FFA News

Miami East FFA members attend State FFA Greenhand Conference

On Saturday, October 13, 8 Miami East FFA Greenhands attended the 2012 State Greenhand Conference hosted by the Versailles FFA Chapter.  The theme was “First Down and Life To Go,” and the conference offered workshops for the first-year agricultural education students to learn about opportunities in the FFA, setting goals, developing communication skills, and working in teams. Additionally, attendees rotated through various Career Development Events that FFA members can get involved in during their FFA membership.

Presenters for the conference included sessions by Colin Barclay, Ohio’s National Officer Candidate, Shelby Faulkner, State FFA President; Craig Berning, State Secretary; Maddison Buschur, District 5 FFA President; Daniel Zimmerman, State FFA Reporter; and Carley Snider, District 9 FFA President. The participants enjoyed the opportunity to meet FFA members from across the state of Ohio and learn more about FFA.

Those attending the 2012 Ohio FFA Greenhand Conference from Miami East included (front row, l to r) Chase Fulghum, Haleigh Maggert, Jordan Inman, and Johnny Inman (back row, l to r) Seth Tamplin, Stephanie Millhouse, Dylan Moore, and Levi Reid.… Continue reading

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Annual Ft. Loramie FFA Fruit, Peanut, and Barbeque Sauce Sale Begins

By Amanda Seger and Tommy Meyer, chapter reporters

The Fort Loramie FFA Chapter is ready to kick off their Annual Fruit, Peanut, and BBQ Sauce Sale.  The sale serves as the organization’s major fundraiser.  Proceeds benefit local chapter activities, leadership conferences and conventions, donations, and entry fees for career development events.

Members will be selling the following products: navel oranges, pink grapefruit, tangelos, holiday gift boxes (including navels, grapefruit, and red delicious apples), red delicious apples, golden delicious apples, granny smith apple, a variety of nuts, D. B. Yummers barbeque sauces and Jack Link’s Beef Steak jerky.

FFA members will be selling from October 18th – November 19th. If you would like to place an order or get more information on prices or the products offered, please see any FFA member or call the Ag Department (937-295-3342 ext. 4375.)

Thank you in advance for your continued support of the Fort Loramie FFA Chapter!… Continue reading

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Preble Shawnee FFA competes in Soils Contests

The Preble Shawnee FFA Chapter recently competed in the county soils contest hosted by the Preble County Soil and Water Conservation. We had ten members on the urban team and eleven members on the rural team. Eric Deaton placed 5th in the urban contest.

The top four members from each team advanced to the district soils contest.  The rural team consisted of Jacob Kamm, John Newton, Payton Roberts, and Austin Brewer. The urban team consisted of Eric Deaton, Will Smith, Drew Hill, and Darian Rader.… Continue reading

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Benjamin Logan FFA Members attend Farm Science Review

By Katelyne Ackley, chapter reporter

On Sept. 18, 2012 Members of the Benjamin Logan FFA traveled to London, Ohio to visit the Farm Science Review. This activity was opened to freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors.

The buses left the school around seven o’clock and eight fifteen in the morning and got back before school was out of session. Members got to tour the campus where they could see different booths of different Agricultural Companies.

Some of the booths included livestock care, different chemical/equipment companies, and food science. This allowed members to see agriculture in a different perspective rather than inside in a classroom.

During their walk throughout the perimeter, members could stop and ask questions at booths they were keen on. Members were also given the chance to watch demonstrations of different equipment sponsored by companies.… Continue reading

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Fort Loramie FFA participates in Soil Judging CDE

By Meghan Bruns, chapter reporter

The Fort Loramie FFA chapter has been hard at work within the past couple weeks studying and practicing for the county and district soil contests. Students have been studying soil science as a unit in agricultural science classes.

As a result, the Fort Loramie FFA sent two teams to the contests this month, an urban team and a rural team. The urban soil judging contest relates to building properties of the soil and the rural contest relates to soil productivity in crop production.

The rural team consisted of Katelyn Seger, Andrea Meyer, Darrin Seger, Nicole Kessler, Megan Bruns, and Amanda Seger. The top three participants of the rural team for Fort Loramie were Amanda Seger, Andrea Meyer, and Darrin Seger.

