FFA News

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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Ohio brings home 5 national proficiency awards



Chelsey Keiser’s work as a local farm broadcaster helped her win the agricultural communications award




Cory Ostings worked at three different places to earn the top award in agricultural services





Dulton Moore’s work doing home improvements and community service led to his win





Clayton Miller was suprised by his win in the Turf Grass Managment category




Mallory McDevitt shares details on the vegetable operation that earned her the top prize in the nation.




Watch as each of the winners are announced.

The following members were top four finalists in their SAE areas:

Agricultural Mechanics Repair and Maintenance – Chad Hoersten, Delphos
Diversified Livestock Production – Kayla Finton, Ridgewood
Emerging Agricultural Technology – Jason Michel, Delphos
Fiber and/or Oil Crop Production – Cody Adams, Fayetteville
Food Science and Technology – David Glass, Zane Trace
Fruit Production – Diana Stacy, Old Fort
Nursery Operations – Lindsey Koppin, Anna
Poultry Production – LIbby Bender, River Valley







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Siferd national winner in Agri-Entrepeneurship


Ashley Siferd of the Cory Rawson FFA was a national winner in the Agri-Entrepreneurship award.

Name: Ashley Siferd
Age: 19
Chapter: Cory-Rawson FFA
Parents: Jamie and Teresa Siferd
Advisor: Lindsey Regula

When Ashley Siferd of Bluffton, Ohio, began raising goats, she soon discovered that she had extra goat’s milk that didn’t have a use. Not wanting to waste anything, she began to research what options might be available to her to maximize this product.

She soon discovered that the milk was a perfect fit for natural soaps and lotions. After some research, Siferd learned that people used goat milk soap for health benefits, such as treating psoriasis.

It was with this discovery that her business, Old Homestead Soaps and Lotions, was created.

“I realized this could be a unique way to expand my goat business, and I liked the idea that it could help people,” she said.

After making a few batches of soaps and lotions, Siferd went to the local farmers market.… Continue reading

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Ridgemont FFA national Models of Innovation winner

The Ridgemont FFA was named the national winner in the Models of Innovation, chapter development area.

The chapter wanted to celebrate International Education Week to teach cross cultural traditions to students of all grade levels. The members exceeded their education for the nationals goal by puppet shows, writing experiences and music classes for young students and by using lunch periods to build awareness through various activities for older students. Their efforts concluded with an assembly. They also won a civic education contest for their efforts.

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Be Ready with Case IH and Win an iPad2

Case IH will help young people “Be Ready” for the future with a contest during the 84th Annual National FFA Convention and a chance to win a new Apple iPad2.

To become a contestant, simply follow @Case_IH on Twitter and tweet a thoughtful response to the question, “What are you doing to #beready for the future of farming?” Including the #BeReady hashtag in the tweet will automatically enter you in the contest, which runs from October 19 to 22, 2011. Anyone age 14 and over may participate, and one lucky entrant will win the new 16 GB Apple iPad 2 with WiFi, pre-loaded with Case IH images, videos and bookmarks.

“Be Ready” is a recurrent theme at Case IH. “Agriculture is evolving at a rapid pace and Case IH recognizes the challenges farmer’s face, from feeding an expanding global population, to producing more food on fewer acres,” says Sam Acker, Manager of Pricing and Programs, Case IH North America and former FFA member.… Continue reading

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Benefit Breakfast for Crawford County Fair Building

The Crawford Antique Farm Machinery Association will serve a Pancake Breakfast to benefit the new multi-purpose building at the Crawford County Fairgrounds.  The breakfast is slated for Saturday November 12, 2011 from 7:00 until 10:00 AM at Buckeye Central High School in New Washington.  The breakfast will be offered free of charge with a free will offering graciously accepted.

“Members of the Crawford Antique Farm Machinery Association have either showed animals during their youth or have family members involved in the Crawford County Junior Fair.  Our association strongly supports the 4-H and FFA youth organizations involved with the fair.  We have supported the building effort from the outset and look forward to its completion,” stated Earl Smith, President of the Crawford Antique Farm Machinery Association.

