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Ohio Beef Council Looking for Chapter to Create Recipe Holder

Attention FFA Chapters & Industrial Arts Classes

The Ohio Beef Council and the Beef Checkoff want you! Below is the current recipe brochure holder that the Ohio Beef Council has featured at industry shows and consumer events for the past gazillion years. We need a new one! So we are turning to the FFA chapters and industrial arts classes around the state to see what you can come up with. This contest is open to all interested chapters/classes.

Here’s the Rules:

• The brochure holder cannot weigh more then 85 lbs. The lighter the better.
• Dimensions can vary, but the holder must sit at least 3 feet off of the ground and must be easily accessible to the average person.
• Brochure holder must contain the Ohio Beef Council logo or Beef Checkoff logo (OBC will provide digital copies of the logo/logos)
• Brochure holder must exclusively feature red and black coloring
• Brochure holder must contain holders that can accommodate brochure sizes that include; 8.5” X 11” 5” X 7” 8.5” X 4”
• Participating groups must submit blue-print to the Ohio Beef Council by November 15, 2011.… Continue reading

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Miami East FFA hosts Farm Safety Day

Approximately 100 second graders at Miami East Elementary learned the importance of proper farm safety from the members of the Miami East FFA Chapter. Thursday, September 22 in the afternoon the students in the Agribusiness 1 and 2 classes hosted the elementary students to a day of stressing the importance of following good safety on the farm. The day was in awareness of the National Farm Safety and Health Week.

During the day, students in Ellen Donnelly, Pam Rice, Amanda Riley, and Patty Gentis’s classes learned about four aspects of farm safety. The FFA members taught stations about ATV/ lawn mower and equipment safety, grain safety, fire safety/first aide, and hand signals used on the farm.

The FFA members teaching Grain Safety station shared that in less than five seconds a child playing in a hopper wagon, used to move grain, will be swallowed by the corn or soybeans and will be unable to call for help or be removed from the hopper wagon.… Continue reading

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Miami East FFA competes in county soils judging contests


Members of the Miami East FFA recently participated in the 2011 Darke County Judging Contests. The Darke County Contest was held north of Rossburg and was sponsored by the Darke County Soil and Water Conservation District.

Competing in the Urban Contest was Casey Copeland, Olivia Edgell, Caleb Johnson, Ashlee Bussen, Seth Drake, Austin Honeyman, and Jayda Burch. The team placed 3rd in the contest. Bussen was the highest placing individual in the contest, placing 6th overall.

Competing in the Rural Contest was Chris Teaford and Amy Hahn. Chris Teaford was the highest placing individual from Miami East, placing 9th out of 60 contestants.

The contest consisted of evaluating three soils pit for slope, erosion, drainage, depth, and soil texture. Also, the contestants took a written test and answered questions from the Soil Survey of Darke County.

Prior to this competition, all Agriscience 1 classes practiced soils pits evaluation at the farm of Tom and Christa Everett south of Fletcher.… Continue reading

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Margaretta FFA Chapter attended Colt Conference

The Margaretta FFA Chapter attended Colt Conference this past week. Colt Conference is held in Colombus, Ohio on Wednsday, September 7. Seven of the nine chapter officers took the trip to Colombus. At COLT, the officers learned the importance of leadership and dedication. Chapter officers from all over Ohio travel to attend this conference. All members got to mingle with the new people they met. It was an amazing opportunity to see everything the speaker had to say, whether it was learning more about our personality or the personality of others, it was a great experience. At the conclusion of the conference, everybody had to say goodbye to the friends they had met, but most chapters quickly departed for lunch (after pictures of course!). Seeing and hearing everything about leadership impacted many members who attended. COLT conference will lead many FFA members, officers and chapters to become more successful in benefitting the community as a whole.… Continue reading

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FFA membership larger than ever

In the past year, more than 17-thousand new students have joined FFA, setting a new all-time high in the organization’s membership since it was founded in 1928. FFA membership now stands at a record 540,379 students, up 17,070 students from the 2009-10 school year. The number of FFA chapters in the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands also grew with the creation of 106 new, chartered FFA chapters.

