FFA News

West Holmes FFA Members Earn National Recognition

By Audrey Ivers, West Holmes FFA Chapter Reporter

Aaron Clark- National Proficiency Finalist

Aaron is the son of Chris and Julie Clark and has worked at Loder Farms in Millersburg for four years. Aaron was named the winner of the Diversified Agriculture Production Placement for Ohio back in May. Throughout this summer, Aaron has been competing and made it to the finals at the National level. With this title Aaron is in the top four of the Diversified Agriculture Production across the United States. Aaron’s hard work and dedication for working at Loder Farms and Kick Farms has finally paid off. Aaron did work such as milking cows, working in the fields, scraping barns and feeding calves. Aaron will be on stage in Indianapolis in October. There will be 196 members recognized in 47 different proficiency areas out of over 500,000 members Nationwide. Aaron is currently a sophomore at the OSU ATI where he is studying Agronomy for two years, and plans on transferring to the OSU Main Campus for Crop Science.… Continue reading

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Colonel Crawford FFA Community Service

By Jessica Millenbaugh, Colonel Crawford FFA Chapter Reporter
On June 24th and 25th Eight members from the Colonel Crawford FFA chapter spent many hours cleaning up a flower bed at the Crawford County fair for community service. The large flower bed was decorated to support this years fair theme and was then judged along with all the other flower displays on the grounds. They would like to thank Mr. and Mrs. Johnson for their help, and Oberlander’s for their donation’s as well! They enjoyed helping out the fairgrounds.

On August 2nd nine Colonel Crawford/Pioneer FFA students, along with their teacher Krista Betti and her parents, worked in the Ohio State Fair Pork Booth.  The Pork Booth is operated by the Ohio Pork Producers Association and allows any AG related club, business, or organization to come in and cook and serve food and drinks.  The chapter worked in booth the indoor pavilion and outdoor trailer for the Pork Producers.  
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Logan Elm FFA Pod Patrol

Members of Logan Elm High School FFA will participate in a unique “Pod Patrol” event to learn about Monsanto’s advanced soybean technology – Genuity® Roundup Ready 2 Yield® soybeans – and their performance leading into the harvest season. The event is designed to combine fun and an agronomic learning experience for FFA students from Logan-Elm High School who will walk a local soybean field.

The event will be held on Wednesday, September 12 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. at the farm of Kingston, Ohio farmer Aaron Minor.

Led by Aaron Minor and Channel® seed brand agronomist, Dave Klamforth, the FFA Pod Patrol will be on the lookout for more 3 and 4 bean pods on Genuity Roundup Ready 2 Yield soybean plants, which result in higher yield opportunity compared to first-generation Roundup Ready® soybeans. As the students walk the field, they will also examine other performance factors, such as standability and overall plant health.… Continue reading

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Miami East FFA Members Take Advantage of Farmer's Market Opportunity

There are many sites and sounds to the fall, including the experience of attending local farmer’s markets. Three Miami East FFA members are taking advantage of the opportunity to share their hard work and talents with Troy residents each Saturday from 9 to noon on Cherry Street at the Troy Farmer’s Market coordinated by Main Street Troy.

Senior Sarah Pyers is selling her chrysanthemum flowers in a variety of colors. “The flowers are just starting to bloom so my customers will experience the full color,” says Pyers. She purchased small plants, plugs, at the beginning of the summer and potted them in individual pots. Through plenty of water, fertilizer, and timely pruning, she has large and bloom-full plants. Pyers adds, “I don’t have of space at my house and this is a project that I can do in my backyard.” Pyers plans on applying for the State FFA Degree and completing a state proficiency award application.Continue reading

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Mohawk FFA Officer Team has an Officer Retreat

By: Emily Daniel

Mohawk Officer Teamrecently traveled to FFA Camp Muskingum in Carrollton, Ohio, for three days for an officer retreat.  The Mohawk FFA Officer Team is President Jarred Shellhouse, Vice President Deon Morter, Secretary Kayla Draper, Treasurer Lindsay Daniel, Reporter Emily Daniel, Sentinel Darby Walton, and Student Advisor Grant Price.  The officer team worked together to complete the 2012 program of activities, Mohawk FFA goals, and mission statement.  The officers grocery shopped together and worked as a team to prepare and make the meals for the retreat.  While at the retreat center, the officers did a high ropes course, which consisted of a zip line, rock wall, and a ropes course. They also participated in a paintball game and kayaked on Leesville Lake.  The officer team explored their personal strengths and discussed their role as leaders in the FFA chapter.… Continue reading

