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Showing gratitude to essential workers during COVID-19

By Meredith Oglesby, OCJ FFA reporter

The last line of the FFA mission states, living to serve, which is what FFA members and chapters across the state have been doing during the outbreak of COVID-19. Farmers, nurses, doctors, mailmen, restaurant workers, and anyone continuing to work to keep us safe, healthy and fed have been classified as essential workers. FFA members have risen to the challenge to stay strong and support their community members during these tough times. Many members themselves are working hard as essential workers.

Tess Ruehrumd from the Cardington FFA chapter has been volunteering at her local food pantry. She works to unload truck shipments, sort food and provide those in her community with the food they need. With the outbreak of COVID, Ruehrumd has taken on more responsibilities to keep the clients safe and the food available. She explained many of the volunteers and the current director of the pantry are older in age and at risk during the outbreak.… Continue reading

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Ohio Star State FFA Degree recipients for 2020

Ohio Star State FFA Degree recipients for 2020 were recognized virtually on May 4. The 2020 Ohio Star State FFA Degree recipients are:

Brandon Fleak, Westfall: Star State in Agricultural Placement

Jessica McWatters, Pettisville: Star State in Agriscience

Morgan Kimmel, Covington-UVCC: Star State in Agribusiness

Cole McKinley, Ridgemont: Star State Farmer

Check out more from this year’s winners in the Day 1 recap with the 2020 student reporters.Continue reading

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Ohio FFA proficiency finalists, winners announced

Ohio FFA’s Celebration of Students highlighted proficiency finalist and award winners Tuesday. A complete list of all finalists are below.

