FFA News

Miami East October 2011 Members of the Month

The October 2011 Miami East FFA Members of the Month are Ashlee Bussen and Chris Teaford. Both are freshman and were recognized for their involvement thus far in the Miami East FFA Chapter.

Bussen is the daughter of Shawn and Kristie Bussen of Troy. Ashlee has participated in the county and district urban soils judging contest. She attended the State Greenhand Conference and plans on attending the National FFA Convention.

Chris Teaford is the son of Neil and Kim Teaford of Casstown and Donna Busic of Dayton. Chris also participated in the county and district soils contest but in the area of rural. He plans on attending the National FFA Convention and participated in the State Greenhand Conference at Versailles High School.

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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Miami Trace FFA consignment sale

The Miami Trace FFA held the annual Consignment Sale on Friday, August 26, 2011. This year, the auction was managed by Schrader Auctions. Nic Cummings, a graduate of Miami Trace FFA, was instrumental in connecting with the Miami Trace FFA Alumni in an effort to expand the potential of the traditional sale. Schrader Auctions have been involved in farm, ranch, timberland, and real estate sales in 38 states. The sale was held at Fayette County Fairgrounds. The sale grossed $579,000 and brought in $200 dollars worth of donations. Schrader Auctions committed 1% of the gross earnings to the Miami Trace FFA Alumni.

The Miami Trace FFA Alumni puts its earnings to good use throughout the school year and the summer. For instance, the Alumni provide many scholarships for Miami Trace FFA seniors. Also, they give money so that FFA members can attend FFA camp and Washington Leadership Conference in Washington D.C.… Continue reading

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2011 National FFA Convention to be televised live on internet

Broadcast will also be live to all mobile phones

In a significant technological move forward for agriculture, the National FFA Organization will stream its 2011 National Convention in Indianapolis Oct. 19-22 live online via the newly launched Alltech Ag Network on iHigh.com. The televised convention will be accessible real time via computers, iPads and all iPhone, Android and BlackBerry mobile devices.

As FFA membership stands at more than a half-million students throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, iHigh.com expects this to be their largest telecast ever. Yet the significance of the convention broadcast goes beyond record-breaking metrics.

“Agriculture is taking the lead in communications, moving high tech to engage the world in its story,” said Billy Frey, general manager of the Alltech Ag Network. “iHigh.com’s unique platform enables it to, for example, on a recent Friday night, broadcast more than 170 high school football games simultaneously and live to mobile devices free of charge.… Continue reading

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Miami Trace FFA blood drive

By: Brooke Mossbarger

Miami Trace students, age 16 and older, were eligible to donate blood during the first annual blood drive of the school year. The drive was held September 26, 2011 at the Miami Trace High School field house. Mr. Owens, the government teacher, promotes this event as a development of citizenship and cooperates with the Red Cross and the FFA in conducting the event.

The FFA will host this event three times this school year.  A special recognition program was implemented to recognize students who donate blood three times during the last 365 days at FFA, or community blood drives, or who will donate a double red blood cell unit twice in the present school year.  Red Cross cords will be awarded to seniors to wear at graduation if they meet the three donation challenge. The Red Cross is also offering a $250.00 scholarship to a senior because the Miami Trace High School chose to host three blood drives this year.… Continue reading

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Amy Frost: Ohio’s nominee for National FFA Officer

Amy Jo Frost, Ohio’s recent State president, is now up for a National FFA office. Amy just recently gave up her title at the 83rd State convention on May 6, 2011. The selection process for National officers is very thorough. Candidates must go through many steps in order to be an officer. The process can be long and stressful, but Amy has already made it through much of the selection process. . Candidates must go through many steps in order to be an officer. As an officer, they are responsible for organizing, and managing the organization, in all they have many responsibilities to maintain. The process can be long and stressful, but Amy has already made it through some of the selection process and has already made it through to be the State nomination for Ohio.

