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Mt. Gilead FFA attends state convention

On May 3rd and 4th, 24 members of the Mt. Gilead FFA chapter traveled to the Ohio State Fairgrounds for the 84th annual state convention.

On Thursday morning Amanda Evans, a senior member competed in the Poultry judging finals, finishing at 4th in the state! While she was at judging other members toured the Ohio State Agriculture campus and the Parker food science building.

After lunch, members returned back to the convention center for the first two sessions. Brooks Gibbs and Jon Petz were the keynote speakers. During these sessions members were awarded for their hard work throughout the year. Senior, Mariah Carey was awarded 2nd place in the state for her equine proficiency, this was a huge accomplishment for her. Congratulations Mariah!

Also being recognized at judging was the chapter’s Food for Thought challenge. Students educated the school on the healthier food choices available to them throughout the school year.… Continue reading

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Fifth graders join Mt. Gilead FFA for Food for America

Thursday, May 10th, 50 fifth grade students traveled to Hubschmans farm to join the Mt. Gilead FFA members in an event-filled day called Food for America.

Students were put into groups and learned about large animals, small animals, agronomy, natural resources, and food products. They were able to pet and hold animals like rabbits, chickens, goats, llamas, pigs and a calf.

Other things they were able to participate in were activities like making butter, test their knowledge on animal tracks and naming types of animal skins.

After a quick lunch students played a game of kickball, sac raced, 3-legged race, and tested Dolly the llama’s patience seeing how close they could get without her spitting on them. To end the day the 5th graders were rewarded for their good behavior with an all time favorite, popsicles!

After talking with the high school kids, making new friends and learning a lot about where their food came from, they loaded the buses back to the school.… Continue reading

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Benjamin Logan FFA CDE teams competing

By Katelyne Ackley, chapter reporter

In the Mt. Gilead invitational the equine team placed third, leading the teams with the two highest individual scores; Haley Powers third place and Taylor Miller with seventh place. The General Livestock team placed ninth while Tyler Myers had the highest score placing sixth individual. The Poultry team placed eleventh with Taylor McNamara having the highest score.

In the Marysville invitational, the equine team placed first with three top scores being in the top ten, Lane Bowman placed fifth, Haley Powers placed sixth, and Tabitha Schmucker placed seventh.

Members that contributed to the teams were: Hayden Ackley, Katelyne Ackley, and Chance Coil; dairy judging, Taylor Miller, Kelsey Savage, Cassondra Coil, Tabitha Schmucker, Lane Bowman, Haley Powers; equine team, Cayleb Harpest; Wildlife Management, Jessica Skidmore, Taylor McNamara, Ashley Wilson; poultry team, Tyler Myers, Troy Selhorst, Tyler Mullins, Cody Logan, Jacob Willis, Delanie Barns, Wes Shephard; general livestock.… Continue reading

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Marietta FFA member competed in Animal Health CDE

Shania Baker a member of the Marietta FFA Chapter competed in the Animal Health Career Development Event (CDE) at the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus, Ohio on Tuesday, April 17, 2012. The Animal Health CDE is designed for students who are interested in a career in the field of veterinary medicine and consists of a written test of 75 questions online prior to the event, as well as a set of four practicums or hands on tests.

The first practicum consisted of how to properly handle animal, determine the gender of the animal, and identify blood sampling site to draw blood from the animal. The second practicum tested the procedure of properly removing a surgical glove from a surgeon without touching the surgeon thereby, contaminating the surgeon, or touching the tip of the glove. The third practicum dealt with calculating the proper dosage of medicine to give to the animal, choosing the proper instrument for administering the medicine, and how to correctly drawing up the correct amount of medication to administer to the animal.… Continue reading

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Benjamin Logan FFA members recognized at state convention

By Katelyne Ackley, chapter reporter

On May 3th and 4th, 2011 Benjamin Logan FFA had nine members receive their state degree, at this year’s State FFA Convention. To meet the requirements of the state degree, the member must be a junior, senior, or a high school graduate, must have an approved supervised agriculture experience program, must have at least one-year instruction in agriculture education, and be a dues paid member.

