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Zane Trace FFA excels in Agriscience at National Convention

By Stephanie Glass, ZT FFA Reporter

During the recent National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, five members of the Zane Trace FFA Chapter had the opportunity to participate in the National Agriscience Fair.  These members earned their entry into the fair by placing first and earning gold ratings in the Ohio Agriscience fair held in May.  The members competed in areas of Botany and Microbiology/Biotech/Food Science with their research projects that they conducted as a part of their supervised agriculture experience program through their agriculture classes at Zane Trace.

After the judging was completed, the five students attended an Agriscience awards brunch sponsored by Dow Agrosciences, Monsanto and Syngenta.  During the brunch, results of the competition were announced.  David Glass and Audrey Hoey were the top placing students out of the group, receiving 2nd place and a gold rating in the Botany Senior Team division.   Stephanie Glass and Jessie Proehl also received a gold rating on their project in the Food Science/Biotech/Microbiology Senior Team division while Beau Bilek earned a bronze rating in the Botany Junior individual division. … Continue reading

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Zane Trace FFA Members attend National Convention in Indy

By Stephanie Glass, ZT FFA Reporter

“I believe in the future of Agriculture, with a faith born not of words but of deeds.”

Any FFA Member would recognize those words as the beginning of the FFA creed. The theme of the 84th National FFA Convention was centered on the first two words of the creed: I Believe. Many of the speeches and activities during this convention encouraged students to establish and stand up for what they believe in.

To begin their convention journey, 39 members of the Zane Trace and Paint Valley FFA Chapters met at Zane Trace on Wednesday, October 19, and from there they set off to Indianapolis. They kicked off the trip by touring the career show as a group, then dining at P.F. Chang’s China Bistro where they learned to properly use chopsticks and enjoy fortune cookies. From there, the group headed over to Conseco Field House for opening session with Dave Roever, a Vietnam veteran and purple heart recipient. … Continue reading

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Liberty-Bention FFA fruit sales

Have you ever smelled an orange tree in bloom?  The scent is one of the most exhilarating and exciting in the world.  Now close your eyes and picture a bright, juicy ultra-fresh Florida navel orange or Indian River red grapefruit maturing on a tree in sunny Florida.

Got the picture? In less than 100 hours that ultra-fresh Florida citrus can go from the tree to table and the Liberty-Benton FFA will provide the magic.

L-B FFA members are taking orders for ultra-fresh Florida citrus delivered to your door. The L-B FFA will be offering Indian River red grapefruit, Florida navel oranges, and tangelos.  Mixed specialty boxes are also available and are excellent holiday gifts.  The chapter will also offer Red and Golden Delicious, as well as crisp Fuji apples from Ohio growers.  Also this year in the apple choices is a variety box with a ½ bushel mixture of Red Delicious, Gold Delicious, Fuji, Granny Smith, and Gold Rush apples.… Continue reading

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West Holmes FFA members receive their American Degrees

While attending National FFA Convention the West Holmes FFA had two members receive their American Degree. Tyler Schonauer and Cynthia Bunch were among over 3,000 members who received this degree. To earn this degree you must meet minimum requirements of earning or investing $7,500 in your SAE, earning a state degree, records of participation in a variety of FFA, school, and community activities, as well as completing the equivalent of 540 hours of classroom time.

Tyler is the son of Albert and Beth Schonauer. Tyler was a 2010 graduate of West Holmes he served as the Chapters President and Treasurer. He was involved in contests such as Parliamentary Procedure and Ag Sales. He was also a finalist in the Veterinary Medicine Proficiency and placed third in the state. Tyler’s SAE involved him shadowing and working with Dr. Mary Uhl and Dr. Brad Garrison. He has also worked on various dairy farms and showed dairy cattle on the County and State level.… Continue reading

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Benjamin Logan and Riverside attend National Convention 2011