Amy has made it this far with the help of her supportive parents, Rob and Lisa Frost, and her sisters Jennifer and Katie.… Continue reading

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Miami Trace FFA agronomy students win at the Big E

On Thursday on September 15th, four Miami Trace FFA students went to Boston to compete in the Big E. These students consisted of Landon Gibbs, Judith Straathof, Madison Hisey, and Rachel McClish. They had recently won at State for Agronomy and then had the opportunity to participate in Boston. They worked all summer and at the beginning of the school year to take home the 1st place title. They left for Boston on the 15th of September, and that Friday the 16th the four students competed in the Agronomy test against 5 other schools for the top spot. During the competition students identify various plants, seeds, insects, and diseases by looking at samples of the objects. They also identified different types of hays, and had a team event where the students had to work together to solve different scenarios. That Saturday, was the awards session, and after all of their hard work, the Miami Trace students received 1st place.… Continue reading

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2011 Bloom Carroll FFA Picnic

On Wednesday, September 21, 2011 Bloom Carroll held their annual picnic. This consisted of food, bonding, and introducing the new year of the FFA organization.  Many members showed up for the traditional gathering and this year there were many new faces. While Mrs. Palsgrove (the advisor) talked to all of the parents about what the FFA consists of, the officers introduced the new idea of having “families”. Over the summer at our officer outing, we decided to do a new mentor program. This mentor program is meant to get every member involved and to get people motivated into the FFA. We are having a competition between families to get a prize at the end of the year. Each officer had about 15 “family” members. During the picnic each family broke off, played games, and got to know each other. At the end we played the traditional red rover game as a whole to end off the night.… Continue reading

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Fort Loramie farmers can help Grow their local FFA chapters

The Fort Loramie FFA chapter provides valuable learning experiences for youth interested in the agriculture industry.  Through involvement in FFA, students develop the skills to become leaders in their communities.  Simply put, today’s FFA youth members are the future of the industry.

Farmers in Shelby County have the opportunity to plant the seed that helps grow their local FFA chapters.  Through America’s Farmers Grow CommunitiesSM, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, farmers can win $2,500 for the Fort Loramie FFA Chapter.  Last year, winning farmers directed $490,000 to 196 FFA chapters across the country.

The program is part of a broad commitment by the Monsanto Fund to invest in farm communities, in order to highlight the important contributions farmers make every day to our society.  Farmers can apply online at www.growcommunities.com, or call 1.877.267.3332 to apply by phone.

Farmers, age 21 and over, who are actively engaged in farming a minimum of 250 acres of corn, cotton, and/or soybeans, or 40 acres of open field vegetables, or at least 10 acres of tomatoes, peppers and/or cucumbers grown in protected culture are eligible. … Continue reading

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FFA connects with past members, current and future supporters

Although Nick Frey doesn’t wear his blue-and-gold corduroy jacket these days, he’s still close to FFA.

The Purdue University graduate, who helps run his family’s 6,300-acre farming operation in Indiana, remains close to his high school agriculture teacher and FFA advisor. Frey and his family help the North Montgomery High School FFA Chapter conduct its Farm Safety Day each year. And recently after a Sunday morning church service, a current FFA member approached Frey to share information about today’s FFA, hear what it was like when he was a member and learn more about his role in running WCI Family Farms.

Frey is one of more than 7 million people who have belonged to FFA since the organization’s inception 83 years ago. Because of how FFA prepared him for leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education, he stayed connected to FFA and remains an ardent supporter.

Today, FFA is looking for more people like Nick Frey.… Continue reading

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Students to Present Agricultural Issue at National FFA Event

The Amanda-Clearcreek FFA Chapter will be participating in the National FFA Agricultural Issues Forum Career Development Event (CDE) during the 83rd National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Ind., Oct. 20-23, 2011.

Members of the team are Hannah Chenetski, Kelsie Sharp, Sierra Jepsen, and Caitlin Robinson. The team is coached by Scott Sharp.

“Event participants identify, research and present information on agricultural issues that are relevant to their communities, thus creating an inherent connection between the members and their presentation,” said Melissa Brown, CDE program manager.

FFA members present on a current issue facing agriculture to local community groups prior to competing in the national event. In the presentation both sides of the issue are addressed, allowing audience members to form their own opinions.

