FFA News

“Invest 2 Fight Hunger Pilot Program”

National FFA Organization has selected the Madison Plains FFA chapter to participate in the Invest 2 Fight Hunger (I2FH) Pilot Program. Only 30 chapters were extended this opportunity across the nation. Madison Plains will be hosting at least four educational workshops regarding hunger and its related issues.

The National FFA Organization is committed to helping combat hunger by providing its chapters and members with resources and opportunities to engage in this important cause. The Invest 2 Fight Hunger (I2FH) Pilot Program will provide opportunities for students to put their FFA leadership skills into action by educating their community. In addition, the chapter will partner with its local ADM grain elevator and Feeding America Food Bank to help provide relief for needy area citizens.

The Invest 2 Fight Hunger Pilot Program is sponsored by the Howard G. Buffett Foundation as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.

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Miami East FFA donates books to elementary schools

Recently members of the Miami East FFA Chapter donated dozens of to the elementary libraries of three schools that participate in the Miami East Ag Day in May. The books will be available for all the elementary students to learn about where their food comes from and gain a better understanding of agriculture in their lives. The schools donated to include Troy City School’s Cookson Elementary, Troy City’s Concord Elementary, and Miami East Elementary.

These books were selected from an approved list provided by the American Farm Bureau Federation and Ohio Farm Bureau as recipients of Children’s Literature Medal for accuracy in agriculture and farm-friendly.

One of the books donated was the 2012 Ohio Farm Bureau’s Award for Children’s Literature Winner, “How Did That Get In My Lunchbox? The Story of Food,” by Chris Butterworth. The book was chosen because it is a clear, engaging look at the steps involved in producing some common foods.… Continue reading

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Mowrystown FFA attends National Convention

Twenty- four Mowrystown FFA members attended the 2012 National FFA Convention in Indianapolis. The students enjoyed sessions, the expo, and the tours and activities they did while they were there.

A few stops that they made were at: The Children’s Museum, Lincoln Tech, and the National Museum of the US Air Force. On Saturday, Logan Morris, Ashley Frazer, and Taryn Christy were received their American Degrees.

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Colonel Crawford FFA fruit sale

By Jessica Millenbaugh, chapter reporter

Colonel Crawford FFA is selling fruit starting on Oct. 18.  Fruit forms will be due Nov. 19 and fruit delivery will begin around Dec. 7.

The FFA chapter will be selling navel oranges, grapefruit, tangelos, various nuts, BBQ sauce, and Fruit Baskets.  Call the Colonel Crawford FFA chapter at (419) 562-6755 to order or contact a FFA member today.… Continue reading

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Colonel Crawford FFA attends National Convention

By Jessica Millenbaugh, chapter reporter

During the week of Oct. 24 – 27 FFA members Jessica Lohr, Rebecca Enright, Tony Gwirtz, Jessica Millenbaugh, Cheyenne Johnson, Kendra Hudson, Taylor Lutz, Dalton Hoover, Kyle Hudson, Adam Widman, Alex Brause, Darren Thomas, chaperone Nate Rhodes, Andrew Betti and Advisor Krista Betti traveled to Indianapolis, Indiana for the National FFA Convention.

The group first stopped and made a tour in Springfield, OH of Dole, we toured the plant and watched the process of lettuce from raw material to being boxed up to be shipped. The next stop was a tour of the Dull Wind and Conservation Farm. We learned about wind mills and solar panels and also the production of seed corn. The chapter also stopped at Tuttle farms and toured the apple orchard and got to taste different varieties of apples. One stop was at Ozark Fisheries, which is a koi and goldfish producer.… Continue reading

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West Holmes attends National Convention

By Audrey Ivers, chapter reporter

The West Holmes FFA chapter traveled to National Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana, on October 24-27. The 14 members who attended National Convention were: Liz Overholt, Matt Schelgel, Dustin Niehaus, Sam Krejci, Mandy Taylor, Clay Armstrong, Harlie Spurlock, Paige Miller, Shyann Kick, Beth Klien, Megan Miller, Justin Lorentz, Dylan Harsh, and Elise Neville. Additions to the members were: Chaperones and Graduates: Ms. Rosales, Mrs. Taggart, Jaime Chenevey, Aaron Clark, and Garrett O’Donnell.