On October 19, 2011 members of the Benjamin Logan and Riverside FFA Chapters recently attended the National Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana. Once in Indiana, members visited the Dull Homestead Farm where they toured and saw how an eco friendly plant worked.
As enjoyment, members went to the Incredible Pizza Place and a Blake Shelton Concert. This was a great way to mingle and have a good time. Throughout the week members embraced some of the history of Indiana by touring Indiana War Memorials, museums and President Benjamin Harrison’s house.
As members got to mingle throughout the trip they got to enjoy the “Buckeye Bash.” This was for the enjoyment of all FFA members from the state of Ohio. Members also participated in the national community service project which involved projects at the Jameson Camp and St. Vincent de Paul organization. Members assisted with yard work and were able to accomplish
many tasks in just a few hours.… Continue reading

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Local Chapters come together as one to thank Local supporters

On October 12, 2011 The Benjamin Logan FFA Officer Team visited Ohio High Point, where they hosted an Administrative Dinner. This dinner included Riverside and Ohio High Point FFA members, and the administration of each school. Members recognized many different people that have helped spread the word about our FFA Chapters. This dinner allowed FFA members show their appreciation to the people that make a huge impact on our school. Joel Penhorwood presented a speech “Naked and Hungry” explaining where we would be without agriculture. Members present were: Joel Penhorwood, Tyler Myers, Trevor Newland, Cody Logan, Miranda Batton, and Katelyne Ackley.… Continue reading

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Mt. Gilead FFA attends National FFA Convention

Members of the Mt. Gilead FFA chapter attended the 84th annual National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana. The group left on Wed. Oct. 19th and returned Sat. Oct. 22nd. Members on the trip included Amanda Evens, Mariah Carry, Makayla McAvoy, Emma Weiss, Amanda Bush, Sarah Hubschman, Jocelyn Ferrington, Keirsten Pangborn, Samantha Appleman, and Brittany Broadwater . Also traveling with Mt. Gilead were members from Highland, Cardington, and Elgin FFA chapters. They visited the Phoenix Bat Company in Plain City, Ohio. They also visited an organic farm in Zionsville, Indiana and an apple orchard in New Castle where they showed the FFA members how their business works. The FFA members attended three sessions at the National Convention where they heard Shannon Norris, Wyatt DeJong, and other 2010-2011 National FFA Officers, they also heard other motivational speakers. They watched other FFA members get Hypnotized and enjoyed a Blake Shelton, Little Big Town and Steel Magnolia Concert.… Continue reading

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St. Henry FFA puts on Halloween Maze

The St. Henry FFA hosted a straw bale maze at St. Henry South Park on October 30.  FFA members got the opportunity to build a maze out of small straw bales.  Many children from the area crawled through the maze following the community’s annual Halloween Parade.  FFA members helping with this event included Tyler Lefeld, Brandon Lefeld, Eric Tobe, Josh Stelzer, Trey Rammel, Cory Dues, Jordan Steinbrunner, Seth Watercutter, Colt Huston, Isaac Marchal,Chad Depweg, Ryan Broering, Janel Broering, Ryan Clune, Devin Froning, Jacob Linn, Eli Nieport, Austin Rutschilling, and Austin Keiser.

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West Holmes FFA attends National Convention

Blue Jackets took Indianapolis, Indiana by storm; October 19th through the 22nd. Over 50,000 FFA members from all over the United States met in Indianapolis for the 84th National FFA convention. The West Holmes FFA was among those who attended. The chapter members set out on their journey Wednesday the 19th with members from Smithville.  Along the way, the chapter stopped at Anthony Thomas Chocolates and saw parts of the chocolate making process, as well as getting to taste candy buckeyes! The next stop was at Bowman Superior Genetics, a shorthorn farm in Greens Fork, Indiana. During the tour, members got the opportunity to see a farm that isn’t approaching the usual feeding style. The farm owner, Phillip Bowman and his wife have turned to a liquid feed to replace corn; which brings down the cost of their total herd feed bill.  From the farm, the group continued to their hotel in Indianapolis. … Continue reading

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Miami Trace Livestock Teams Competes at National Convention