Elanco as a special project of the National FFA Foundation sponsors the National FFA Agricultural Issues Forum CDE. The event is one of 23 CDEs held annually at the National FFA convention.… Continue reading

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Ohio Beef Council Looking for Chapter to Create Recipe Holder

Attention FFA Chapters & Industrial Arts Classes

The Ohio Beef Council and the Beef Checkoff want you! Below is the current recipe brochure holder that the Ohio Beef Council has featured at industry shows and consumer events for the past gazillion years. We need a new one! So we are turning to the FFA chapters and industrial arts classes around the state to see what you can come up with. This contest is open to all interested chapters/classes.

Here’s the Rules:

• The brochure holder cannot weigh more then 85 lbs. The lighter the better.
• Dimensions can vary, but the holder must sit at least 3 feet off of the ground and must be easily accessible to the average person.
• Brochure holder must contain the Ohio Beef Council logo or Beef Checkoff logo (OBC will provide digital copies of the logo/logos)
• Brochure holder must exclusively feature red and black coloring
• Brochure holder must contain holders that can accommodate brochure sizes that include; 8.5” X 11” 5” X 7” 8.5” X 4”
• Participating groups must submit blue-print to the Ohio Beef Council by November 15, 2011.… Continue reading

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Miami East FFA hosts Farm Safety Day

Approximately 100 second graders at Miami East Elementary learned the importance of proper farm safety from the members of the Miami East FFA Chapter. Thursday, September 22 in the afternoon the students in the Agribusiness 1 and 2 classes hosted the elementary students to a day of stressing the importance of following good safety on the farm. The day was in awareness of the National Farm Safety and Health Week.

During the day, students in Ellen Donnelly, Pam Rice, Amanda Riley, and Patty Gentis’s classes learned about four aspects of farm safety. The FFA members taught stations about ATV/ lawn mower and equipment safety, grain safety, fire safety/first aide, and hand signals used on the farm.

The FFA members teaching Grain Safety station shared that in less than five seconds a child playing in a hopper wagon, used to move grain, will be swallowed by the corn or soybeans and will be unable to call for help or be removed from the hopper wagon.… Continue reading

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Miami East FFA competes in county soils judging contests


Members of the Miami East FFA recently participated in the 2011 Darke County Judging Contests. The Darke County Contest was held north of Rossburg and was sponsored by the Darke County Soil and Water Conservation District.

Competing in the Urban Contest was Casey Copeland, Olivia Edgell, Caleb Johnson, Ashlee Bussen, Seth Drake, Austin Honeyman, and Jayda Burch. The team placed 3rd in the contest. Bussen was the highest placing individual in the contest, placing 6th overall.

Competing in the Rural Contest was Chris Teaford and Amy Hahn. Chris Teaford was the highest placing individual from Miami East, placing 9th out of 60 contestants.

The contest consisted of evaluating three soils pit for slope, erosion, drainage, depth, and soil texture. Also, the contestants took a written test and answered questions from the Soil Survey of Darke County.

Prior to this competition, all Agriscience 1 classes practiced soils pits evaluation at the farm of Tom and Christa Everett south of Fletcher.… Continue reading

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Margaretta FFA Chapter attended Colt Conference

The Margaretta FFA Chapter attended Colt Conference this past week. Colt Conference is held in Colombus, Ohio on Wednsday, September 7. Seven of the nine chapter officers took the trip to Colombus. At COLT, the officers learned the importance of leadership and dedication. Chapter officers from all over Ohio travel to attend this conference. All members got to mingle with the new people they met. It was an amazing opportunity to see everything the speaker had to say, whether it was learning more about our personality or the personality of others, it was a great experience. At the conclusion of the conference, everybody had to say goodbye to the friends they had met, but most chapters quickly departed for lunch (after pictures of course!). Seeing and hearing everything about leadership impacted many members who attended. COLT conference will lead many FFA members, officers and chapters to become more successful in benefitting the community as a whole.… Continue reading

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FFA membership larger than ever

In the past year, more than 17-thousand new students have joined FFA, setting a new all-time high in the organization’s membership since it was founded in 1928. FFA membership now stands at a record 540,379 students, up 17,070 students from the 2009-10 school year. The number of FFA chapters in the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands also grew with the creation of 106 new, chartered FFA chapters.

Texas tops the list of states with the largest FFA membership with 81,694 students. The next four largest states are California, Georgia, Missouri and Oklahoma. California is home to the 10 largest FFA chapters in the nation.

