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Video: Ohio’s National Proficiency Finalists

Ohio is represented by 25 National Proficiency Finalists at the 2014 National FFA Convention. The final part of the proficiency contest took place Thursday night and winners will be recognized on Friday. The Ohio Ag Net met with several of the finalists and found out more behind their in-depth Supervised Agricultural Experiences that were instrumental in their proficiency success.

Watch the video below to learn more about many of the finalists.

A full list of the finalists from Ohio is as follows:

Thomas Shaw – Agricultural Communications – Entrepreneurship/Placement

Bailey Wagner – Agricultural Education – Entrepreneurship/Placement

Nathan Virag – Agricultural Mechanics Repair and Maintenance – Entrepreneurship

Samantha Wander – Agricultural Processing – Entrepreneurship/Placement

Samantha Kremer – Agricultural Sales – Placement

Audrey Hoey – Agriscience Research – Integrated Systems

Gretchen Straits – Beef Production – Placement

Eric Schmitmeyer – Dairy Production – Placement

Andrew Scharf – Diversified Agricultural Production – Entrepreneurship/Placement

Kurt Wyler – Diversified Crop Production – Entrepreneurship

Alex Stucke – Diversified Crop Production – Placement

Tyler Parcell – Emerging Agricultural Technology – Entrepreneurship/Placement

Ross Andre – Environmental Science and Natural Resources Management – Entrepreneurship/Placement

Madeline Davis – Equine Science – Entrepreneurship

Elizabeth Klein – Equine Science – Placement

Derek Hoffman – Food Science and Technology – Entrepreneurship/Placement

Charlie Miller – Forest Management and Products – Entrepreneurship/Placement

Matt Stucke – Grain Production – Entrepreneurship

Tori Wilt – Nursery Operations – Entrepreneurship/Placement

Garrett Leeds – Outdoor Recreation – Entrepreneurship/Placement

Chrysta Beck – Poultry Production – Entrepreneurship/Placement

Lauren Williams – Specialty Crop Production – Entrepreneurship/Placement

Blake Campbell – Swine Production – Entrepreneurship

Arlen Stoller – Swine Production – Placement

William Miller – Turf Grass Management – Entrepreneurship/Placement

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A conversation with National Officer candidate Sydney Snider

The Ohio Ag Net’s Dale Minyo caught up with Ohio FFA Association President Sydney Snider at last year’s National FFA Convention in Louisville, Kentucky. This year Snider is a candidate for National Officer. Lats years the two covered several topics including what the Ohio state officers are trying to achieve and the impressive amount of proficiency finalists competing at the 2014 convention. Get to know about Snider by watching the video here:

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A brief history of the National FFA Convention: Which host city is the best?

The National FFA Organization’s 2015 national convention is taking place in Louisville, Kentucky through Nov. 1. However, that hasn’t always been the location of the annual event, which has only recently made its way back to Ohio’s southern neighbor. The following is a brief look at the history of the National FFA Convention and its location.

Held once a year in the fall, the National FFA Convention began in 1928 as a way for members of the then small and newly formed organization to come together for fellowship and to decide on executive matters that would influence the Future Farmers of America. Executive sessions are still an integral part of the convention with delegates from each state present to help decide on actions of the organization, though the convention has now grown to be much more than a voting apparatus.

The first convention was held in Kansas City, Missouri with 33 delegates from 18 states in attendance.

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Ohio well represented in contests at National FFA Convention

Keep an eye out for these Ohio FFA members who are competing against the very best from across the country at this week’s National FFA Convention in Louisville, Kentucky.

Sarah Cox of the Zane Trace FFA Chapter is a finalist for the prestigious American Star in Agriscience. Cox studies animal and food sciences through research projects including zooenotic diseases, plant diseases, and microorganisms. 

In proficiency awards, Ohio is represented with national finalists in an outstanding 25 categories. They are as follows:

Thomas Shaw – Agricultural Communications – Entrepreneurship/Placement

Bailey Wagner – Agricultural Education – Entrepreneurship/Placement

Nathan Virag – Agricultural Mechanics Repair and Maintenance – Entrepreneurship

Samantha Wander – Agricultural Processing – Entrepreneurship/Placement

Samantha Kremer – Agricultural Sales – Placement

Audrey Hoey – Agriscience Research – Integrated Systems

Gretchen Straits – Beef Production – Placement

Eric Schmitmeyer – Dairy Production – Placement

Andrew Scharf – Diversified Agricultural Production – Entrepreneurship/Placement

Kurt Wyler – Diversified Crop Production – Entrepreneurship

Alex Stucke – Diversified Crop Production – Placement

Tyler Parcell – Emerging Agricultural Technology – Entrepreneurship/Placement

Ross Andre – Environmental Science and Natural Resources Management – Entrepreneurship/Placement

Madeline Davis – Equine Science – Entrepreneurship

Elizabeth Klein – Equine Science – Placement

Derek Hoffman – Food Science and Technology – Entrepreneurship/Placement

Charlie Miller – Forest Management and Products – Entrepreneurship/Placement

Matt Stucke – Grain Production – Entrepreneurship

Tori Wilt – Nursery Operations – Entrepreneurship/Placement

Garrett Leeds – Outdoor Recreation – Entrepreneurship/Placement

Chrysta Beck – Poultry Production – Entrepreneurship/Placement

Lauren Williams – Specialty Crop Production – Entrepreneurship/Placement

Blake Campbell – Swine Production – Entrepreneurship

Arlen Stoller – Swine Production – Placement

William Miller – Turf Grass Management – Entrepreneurship/Placement

Several Ohio FFA chapters are competing in the various categories of the chapter award contests.

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Big numbers at National FFA Convention

One can’t help but be inspired by the quality and the hard work of the young people clad in those distinctive jackets who, for a few short days are turning Louisville a bluer hue.

This week’s National FFA Convention will once again transform the city of Louisville into a sea of corduroy as big numbers are expected for the event. The city is prepared for more than 60,000 students, advisors and other visitors for the 2014 National FFA Convention and expects an estimated economic impact of $40 million, with visitors in 136 hotels for a combined 39,247 nights within a 60-mile radius of Louisville. Those sound like some big numbers, but they are well founded based upon past conventions and the steady membership increases in FFA around the country. This last year saw an explosion in FFA membership throughout the United States, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. As of this fall, membership in FFA stands at 610,240 students up from 579,678 in 2013.

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