FFA News

Fort Loramie FFA members to sell mums

By Amanda Seger and Thomas Meyer, FFA Reporters

Over the summer Fort Loramie FFA members have been busy working on their SAE projects. SAE stands for Supervised Agricultural Experience.  An agricultural education program is made up of three integrated parts: Classroom Instruction, FFA and Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE). All Agriculture students have an SAE that allows them to learn by doing through an outside-of class experiential learning project. With help from their agricultural teachers, students develop an SAE project based on their interests in agriculture.

This summer four Fort Loramie FFA members took on the task of raising mums for their SAEs.   They are Alyssa Campbell- daughter of John and Toni Campbell, Janell Hoying- daughter of Bill and Sue Hoying, Lindsey Pleiman- daughter of Tina and Tony Pleiman, and Amanda Seger- daughter of Ken and Janice Seger.  They received the mum starters in mid- June and have spent the summer watering and pruning the mums to have them ready to sell this fall.… Continue reading

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LG Seeds to award $1,000 to FFA or 4-H Club at Farm Science Review

LG Seeds will be donating $1,000 to an FFA Chapter or 4-H Club on behalf of a grand prize winner to be selected at the 50TH Ohio Farm Science Review in, London, Ohio next week.

LG Seeds will be at Lot 489 at the Ohio Farm Science Review this year.  People who visit LG Seeds’ tent will be offered a scratch and win ticket to see if they are an instant winner for a prize offered in the tent.  Whether or not the person is an instant winner or not, he or she can fill out the back card and will be entered into a drawing to win the $1,000 grand prize to be donated to his/her local FFA or 4-H Club.  The winner will be contacted after the show.

LG Seeds Brand Supply Manager and Illinois 4-H Foundation Board Member, Eric Yoder, is very excited that LG Seeds is giving back to the community, particularly ag-related organizations. … Continue reading

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Miami East Chapter Recognized by National FFA

The National FFA Organization recently selected the Miami East FFA Chapter of Casstown, Ohio as a 3-Star National Chapter for the National FFA Chapter Award Program. A 3-star is the highest award a chapter can be recognized for in the National Chapter process.  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 12th 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 25th in Indianapolis, Indiana.
The National FFA Chapter Award program recognized FFA chapters for developing and conducting a detailed Program of Activities (POA).  
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Colonel Crawford FFA Students Participate in County Fair

By Jessica Millenbaugh, Colonel Crawford FFA Chapter Reporter

During the week of July 14th through the 21st 13 Colonel Crawford FFA students participated in the Crawford County Junior Fair. During the 2011-2012 school year students kept records of their SAE projects.  At the fair students were asked questions about their SAE and record books.  Many members excelled.
In the market beef division Jessica Millenbaugh had grand champion overall market steer and won senior beef showmanship. She aslo won outstanding market exhibtor.  Jessica Lohr placed well with her beef feeders and market steers and was reserve champion beef feeder showman in the senior division.  Jesse Sellman competed in the Holstein class.
In the Dairy-Beef Feeder division Dalton Hoover placed 2nd in his class.  Travis Bogard, Jesse Sellman, and Ashley Geiger also competed in the dairy feeder division.  Kendra Hudson had a class winner and a second place with her dairy feeders.  
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Shenandoah FFA Member Gives Back

By Hannah Thompson, Staff Writer

The junior livestock sale is a highlight of the week at any fair. Young showmen excitedly show off their year of hard work as they parade their animals through the ring, hoping to capture a high bid from a member of the crowd of local businesses and community members who are eager to contribute to the youth of their area.

For one Noble County youth, this year’s Noble County Junior Fair Sale held special significance. This year, Samantha Goodhart, a senior at Shenandoah High School, wasn’t hoping to garner a high price for her market steer just to invest further in her projects or save for college. Instead, Samantha decided to contribute half of her proceeds to the Wounded Warrior Project, an organization that provides programs and services to injured service members as they transition from active duty to civilian life.

Samantha chose the Wounded Warrior Project to honor her uncle, Dean Pearson, a Vietnam veteran.… Continue reading

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Mohawk FFA to Hold Fall BBQ

By:  Emily Daniel, Mohawk FFA Reporter

The Mohawk FFA is holding its annual Fall BBQ on Friday, September 28.  The event will take place at Mohawk High School with serving from 4:30-6:30pm. There is a dine-in option or a carry-out option with curbside service.  The meal includes half of a chicken or two pork chops, cheesy potatoes, roll, applesauce, dessert and drink.  There is also a combo meal that includes a ¼ of a chicken and one pork chop.  The meal $8 and must be preordered.  You can purchase tickets from any Mohawk FFA member or by calling (419) 927- 6222 ext-2128.… Continue reading

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West Holmes FFA Members Participate in Holmes County Fair

By Audrey Ivers, West Holmes FFA Chapter Reporter

The West Holmes FFA participated in the 2012 Holmes County Junior Fair. This was held August 6th-11th. During the fair the chapter was involved in many aspects of the fair. During the pre-fair preparations the chapter set up a booth. The booth was themed Olympic Games that represented the chapter activities. The booth highlighted events the chapter participated in throughout the year. Also displayed was the hard work the freshman did creating cornhole boards.

Monday of the fair Clay Armstrong represented the FFA chapter, and he was rewarded a King Attendant. Other chapter members that ran for the Holmes County Royal Contest were Mandy Taylor, Courtney Kozak, Dustin Niehaus who was also a King Attendant, and members Elizabeth and Marshall Overholt were awarded Fair King and Queen. Also Mandy Taylor was awarded with the 2012 Senior Leadership award and Elizabeth Overholt was awarded with the 2012 Senior Citizenship award.… Continue reading

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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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