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Mohawk FFA Attends FFA Camp

By  Emily Daniel

Mohawk FFA students Meghan Chaffee, Kayla Draper, Ciara Long and Cassie Parsons attended FFA Camp Muskingum in Carroll County this summer.  They spent a week at the camp; there they participated in team building activities and leadership workshops.  The members went motor boating, hiking, paintballing and swimming at camp.  They met other FFA members from all around the state of Ohio and left with new friends and many memories.… Continue reading

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Oak Hill FFA Beautifying Fairgrounds

By Brittany Hubbard, Chapter Reporter

On July 11-13th, three members of the Oak Hill FFA dedicated their time, and artistic ability, to enhance the visual appeal of the Jackson County Fairgrounds.  These FFA members have taken a step forward as leaders and showed their pride in the Oak Hill FFA Chapter as they painted the FFA emblem on the restrooms, at the Jackson County Fair Grounds. All three of these members are also FFA Officers for the 2012-2013 school year. These three members were Devin Coon (Treasurer), Sydney Strite (Asst. Officer), and Emily Brewer (Asst. Officer).  These members have dedicated over 30 hours into beautifying the Jackson County Fairgrounds over their summer vacation.

Not only have these Oak Hill FFA Officers been busy with painting at the Jackson County Fairground, they, along with the rest of the officer team have helped with landscaping in Oak Hill.  Oak Hill FFA Officers include Mikka French; President, Zack Kiser; Vice President, Kole Strickland; Secretary, Devin Coon; Treasurer, Brittany Hubbard; Reporter, Shane Woolum; Student Advisor, Steven Dunnavant; Sentinel, Emily Davis; Chaplain, Michaela Harden; Historian, Bradley Willis; Parliamentarian, and Assistant Officers Brandon Adkins, Emily Brewer, and Sydney Strite.… Continue reading

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Preble Shawnee FFA participates in county fair

Mitchell Monnin received the outstanding shop award at the 2012 Preble County Fair.This summer, members of the Preble Shawnee FFA chapter entered a variety of projects in the Preble County Fair. Several first year members entered Agri-Science Fair boards to be displayed in the Tony Building. Each class made a shop project during the school year, as well. A couple of classes made garden stones, some made bird baths, and others made benches.

Many students also created story boards that displayed them working on their SAE projects. In FFA, every student has an SAE project, or a Supervised Agricultural Education project. These projects are designed by the student and can be anything from showing animals at the fair to an agricultural-related job that they have. There were also a couple members who entered vegetables that they grew in their garden.

Our chapter designed an FFA booth to enter in the fair, too. The booth was themed “Going For the Gold with FFA” in honor of the Olympics it displayed pictures of our members participating in various activities that we participated in throughout the year.… Continue reading

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Princess For A Day Planned

Hear ye, hear ye!  Calling all princesses to a day of pampering and learning how to be a princess. Miami East High School’s FFA and Pride In M.E. welcome young girls of all ages to attend a Princess For A Day Open House on Sunday, September 9, from 2 to 4 at the Miami East High School Cafeteria.
A $10 cash donation will be accepted at the door. All proceeds benefit the March of Dimes.

All princesses are encouraged to dress in a princess dress as they learn everything it takes to be a princess, including: hair, make-up, nails, healthy snacks, walking the runway and much more. Each princess will be given a tiara.

Girls of all ages are welcome with parental supervision.

Come help improve young girls’ self-esteem while making a donation to the March of Dimes.

Contact Miami East High School with questions by calling 335-7070 ext. 3212 or 3008.… Continue reading

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District 6 Officers work at State Fair

By Katelyne Ackley, chapter reporter

On August 1, 2012 The District 6 officer team met to discuss upcoming events for the upcoming school year. Following their short meeting officers then headed to the Steak Barn to help serve beef for the Cattlemen’s Association at The Ohio State Fair. The Next meeting is August 9, 2012 at Benjamin Logan High School.

Picture from left: Katelyne Ackley- Reporter, Jordan Stacy- President, Caitlin Donohoe- Secretary, Amanda Dellinger- Treasurer, and Haley Conway- Sentinel… Continue reading

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Miami East August 2012 FFA Member of the Month

The August 2012 Miami East FFA Member of the Month is Chris Teaford. He is the son of Neil and Kim Teaford of Casstown and Donna Busic of Dayton.

