their community about hunger issues both locally and worldwide. This grant allowed the chapter to hold the “Invest 2 Fight Hunger” Benefit Dinner on Feb. 21.

Thirty attendees at the dinner learned about hunger issues from presenters from ADM, Mid-Ohio Foodbank, and the Madison Plains FFA. Ryan Metzger, Merchandizer for ADM, told attendees about the “Invest an Acre” program that ADM and Monsanto conduct. This program allows farmers the opportunity to donate a portion of their profit to their local food bank. Monsanto then doubles the donation made by the local farmer. “In the first year we were able to make a large contribution because of donations from farmers like many of you,” Metzger said.… Continue reading

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Looking for student reporters for the 2013 Ohio FFA Convention

Hey Ohio FFA Members!

The Ohio Ag Net & Ohio’s Country Journal is looking for three Ohio FFA members to help serve as student reporters at the 2013 Ohio FFA Convention. You’ll get the opportunity to help cover the convention and work alongside our news staff that includes Matt Reese, Heather Hetterick, Dale Minyo and Ty Higgins. Ever wonder what its 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
  • At the end of each session share your commentary of what happened in each session in a video to recap the session.

To be considered:

  • You must be attending both the State FFA Convention May 3rd and 4th.
  • Submit no more than a 2 minute video sharing your qualifications and why you should be selected.
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Snyder appointed to National FFA position

Dave Snyder of Ashland was appointed as the National FFA Superintendent of the Milk Quality and Products career development event effective in 2013.  The first official responsibility of this position was to attend the National CDE Superintendent Meeting in  Louisville, Kentucky.  There are 27 Career Development Events held at the National level each year hosting contestants of teams from all state in the United States.

Snyder served as interim superintendent for the year in 2012.  It is  the responsibility of the superintendent to attend the January superintendent meeting, and conduct the summer organizational meeting for that particular committee in charge of the Milk Quality and Products CDE. Here the decisions are made concerning organization, preparation, implementation, and revisions of the contest so that the contest can be conducted at the National FFA Convention each year. The 2012 national contest was held in Indianapolis, IN and will be moved to Louisville, KY in 2013.… Continue reading

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Mohawk FFA Members Receive Chapter Degree

By: Mohawk FFA Reporter, Emily Daniel

Nine FFA members of the Mohawk FFA Chapter received their Chapter Degrees on January 14, at Mohawk School.  The recipients were Meghan Chaffee,  Austin Morter, Austin Harris, Aaron Vasquez-Miller, Bri Thiery, Kelsea Fleming, Kevin Lonsway, Morgan Sniffen, and Caitlin Huffman.  The meal was catered by Special Occasions. Other FFA members that attended the ceremony were Kayla Draper who gave the introduction, Emily Daniel who led the invocation, Jarred Shellhouse who was the President for the ceremony and Deon Morter who did the closing comments.  The speaker for the evening was Gary Klopfenstein, the District 4 FFA President.  Congratulations to those who received their chapter degree!

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Miami East FFA Member of the Month

The February 2013 Miami East FFA Member of the Month is Andrew Kowalak. Andrew is the son of Mark and Gretchen Kowalak of Troy.

Andrew was chosen because of his recent involvement in various FFA activities. In February Andrew will be participating in the first-ever Ohio Youth Capitol Challenge with youth involved in 4-H, FFA, and Farm Bureau. Andrew will be attending the conference to become a prepared and active citizen within his community.

Additionally, Andrew is applying for a District Proficiency in the area of Forestry Management and Products. Andrew owns and operates Logo Logs in which he carves logos into forest products and sells them via social media outlets. In two years of business he has sold over 70 Logo Logs.

Every month of the school year the Miami East FFA will select a student to be the FFA Member of the Month.  The officer team will nominate one student that has been actively involved in the FFA chapter, school and community activities. … Continue reading

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West Holmes FFA Greenhand Quiz Results

by: Audrey Ivers, Reporter

The West Holmes FFA had their freshmen compete in the Online Greenhand Quiz on January 24th. The team placed 49th out of 122 teams and 1,649 participates. Individually, Lyndsey Davis placed 199th, Jason Jenkins placed 282nd, Matt Gardner placed 375th, Jillian Gurley placed 455th, Carter Smith placed 502nd, Justin Lorentz placed 567th, Tory Eggers placed 594th, Riley Brannon placed 615th, Katlyn Hamner placed 640nd, Gabe Armstrong placed 654th, Dylan Harsh placed 668th, Paige Miller placed 736th, Moose Workman placed 799th, Cole Woods placed 873rd, Coven Mullet placed 888th, Tyler Grassbaugh was 890th, Racheal Yerian placed 910th, Ariel Bickel placed 918th, Ethan Fair placed 922nd, Tanner Walker placed 963rd, Mystique Martin placed 1013th, Hannah Schlegel placed 1030th, Michael Parker placed 1037th, William Hughes placed 1041st, Sierra Wengerd placed 1066th, Patrick Schlabach placed 1118th, Alex Miller placed 1317th, Devon Little placed 1333rd, Stasia Callahan placed 1356th, Kristina Metcalf placed 1412th, Brooke Underwood placed 1426th, Bethany Underwood placed 1447th, Sammy McClain placed 1524th, Brandy Haddock placed 1599th, and Jeared Miller placed 1616th.… Continue reading

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Bellevue FFA members set their sights on potential members

Wednesday, January 23, a group of FFA members visited the Bellevue Middle School in order to inform and excite 8th grade students about Bellevue Ag Ed classes and the FFA.