Members must be familiar with the state and national FFA constitutions and they must have assisted in the development of the program of activities for their chapter. They also must have completed at least 30 hours of home or community development projects, at least three activities that promote Agriculture Education and/or FFA, and in at least two different state sanctioned Career Development Events.  Members must demonstrate ten abilities of Parliamentary Procedure and must have presented a six minute speech on an agricultural topic.… Continue reading

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Marietta FFA attends Ohio FFA Convention

The Marietta FFA Chapter attended the 84th Ohio FFA Convention. The following members attended: Shania Baker, Gregory Berg, Spencer Duckworth, Zachary Hearn, Sam Love, Lynn Myers, Allison Robinson, Clasey Schaad, Derek Schaad, Kelsey Stevens, Tanner Thompson, Josh Westfall, Samantha Wheeler, Ashley Wilson, Breanna Wilson, Caytlin Zimmer, Eric Zimmer, and Advisor Brian Welch.
On May 3rd they visited the Columbus Zoo. That night that had dinner at Buffalo Wild Wings and then attended Second Session of Convention. At Second Session they listened to keynote speaker Jon Petz, who is a Comedian Magician. The following day they went ice-skating at the Ohio Health Ice Rink. That night they had dinner at Red Lobster and then attended Final Session of Convention. At Final Session they listened at State FFA President Jessica Shanahan gave her retiring address. Then watched as fellow member Spencer Duckworth received his State FFA Degree.… Continue reading

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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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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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Benjamin Logan FFA holds blood drive

By Katelyne Ackley, chapter reporter

On April 10, 2012 the Benjamin Logan FFA held their annual blood drive. The blood drive was coordinated by the Healthy Lifestyle Committee. There were numerous students and staff that signed up to give blood, and there were more than 54 units collected. The blood collections went to the American Red Cross.… Continue reading

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Preble Shawnee FFA receives Bronze Rating

The Preble Shawnee FFA Chapter completed a National Chapter Award Application and received a bronze rating placing 52nd in the entire state of Ohio. The Preble Shawnee FFA Chapter has not completed this application for several years.

The National Chapter Award program recognizes FFA chapters that successfully complete an annual Program of Activities which includes a series of activities designed to encourage its members to grow as individuals, to work as part of a team, and to serve others. In order to qualify for a state or national award, your chapter must complete at least 15 activities: one for each of the five quality standards in each of the three divisions.… Continue reading

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Benjamin Logan FFA finishing strong at State Level

By Katelyne Ackley, chapter reporter

Benjamin Logan FFA Cooperative Education and Animal Behavior teams competed at the state level. The Cooperative Education team placed seventh overall with Kathleen Seeley placing eighth. Members that participated on the team were: Brent Weiss, Jasmine Wical, Chelsea Shaffer, JD Harvey, Josh Vinson, and Jessie Dodson.

The Animal Behavior team placed sixth overall with Ashley Wilson placing eighth. Members that participated on the team were: Chelsea Shaffer, Taylor McNamara, and Gwen Reaver.… Continue reading

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140 FFA Chapters Receive FFA: Food For All Grants

Nationwide Program Provides Funding for Service-Learning Projects to Fight Hunger

The National FFA Organization awarded $330,000 in grant money for the FFA: Food For All program. The program provides funding to support year-long service-learning projects focused on developing and implementing sustainable hunger programs. Service-learning is a method of teaching and learning that challenges students to identify, research, develop, and implement solutions to identified needs in their school or community as part of their curriculum.

The FFA: Food For All program provided up to $2,500 to 140 chapters in 41 states to assist local chapters with their programs. All of the projects will rely on FFA members for implementation. In addition to providing food for local residents in need, FFA members will provide helpful information regarding the care, preparation and preservation of food.

FFA: Food For All Grants are sponsored by Farmers Feeding the World and the Howard G. Buffett Foundation as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.… Continue reading

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Miami Trace annual banquet

On Wednesday, April 25th, the Miami Trace FFA held their annual banquet at Miami Trace High School.  The banquet is held every year to recognize members, advisors, parents, and other community members that helped make the last year such a success.  Many members were also recognized for having numerous achievements throughout the year.

Senior Rachel McClish served as toastmaster for the banquet and assisted in presenting numerous awards. Retiring Vice President Emily Ratliff gave the welcome followed by seniors Nathan Bowers and Victoria Dugan with the introduction of guests.  Freshmen Natalie Miller and Jacob Rose introduced parents of first year FFA members. The invocation was given by Senior Landon Gibbs to all attending the banquet meal, which was catered by McCoy’s catering of Wilmington, Ohio.

Before the awards were given in the auditorium, senior Sarah Peterson sang the National Anthem. Many scholarships were presented to senior FFA members. Alumni president, Dale Mayer, and alumni treasurer, Robin Beekman, presented the FFA Alumni scholarships to deserving seniors Tiarra Perkins, Jamie Payton, Zack Anderson, Charlie Hiser, Jordan Bonham, Trevor Kirkpatrick, Logan Noble, Whitney Starcher, Garrett Reed, Nathan Bowers, and Kayla Kiser received a $400 scholarship.… Continue reading

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