On Wednesday, the chapter went on a tour of the State House and to the Air and Space Museum. At the State House, members had the opportunity to listen to a Representative speak, they also toured where the Senate and House of Representatives meet, and toured the State House. During the Tour of the Air and Space Museum, the chapter walked around and looked at the historical documents, the airplanes and had the chance to sit in airplanes and even sat in airplane simulator games.… Continue reading

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Mohawk FFA sends members to Greenhand Camp

By  Emily Daniel, chapter reporter

FFA Greenhand Camp is held each year for first-year FFA members to attend.  The camp is held at Ohio FFA Camp Muskingum in Carrollton, Ohio.  The camp focuses on teamwork and goal setting.  Students learned about future FFA careers, leadership opportunities, and contests.  It also helps the students set goals for their high school careers and beyond.

Mohawk FFA sent 11 members, which is half of the first-year class. The students who attended were Tori Chaney, Morgan Edgington, Cambria Kohlenberg, Joanie Lininger, Megan Ohl, Katie Pinkston, Logan Reinhart, Dominic Smith, Sara Spencer, Vanessa Stull, and Jordan Wheeler.Continue reading

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Mt. Gilead FFA Fall Fun Day

On Sunday Oct. 21, the Mt. Gilead FFA Chapter held its 3rd annual Fall Fun day for community kids. Over 50 elementary and middle school aged children dressed up and attended the event.

Members conducted activities, games and grilled hotdogs for people who attended. Kids were able to get their faces painted, paint pumpkins, bob for apples, egg toss and take a hayride. We would like to thank everyone who came out and supported our chapter!… Continue reading

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Fort Loramie sends FFA members to Greenhand Conference

To kick off the month of October the Fort Loramie FFA chapter sent 9 first year FFA members to the 2012 State Greenhand Conference hosted by the Versailles FFA Chapter. These members included Melanie Kremer, Emily Holdheide, Holly Frey, Renee Seger, Nathan Meyer, Nathan Poeppelman, Kaitlyn Holthaus, McKenize Eilerman, Kevin Meyer. The theme for this year’s conference was “First Down and Life to Go.” Members attended several workshops to learn about opportunities in the FFA, setting goals, working together as teams, and proper communication skills. They also had the opportunity to gain experience with a variety of Career Development Events including Agricultural and Industrial Diagnostics, Floriculture, Public Speaking, Job Interview, Ag Sales, Equine Judging, and Poultry Judging.

The Fort Loramie FFA is a satellite program of the Upper Valley Career Center.

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Local FFA members help to package one million meals

FFA Rally to Fight Hunger was part of the 85th National FFA Convention & Expo

By Emily Daniel, chapter reporter

­­­More than 9,500 FFA members, advisors and guests took part in the FFA Rally to Fight Hunger, October 24-26, in Indianapolis. One million meals were packaged in just 20 hours, with half of the meals staying in the Indianapolis area and half going to Haiti. The Rally was a highlight of the 85th National FFA Convention & Expo.

Working with Kids Against Hunger, a humanitarian food-aid organization, FFA members from across the nation assembled meals to provide relief from hunger and malnutrition.

Members of the Mohawk FFA chapter that participated included Meghan Chaffee, Megan Cleveland, Emily Daniel, Lindsay Daniel, Kayla Draper, Morgan Edgington, Somer Freeman, Caitlyn Huffman, Austin Morter, Deon Morter, Cassie Parsons and Aaron Vasquez-Miller.

