FFA News

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.

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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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Southeastern FFA inducts greenhands

On a fall windy evening, twenty-three first-year agriculture students took the first step toward achieving awards in earning the Greenhand FFA Degree. The Greenhand Degree is the first level of membership in the FFA. In order to qualify for the award, students must learn the FFA Creed, colors, motto and salute. Students must also be familiar with the local, state and national FFA constitutions as well as the organization’s history. Most importantly, students must have plans for a supervised agricultural experience program and be enrolled in an agricultural education course.


After over two weeks of work and effort, the following students received their degrees on October 18, 2012;

Aaron Banion

Miranda Bobst

Dusty Brown

Shawn Carpenter

Schyler Carr

David Carvour

Jillian Channell

Brooke Dent

Kalie Entler

Tristin Ford

Jordan Greene

Kylee Henry

Lea Kimley

Hayden Mobley

Dylan Nave

Madison Roddy

Adam Shawhan

Nick Shuler

Lucas South

Austin Spears

Davie Stucky

Elijah Whaley

Gabe Xayathone

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FFA names prestigious American Star Award recipients

California, Georgia, Illinois and Oklahoma FFA members win $4,000 award

Amid celebration of 3,247 FFA members earning their American FFA Degrees after demonstrating the highest level of commitment to FFA and making significant accomplishments in their supervised agricultural experiences, four FFA members were named best of the best.

The National FFA Organization announced the four winners of the prestigious American Star Awards Saturday morning at Indianapolis’ Lucas Oil Stadium. The four FFA members learned of their new high honor during the eighth general session of the 85th National FFA Convention & Expo, each winning over three other national finalists in the four American Star Awards categories: American Star Farmer, American Star in Agribusiness, American Star in Agricultural Placement and American Star in Agriscience.

American Star Farmer: Clayton Carley – Cissna Park FFA Chapter – Illinois

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American Star in Agribusiness: Bradley Weaver – Dawson County FFA Chapter – Georgia

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2012 National FFA Convention & Expo sets all-time attendance record

A record number of FFA members from throughout the country attended the 2012 National FFA Convention & Expo this week in Indianapolis.

The convention and expo had 56,176 attendees.

The new record is an almost 3,000-member jump in convention attendance from last year, when 53,358 attended the event.

During the 2011-12 school year, 16,939 students joined FFA and raised the organization’s total membership to 557,318 students in grades seven through 12 in the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

Next year, the convention and expo heads to Louisville for a three-year run before coming back to Indianapolis in 2016.

The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 557,318 student members in grades seven through 12 who belong to one of 7,498 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.… Continue reading

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Liberty-Benton FFA Comes Home

Liberty-Benton FFA members were coming home at the Liberty-Benton Homecoming Parade Tuesday, October 9, 2012.

Members of the chapter participated in not only riding on the float and passing out candy to bystanders, but there were flowers that were on the float for decoration. There were also banners hung on the side of the trailer as well as a banner on the back. Members dressed in hunting gear (minus the weapons) or camouflage. After the one mile parade there was a bon fire which most of the L-B student body attended. L-B FFA members sure seemed to have fun coming home okn their homecoming float yesterday.

L-B would like to send a special thanks to all those involved with planning, decorating, participating, and support with their very own homecoming float.

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Mowrystown FFA Competes in Soil Judging

On October 2nd, the FFA Chapters of District 9 gathered together at Liberty Park in Hillsborofor a soil judging Contest. Mowrystown FFA’s Urban team got 1st place with Stephen Anderson, Rikki Morris, Tori Walker, and Brad Allen on the team. The rural team got 4th with Kylie Douglas, Clayton Swinford, Ryan Cole and Paige Hill on the team. Both teams qualified for the state contest on Saturday, October 13th.

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Rockin' at the Bonfire

Liberty-Benton FFA members partied at their chapter meeting October 16, At Ann Burner’s house.

L-B FFA had their monthly meeting for October this month. After discussing possible activities for the chapter, they had a bonfire/Halloween party. The y had a cookout with hotdogs and other sides as well as games and then of course their meeting. Most members of the FFA chapter showed up which was a great turn out. Everyone had a great time.

Afterwards we cleaned up and went home knowing we were going to be doing some very fun, exciting, and educational activities in FFA this year.

Special Thanks to everyone who helped out setting up and tearing down the meeting. A very special thanks to Ann Burner for letting us use her property for our meeting and party.

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National Days of Service get FFA members involved in central Indiana community

Hundreds of FFA members will volunteer their time and skills Oct. 25-26 to help a host of Indianapolis-area organizations.

Each year during its annual National FFA Convention & Expo, the National FFA Organization stages its National Days of Service and encourages students to volunteer. The program is designed to educate FFA members about the importance of community service to both local communities and their own personal development.

The 10 organizations that FFA members will volunteer for are:

• Agape Therapeutic Riding Center, which has an equestrian program for those who have disabling conditions or are at risk;
• Central Indiana Land Trust, which works with residents in the community to protect and restore important land including farm and timber lands;
• Damar Services, which provides residential and support services to more than 1,400 children and adults with developmental and behavioral challenges;
• Gleaners Food Bank, which helps feed the hungry in 21 countries with more than 410 nonprofit organizations;
• Indy Parks, which maintains more than 200 city parks;
• Jameson Camp, which is a wellness camp that promotes healthy choices in nutrition and fitness for children affected by HIV/AIDS;
• Joy’s House, which allows aging adults and those living with physical or mental challenges to participate in a social environment;
• Maplelawn Farmstead, which helps future generations understand why farming is important and experience the effect of heritage preservation in communities;
• Second Helpings, which accepts donated perishable and overstocked food to prepare nutritious meals for thousands of hungry children and adults every day; and
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