National FFA Organization CEO Dwight Armstrong, says – we are excited to see that agricultural education continues to grow and flourish in this country. Agriculture plays an important role in our everyday lives and it’s inspiring to experience this surge in FFA membership, which allows FFA to grow its impact on young lives.… Continue reading

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Margaretta FFA Chapter held a Freshman Night

The Margaretta FFA Chapter held a first annual Freshman Night on Friday, September 9. This night included dinner and a tour of the FFA building. Parents were welcome where, they too could learn what FFA is about. While anxiously waiting for the night to begin, the participants enjoyed a dinner which consisted of pork chops, sweet corn, and cheesy potatoes. After dinner was concluded, the freshmen seperated into groups which were previously set up for the Big Sibling Program starting this year. In their groups, they toured the building and learned about all the opportunities they could enjoy while in FFA. They learned about the excitement of CDE’s and Convention trips. The freshmen listened to all the exciting stories the officer’s had to share. Parents also learned what they were getting into. An FFA parents also has a chance to get involved. By providing transportation to recreational activities and being the “chefs” for potlucks, they also have the opprotunity to support the Margaretta FFA Chapter.… Continue reading

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West Holmes FFA participated in the Holmes County Fair

The West Holmes FFA participated in the 2011 Holmes County Junior Fair. This was held August 8th through the 13th. During the fair, the chapter was involved in a variety of activities including exhibiting animals, creating a fair booth, and making a kids day presentation.

The fair booth was themed board games and games were chosen that represented the chapter activities throughout the year. The booth highlighted events the chapter participated in and showed pictures and statistics of the West Holmes FFA.  Cornhole boards made by last year’s freshmen members were also on display in the booth.

Monday of the fair, Kayla Chandler represented the FFA chapter in the Fair Queen contest.  Other members who were representatives of their 4-H Clubs in the Queen and King contest were Casey Schlauch who was named Queen and Tyler Schonauer who was named King. Marshall Overholt and Garrett O’Donnell were also named King Attendants.… Continue reading

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Benjamin Logan FFA officers travel to a officer training

Submitted by Katelyne Ackley, Benjamin Logan FFA Reporter

Benjamin Logan FFA Officer team traveled to a Chapter Officer Leadership Training (COLT) Conference in Columbus. Members learned what it takes to be a leader and how to improve their leadership styles. They also learned how to meet new people, and how to intermingle with different chapters. Afterwards, members went out for lunch to the Spaghetti Warehouse where they got to spend time together as an officer team. Following lunch, members walked downtown Columbus where they came upon our State House. Then members and other chapters took a tour around the State House.… Continue reading

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Miami East FFA recognized by National FFA

The National FFA Organization recently selected the Miami East FFA Chapter of Casstown, Ohio as a 2-Star National Chapter for the National FFA Chapter Award Program.  In order to be considered for such an honor, the Miami East FFA Chapter had to place in the top 10% in the state of Ohio. In May, the chapter learned that they were in the Top 10 in the state and would have their application forwarded to national evaluations.

This is the 11th straight year that the Miami East FFA Chapter will be recognized at the National FFA Convention in their National Chapter Award program. Two students will receive the plaque on stage during the National FFA Convention, October 20th in Indianapolis, Indiana.

The National FFA Chapter Award program recognized FFA chapters for developing and conducting a detailed Program of Activities (POA).  These activities and projects provide opportunities for members to achieve in the areas of student, chapter, or community development. … Continue reading

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Preparing for College: advice from Wilmington College student Travis M. Ellenberger

By: Travis Ellenberger, a junior at Wilmington College, studying Graphic Design and Media Production.

I bet you have heard that getting ready for college can be really scary. Well it can be because a large part of the college experience is learning to live on your own and being accountable for your actions. For many, the transition from high school to college is too hard to handle. These students drop out after their first college semester or year. There is a way to avoid the culture shock. I avoided this culture shock using these five easy steps.

• The first one is learning to turn in all your assignments on time. Typically in high school teachers will hunt you down until you turn in all of your homework. College is different. If you don’t turn in an assignment, nothing is said, your grade just suffers. In college you are no longer treated like a child, you are treated like an adult.… Continue reading

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