On May 5 and 6, 13 members of the Riverdale FFA traveled to Columbus, OH to participate in the 83rd State FFA Convention. The group toured the Anthony Thomas chocolate factory and the Ohio State University’s Meat Labs where the students learned about the chocolate making process and meat processing. Following dinner with members of the New Bremen FFA, both groups went to Magic Mountain Fun Centers where they enjoyed fun activities such as go-karts and laser-tag. Members were involved in a leadership activity which allowed them to trade ideas for chapter activities with other chapters from around the state. Members of the Riverdale FFA went to four sessions where they listened to the presentation of FFA awards, inspirational messages from keynote speakers, Chad Hymas and Rick Metzger, as well as watched two of their own members, Jennie Walter and Ty Horn, received their State Degrees.
Each year the FFA secretary, treasurer, and reporter are required to compile officer books of their notations and pictures of various meetings and events dealing with their chapter. This year, these three Liberty-Benton FFA officers sent their pieces of work to the District 4 FFA Evaluation for judging. Liberty-Benton FFA Secretary Amber Overmyer received an honorable mention for her officer book. FFA Treasurer Zoe DeMarco received a silver rating for her officer book. Furthermore, Reporter Ashley Currie received an honorable mention for her reporter’s scrapbook. In addition to these officer books being evaluated, Destiny Adams’ and Keith Van Horn’s State FFA Degree and American FFA Degree applications advanced to State FFA Evaluation. Keith Van Horn’s application for the Ohio and American Star in Ag Placement also advanced to this next level. District 4 FFA Evaluation took place February 11 at The Ohio State University – Lima Branch Campus.
The sun was shining and the temperature was high. The Bloom Carroll FFA had a great spring day and a great crowd for their Drive One 4 UR School event held in cooperation with Ricart Ford.
“We’ve had a great turnout,” said Brady Kiehl, a Bloom Carroll FFA member. “We had to get in touch with a lot of sponsors, put ads in the local papers and advertise to get the word out, but so far, there have been more people than we thought.”
The event was held outside the high school and Ricart Ford brought several vehicles for visitors to test drive, including a new, blue Mustang that was very popular. For each visitor test drive, Ford made a donation to the Bloom Carroll FFA.
The Chapter was happy with the number of test drives and so was Ricart Ford.
“Bloom Carroll did a great job of getting people in and promoting the event,” said Zane Webb, with Ricart Ford.
Students of the Tiffin-Sentinel FFA Chapter hosted an Ag Awareness Day to educate local fifth graders about the many facets of Agriculture. Less than 2% of today’s agriculture industry is production agriculture; therefore, the majority of the population is not involved in farming. FFA members felt the need to educate our youth about the industry. There were nine stations total, some included: Greenhouse Management, Soils, Animals, Ways to Eat Healthy, Crop Science as well as a Hay Ride. All participants had a fun filled day and gained useful information about the Agriculture Industry as well.
“Students really came together to coordinate this service learning project. I am really proud of each of them and the success of the day. By conducting service learning projects such as these students gain valuable leadership skills that will last a lifetime,” said FFA Advisor Carrie Schlechter.
FFA is a national organization of more than 450,000 members preparing for leadership and careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture.
On Thursday, May 5, 29 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. This is the most students that ever participated in this event.
Earning a gold rating and first place were two teams. Both teams qualified for the National Agriscience Fair in October during the National FFA Convention. Kodey Price and Luke House placed first with their project entitled “Grow Grass Fast” where they tested the germination of growth of grass in different types of soils. Macaleh Thompson and Sarah Pottorf placed first with their project entitled “PETA – Public Education: Topic Agriculture.” They surveyed the students at Miami East High School of their knowledge of production agriculture. They were recognized on stage at the State FFA Convention with a certificate and cash prize.
By: Danielle Sands
The May Miami East FFA members of the month are Victoria Kinney, Kyle Roeth, Kaylee Schaefer, and Rick Thimmes. All are past chapter officers and 2011 graduates of Miami East High School. Their leadership in the Miami East FFA Chapter will be missed.