Tom Laughbaum, Fair Manager described the building project by saying, “The construction of the new multi-purpose building is progressing well.  Once completed it will facilitate several species of the Junior Fair. … Continue reading

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Paint the Town Pink

Paint the town Pink was a great hit for the Miami Trace FFA! Many things were done to help raise money for the fight against breast cancer.

Painting the Town Pink had a lot of work put into in including painting cars at the Friday at the football game against London; all together this raised about $900.  An estimated 600 Paint the Town Pink T-shirts were sold at the school and at Pettits stores, raising about $6000. The windows in town were painted for a donation, and an estimated 200 windows were painted throughout the town of Washington Courthouse, raising an estimated $1200. Also, while painting windows a few students from Miami Trace were given permission to paint semi trucks at Bryant Ag Enterprises, the trucks can be seen around town with the saying, “Paint the Town and Country Pink,” written on the trailers.

To top off Paint the Town Pink, the walk held on Saturday October 8,  had close to 200 people show up to walk the streets of Washington Courthouse.… Continue reading

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West Holmes FFA competes at district soils contest

The West Holmes FFA sent sophomore members to district soils in Guernsey County on September 28th. While there, members examined soil for its slope, texture, depth and drainage, as well as the potential farming or building uses for the specified areas. In addition, they were tested on their knowledge of how to read a soil survey book and their general knowledge of soil and its characteristics. The chapter had two teams competing in the contest.  The Urban team consisted Jesse Wines who placed 20th, Dustin Niehaus 23rd, Doug Giauque 27th, Luke Miller 33rd, Madelyn Brewer 37th, Mandy Taylor 39th, and Tyler Evans 40th.  The team placed 7th out of 8 teams.   Also, our Rural team consisted of Grayson Miller who placed 40th, Atlee Miller 62nd, Beth Klein 77th, Clay Armstrong 88th, Megan Miller 92nd, Bryce Williamson 95th, Trevor Kick 101st, and Tyler Gallupe 103rd. … Continue reading

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Miami Trace General Livestock Team to compete at contest

Beginning on October 19th, and continuing through the 21st, the Miami Trace Livestock team will start their journey at Nationals for General Livestock judging. The team from Miami Trace consisting of Colt Penwell, Austin Chester, Trevor Kirkpatrick, and Jamie Payton, won first place at the State contest in the spring. Now they have the great opportunity to go and compete in Indianapolis at the 84th National Convention for another 1st place. There the team will judge various livestock animals including breeding sheep, cattle, and swine, and market hogs, lambs, and beef. They then give oral reasons for their placings to the judges. Also the team has to take a written exam. The students have been working very hard over the summer to compete at nationals, by going to fairs and camps to judge livestock. The team will find out how they did on the 21st at the awards ceremony.… Continue reading

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West Holmes FFA helps give fifth grade tour

On September 28th the West Holmes FFA sent 29 juniors and seniors to help the Soil and Water Conservation District with the 5th grade Farm Tour. 5th graders from across Holmes County were in attendance. The members worked closely in assisting the 5th graders with making edible Soil Samples, guiding them throughout the farm, preparing lunches, and assisting with preparation and clean-up of the tour. Members who attended were Derek Reutter, Kayla Chandler, Casey Schlauch, Rebecca Chamberlin, Liz Overholt, Brandon Bowles, Marshall Overholt, Maggie Raber, Alexis Bird, Brittany Barnes, Chris Patterson, Courtney Kozak, Gretchen Straits, Danuel Miller, Audrey Ivers, Corbin Wright, Kristi Atherton, Samantha Krejci, Logan Brannon, Mitchell Ling, Wyatt Gardener, Karissa Coblentz, Brittany Crawford, Matt Schlegel, Corey Phillips, Brittney Sigler, Travis Campbell, Tawnya Eckerle, and Haylee Mackey. The members who attended enjoyed the day at Tom Millers Farm, and also enjoyed spending time with the 5th graders and the Soil and Water Conservation District Officers.… Continue reading

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