The FFA Rally to Fight Hunger was sponsored in part by Dow Agrosciences; Elanco; Farmers Feeding the World; Howard G.… Continue reading

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Benjamin Logan FFA attended the Versailles Greenhand Conference

By Katelyne Ackley, chapter reporter
On Oct. 13, 2012 first year members of the Benjamin Logan FFA attended the Versailles Greenhand Conference. Throughout the conference, members attended differentsessions to learn more about various Career Development Events.

The officers from Versailles assisted with each session along with Ohio State Officers. The main focal points involved: opportunities in FFA and Leadership, teamwork, goal setting, and communication.

Members attending were: Carlie Barns, Andrew Bickham, Tara Deardurff, Dakota Derr, Jackie Geboy, Orin Reames, Alex Shape, Karen Worrell, Paige Butler, Kenneth Styne, and Molly Worrel.… Continue reading

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Southeastern FFA attends 85th National FFA Convention

Eleven members from the Southeastern FFA attended the 85th National FFA Convention held in Indianapolis, Indiana from Oct. 24 to Oct. 27, 2012. Members attended sessions featuring guest speakers Scott Hamilton (Olympic gold medalist in figure skating), Walter Bond (former NBA player and current top-5 ranked motivational speaker) and a retiring address by national FFA southern region vice-president Cain Thurmond.

Awards for the honorary American FFA Degree, national chapter award and models of innovation were among many honors and presentations given on the main stage of the convention. The members also gathered information and participated in the national FFA career show, which featured over 2,400 exhibitors, colleges and universities.

Members also attended a concert featuring Brantley Gilbert and The Band Perry, a hypnotist session with Dr. Jim Wand and the Three Hills World’s Toughest rodeo, held at the Pepsi Coliseum. The rodeo event was the last and final event at the Pepsi Coliseum before it will be completely renovated and opened in time for the 2014 Indiana State Fair.… Continue reading

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Zane Trace FFA members place third in National Agriscience Fair

David Glass and Audrey Hoey, members of the Zane Trace FFA Chapter, recently placed 3rd in the Food Science Senior Team division of the National FFA Agriscience Fair.  The event took place during the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis on October 25th and 26th.

The pair were selected for this honor from over 30 participants in the Food Science division.  Their research involved the study of antioxidant components in berries and was conducted with the guidance of faculty of the Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

This year marks the third time that David and Audrey have placed among the top three in the National Agriscience Fair.  They are already planning their research project for the upcoming year and hope to return to the National competition again in 2013.

Zane Trace FFA graduate Sarah Cox also participated in the National Agriscience Fair in the Plant Science division, where she placed 7th overall out of 36 competitors.… Continue reading

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Miami East November FFA Member of the Month

The November 2012 Miami East FFA Member of the Month is HaleighMaggert. She is the daughter of Jessica Keyes and Dave Maggert and the granddaughter of Cindi and Lynn Maggert. She is a freshman and first year member of the Miami East FFA Chapter.
Maggert has participated in the county and district soils judging contest, helped facilitate the Hunter Safety Night, attended the State Greenhand Conference, and FFA Halloween Party. She is the chairperson of her class committee, the Scholarship Committee and is currently helping donate agriculture-related books to local elementary schools. Moreover, she is planning on attending the National FFAConvention in Indianapolis.
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.  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.
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2012 National Convention Recap

The 2012 National FFA Convention set a record for high attendance, with many Ohio students among the 56,176 attendees in Indianapolis. As always, the Buckeye state was well represented throughout convention. Visit the links below to take a look at scenes and stories from the 2012 National FFA Convention, and get ready for  the 2013 convention in Louisville!

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What's in Your Soils?

What is in your soil? Loamy, Sandy, or maybe Clay? That is what Liberty-Benton FFA Chapter members were determining in Hardin Northern last Thursday. Members of the AFNR Ag Class at L-B as well a few other students who signed up to partake in this event took a day from school to head to Hardin Northern to judge soils.

During this CDE (Career Development Event), the students will learn soil quality. They judge the land capability, type, depth, drainage capability, as well as slope of the land. From that point, they will put the information into a table and determine its land class capability. They will also make a determination in a series of categories that would help the land be at its best. They will also determine whether it needs to be modified in some way for the betterment of crops  and livestock, or whether it is a swampy land condition.