Victoria Kinney is the daughter of Robert and Lora Kinney of Piqua. She is the past president and secretary of the Miami East FFA. She has participated in public speaking and food science contests. She has attended FFA Camp and State Convention. Her Supervised Experience Program consists of market goats and market chickens. She plans on attending Ohio University and majoring in Education.
Kyle Roeth is the son of Mark and Paula Roeth of Troy. He has earned his State FFA Degree because of his strong Supervised Agricultural Experience program, Roeth’s Beef. He has attended FFA Camp and competed in the general livestock judging contest.
On Sunday April 10, the Fort Loramie FFA held their annual awards banquet. Attendees enjoyed a meal before the banquet. With more than 140 people in attendance, awards were given out for the year’s achievements. Numerous FFA members were awarded for participation in Career Development Events.
Twenty-seven first year members received their Greenhand FFA Degrees, and 12 second-year members earned their Chapter FFA degrees. Three students will receive their State FFA Degree at the Ohio FFA Convention in May, including Dustin Schemmel, Ben Barhorst, and Doug Seger. Six students will receive their American FFA Degree at the National FFA Convention in October, including Jacob Meyer, Tyler Magoto, Nathan Holthaus, Beth Poeppelman, Kyle Poeppelman, and Guy Meinerding. Two members received district proficiency awards. Brandon Barlage earned 2nd place in the district in Beef Production and Doug Seger earned 1st place in the district in Swine Production and has been named a state finalist.
The Amanda-Clearcreek FFA chapter recently had many teams excel in various Career Development Events (CDEs) at the State level. Teams that place in the top 5 in the state earn award banners that are displayed in the school. This year, the chapter has earned more high placing banners than any other year in chapter history. Some of the most recent successes are highlighted below.
The Agricultural Issues Forum team placed 1st at State, recently competing at Wilmington College. This CDE has been available at the National level for a few years but this was Ohio’s first time offering it. If our chapter is still in place next fall, this team will go to the National FFA Convention to compete. The team members were Hannah Chenetski, Caitlin Robinson, Sierra Jepsen, Kayla Porter, and Kelsie Sharp. We would like to commend these young ladies on this outstanding accomplishment.
The Nature Interpretation team, with the team of record consisting of Nick Brumfield, Michael Hite, Aaron Miller, and Alex Norris, recently their State contest also.
On Thursday, April 21st, 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.
Seniors Ben Hisey, Aaron Sollars, and Terry Perkins served as toastmasters for the banquet and assisted in presenting numerous awards. Retiring treasurer Aaron Sollars gave the welcome followed by Junior Emily Ratliff, with the introduction of guests. Freshmen Evan Schaefer and Nicole Straathof introduced parents. The invocation was given by Senior Autumn Carlson to all attending the banquet meal, which was catered by McCoy’s catering of Wilmington, Ohio. After dinner, guest speaker Amy Frost, Ohio FFA President, spoke to all in attendance.
Many scholarships were presented to senior FFA members. Alumni president, Dale Mayer, and alumni secretary, Robin Beekman, presented the FFA Alumni scholarships to deserving seniors.
By Matt Reese
While the professionals at Crop Production Services got to learn more about protecting water quality through the process of the recent pilot project at their Washington Courthouse site, local FFA students had the chance to learn as well.
Around 50 students from the Adena and Miami Trace chapters got to learn about the process and help plant more than 500 trees. The students were briefed on the pan system that filters the storm water runoff from the site through a series of holding ponds filled with and surrounded by the hybrid poplar and willow trees they planted.
“It gives the students an experience to apply some of the things they learned in the classroom. It also gives them some ownership in a project that they can see for years down the road and what benefits it has for this particular community,” said Jim Skinner, the FFA advisor at Adena.
Syngenta Crop Protection announced a donation of $10,000 to members of the National FFA Organization, signifying the completion of the 2011 Heartland Laser Tour. Ten local FFA chapters assisted Syngenta at laser light show events held March 3 through March 27 that featured the science behind Plant Performance. Each chapter is receiving a donation of $1,000 for its participation.
