FFA News

Mt. Gilead FFA attends National FFA Convention

Members of the Mt. Gilead FFA chapter attended the 84th annual National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana. The group left on Wed. Oct. 19th and returned Sat. Oct. 22nd. Members on the trip included Amanda Evens, Mariah Carry, Makayla McAvoy, Emma Weiss, Amanda Bush, Sarah Hubschman, Jocelyn Ferrington, Keirsten Pangborn, Samantha Appleman, and Brittany Broadwater . Also traveling with Mt. Gilead were members from Highland, Cardington, and Elgin FFA chapters. They visited the Phoenix Bat Company in Plain City, Ohio. They also visited an organic farm in Zionsville, Indiana and an apple orchard in New Castle where they showed the FFA members how their business works. The FFA members attended three sessions at the National Convention where they heard Shannon Norris, Wyatt DeJong, and other 2010-2011 National FFA Officers, they also heard other motivational speakers. They watched other FFA members get Hypnotized and enjoyed a Blake Shelton, Little Big Town and Steel Magnolia Concert.… Continue reading

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St. Henry FFA puts on Halloween Maze

The St. Henry FFA hosted a straw bale maze at St. Henry South Park on October 30.  FFA members got the opportunity to build a maze out of small straw bales.  Many children from the area crawled through the maze following the community’s annual Halloween Parade.  FFA members helping with this event included Tyler Lefeld, Brandon Lefeld, Eric Tobe, Josh Stelzer, Trey Rammel, Cory Dues, Jordan Steinbrunner, Seth Watercutter, Colt Huston, Isaac Marchal,Chad Depweg, Ryan Broering, Janel Broering, Ryan Clune, Devin Froning, Jacob Linn, Eli Nieport, Austin Rutschilling, and Austin Keiser.

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West Holmes FFA attends National Convention

Blue Jackets took Indianapolis, Indiana by storm; October 19th through the 22nd. Over 50,000 FFA members from all over the United States met in Indianapolis for the 84th National FFA convention. The West Holmes FFA was among those who attended. The chapter members set out on their journey Wednesday the 19th with members from Smithville.  Along the way, the chapter stopped at Anthony Thomas Chocolates and saw parts of the chocolate making process, as well as getting to taste candy buckeyes! The next stop was at Bowman Superior Genetics, a shorthorn farm in Greens Fork, Indiana. During the tour, members got the opportunity to see a farm that isn’t approaching the usual feeding style. The farm owner, Phillip Bowman and his wife have turned to a liquid feed to replace corn; which brings down the cost of their total herd feed bill.  From the farm, the group continued to their hotel in Indianapolis. … Continue reading

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Miami Trace Livestock Teams Competes at National Convention

The Miami Trace general livestock team which consisted of Colt Penwell, Austin Chester, Jamie Payton, and Trevor Kirkpatrick, all competed at the 84th National convention in the National General Livestock judging contest, and as a team received 6th place overall.  They also received 3rd place overall on the written exam. This was a great accomplishment by the livestock team. As they competed, the team placed various livestock animals and gave their oral reasons for their placings, and took a written exam. The students competed against many different livestock judging teams from FFA chapters from many different states. As individuals, Colt Penwell led the Miami Trace team receiving 8th high overall individual, and received 4th high individual in sheep judging. Because of his placing, Colt received a $1000 scholarship award.  Second for the team was Austin Chester, next were Jamie Payton, and then Trevor Kirkpatrick. All teammates gave great contributions to the livestock team, earning the team a gold star award. … Continue reading

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Preble Shawnee FFA Plays Monsters

On Sunday, October 23rd, many members of the Preble Shawnee FFA volunteered to help the Gratis Eagles with their haunted trail. FFA members who participated dressed up as monsters, scattering throughout the trail. Everyone who took part in this had a lot of fun and appreciated the chance to be active with our community.… Continue reading

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Preble Shawnee FFA helped at PTO Carnival

On Saturday, October 22nd, several members of the Preble Shawnee FFA chapter worked at the annual Chili Supper at Camden Elementary. While they were there, members were in charge of running many of the games that were set up for the kids. All members who attended this event enjoyed the experience and really appreciate the opportunity to get involved with our community.… Continue reading

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Ohio Soybean Council Foundation announces scholarship opportunities

Deadline for applications is Jan. 17, 2012

The Ohio Soybean Council Foundation (OSCF) is pleased to announce scholarship opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students for the 2012-2013 academic year.