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Ohio State professor visits Southeastern agriculture classes

Dr. David Zartman, professor emeritus, department of animal science at The Ohio State University, recently visited students during their agriculture classes to discuss challenges and the future of the livestock industry. Among the specific topics that the classes discussed were sustainable agriculture, winter grazing, management rotational grazing, aerial broadcasting of forage seed, breeding methods for beef and dairy operations, social movement toward locally grown and raised food products and perennial lactation. Students also shared questions and concerns regarding feeding a growing world population, animal rights and environmental group movements and livestock management. Accompanying Dr. Zartman was his wife, Micki, who spoke briefly about the World Food Prize. Both Dr. and Mrs. Zartman were recently inducted into the Ohio Agriculture Hall of Fame. The agriculture students would like to thank Dr. and Mrs. Zartman for spending the day and sharing their experiences and expertise about livestock production.


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Ohio Soybean Council Foundation announces scholarship opportunities

Scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students

Deadline for applications is Jan. 15, 2013

The Ohio Soybean Council Foundation (OSCF) is pleased to announce scholarship opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students for the 2013-2014 academic year.

In order to ensure the future prosperity of the U.S. soybean industry, it is important that students understand the wide variety of opportunities available in agricultural careers. This scholarship program encourages undergraduate students at Ohio colleges and universities to pursue degrees in one of the many academic fields that support the future of the soybean industry including science and technology, economics, communication, education, business and leadership.

The graduate scholarships are designed to support students who are currently conducting research in the area of bioproducts, biobased materials, bioengineering, biopolymers or a related field.

“We need young people to pursue careers in agriculture in order to fulfill the workforce needs of this growing industry,” said Tom Fontana, OSCF, Director of Programs and Development. … Continue reading

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Miami East FFA members attend National Convention

“Grow” was the theme of this year’s National FFA Convention. 41 members of the Miami East FFA were in attendance at the convention in Indianapolis, Indiana. Those members included Emily Beal, Kendra Beckman, Katrina Bendickson, Kolin Bendickson, Lindsey Brookhart, Jennifer Brown, Ashlee Bussen, Tanner Church, Trent Church, Casey Copeland, Danielle Danielson, Hannah Davis, Madeline Davis, Olivia Edgell, Rebekah Eidemiller, Haley Etherington, Daniel Everett, Colin Gump, Kayden Gustin, Amy Hahn, Caleb Johnson, Emily Johnson, Rian Kingrey, Kelsey Kirchner, Andrew Kowalak, Miranda Maggart, Haleigh Maggert, Syndey Oakes, Cody Reid, Levi Reid, Shane Richardson, Kelly Rindler, Lindsey Roeth, Allyson Supinger, Seth Tamplin, Brittany Taylor, Macaleh Thompson, Blane Wagner, Lauren Williams, Jarrett Willoughby, and Davey Wright. Thank you to Mr. Allen Mays, Mr. Eric Krites, Dr. Todd Rappold, and Mrs. Kris Johnson for chaperoning the trip.

More than 56,000 members, parents, and guests were in attendance at the National FFA Convention. Previous conventions were held in Kansas City, Missouri and Louisville, Kentucky.… Continue reading

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Mowrystown FFA Members Advance to National Soil Judging Contest


On Saturday, October 13, FFA members gathered together at Malabar Farms in Mansfield, Ohio for the state soils contest. Mowrystown FFA had both the Urban and Rural teams qualify for the state contest. The rural team which is comprised of Ryan Cole, Kylie Douglas, Paige Hill and Clayton Swinford, got 28th in the contest. The Urban team was 2nd. The urban team is made up of; Tori Walker, 4th individually, Rikki Morris in 5th, Stephen Anderson who was 16th and Brad Allen in 52nd. The urban team will now move on the national contest in Oklahoma in May of 2013.

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