“The students were able to interact with Syngenta representatives to learn more about the company and possible career opportunities,” said Olivia Clark, FFA advisor for Christian County High School in Hopkinsville, Ky. “The donation from Syngenta will help with FFA events such as funding to participate in contests, the annual member-parent banquet and other events held throughout the year.”
The purpose of the Heartland Laser Tour is about sharing the science behind Plant Performance and agriculture. “The FFA students are the future of agriculture and ambassadors to the 98 percent of the population not involved in our industry,” said Wendell Calhoun, Syngenta communication manager.
Students from the Miami East FFA Chapter had the tables turned for a day when they became teachers at Miami East Elementary School on Friday, April 15. Seven sophomore students enrolled in Agriscience 2 were trained in Project WILD earlier in April and then prepared half hour lessons to educate first graders about wildlife.
The goal of Project WILD is to assist learners of any age in developing the awareness, knowledge, skills, and commitment to result in informed decisions, responsible behavior, and constructive actions concerning wildlife and the environment upon which all life depends. Linda Raterman of the Miami County Soil and Water Conservation District was responsible for the training and lesson development the FFA members went through.
Corrine Melvin and Sarah Pyers played “Animal Charades” to teach about domesticated and wild animals with Mrs. Demmit’s class.
“Quick Frozen Critters” was a fast, freeze tag game to help learn about predators and prey.
By: Emily Ratliff
On Saturday April 9, members of the Miami Trace FFA chapter volunteered at the Fayette County Head Start by babysitting children so that their parents could have a few hours to get things done by themselves. The Parents’ Day Out was held from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. FFA members played games, made crafts, and played outside on the playground with the kids. Sharon Gibbs, who works at the Head Start, cooperated with the FFA so that this event could be so successful. Thanks to everyone who helped.
By: Emily Cordle
The Amanda-Clearcreek FFA chapter will be completely eliminated if the A-C school income tax levy fails in the spring. The FFA chapter has been a part of the Amanda, and the Amanda-Clearcreek, school system since 1937. The A-C FFA chapter is one of the strongest programs for students at the high school and is the tenth largest FFA chapter in Ohio.
FFA and the agricultural classes it is associated with teach students leadership, computer and communication skills, equipment handling, resumes writing, wood working, parts of an engine, how to fill-out many different tax forms, knowledge about various types of agriculture, and educate students about life in general. There are over 170 members in the A-C chapter this year. Without this program, many of the students’ opportunities to better themselves, earn State FFA Degrees, American FFA Degrees, scholarships, Proficiency Awards, run for State FFA office, and numerous Career Development Event contests will be eliminated.
By: Emily Cordle, Reporter
At the February FFA meeting, the Amanda-Clearcreek FFA chapter conducted officer elections for the 2011-2012 school year. During that time the 2010-2011 officer team officially stepped down from their positions.
The new officer Team consists of president- Nate Seitz, vice-president- Alex Norris, secretary- Sierra Jepsen, treasurer- Kayla Porter, reporter- Emily Cordle, sentinel- John Miller, and student advisor- Caitlin Robinson. Congratulations to the new officer team!
Below are some comments from our newly elected officers.
President Nate Seitz said her goal for the chaper is “to get more people involved.”
Student Advisor Caitlin Robinson said, “I would like the chapter to keep our traditions, continue to win contests, and represent our chapter well.”
Seitz also saidthat he would like to “find a way to make more competition in the chapter.”
Robinson said, “I would like to do more FFA dances and FFA game nights.”
When told they were elected as officers, Seitz said, he was at a loss of words and excited.
Recently, a group of agricultural education students at Miami Trace participated in the Greenhand Quiz contest. The team took an exam that was designed to develop the FFA members’ awareness of the history of the FFA Organization and become familiar with the Official FFA Manual used by students of Agricultural Education. Participants aimed to answer questions derived from the Official FFA Manual, the history of the National FFA Organization, and the many purposes and opportunities of the FFA.
This year, Miami Trace (MT) was very successful in the contest. The team placed 5th overall out of 94 teams. MT freshman Evan Schaefer was the highest scoring individual, placing above 1,100 other competitors from all across the state of Ohio.