During the summer Chris attended FFA Camp where he met FFA members from across the state and the Miami East FFA Chapter and Alumni Summer Family Picnic. At the 2012 Miami County Fair, Chris earned the Champion Horticulture exhibit with his red tomatoes. Additionally, he helped with the set-up and decorating of the Shop and Crop Building Display. Chris’s Supervised Agricultural Experience Program consists of 80 tomato plants that he raises and sells fresh tomatoes from. He has sold to family and friends and at the weekly Troy Farmer’s Market.

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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Trupointe Cooperative Announces Scholarship Program

Piqua, Ohio – Trupointe Cooperative, Inc. is proud to offer $2,500
scholarships to members and their direct dependents that are pursuing a
two-year or four-year professional degree in a field of study related to a
discipline of Trupointe business and/or the agricultural industry.

“Investing in the future of agriculture is very important to Trupointe, the
future of our company rides on educating the next generation,” said John
Waymire, Chairman of the Trupointe Board of Directors. We are proud to give
back to our membership and our communities, while aligning with our company

High school seniors and beyond are welcome to apply. Additional information
about the program, including complete application and contact information,
is available on our website at www.trupointe.com/scholarship.html.
Applications must be postmarked by December 31, 2012, with recipients being
awarded Spring 2013.… Continue reading

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National FFA Announces Proficiency Finalists

The following Ohio FFA members have been named National Proficiency Award Finalists by the National FFA Organization. They will represent Ohio at National FFA Convention this fall.

Maddison Buschur, Versallies FFA – Agricultural Communications, Entrepreneurship/{lacement

Rebecca Faverty, Marlington FFA – Agricultural Processing, Entrepreneurship/Placement

Taylor Kruse, Pettisville FFA – Agriscience Research, Plant Systems

Kira Andre, Wauseon FFA – Dairy Production, Entrepreneurship

Ashley Wilker, Marion Local FFA – Dairy Production, Placement

Aaron Clark, West Holmes FFA – Diversified Agricultural Production, Entrepreneurship/Placement

Cody Adams, Fayetteville FFA – Diversified Crop Production, Entrepreneurship

Jakob Wilson, Fairbanks FFA – Diversified Crop Production, Placement

Saul A. Triana, Wauseon FFA – Diversified Livestock Production, Entrepreneurship/Placement

Justin Pursel, Pettisville FFA – Environmental Science and Natural Resources, Entrepreneurship/Placement

Elizabeth Hayes, Marysville FFA – Equine Science, Entrepreneurship

Amanda Koch, Botkins FFA – Nursery Operations, Entrepreneurship/Placement

Garrit Austin Sproull, Harrison FFA – Swine Production, Entrepreneurship

Nick Rutschilling, Versailles FFA – Swine Production, Placement… Continue reading

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Benjamin Logan FFA welcomes Freshmen into the FFA

By Katelyne Ackley, chapter reporter

On August 15, 2012 the Benjamin Logan FFA held a “buddy” day. This is for incoming freshmen that will help prepare and help explain what FFA really is. The Chapter FFA Officers were placed in a group of five to six incoming freshmen, with the idea that officers would act as a mentor and get more members active in FFA. A tour was given of the shop, Ag rooms, and the Land Lab. Following the tour, officers did a “Barnyard Olympics” between the seven teams. Games included: corn toss, egg walk, wheel barrel race, sack race, and mud pie worm find. Throughout the rest of the school year there will be competitions, and the winner will be awarded the golden boot.… Continue reading

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Anthony Wayne FFA members compete at the Lucas County Fair

By Stephanie Leaman, chapter reporter

Many people think of county fairs to be all about good food and fun carnival rides, but for many high school students in Lucas County, it is all about the shows. The Lucas County Fair was held in July 10-15 in Maumee, Ohio. There were many different competitions that went on throughout the week, whether it was flower arranging or livestock showing. Many students in the Anthony Wayne FFA Chapter prepared all winter and spring for this one week of showing. Fair is a huge learning experience for a lot of people and it helps students to become more responsible. With animals or plants students are required  to spend time every day taking care of them, or they will not be in the best shape they can be.