The Miami Trace general livestock team which consisted of Colt Penwell, Austin Chester, Jamie Payton, and Trevor Kirkpatrick, all competed at the 84th National convention in the National General Livestock judging contest, and as a team received 6th place overall.  They also received 3rd place overall on the written exam. This was a great accomplishment by the livestock team. As they competed, the team placed various livestock animals and gave their oral reasons for their placings, and took a written exam. The students competed against many different livestock judging teams from FFA chapters from many different states. As individuals, Colt Penwell led the Miami Trace team receiving 8th high overall individual, and received 4th high individual in sheep judging. Because of his placing, Colt received a $1000 scholarship award.  Second for the team was Austin Chester, next were Jamie Payton, and then Trevor Kirkpatrick. All teammates gave great contributions to the livestock team, earning the team a gold star award. … Continue reading

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Preble Shawnee FFA Plays Monsters

On Sunday, October 23rd, many members of the Preble Shawnee FFA volunteered to help the Gratis Eagles with their haunted trail. FFA members who participated dressed up as monsters, scattering throughout the trail. Everyone who took part in this had a lot of fun and appreciated the chance to be active with our community.… Continue reading

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Preble Shawnee FFA helped at PTO Carnival

On Saturday, October 22nd, several members of the Preble Shawnee FFA chapter worked at the annual Chili Supper at Camden Elementary. While they were there, members were in charge of running many of the games that were set up for the kids. All members who attended this event enjoyed the experience and really appreciate the opportunity to get involved with our community.… Continue reading

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Ohio Soybean Council Foundation announces scholarship opportunities

Deadline for applications is Jan. 17, 2012

The Ohio Soybean Council Foundation (OSCF) is pleased to announce scholarship opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students for the 2012-2013 academic year.

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 or biotechnology as it relates to soybeans.

“We need young people to pursue careers in agriculture to fulfill the workforce needs of this growing industry,” said Tom Fontana, director of programs and development, OSCF.  “Some students don’t realize that agriculture and soybeans can offer so many opportunities for their future.”… Continue reading

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Preble Shawnee FFA has float in Black Walnut Parade

On October 15 the Preble Shawnee FFA Chapter enjoyed taking part in the Black Walnut Festival parade. Their float was decorated with FFA fruit sales signs to remind people that they have started. The alumni let the chapter use a hay wagon and tractor to pull it. Members passed out pencils, stickers and magnets donated by local commodity groups to everyone enjoying the parade.… Continue reading

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Miami East November 2011 FFA Member of the Month

The November 2011 Miami East FFA Member of the Month is Andrew Kowalak. He is the son of Mark and Gretchen Kowalak of Troy.

Andrew is a sophomore and second year member of the Miami East FFA Chapter. He recently attended the National FFA Convention and is an immense participant of the chapter fundraiser, fruit sales. He is currently practicing for the Food Science and Technology Team.

Andrew’s Supervised Agricultural Experience program consists of Logo Log’s, hand painted wood logs with different designs. Andrew sells his logs to family and friends and also advertizes on various social media.

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 medallion on celebration of their accomplishment.… Continue reading

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Ohio FFA Alumni National Delegates

On Oct. 21st  in Indianapolis, IN, fifteen Ohio members served as delegates to the 40th National FFA Alumni business meeting.  They were:  Bernard and Jean Scott, Otsego, Maryann Stalder, Athens, Tami Hastings and Jodi Hassan, Hardin Northern, Jack and Marilyn Mason, Anthony Wayne, Jennifer Kilbarger, Anthony Wayne, Jeff, Cathy and Vickie Nofziger, Pettisville, Ed and Rosemary Beeler, Talawanda and John and Lexie Poulson, Pettisville.