The team consisted of: Evan Schaefer, Hannah Peterson, Nicole Straathof, Molly Garringer, Allison Rife, Katie Frost, Heather Johnston, Mikayla Mick, Logan Harvel, Zach Monroe, Courtney Hagler, Hunter Hobbs, Paige Bonham, Hayden Allemang, Tyler Horney, Gus Mitchem, Caitlyn Caldwell, Cierra McFarland, Chas Grover, Tyler Lower, Montana Born, Taylor Starcher, Julia Miller, Kaylee Runyon, Payton Price, Tyler Wrobel, Samantha Cummins, Cierra Coe, Betsey Bonham, Austin Rogers, Cody Knapp, and Ashley Wood.
On the evening of March 17th, 2011, the Miami Trace FFA chapter held a ceremony for its members who received their Greenhand and Chapter degrees. A Greenhand degree is awarded to those FFA members who have completed their first year of agriculture education. Chapter degrees are awarded to members after their second year.
The ceremonies were held in conjunction with a monthly chapter meeting in which normal business was conducted. Special guest Amy Frost, Ohio FFA President, spoke at the ceremony on how quickly time has passed since she received her Greenhand and Chapter degrees.
After the completion of the meeting, members and their parents enjoyed an ice cream social as a celebration of this special event.
On Saturday, March 12th, the MT FFA chapter held its annual invitational and District 9 Career Development Event Judging Contest at the Fayette Co. Fair Grounds. Chapters from all traveled to the fairgrounds so that members could compete in their specialized areas. The contest covered agronomy, dairy cattle, dairy products, equine management, general livestock, and poultry.
The contest required a big effort and a lot of extra hours from all involved. Miami Trace students who weren’t competing worked the show rings, administrated tests, and gave instructions.
Miami Trace placed as following in each contest of the invitational:
- Agronomy: 3rd of 15
- Dairy Cattle: 3rd of 21
- Equine Management: 11th of 41
- General Livestock: 4th of 55
- Poultry: 4th of 29
A special thank you to the following people and organizations who generously donated resources and time to the contest: Southern State Community College, Laurence Smith, Real McCoy Genetics, Wilmington College, Kay Tracy, Don Calendar, Casey Smith, Jason Bihl, All-N-One 4-H Club, Raejean Robinette and everyone else who helped out at the contest.
Benjamin Logan FFA donates over 2400 pounds of collected cans food items needed to St. Vincent De Paul.
The local Tractor Supply Company stores support students’ fight against hunger in the community
Bellefontaine, OH September 25, 2010 – February 25, 2011 — The Benjamin Logan FFA chapter recently worked with the local TSC store in (Bellefontaine, Ohio) to collect canned food for local charity. This collection took place in front of TSC where there were buckets to collect the items. This program started on November 10, 2010 and ran through February 25, 2011. Donators’ could bring in canned food items whenever they wanted to.
What is Harvest for America? According to the TSC website “choosing to harvest today for a better tomorrow.” It helps the less fortunate in need by collecting canned food items to less fortunate families in need.
The Committee Chair, Katelyne Ackley says: “I think this (Harvest for America) is a way to communicate to the public and make the public aware of what is going on through our community.
A-C FFA Members Advance to State Level
To receive your State FFA Degree one has to have an agricultural job, run an agricultural business, raise animals or crops. One of the most difficult requirements to obtain a State FFA Degree are to earn $3,500 gross earnings or 1,000 hours and have earned in excess of $4,500 or 500 hours and have earned at least $4,000 in gross earnings. For most members this difficult for some of them to raise this money for there SAE (Supervised Agricultural Experience) project, but for 7 FFA members, this was obtainable to them: Sierra Jepsen, Nate Seitz, Aaron Miller, Tyler Genders, Scott Loudermilk, Becca Bentz and Kelsie Sharp. If these members applications are approved his will be the most members that the chapter have ever had receive their State FFA Degree in one year. Aside from receiving a State FFA Degree the highest degree a member can receive is the American FFA Degree.