Texas tops the list of states with the largest FFA membership with 81,694 students. The next four largest states are California, Georgia, Missouri and Oklahoma. California is home to the 10 largest FFA chapters in the nation.

National FFA Organization CEO Dwight Armstrong, says – we are excited to see that agricultural education continues to grow and flourish in this country. Agriculture plays an important role in our everyday lives and it’s inspiring to experience this surge in FFA membership, which allows FFA to grow its impact on young lives.… Continue reading

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Margaretta FFA Chapter held a Freshman Night

The Margaretta FFA Chapter held a first annual Freshman Night on Friday, September 9. This night included dinner and a tour of the FFA building. Parents were welcome where, they too could learn what FFA is about. While anxiously waiting for the night to begin, the participants enjoyed a dinner which consisted of pork chops, sweet corn, and cheesy potatoes. After dinner was concluded, the freshmen seperated into groups which were previously set up for the Big Sibling Program starting this year. In their groups, they toured the building and learned about all the opportunities they could enjoy while in FFA. They learned about the excitement of CDE’s and Convention trips. The freshmen listened to all the exciting stories the officer’s had to share. Parents also learned what they were getting into. An FFA parents also has a chance to get involved. By providing transportation to recreational activities and being the “chefs” for potlucks, they also have the opprotunity to support the Margaretta FFA Chapter.… Continue reading

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West Holmes FFA participated in the Holmes County Fair

The West Holmes FFA participated in the 2011 Holmes County Junior Fair. This was held August 8th through the 13th. During the fair, the chapter was involved in a variety of activities including exhibiting animals, creating a fair booth, and making a kids day presentation.

The fair booth was themed board games and games were chosen that represented the chapter activities throughout the year. The booth highlighted events the chapter participated in and showed pictures and statistics of the West Holmes FFA.  Cornhole boards made by last year’s freshmen members were also on display in the booth.

Monday of the fair, Kayla Chandler represented the FFA chapter in the Fair Queen contest.  Other members who were representatives of their 4-H Clubs in the Queen and King contest were Casey Schlauch who was named Queen and Tyler Schonauer who was named King. Marshall Overholt and Garrett O’Donnell were also named King Attendants.… Continue reading

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Benjamin Logan FFA officers travel to a officer training

Submitted by Katelyne Ackley, Benjamin Logan FFA Reporter

Benjamin Logan FFA Officer team traveled to a Chapter Officer Leadership Training (COLT) Conference in Columbus. Members learned what it takes to be a leader and how to improve their leadership styles. They also learned how to meet new people, and how to intermingle with different chapters. Afterwards, members went out for lunch to the Spaghetti Warehouse where they got to spend time together as an officer team. Following lunch, members walked downtown Columbus where they came upon our State House. Then members and other chapters took a tour around the State House.… Continue reading

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Miami East FFA recognized by National FFA

The National FFA Organization recently selected the Miami East FFA Chapter of Casstown, Ohio as a 2-Star National Chapter for the National FFA Chapter Award Program.  In order to be considered for such an honor, the Miami East FFA Chapter had to place in the top 10% in the state of Ohio. In May, the chapter learned that they were in the Top 10 in the state and would have their application forwarded to national evaluations.

This is the 11th straight year that the Miami East FFA Chapter will be recognized at the National FFA Convention in their National Chapter Award program. Two students will receive the plaque on stage during the National FFA Convention, October 20th in Indianapolis, Indiana.

The National FFA Chapter Award program recognized FFA chapters for developing and conducting a detailed Program of Activities (POA).  These activities and projects provide opportunities for members to achieve in the areas of student, chapter, or community development. … Continue reading

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Benjamin Logan FFA Chapter plants trees

By: Katelyne Ackley, Reporter

Members of the Benjamin Logan FFA Chapter have recently shown their green thumbs by planting trees across the school campus. Members have learned how to properly transplant and replant trees. Members will be constructing tree irrigators to make sure the trees are getting enough water; they will make these in their spring shop class. Members are making it their year-long project and years to come.… Continue reading

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FFA members help fight hunger with African farmers in Rwanda

Seven collegiate FFA members chosen to participate in the National FFA Organization’s FFA Global Outreach: Africa (FFA GO: Africa) program recently returned from the African nation of Rwanda. The students spent two weeks helping local farmers fight hunger and poverty through sustainable agriculture techniques. The group experienced firsthand the reality of food insecurity and agriculture and conservation issues in a sub-Saharan African country where the average annual income is $1,500 or less.