Organized by the Professional Development and Leadership classes, the recruitment event included a slideshow presentation highlighting this year’s FFA activities, an informational segment on the courses offered, and small group activities which included a question and answer session  where 8th graders could clear up any questions that they may have about the Ag program or FFA.

One of the students’ goals for the event was clear up any misconceptions about who an Ag student can be, and to impress upon potential members that learning to farm is not the focus of the courses offered or the FFA. Since 1988, what was known as the “Future Farmers of America” has changed to be officially titled The National FFA Organization, to reflect the fact that the majority of members are no longer involved in production agriculture.… Continue reading

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Tractor Supply Company Announces National FFA Scholarship Program

As an extension of its sponsorship with the National FFA Foundation, Tractor Supply Company has recently announced a new scholarship program to assist FFA members in their pursuit of a college degree.

The Growing Scholars program will be supported nationally by each of the more than 1,150 Tractor Supply stores Feb. 15-24, which includes National FFA Week. Tractor Supply customers can donate $1 at store registers during the checkout process to support local FFA chapters and their members. Ninety percent of funds raised through Tractor Supply’s Growing Scholars program will be utilized to fund scholarships for FFA members. The remaining 10 percent of donations will benefit state FFA organizations.

“This program will provide critical funding to FFA members who intend to pursue a college degree and local FFA chapters that enrich the lives of young members by teaching life skills, citizenship and leadership qualities,” said Tractor Supply President and CEO Greg Sandfort.… Continue reading

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Madison Plains FFA hosting Invest 2 Fight Hunger

Madison Plains FFA is representing the Howard G. Buffett foundation to educate the community on hunger issues locally and globally through the program Invest 2 Fight Hunger.

At the dinner FFA members will present attendees with information about hunger in the Madison Plains school district, Madison County, Ohio, nationally, and globally.  Members will also inform attendees of opportunities with local Feeding America Food Banks and Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) grain elevators.  Representatives from ADM and FAFB will also be attending to answer questions.


WHEN:           Thursday, February 21st @ 6:30PM

WHERE:         Gwynne Conservation Cabin located at Farm Science Review

640 Arbuckle Road

London, OH 43140

DINNER:        Free Will Donation (all proceeds benefit the Feeding America Food Bank)

Following the presentation, dinner will be served and attendees will have

the opportunity to speak with ADM and Feeding America Food Bank Representatives.

RSVP by February 14th

RSVP by phone, email, or mail

Checks can be made payable to: Madison Plains FFA

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Ohio FFA Alumni meeting

Columbus, OH – Jack Mason of Anthony Wayne was named the Ohio FFA Alumni Association Outstanding Member.

Jack Mason of the Anthony Wayne FFA Alumni Affiliate was awarded a clock trophy for being named the Outstanding Member of the Ohio FFA Alumni Association during the 41st Ohio FFA Alumni Convention held in Columbus, Ohio on Jan. 26, 2013.   The FFA Alumni Association is an organization that supports and serves agricultural education programs and the FFA in Ohio and across the nation.

Jack has been an active alumni member for12 years.  He has attended and chaperoned many state & national FFA conventions.   He has worked many hours at the alumni shopping mall, golf outing and attended state alumni meetings and has served as a national delegate for 4 years.  He has coached numerous CDE areas and has served as a judge at local, district and state contests.  Jack has been on state council serving as Vice President and President.
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Community service part of Amanda-Clearcreek FFA program


Submitted by Hannah Robinson, Reporter

Community service projects are a big part of the Amanda-Clearcreek FFA’s annual activities. In addition to the Holiday Food Drive discussed below, the chapter regularly helps with the Pelotonia and conducts multiple Adopt-A-Highway clean-ups.

The Amanda-Clearcreek FFA Chapter helped gather more than 1900 pounds of food from Stoutsville and Amanda. Each year, the FFA chapter goes to the houses in Amanda, putting bags on the doorsteps asking community members to fill the bags with non-perishable food items if they are able to. The items that were collected were used to put together holiday food baskets for the needy families in the community. After the school day, FFA members then traveled to Stoutsville to repeat the process. The FFA members then pick a day to go around Amanda and Stoutsville to collect all of the bags that were filled. The chapter also sent home bags with all of the FFA members asking their families, if they did not live in the villages, to donate food items.… Continue reading

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Miami East FFA competes in Ag Communications CDE


Recently the Miami East FFA Agricultural Communications team competed in the District 5 competition. The team consisted of Kendra Beckman, Corrine Melvin, and Rebekah Eidemiller. The team placed 2nd out of 6 teams. Corrine Melvin placed first in the entire contest. Kendra Beckman placed third in the entire contest. Both girls receive a plaque sponsored by the District 5 FFA Chapters.

During the contest the team presented a media plan on a Farmer’s Market. They also took an online general knowledge test on agricultural communications and an editing quiz on their knowledge of Associated Press style writing.

The team now advances to state competition in February where they will demonstrate their knowledge of agricultural communication.

The Miami East Agricultural Education program is a satellite program of the Miami Valley Career Technology Center. Respectfully submitted, Rebekah Eidemiller, Reporter

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Ft. Recovery FFA holds "Canning Hunger Campaign"

Ft. Recovery, OH – The Ft. Recovery FFA Chapter recently held a canned food drive with the entire high school student body and staff called the “Canning Hunger Campaign.”  Classes competed to see who could bring in the most cans.  A total of 2,450 canned good and non-perishable items where collected.  Congratulations to Mr. Evers’s class for winning the competition by collecting 50 cans per person. The food was delivered to local food banks to help needy families in the Mercer County area.  The Ft. Recovery FFA Chapter would like to thank entire high school student body, the staff, and the sophomore FFA members for coordinating this great activity.

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