The urban team placed 7th out of 21 teams.  Team members were Thomas Meyer, Sara Meyer, Taylor Broerman, Sara Maurer, and Ashley Pleiman. The top three participants for urban judging for Fort Loramie were Thomas Meyer, Sara Meyer, and Taylor Broerman.… Continue reading

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District 6 Fall Meeting

By Katelyne Ackley, chapter reporter

On October 2, 2012, District Six had a meeting / fall officer training at Delaware Area Career Center. Members ate, hung out and did different activities. These activities were to help members meet new people from different schools.

Each District Six officer was to plan to teach about their office. Once officers were done giving ideas of leadership, ways to improve books, and fun activities, members rejoined their chapter members and created a pizza.

Prior on Sept. 15, 2012 the District Six officer team met at North Eastern High School, where officers talked about their upcoming Fall District Meeting. Officers discussed the theme and what activities they planned on doing. They are all very excited for the Fall District Training which will be held on October 2, 2012 at the Delaware Area Career Center.

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Paint the Town Pink

By Tori Wilt

Beginning in October, the Miami Trace FFA will be kicking off the second annual “Paint the Town Pink”. Originally led by Rachel Shepard, a Miami Trace student, Paint the Town Pink is a special event that will be taking place all throughout Washington Court House.

During the campaign, companies in town will be given the opportunity to donate money to have their windows painted with the breast cancer ribbon. All proceeds from these donations will go to Emerson Marting and his family. This year, we have joined up with Shepard to make this event even bigger.

The FFA officers have contacted many businesses and planned many other activities to go along with the event.  Also, in order to help raise more money for the fund, officers will be painting small yellow ribbons on car windows (for a small donation) at the Miami Trace football game on October 19th.… Continue reading

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Benjamin Logan FFA volunteers at food pantry

By Katelyne Ackley, chapter reporter

On Oct. 2, 2012 members of the Benjamin Logan FFA went to help serve food at Our Daily Bread in Bellefontaine, Ohio. Members served 70 beef stew meals, washed dishes, clean tables, and stacked chairs afterwards. Students in attendance were Katelyne Ackley, Jessie Carmen, Molly Worrel, Lindsey Hudson, and Paige Butler.

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District Soils Contest Held

On Wednesday, September 26th, members of the Miami East FFA Chapter competed in the District 5 Soils Judging Contest in Montgomery County at the Sycamore State Park. The Montgomery County Soil and Water Conservation District coordinated the event.

The Urban Soils team consisted of Braxton Donaldson, Daniel Everett, Levi Reid, Miranda Maggart, Hunter Sharp, Kelsey Kirchner, Katrina Bendickson, and Trent Church. The team placed 8 out of 20 teams. Trent Church was the highest placing individual from Miami East placing 22 out of 131 individuals.

The Rural Soils team consisted of Haley Etherington, Kayden Gustin, Chase Fulghum, Jordan Inman, Haleigh Maggert, and Madeline Davis. The team placed 17th out of 26 teams. Haley Etherington was the high individual from Miami East placing  34 out of 182 individuals.

The contest consisted of evaluating four 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 Montgomery County.… Continue reading

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Zane Trace FFA Officer Trip: Getting Involved in the Political Process

On Wednesday, September 26, Zane Trace FFA Officers and their advisor Jennifer Johnston traveled to Columbus for a day filled with learning. The officers had the opportunity to tour the statehouse, met with Senator Bob Peterson, and listen to Governor John Kasich speak. This trip was very useful for the officers, as they got to speak with some of the leaders of the state and learn how to more effectively lead Zane Trace FFA.

The day started with a tour of the statehouse, where the group learned all about the history of Ohio’s statehouse, and was able to see both the Ohio House of Representatives chamber and the Ohio Senate chamber. The group also had the unique opportunity to view an informal meeting of some of the members of the Ohio House of Representatives.

Their statehouse tour ended outside of Senator Bob Peterson’s office, and they had a talk with Senator Peterson and his assistant Vanessa.… Continue reading

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Madions Plains attends Ohio FFA Legislative Leadership Conference

Several members of the Madison Plains FFA officer team recently had the opportunity to attend the Ohio FFA Legislative Leadership Conference held at the state house rotunda.  The Ohio Farm Bureau Spoke to members on the importance of advocating and telling the story of rural Ohio.