The goals of the FFA GO: Africa program are to engage students at a personal level in global issues and challenges of agriculture, food, hunger, poverty and human suffering; provide opportunities for service learning in developing countries; and inspire students to serve and make a positive humanitarian difference in the world through agriculture.

Based in Kigali, Rwanda, the FFA members lived and worked with the staff of Catholic Relief Services, an organization that helps impoverished and disadvantaged people throughout the world.… Continue reading

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Monroeville FFA tests water quality

On July 20th this summer, the Monroeville FFA officer team went to Mill Hollow in Vermillion to learn how to test water for sediment using testing tubes. This event was put on by the Huron and Erie County Soil and Water Conservation District in cooperation with the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency. The Monroeville FFA Chapter also did their yearly planning and preparation.

The schools involved were Monroeville, South Central, Bellevue, New London, and Willard. The Monroeville students who went were John Clayton, Bryan Fritz, Emily Lewis, Aaron Gates, Troyal Firestone, Reid Stieber, Eric Nathan Heck Jr., and Lydia Leber. The area FFA chapters will start testing water this fall. The Monroeville FFA Chapter has five sites around the area that they will be testing. Each chapter will be testing these sites twice a month for the next five years. All the information from these test will be sent to the Huron and Erie County Soil and Water Conservation district, the tests will be sent to the EPA for data compilation.… Continue reading

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Member Spotlight: Libby Everett, Miami East FFA

The September 2011 Miami East FFA Member of the Month is Libby Everett. She is the daughter of Sallie Robinson and Richard Everett of Fletcher.
Libby is a sophomore and second year member of the Miami East FFA Chapter. At the 2011 Miami County Fair Libby exhibited the Reserve Champion Crop at the FFA Shop and Crop Building – a flake of mixed hay. She also exhibited a dairy feeder steer through the FFA Chapter. Libby has attended the State FFA Convention and participated in the State Agriscience Fair.
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.
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Our Daily Bread

On August 30, 2011 members of the Benjamin Logan FFA went to help serve food at Our Daily Bread in Bellefontaine, Ohio. Members served 194 turkey and dressing meals. washed dishes, clean tables, and stacked chairs afterwards. Students in attendance were Mickayla Ropp, Joel Penhorwood, Sasha Neer, Miranda Batton, Holly Parker, Deanndra Carpenter, Devin Craig, Jessica Current, and Lexi Myers.


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Miami Trace plans to Paint the Town Pink

Beginning on October 1st, the Miami Trace FFA will be kicking off “Paint the Town Pink.”

Originally led by Rachel Shepard, a Miami Trace student, Paint the Town Pink is a special event that will be taking place all throughout Washington Courthouse. During the campaign, companies in town will be given the opportunity to donate money to have their windows painted with the breast cancer ribbon. All proceeds from these donations will go to the Stephanie Spielman fund.

This year, we have joined up with Shepard to make this event even bigger. The FFA officers have contacted many businesses and planned many other activities to go along with the event.  Also, in order to help raise more money for the fund, officers will be painting small pink ribbons on car windows (for a small donation) at the Miami Trace homecoming football game which will be on October 1st.… Continue reading

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Busy summer for West Holmes FFA

Throughout the summer, the West Holmes FFA has taken part in many recreational and community activities. At the end of May, the FFA chapter participated in the Memorial Day parade in Nashville by having a float in which members rode on and passed out candy.

