FFA News

Five Ohio FFA member selected as New Century Farmers

The National FFA Organization has selected 50 outstanding young people to participate in the 2012 New Century Farmer program. This exclusive, highly competitive program develops young men and women committed to pursuing a career in production agriculture. Five Ohio FFA members: Kaylee Fisher, Robert Gannett, Evan Klopenstein, Clint Vance, Keith Van Horn were selected to participate.

Participants representing 24 states will take part in an intensive seminar July 8-14 in Johnston, Iowa. They will learn from each other and industry experts during a series of workshops and sessions. Topics will include the global marketplace, farm financing, demographic trends and risk management. New Century Farmers will hear from motivating and informative keynote speakers who will educate them on the risks and rewards involved with production agriculture. In addition to classroom learning, students will experience the latest developments in agricultural technology.

The New Century Farmer program is sponsored by Pioneer Hi-Bred, a DuPont business; Case IH; CSX Corporation; and Farm Credit; with media partner Successful Farming as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.… Continue reading

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Marietta FFA annual banquet

The Marietta FFA Chapter held its annual banquet Thursday, April 26 at the Washington County Career Center. The Meal for the evening was provided by C&S Smokin’ Barbeque. The entertainment during the meal was a slide of pictures from past yearbooks. After the meal the banquet hall was called to order by president Spencer Duckworth.
After the banquet hall was called to order the Greenhand Degree Ceremony began. The Greenhand degree is given to first year members who meet certain qualifications set forth by the chapter and the National FFA Constitution. The following members met the qualifications: Brittany Baker, Gregory Berg, Zachary Hearn, Katie McClead, Alle Moore, Lynn Myers, Allison Robinson, Derek Schaad, Dustin Schaad, Ronald Thrasher, Alison Wentz, Lain Weppler, and Jonathan Wood.
Career Development Events (CDE’s) were recognized following the Greenhand Degree Ceremony.

The chapter participated in the following CDE’s during the 2011-2012 school year: Agricultural Mechanic Skills, Animal Health, Dairy Handling, Dairy Judging, Rural Soils, Urban Soils, Tractor Trouble Shooting, General Livestock, Equine, Dog Grooming, Poultry, Forestry, and Agricultural and Industrial Diagnostics.… Continue reading

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Colonel Crawford FFA awarded at State Convention

By Jessica Millenbaugh, chapter reporter
The Annual State FFA Convention was held May 3 through the 4th.  Fourteen members, 4 chaperones, which included Andrea Cole, Sammy Guinther, Ryan Eblin, Eileen Chappell, Lisa Hoover and Advisor Krista Betti of the Colonel Crawford FFA/Pioneer chapter, attended the State FFA Convention held in Columbus at the Ohio Expo Center.

On Thursday, prior to the first Convention session, students departed the school and traveled to Oceola to tour The Eagles Nest Poultry Farm. There the students learned how various types of birds are incubated and hatched, how to sex the birds, viewed many different breeds, and learned about the aspects of the marketing of poultry.

The next stop was at Hord’s Cattle feedlots.  While there, Monica, the cattle manager showed students the facilities and explained to them the many aspects of feeding out cattle. Students learned about handling, feeding, manure management, and marketing of beef animals.… Continue reading

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Miami East May 2012 FFA members of the month

The May 2012 Miami East FFA Members of the Month are Amanda Bartel, Jacob Eidemiller, Danielle Sands, Angelina Henger, and Meagan McKinney. They are all retired chapter officers and will soon be graduates of Miami East High School.

Amanda Bartel is the daughter of Mark and Pam Bartel. She plans to further her education at Wright State University. She has participated in Washington Leadership Conference, FFA Camp, State and National FFA Conventions, and was recently named the second place State FFA Poultry Proficiency Winner. She recently completed a year as the Chapter Treasurer.

Jacob Eidemiller is the son of LaDonna Mays and Eric Eidemiller. He will be attending Bluffton University to play football and major in criminal justice/business. He served as a chapter officer for three years, competed in the Food Science and Technology contest, attended State FFA Convention, and recently earned his State FFA Degree.

Danielle Sands is the daughter of John and LaDonna Sands.… Continue reading

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Benjamin Logan banquet

On April 14th, 2012the Benjamin Logan FFA held their annual chapter banquet. The chapter banquet is a culminating highlight of the year for most FFA chapters. The banquet provides members the opportunity to work together, use leadership skills gained during the year and showcase chapter and individual accomplishments.The banquet recognizes each of its members for their achievements.

Seniors that were awarded these scholarships are: Chase Anspach, Colt Blair, Dennis Bleininger, Emily Brill, Sarah Crumm, Danny Foulk, JD Harvey, Cory Leiter, Cody Logan, Cody Logan, Luke Mathys, Nick Melvin, Mickayla Ropp, Kyle Rose, Kathleen Seeley, Wes Shepherd, Shawn Weber, Zak Wirick, and Ethan Zack.