This was followed by a lunch where FFA member had an opportunity to talk about agriculture and the FFA in Madison County to state representatives and senators.  Speakers at the event included Governor Kasich and Representative Bob Peterson.

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The Big Walnut DACC FFA Organization District Soils Participants 2012

By Sarah Nelson, chapter reporter

Big Walnut DACC Soils team placed twentieth out of thirty teams in the District Rural Land Judging Event held on September 25th, 2012. This event was hosted by the Logan County Soil and Water Conservation Districts in order to help the local Agricultural Education Programs experience what they have learned in the classroom.

The top five teams from the district that participated got to move onto the State Soils Competition to be held on October 13th, 2013.

In the Rural Land Judging Event students are asked to judge a marked area for the Land Description, Land Capability, Land Use and the Recommended Conservation Practices. Students get to apply their classroom knowledge to real-life situations. Members of the Big Walnut Team include Aaron Zeig, Josh Eastwood, Jenni Coleman and Sophia Strickling.

The event was held at a field located in Logan County. This is one of the many educational activities in which FFA members practice the lessons taught in the agricultural education classes.… Continue reading

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Big Walnut DACC FFA team competes in Bi County Forestry Judging Contest 2012

By Sarah Nelson, chapter reporter

Big Walnut DACC Forestry team was named the fourth place team in the Forestry Judging Event held on September 27th, 2012. This event was hosted by the Delaware County and Morrow County Soil and Water Conservation Districts in order to help the local Agricultural Education Programs experience what they have learned in the classroom.

The top four individuals from each chapter that participated got to move onto the State Forestry Competition to be held in Hocking, Ohio on October 6th, 2013.

In the Forestry Judging Event students are asked to Timber Cruise; identifying the diameter of trees, how many logs can be harvested from the tree, the type of tree, equipment identification, compass reading and measuring. Team’s included Big Walnut, Cardington, Highland and Mt. Gilead FFA Chapters. Members of the Big Walnut team included Ashley Bennett, Jordan Burge, John Finck, Nick Helber, Kristen Hill, Trey Howard, Travis Leisure, Tyler Slagel and AJ Wandling.… Continue reading

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Madison Plains FFA welcomes new teachers

The Madison Plains FFA is excited to welcome two new teachers to the Agricultural Education program, Mr. Matt Unger and Mrs. Mallory Zachrich. We are excited to see what their experiences and backgrounds bring to our chapter.

Mr. Unger comes to us from Greenfield, Ohio. He grew up on a farm where they raised corn, soybeans, wheat and swine. Mr. Unger is a graduate of McClain High School and attended Morehead State for his bachelor’s degree. His graduate studies have come from a compilation of Morehead State, Dayton, and Ohio University. Mr. Unger has seventeen years past teaching experience. He has three children. His specialty areas are leadership and plant science.

Mrs. Zachrich comes to us from Urbana, Ohio. She also grew up on a farm where they raised corn, soybeans, swine, cattle, and horses. Mrs. Zachrich is a graduate of Urbana High School and attended The Ohio State University for her bachelor’s degree.… Continue reading

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Miami East October 2012 FFA Member of the Month

The October 2012 Miami East FFA Member of the Month is Hunter Sharp. He is the son of Robert and Jenny Sharp of Troy and a freshman and first year member of the Miami East FFA Chapter.

Hunter exhibited the Grand Champion Dairy Beef Feeder at the 2012 Miami County Fair. He also competed in the 2012 District Urban Soils Judging Contest and plans on attending the National FFA Convention.

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.… Continue reading

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Big Walnut attends Ohio Legislative Leadership Conference

Big Walnut DACC FFA Officer team was fortunate enough to attend the first ever Ohio Legislative Leadership Conference held at the Ohio State House. This event was hosted by the Ohio FFA Association so that students can gain an understanding of the role that they play in supporting and promoting Agricultural Education Programs to parents and community supporters.

Only fifteen FFA chapters attended the event in which students got to hear from the Farm Bureau and local legislative supporters. Not to mention Governor John Kasich addressed the group of FFA members and explained to them how vital their role is not only as leaders in our society but how they represent one of Ohio greatest commodities Agriculture.