The chapter held their annual hog roast that took place in June. The members and their families attended the Killbuck Park to enjoy an evening full of delicious food and a fun game of softball.  Also in June, the chapter spent a morning at the Fairgrounds for preparation for the upcoming fair. The chapter spent the morning cleaning the hog pens, and cleaning the FFA building; which were damaged by the early spring floods. During the month of July, the chapter went canoeing on the Mohican River.

Members who attended enjoyed a day of cooling off in the river and spending time with friends. On July 28th West Holmes FFA sent 8 members to the Ohio State Fair to work in the Ohio Poultry Booth in the Taste of Ohio Building.… Continue reading

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Margaretta FFA Chapter was represented at the Erie County Fair

The Margaretta FFA Chapter was recently represented at the Erie County Fair, along with many other clubs. Members who chose to compete exhibited a variety of animals and still projects. From woodworking and welding to horses and rabbits, the Margaretta FFA chapter was spotted in all aspects of the fair. FFA member Karli Lane participated in the Showman of Showman competition where she learned to show all animals at the fair. Karli was quite successful and showed off the capability of FFA members from our chapter. This was a great year for other members also, participants brought home a variety of ribbons and trophies, along with money from selling projects at the auction. Congratulations Margaretta FFA for another great year.… Continue reading

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Crestview graduate receives AGCO-sponsored scholarship

AGCO, Your Agriculture Company (NYSE:AGCO), a worldwide distributor and manufacturer of agricultural equipment, is the sponsor of a National FFA Collegiate Scholarship awarded to Candice Bentley of Crestview High School in Greenwich, Ohio. Bentley is one of 20 outstanding FFA members to receive a scholarship sponsored by AGCO and AGCO Finance, says Jason Marx, vice president of marketing, AGCO North America. Scholarships were provided through the 2010–2011 FFA Collegiate Scholarship Program.
“These students are selected based on the leadership they have shown in their schools and communities and for their academic excellence,” says Marx. “FFA has played a major role in helping them set and achieve their goals. Now, AGCO is proud to help support them in their continuing efforts to excel.”
AGCO support for the National FFA Collegiate Scholarship Program is only one way the company and its employees express their appreciation for FFA. Other activities include corporate involvement at National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Ind.… Continue reading

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District 6 Officers attend Ohio State Fair

By: Josh Rausch, District 6 Reporter

The District 6 Officers and other participating FFA members attended the Ohio State Fair on August 6, 2011.  The FFA officers and members worked various jobs with the Cattlemen’s Association and in the youth building.  Some members taught children about soybeans and by products of soybeans, assisted the children in making hand soap to take home and informed them of some of the many uses of soybeans.  Other members assisted the Cattlemen’s Association in feeding the state fair goers.
They prepared, cooked, packaged and sold food products grown by farmers.   Those in attendance were Morgan Wade (District 6 President from Buckeye Valley), Matthew Cheney (District VP from Southeastern), Jessica Shanahan (State FFA President), Ashley Wilson (Benjamin Logan FFA Member), Haley Gibson (Benjamin Logan FFA Member), Breck Finch (OSU Student),  Sydney LeVan (District Secretary from Kenton), Erica Summerfield (District Treasurer from Northeastern) and Joshua Rausch (DistrictReporter from Fairbanks), and additional State FFA Officers.… Continue reading

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Be a Student Reporter for the Ohio Ag Net & Ohio's Country Journal

Calling All Ohio FFA Members!

We’re looking for three Ohio FFA members to help serve as student reporters at the 2011 National FFA Convention and the 2012 Ohio FFA Convention for the Ohio Ag Net & Ohio’s Country Journal FFA Section on ohioagnet.com/ocj.com.

Student Reporters:

• Find newsworthy people and topics to cover

• Shoot video of newsworthy items and people

• Report on camera

• Possibly write post for the FFA section of our website

• Possibly take photos

To be considered:

• You must be attending both the National and State FFA Conventions

• Submit no more than a 2 minute video sharing your qualifications and why you should be selected

• Upload it to You Tube and email the link to heather@ohioagnet.com

• All entries must be received by Wednesday, October 5th

• Those who earn a spot as a student reporter will be notified by email by October 7th.… Continue reading

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