To ensure the future prosperity of the U.S. soybean industry, it is important that students understand the wide variety of opportunities available in agricultural careers. This scholarship program encourages undergraduate students at Ohio colleges and universities to pursue degrees in one of the many academic fields that support the future of the soybean industry including science and technology, economics, communication, education, business and leadership.

The graduate scholarships are designed to support students who are currently conducting research in the area of bioproducts or biotechnology as it relates to soybeans.

“We need young people to pursue careers in agriculture to fulfill the workforce needs of this growing industry,” said Tom Fontana, director of programs and development, OSCF.  “Some students don’t realize that agriculture and soybeans can offer so many opportunities for their future.”… Continue reading

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Preble Shawnee FFA has float in Black Walnut Parade

On October 15 the Preble Shawnee FFA Chapter enjoyed taking part in the Black Walnut Festival parade. Their float was decorated with FFA fruit sales signs to remind people that they have started. The alumni let the chapter use a hay wagon and tractor to pull it. Members passed out pencils, stickers and magnets donated by local commodity groups to everyone enjoying the parade.… Continue reading

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Miami East November 2011 FFA Member of the Month

The November 2011 Miami East FFA Member of the Month is Andrew Kowalak. He is the son of Mark and Gretchen Kowalak of Troy.

Andrew is a sophomore and second year member of the Miami East FFA Chapter. He recently attended the National FFA Convention and is an immense participant of the chapter fundraiser, fruit sales. He is currently practicing for the Food Science and Technology Team.

Andrew’s Supervised Agricultural Experience program consists of Logo Log’s, hand painted wood logs with different designs. Andrew sells his logs to family and friends and also advertizes on various social media.

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 medallion on celebration of their accomplishment.… Continue reading

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Ohio FFA Alumni National Delegates

On Oct. 21st  in Indianapolis, IN, fifteen Ohio members served as delegates to the 40th National FFA Alumni business meeting.  They were:  Bernard and Jean Scott, Otsego, Maryann Stalder, Athens, Tami Hastings and Jodi Hassan, Hardin Northern, Jack and Marilyn Mason, Anthony Wayne, Jennifer Kilbarger, Anthony Wayne, Jeff, Cathy and Vickie Nofziger, Pettisville, Ed and Rosemary Beeler, Talawanda and John and Lexie Poulson, Pettisville.

The National FFA Alumni Association is an organization of more than 53,200 active members.  The mission of the National FFA Alumni Association is to secure the promise of FFA and agricultural education by creating an environment where people and communities can develop their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success.  FFA Alumni affiliates have been formed to operate in support of FFA chapter all across the nation.  Their purpose is to help today’s agricultural youth by joining together in a united volunteer effort to assist the FFA, promote a greater knowledge of the agricultural industry, and support education in local agricultural programs.… Continue reading

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Colonel Crawford FFA attends National Convention

During the week of October 18– 22nd FFA members Jesse Sellman, Rebecca Enright, Tony Gwirtz, Katie Cramer, Cheyenne Johnson, chaperone Andrew Betti and Advisor Krista Betti traveled to Indianapolis, Indiana for the National FFA Convention.