Note: Lines that are Bold indicate the winner of that proficiency award area

AccountingCierra AndrewsAmanda-Clearcreek
AccountingJoshua LangenkampHouston-UVCC
AccountingCora GillespieMowrystown
AccountingMekenzie JolliffRidgemont
Agricultural CommunicationsKyra DavidsonFelicity-Franklin
Agricultural CommunicationsMegan RoellPreble Shawnee
Agricultural CommunicationsEmily BooklessRidgewood
Agricultural EducationKatie GoeringArchbold
Agricultural EducationMallory TaulbeeFelicity-Franklin
Agricultural EducationMekenzie JolliffRidgemont
Agricultural EducationKasey CondoTalawanda-Butler Tech
Agricultural Mechanics Design and FabricationHunter MaysA.B. Graham OHP
Agricultural Mechanics Design and FabricationEthan AufderhaarBotkins
Agricultural Mechanics Design and FabricationHunter ZellCovington-UVCC
Agricultural Mechanics Design and FabricationGarrett BennettFairview
Agricultural Mechanics Repair and Maintenance – EntrepreneurshipAustin GattBuckeye
Agricultural Mechanics Repair and Maintenance – EntrepreneurshipEthan KaperLiberty Union
Agricultural Mechanics Repair and Maintenance – PlacementTyler TraverGenoa-Penta
Agricultural Mechanics Repair and Maintenance – PlacementMason KieselSouth Central
Agricultural Mechanics Repair and Maintenance – PlacementJustin PreeceUrbana
Agricultural Mechanics Repair and Maintenance – PlacementCaden KeckWest Muskingum
Agricultural ProcessingEvan  StewartEast Clinton
Agricultural ProcessingBlayne FergusonMiami Trace
Agricultural ProcessingTucker JourneyTri-Valley
Agricultural ProcessingSierra SinclairWarren
Agricultural Sales – EntrepreneurshipLandon WengerBenjamin Logan
Agricultural Sales – EntrepreneurshipMontana SeitzRidgewood
Agricultural Sales – EntrepreneurshipJustin BecknerTalawanda-Butler Tech
Agricultural Sales – EntrepreneurshipAlexandra LiskaiWoodmore
Agricultural Sales – PlacementAbigail RodeferNational Trail-MVCTC
Agricultural Sales – PlacementDakota KieferTalawanda-Butler Tech
Agricultural Sales – PlacementAustin TimmermanVersailles
Agricultural Sales – PlacementEthan DrzazgaWest Holmes
Agricultural ServicesGrant SkinnerBuckeye Valley-DACC
Agricultural ServicesAubrey SchwartzMiami Trace
Agricultural ServicesBrayden ShumakerWest Holmes
Agricultural ServicesLevi DelongZane Trace
Agriscience Research-Animals SystemNikita ScheifeleIndian Lake OHP
Agriscience Research-Animals SystemJessica McwattersPettisville
Agriscience Research-Animals SystemCharity MooreValley View-MVCTC
Agriscience Research-Integrated SystemsElla WarnerCovington-UVCC
Agriscience Research-Integrated SystemsLuke JenningsFelicity-Franklin
Agriscience Research-Integrated SystemsJared HamiltonFelicity-Franklin
Agriscience Research-Integrated SystemsTrina OrrUtica
Agriscience Research-Plant SystemsJacob ZajkowskiAnthony Wayne-Penta
Agriscience Research-Plant SystemsLanden TullFelicity-Franklin
Agriscience Research-Plant SystemsAngelina KurekOregon-Clay
Agriscience Research-Plant SystemsChrista GeorgeOregon-Clay
Beef Production – EntrepreneurshipAshleigh OsbornBlanchester
Beef Production – EntrepreneurshipSamantha WallaceLakota
Beef Production – EntrepreneurshipWesley HatfieldTri-Valley
Beef Production – EntrepreneurshipShaeley WarnerUtica
Beef Production – PlacementAutumn ScheidererFairbanks
Beef Production – PlacementLucas GillilandMiami East-MVCTC
Beef Production – PlacementLiam HomanNew Bremen
Beef Production – PlacementAmanda AnnettUtica
Dairy Production – EntrepreneurshipMaggie MathewsEast Clinton
Dairy Production – EntrepreneurshipElizabeth HowmanNorthwestern
Dairy Production – EntrepreneurshipLogan SchlauchWest Holmes
Dairy Production – EntrepreneurshipTimothy  StitzleinWest Holmes
Dairy Production – PlacementRiley ThobeAnna
Dairy Production – PlacementDerek BurnsLiberty Union
Dairy Production – PlacementMichael BairMiami East-MVCTC
Dairy Production – PlacementRenea SchmitmeyerVersailles
Diversified Agricultural ProductionWyatt CrozierFelicity-Franklin
Diversified Agricultural ProductionZachary BornFirelands
Diversified Agricultural ProductionMason MizerRidgewood
Diversified Agricultural ProductionBenjamin ChaffeeSouth Central
Diversified Crop Production – EntrepreneurshipBenjamin SheafferUpper Sandusky
Diversified Crop Production – PlacementAmber ZimpferAnna
Diversified Crop Production – PlacementChris DibleBig Walnut-DACC
Diversified Crop Production – PlacementJacob WuebkerVersailles
Diversified Crop Production – PlacementAnna JonesWaterford
Diversified HorticultureWilliam KellerLorain County JVS
Diversified HorticultureThomas KellerLorain County JVS
Diversified Livestock ProductionDylan GoodmanCardington-Lincoln
Diversified Livestock ProductionMichael BairMiami East-MVCTC
Diversified Livestock ProductionCole MckinleyRidgemont
Diversified Livestock ProductionJacob WuebkerVersailles
Environmental Science and Natural Resources ManagementBrant HelmanUpper Valley Career Center
Environmental Science and Natural Resources ManagementJayme PennellWest Holmes
Equine Science – EntrepreneurshipBella SweigardColumbiana County Career & Technical Center
Equine Science – EntrepreneurshipKori KileEast Clinton
Equine Science – EntrepreneurshipBrianna BrubakerFayette
Equine Science – EntrepreneurshipCaitlyn DemassimoNorwayne
Equine Science – PlacementAbigail MartensDelaware Area Career Center
Equine Science – PlacementJessica BattonFairlawn-UVCC
Equine Science – PlacementKatelyn KonicekFirelands
Equine Science – PlacementBrooke BlansetteLiberty Union
Fiber and/or Oil Crop ProductionZachary BornFirelands
Fiber and/or Oil Crop ProductionGarrett ThomasKenton-OHP
Forage ProductionKasey KuhlmanGenoa-Penta
Forage ProductionWyatt KunkHouston-UVCC
Forage ProductionCarter RoellPreble Shawnee
Forage ProductionCarlos MourerRidgewood
Forest ManagementLouis CiraCory-Rawson
Forest ManagementHunter ZellCovington-UVCC
Forest ManagementColton SaylorFairview
Forest ManagementCaden CarsonLicking Valley
Fruit ProductionLillian BeebeFayetteville
Fruit ProductionAlyssa ZdobinskiNational Trail-MVCTC
Fruit ProductionAlex BortonNorthwestern
Fruit ProductionAlexandra LiskaiWoodmore
Goat ProductionLane HollingsworthA.B.
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Ohio’s Country Journal & Ohio Ag Net Podcast |Ep. 153 | Ohio FFA Celebration Week