Gold Star officer awards were given to Katelyne Ackley (reporter), Miranda Batton (treasurer), and Danny Foulk (secretary). The Star awards were given to Jessica Skidmore and Tabitha Schumacher, who received the Star Greenhand award, JD Harvey received the Star in Agribusiness award, and Wes Shepherd received the Star Farmer award.… Continue reading

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Mohawk FFA Participates in the Envirothon

By  Emily Daniel, chapter reporter

The Mohawk FFA recently participated in the Envirothon Contest.  The contest was held at Camp Palmer in Fulton County.  The first Mohawk team consisted of Brady Kohlenberg, Candace Lease, Erika Coldiron, and Jordan Long.  The team placed 47th.  The second Mohawk team was Emily Daniel, Kayla Draper and Matt Miller, which placed 29th.  The teams had to complete questions on five environmental subjects, including aquatics, wildlife, forestry, soils, and current issues.  More than 60 teams from the area participated in this event.… Continue reading

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Benjamin Logan officers attend training

On April24, 2012 the Benjamin Logan FFA newly elected officers went to the District Six meeting/ officer training at High Land High School. Members attending were: Tyler Meyers, Jessica Skidmore, Ashley Wilson, Troy Selhorst, Katelyne Ackley, Delanie Barns, Holly Parker, Hayden Ackley, Taylor Miller, and ,Tyler Mullins.

Members voted on their future District Six president along with other officers. District officers are: Katelyne Ackley (reporter), Amanda Dellinger (treasurer), Peter Blair (Vice President), Caitlin Donohoe (Secretary), and Haley Conway (Sentinel). Members ate, hung out and did different activities. These activities were to help members meet new people from different schools.… Continue reading

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Miami East team qualifies for National Agriscience Fair

On Thursday, May 3 25 members of the Miami East FFA Chapter participated in the State Agriscience Fair in Columbus. Members conducted a science research project related to the agricultural field. They constructed a display board and demonstrated their understanding of the scientific method during an interview.

Earning a gold rating and first place was a freshman team, consisting of Rian Kingrey and Olivia Edgell. The team qualified to apply for the National Agriscience Fair in October during the National FFA Convention. Rian and Olivia’s research was “How Clean Are Your Hands?” Using a special lotion and black light, they tested a variety of hand and dish soaps commonly used in the Food Science industry. They were recognized on stage at the State FFA Convention with a certificate and cash prize.

Also receiving a Gold Rating and being recognized on stage at the State FFA Convention was one additional team. Kelly Rindler and Macalah Thompson placed second received a certificate.… Continue reading

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Miami East students compete at State FFA Convention

Thursday and Friday, May 3 and 4, members of the Miami East FFA Chapter attended the Ohio FFA State Convention in Columbus. Members were recognized for various accomplishments and competed in several contests.

While in Columbus, the members the convention’s Career Show, met FFA members from across the state, and enjoyed eating out! Chapter members toured the campus of The Ohio State University including Ohio Stadium.

Motivation speakers at the convention included Professional Motivational Speakers Brooks Gibbs, Jon Petz, Gus Gustafson, National FFA President Ryan Best from New Mexico, and State FFA President Jessica Shanahan.

During the National Chapter Award results the chapter was named a Top 10 Chapter, out of over 315 chapters in the state. Additionally, the chapter placed in the Top 10 in the areas of  Student, Chapter and Community Development.  These results are from the chapter’s National Chapter Application. The application will now be sent to the National FFA for review and placing.… Continue reading

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Mohawk FFA Holds First-Ever Field Day

By Emily Daniel, chapter reporter

The Mohawk FFA, in cooperation with Mohawk Local Schools, farms an eighteen-acre field outside of Sycamore. On Friday, April 27, Mohawk FFA held their first-ever field day at the farm. The purpose of the event was to expose FFA members to career opportunities in agriculture while also making them more aware of issues in agriculture and the Environment.

Presenters from the community came in to speak to the FFA members. The members learned about GPS systems in farm machinery, learned about soil types and conservation, and learned about water quality and cover crops. Chris Tschanen from Wyandot Tractor, Bret Margraf from Seneca Soil and Water Conservation, and Angie Ford from Wyandot Soil and Water Conservation, shared their time with the FFA members.

Mohawk FFA looks forward to continuing to build this program in the future. As more and more students become removed from production agriculture, programs such as this will continue to grow in importance.… Continue reading

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2012-2013 Ohio State FFA Officer Team Named


President: Shelby Faulkner

Vice President: Sarah Bookman

Secretary: Craig Berning

Treasurer: Erin Wollett

Reporter: Daniel Zimmerman

Sentinel: Adam Rine

District 1 President: Clayton Parrish

District 2 President:Erica White

District 3 President: Nicole Steiner

District 4 President: Gary Klopfenstein

District 5 President: Maddy Buschur

District 6 President: Jordan Stacy

District 7 President: Leanna Bachman

District 8 President: Casey Schlauch

District 9 President: Carley Snider

District 10 President: Kayla Stalin

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