The group first stopped and made a tour in Fort Wayne, In of Debrand Fine Chocolates.  The opening stop was a guided tour of the factory and store where we learned about the processing chocolate candies, and were able to sample a few varieties.  The next sightseeing tour was of Fair Oaks Dairy, which was on 19,000 acres and hosted 30,000 dairy cows in addition to the calves and dry cows. The students viewed the facilities which included a 73 cow carousel milking parlor, a manure management system which used the methane for power, dried the solids and the liquids for fertilizer. They also got to see a calf be born. The next day the members toured the Not Just Popcorn company, where there were over 300 flavors of popcorn, and students viewed it’s production, Ozark Fisheries, which is a koi and goldfish producer that is 85 years old this year.… Continue reading

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Crawford County Schools compete in FFA soils contest

On September 22, eighteen Colonel Crawford – Pioneer FFA students participated in Crawford county soil judging contest.  The Wynford, and Buckeye Central Schools also competed.  There were two different types of soils being judged, rural and urban soils.  Judging the rural soils, that is for farming, they had to look at the slope, erosion, texture of soils, depth of roots and the drainage.  After finding that information they decide the land capability, land use, and the recommended conservation practices.   While judging urban soils, those for buildings, basements, roads, septic tanks, and lawns and gardens, they had to judge slope, landform, flood hazard, soil stability, soil texture for surface, between 15-30 inches, and 30-60 inches, depth of seasonal high water table, depth of bed rock, and if a hard dense layer is present.  They then had to find the recommended management practices for building with basements, septic tanks absorption fields, driveways and local roads, and lawns, gardens, and landscaping. … Continue reading

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National FFA Alumni Legion of Merit Award Winners

In late-October 2011 at the 40th National FFA Alumni Convention in Indianapolis, IN fourteen Ohio members were recognized for their efforts in developing and encouraging membership. Those members are:  Deborah Johlin-Bach – Woodmore, Rebecca Beck – Western Reserve, Jacob Bruner – Pettisville, Colleen Cape- Edgerton, Doris and Les Disher – Anthony Wayne, Michael Gower – Ft. Recovery, Kevin Jennings – Felicity Franklin, Sean Nolan- Western Reserve, Mitzi Martin – Edgewood, Lexie and John Poulson – Pettisville, Steve Sewell – Alexander and Vicky Ryan – Anthony Wayne.
The National FFA Alumni Association is an organization of more than 53,200 active members.  The mission of the National FFA Alumni Association is to secure the promise of FFA and agricultural education by creating an environment where people and communities can develop their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success.  FFA Alumni affiliates have been formed to operate in support of FFA chapter all across the nation. … Continue reading

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Anthony Wayne student competed in National Agroscience Fair

William Lemle, a sophomore at Anthony Wayne High School, competed in the National FFA Agriscience Fair in Indianapolis, Indiana on Thursday, October 20, 2011.

William began the agriscience fair project, titled “Windmill Energy”, approximately one year ago. He began by researching alternative energy sources, then asking a question and forming a hypothesis. William then built a windmill model, and tested two different lengths of windmill blades at six different angles. His goal was to establish the best combination of size and angle of blade to produce the maximum wind energy.

After conducting the test, William analyzed the data, produced charts and graphs, and made conclusions based off of his data. He concluded that shorter blades at 75-degree angles produced the maximum amount of wind energy. William then created a display to communicate his results, and presented his findings at the Pettisville Local Science Fair, then the Ohio FFA Agriscience Fair, where he earned first place in his division.… Continue reading

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Zane Trace FFA member recognized for work in Food Science


David Glass of the Zane Trace FFA Chapter in Ohio was named a national finalist in the Food Science and Technology Proficiency award program in July, 2011.  Four finalists competed to be named the national winner during the 84th Nation FFA Convention, October 19-22 in Indianapolis, IN.

Proficiency awards recognize FFA members who excelled as agricultural entrepreneurs, employees or volunteers while they gained hands-on career experience.  Food Science and Technology is one of the 47 FFA proficiency award categories offered at local, state and national levels.  In recognition of being a finalist, each of the four students were honored at a luncheon and received a plaque and $500 in a special ceremony during the National FFA Convention.