This year the students from the Anthony Wayne FFA chapter had several accomplishments at the county fair.… Continue reading

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Fort Loramie High School Teacher Selected for Agricultural Educator Award

Sarah Heilers, agricultural educator at Fort Loramie High School in Fort Loramie, Ohio, has been selected as the 2012 Ohio winner of the Outstanding Young Member award given by the National Association of Agricultural Educators.

Outstanding Young Member award winners are agricultural educators who have been teaching for no more than six years and who have demonstrated significant progress toward establishing a successful agricultural education program.  Applicants are judged on a variety of criteria, including teaching philosophy, effective classroom and experiential instruction, development of partnerships, and professional growth.

The Outstanding Young Member award was created to encourage early career agriculture teachers to both remain in the profession and become active members in their professional association.  Heilers will compete against Outstanding Young Member award winners from surrounding states for the opportunity to be named the 2012 Region IV NAAE Outstanding Young Member.  Regional winners will receive a plaque and an expense paid trip to attend the 2012 NAAE convention, as well as an invitation to a special awards dinner held in their honor.… Continue reading

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Miami County commodity queens represent industries

Each year livestock groups in Miami County interview and select a queen that will represent the industry. In 2012, there are several qualified young ladies that applied and were chosen. These commodity queens are spokespersons for the industry, assist with livestock shows, and conduct public awareness and promotion events.

Representing the Miami County Sheep Improvement Association is the Lamb and Wool Queen, Meagan McKinney. She is the daughter of Ryan McKinney and Angela Dilts. She is a recent graduate of Miami East High School with plans to enroll at Morehead State University to major in Nursing.

Shelby Roach is serving as the Miami County Beef Queen, sponsored by the Miami County Cattlemen’s Association. She is the daughter of Trent and Kerry Roach. She will be a junior at Miami East High School and the Miami Valley Career Technology Center in the Center On Science in Agriculture.

The Miami County Pork Queen is Sarah Pyers represent as selected by the Miami County Swine Breeders Association.… Continue reading

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Miami East FFA Members attend Washington Leadership Conference

By: Kendra Beckman, chapter reporter

July 24 to 29, Rebekah Eidemiller, Andrew Kowalak and Lauren Williams attended the 2012 Washington Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C. The conference focuses on training students how to be a positive influence in their chapters, schools and communities.
A key focus on the week was the creation of Living To Serve Projects. Within small groups, each attendee was challenged to create a plan for their own community improvement activity. Eidemiller’s plan is to spread hope and positive attitude, Kowalak’s plan is to conduct a holiday food drive, and William’s plan is to assemble care packages for troops.
Character and vision were also major focus areas. Attendees learned how good leaders have character and the conference helped them understand the components of character and how they can serve as role models to others.
While in D.C., Eidemiller, Kowalak, and Williams completed service projects, they packaged 41,000 ready-to-eat meals for Nicaragua’s poverty residents.… Continue reading

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RFD-TV makes $1 million cash donation to National FFA Organization

A record-setting, unrestricted cash contribution of $1 million was given to the National FFA Foundation Thursday by RFD Communications.

Patrick G. Gottsch, founder and president of Omaha, Neb.-based RFD Communications, presented the donation to National FFA President Ryan Best at the FFA State Presidents’ Conference at the U.S. Department of Agriculture headquarters in Washington, D.C.

“When RFD-TV was launched in December 2000, our stated mission and charter was dedicated to serving the needs and interests of rural America,” Gottsch said. “Our association with FFA has been such a rewarding experience and contributed much to the success now being realized at RFD-TV. We are so proud to be in a position to raise our level of support for the FFA, and we hope this contribution will encourage others to take note of the National FFA’s outstanding track record with youth and the importance of investing in our future.”

The National FFA Foundation is the fundraising arm of the National FFA Organization, which provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 540,379 student members in grades seven through 12 who belong to one of 7,489 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S.,… Continue reading

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Benjamin Logan FFA goes to Camp

By Katelyne Ackley, chapter reporter

The Benjamin Logan FFA Chapter had six members attend Camp Muskingum. These members went to the first session which was held on the week of June 4-8, 2012. Members got to meet new friends and enjoy leadership activities that where ran by the State Officer team. Members that attended where: Cody Weber, Lane Bowman, Holly Parker, Chelsea Shaffer, Ashley Wilson, and Tyler Mullins.… Continue reading

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