The National FFA Alumni Association is an organization of more than 53,200 active members.  The mission of the National FFA Alumni Association is to secure the promise of FFA and agricultural education by creating an environment where people and communities can develop their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success.  FFA Alumni affiliates have been formed to operate in support of FFA chapter all across the nation.  Their purpose is to help today’s agricultural youth by joining together in a united volunteer effort to assist the FFA, promote a greater knowledge of the agricultural industry, and support education in local agricultural programs.… Continue reading

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Colonel Crawford FFA attends National Convention

During the week of October 18– 22nd FFA members Jesse Sellman, Rebecca Enright, Tony Gwirtz, Katie Cramer, Cheyenne Johnson, chaperone Andrew Betti and Advisor Krista Betti traveled to Indianapolis, Indiana for the National FFA Convention.

The group first stopped and made a tour in Fort Wayne, In of Debrand Fine Chocolates.  The opening stop was a guided tour of the factory and store where we learned about the processing chocolate candies, and were able to sample a few varieties.  The next sightseeing tour was of Fair Oaks Dairy, which was on 19,000 acres and hosted 30,000 dairy cows in addition to the calves and dry cows. The students viewed the facilities which included a 73 cow carousel milking parlor, a manure management system which used the methane for power, dried the solids and the liquids for fertilizer. They also got to see a calf be born. The next day the members toured the Not Just Popcorn company, where there were over 300 flavors of popcorn, and students viewed it’s production, Ozark Fisheries, which is a koi and goldfish producer that is 85 years old this year.… Continue reading

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Crawford County Schools compete in FFA soils contest

On September 22, eighteen Colonel Crawford – Pioneer FFA students participated in Crawford county soil judging contest.  The Wynford, and Buckeye Central Schools also competed.  There were two different types of soils being judged, rural and urban soils.  Judging the rural soils, that is for farming, they had to look at the slope, erosion, texture of soils, depth of roots and the drainage.  After finding that information they decide the land capability, land use, and the recommended conservation practices.   While judging urban soils, those for buildings, basements, roads, septic tanks, and lawns and gardens, they had to judge slope, landform, flood hazard, soil stability, soil texture for surface, between 15-30 inches, and 30-60 inches, depth of seasonal high water table, depth of bed rock, and if a hard dense layer is present.  They then had to find the recommended management practices for building with basements, septic tanks absorption fields, driveways and local roads, and lawns, gardens, and landscaping. … Continue reading

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National FFA Alumni Legion of Merit Award Winners

In late-October 2011 at the 40th National FFA Alumni Convention in Indianapolis, IN fourteen Ohio members were recognized for their efforts in developing and encouraging membership. Those members are:  Deborah Johlin-Bach – Woodmore, Rebecca Beck – Western Reserve, Jacob Bruner – Pettisville, Colleen Cape- Edgerton, Doris and Les Disher – Anthony Wayne, Michael Gower – Ft. Recovery, Kevin Jennings – Felicity Franklin, Sean Nolan- Western Reserve, Mitzi Martin – Edgewood, Lexie and John Poulson – Pettisville, Steve Sewell – Alexander and Vicky Ryan – Anthony Wayne.
The National FFA Alumni Association is an organization of more than 53,200 active members.  The mission of the National FFA Alumni Association is to secure the promise of FFA and agricultural education by creating an environment where people and communities can develop their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success.  FFA Alumni affiliates have been formed to operate in support of FFA chapter all across the nation. … Continue reading

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Anthony Wayne student competed in National Agroscience Fair

William Lemle, a sophomore at Anthony Wayne High School, competed in the National FFA Agriscience Fair in Indianapolis, Indiana on Thursday, October 20, 2011.

William began the agriscience fair project, titled “Windmill Energy”, approximately one year ago. He began by researching alternative energy sources, then asking a question and forming a hypothesis. William then built a windmill model, and tested two different lengths of windmill blades at six different angles. His goal was to establish the best combination of size and angle of blade to produce the maximum wind energy.

After conducting the test, William analyzed the data, produced charts and graphs, and made conclusions based off of his data. He concluded that shorter blades at 75-degree angles produced the maximum amount of wind energy. William then created a display to communicate his results, and presented his findings at the Pettisville Local Science Fair, then the Ohio FFA Agriscience Fair, where he earned first place in his division.… Continue reading

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