David was selected for this honor as a result of his research on what happens when various fruits are mixed with gelatin.  Specifically, he studied why combining canned pineapple as opposed to fresh pineapple with gelatin will have different results. … Continue reading

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Preble Shawnee held first meeting

On October 5, The Preble Shawnee FFA Chapter had their first meeting of the school year. After the meeting the enjoyed monster sundaes where they put their choice of toppings on to make their own new creation. Chapter members really liked the idea and had fun bonding with new year members.

The next Preble Shawnee FFA meeting will be November 2 at 7 p.m..… Continue reading

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Preble Shawnee to Trick 'R' Can

The Preble Shawnee FFA Chapter is participating in a statewide challenge among Ohio FFA Chapters to participate in Trick ‘R’ Can. On October 31 FFA members will be going door to door to collect canned goods and donate them to a local food bank. For those community members who would like to donate and an FFA members misses you all donations can be dropped off at a Preble Shawnee school. There will be a large box outside of the office.

The Preble Shawnee FFA Chapter is anxious to help the local community and excited about the statewide challenge.… Continue reading

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Wellington Implement loans tractor to Lorain County JVS

Lorain County JVS students in the Industrial Equipment Mechanics (IEM) Program will soon have a unique opportunity to be trained on one of the most hi-tech pieces of farm equipment on the market, thanks to the initiative of Tom Stannard of the Wellington Implement Company.

Stannard took advantage of a special program offered by the Case IH Company to purchase a Case IH Magnum 340 Tractor which will be loaned to the JVS.

“The farming and agriculture industries are going hi-tech,” stated Stannard.  “It’s important that the JVS students have the opportunity to develop the skills that employers require.  This is a very sophisticated piece of equipment, and I’m proud to be able to help the JVS students take advantage of learning opportunities associated with it.”

The tractor is valued at over $327,000 and represents the very cutting edge of farm equipment technology, complete with GPS system and an EPA Tier 4 emissions control system, now mandatory on tractors and trucks.… Continue reading

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Otsego FFA operate a parking lot for Honor Flight

Eight Otsego FFA members and FFA Advisor volunteered to operate a parking lot for Honor Flight of Northwest Ohio. The experienced parking crew carefully parked cars on a special restricted area on the Toledo Express Airport twice, once on August 31 and again on September 28 from 7 pm to 11 pm.

The special parking lot was for family members arriving to welcome home the 80 WWII Veterans who had flown to Dulles International Airport and toured the WWII memorial. Once the lot was full the FFA members were able to be in the receiving line to welcome the Honorees home at 10 pm. They were thrilled to meet one 98 year old and 2 Pearl Harbor Survivors in the line. In August they all participated in “Mail Call”” to honor every veteran on the flight.… Continue reading

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Miami East FFA members attend National Convention

“I Believe” was the theme of this year’s National FFA Convention. 37 members of the Miami East FFA were in attendance at the convention in Indianapolis, Indiana. Those members included Kodey Price, Kelly Rindler, Jessica Barlage, Kendra Beckman, Rian Kingrey, Olivia Edgell, Lindsey Roeth, Jarrett Willoughby, Caleb Johnson, Sarah Pyers, Amy Hahn, Cody Reid, Lauren Williams, Chris Teaford, Shane Richardson, Macaleh Thompson, Andrew Kowalak, Bekah Eidemiller, Amanda Bartel, Marley Roberts, Emily Johnson, Amber Owen, Brady Anderson, Angelina Henger, Colin Gump, Seth Drake, Casey Copeland, Kolin Bendickson, Colin Hawes, Christen Hensley, Ashlee Bussen, Emma Rife, Danielle Danielson, Tanner Church, Dan Bodenmiller, Heather Skaggs, and Libby Everett. Thank you to Mr. Allen Mays and Miss Whitney Wagner for chaperoning the trip.

More than 56,000 members, parents, and guests were in attendance at the National FFA Convention. Previous conventions were held in Kansas City, MO and Louisville, KY.

Convention activities included attending several convention sessions were members where inspired by motivational speakers such as the 2010-11 National FFA Officers and motivational speaker Dave Roever.… Continue reading

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