Members of the Big Walnut DACC Officer team include Stephanie Little, Maggie Lacy, Kristen Hill, Shane Hanly, Katelynn Cheadle and Kaitlyn Headlee.

This is one of the many educational activities in which FFA members practice the lessons taught in the agricultural education classes.… Continue reading

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Mt. Gilead FFA Participates in County Fair

The Mt. Gilead FFA chapter was very well represented at the 2012 Morrow County Fair and would like to congratulate everyone who participated.

Senior Amanda Bush was crowned Fair Queen, and was awarded the Leadership award and scholarship. Senior Kyle Hack was voted Fair King. Brayden Barnett received Reserve Market Steer, senior showman and record seller for Reserve Steer. Emma Weiss had a 3rd place Breeding Rabbit, 5th place Broilers and 6th place Market Rabbit. Samantha Appleman got 3rd place Sheep senior showman and record seller. Alex Blanton placed 3rd in his Hereford class. Andrew Evans got 3rd place in the Southdown class and overall champion Horned Dorset ewe and ram. Ben Hayes was a project book winner. Sawyer Shipman had a Reserve Champion Berkshire Hog and Taylor King received Reserve Champion Breeding Rabbit.

Congratulations to everyone who placed and sold animals this year. The chapter would like to give a huge thank you to Senior and Junior Fair Board members who make fair possible and all of the buyers at the junior livestock sale.… Continue reading

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Mt. Gilead FFA Contests

By Keirston Pangborn, chapter reporter

To most people dirt is dirt, and trees are trees but to the Mt. Gilead FFA learning to judge soils and trees is an important part of the class. Freshman and sophomores take part in the county and district soil judging contest while juniors and seniors go to the forestry contest. This year’s district soils contest was held near Degraff Ohio. The top competitors at the county soil judging contest moved on to the district 6 contests and placed 16 in rural and 9 in the urban contest. Top team scorers were freshman Robbie Hudson on the rural team placing 26 out of 99 and sophomore Keane Delp on the urban team placing 16 out of 76.

Juniors and seniors traveled to the Mt. Gilead State Park for this years Bi- County forestry contest where they competed against Cardington, Highland and Big Walnut. They placed second trailing Highlands 934 to the teams 817.… Continue reading

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Seatbelt Awareness Activity Held

On Tuesday, September 18, as part of National Farm Safety Awareness Week, the Leadership Committee of the Miami East FFA Chapter held a Seatbelt Awareness Activity. As students exited the parking lot at Miami East High School, the drivers were stopped and their seatbelts were checked.

If the student was wearing their seatbelt they received a “Smarties” candy for being smart about wearing their seatbelt. If the students were not wearing their seatbelts they were given a “DummDumm” sucker for making a bad decision.

Results of the event proved that a majority of the drivers at Miami East High School do wear their seatbelt. Over 60 drivers and passengers were presented candy with 13% of drivers were not wearing their seatbelt. Similar results as were collected last year when 9.1% of drivers were not wearing their seatbelt.
The first seatbelt was in a Volvo vehicle in 1849. On February 15, 1885, the seatbelt patent was given to Edward J.… Continue reading

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Ohio FFA Foundation Receives Grant from DuPont Pioneer

DuPont Pioneer recently presented a $10,000 Community Betterment grant to the Ohio FFA Foundation and the state officer team for leadership development activities.  The grant will support leadership training for the Ohio FFA state officers in three programs – Blast-Off, the national leadership conference and state leadership training.

“As members of the agricultural community, DuPont Pioneer is committed to the youth of Ohio and the vital impact they will have on our industry’s future,” said Melissa Bell, executive director of the Ohio FFA Association. “DuPont Pioneer believes in FFA, agricultural education and the students enrolled in the program. This support will ensure we are able to fulfill our mission of premier leadership, personal growth and career development.”
Founded in 1928, the FFA organization represents over 300 careers in the food, fiber and natural resources industry. In Ohio there are nearly 24,000 active participants in agricultural education and the FFA. Over 600 professional teachers, teacher trainers and state leaders are committed to agricultural education and the FFA programs in Ohio.… Continue reading

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