The Quarantine Chronicles take the virtual stage for the Ohio FFA Celebration with the help of our 2020 FFA Student Reporters, Halle Miller, Jacob Zajkowski, and Elizabeth Fannin. Interviews this week include a group interview from intern Madi Kregel with the Oak Harbor Penta FFA chapter officers and their advisor. Matt has three interviews this week with Cheryl Day, Chris Henney, and Miles VonStein. And Kolt brings an interview with President of the Marion County fair, after they announced the cancelation of their fair.… Continue reading

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Meet the 2020 Class of FFA Student Reporters

Although Coronavirus has a lot of uncertainty across agriculture and across the globe, something certain is the Ohio FFA Celebration of Students held May 4-8 online. Continuing in the tradition, Ohio’s Country Journal and Ohio Ag Net are still hosting Student FFA Reporters to cover the celebration. We asked them to write a little bit to introduce themselves.

Halle Miller

Halle Miller is a Junior at Norwayne High School and a member of FFA and 4-H. She has enjoyed competing in many CDE events at the District and State level including Food Science, Parliamentary Procedure, Job Interview, Ag Sales, Meat Judging, Creed Speaking and Beginning and Advanced Prepared Speaking CDEs. Halle was excited to be chosen to represent Ohio at the National FFA Convention this upcoming October with her Advanced Prepared Speech.

Halle breeds Bordoodle puppies, crossing a border collie and a poodle, which creates an extremely intelligent low shed breed.… Continue reading

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Benjamin Logan FFA members read books via Facebook to kids

The Benjamin Logan FFA would have been hosting a petting zoo for our elementary students, sadly due to our current situation we were not able to do that so we came up with the next best thing. Many of our students have been working on videos for the Benjamin Logan FFA Facebook Page. In each of the videos our students are in their barn reading one of their favorite books to some of their Supervised Agricultural Experience projects. We hope that everyone that sees these videos are enjoying them.
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Benjamin Logan FFA members recognized during the 2020 Ohio FFA Celebration

Benjamin Logan FFA  members would have had the privilege of participating in the 2020 Ohio FFA State Convention on Thursday, April 30th thru Friday May 1st; due to the current situation the event has been canceled.  Instead, Ohio FFA is excited to recognize members and commemorate another year of student success via social media channels during the 2020 Ohio FFA Celebration, May 4-8!Daily video announcements will highlight member accomplishments including: addition, awards and recognition posts beyond those listed will be shared throughout the week. Members and their friends and family can invite others to stay up-to-date by responding to the Facebook event: 2020 Ohio FFA Celebration.  Watch for more details about the online event in the coming weeks. Recognition results shared originally via social media during the 2020 Ohio FFA Celebration will also be posted on ohioffa.org at a later date.   (https://www.facebook.com/pg/OhioFFA/posts/)

Many Benjamin Logan FFA Members would have been walking across the State FFA Convention Stage.… Continue reading

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May 2020 FFA Members of the Month

The May 2020 Miami East-MVCTC FFA Members of the Month are Michael Bair, Ethin Bendickson, and Kearsten Kirby. They are all retired chapter officers and will soon be graduates of Miami East High School.
Michael Bair is the son of David and Annette Bair of Troy. Michael has served as a Chapter Officer, earned the State FFA Degree, and for three years has had three proficiencies in the Top 4 in the state. He plans to pursue a sustainable agriculture internship and return to expand his family’s organic dairy and poultry farm.
Ethin Bendickson is the son of Derick and Kris Bendickson of Troy. He served as a chapter officer, earned the State FFA Degree, and attended the State and National FFA Conventions. He has obtained fulltime employment with Sunrise Cooperative as a special placement program through the Ohio FFA Foundation.
Kearsten Kirby daughter of Kenny and Jenni Kirby of Piqua.… Continue reading

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Zane Trace FFA Members Work to Solve World Hunger

Three members of the Zane Trace FFA Chapter recently participated in the Ohio Youth Institute of the World Food Prize. The event brought together students from around Ohio to share the research they had conducted over methods to eliminate hunger and food insecurity for a particular country of their choosing. Freshmen members Macy Long, Grace Jenkins and Madeline Marlo each spent months learning the demographics, climate, government and challenges facing food production, health and sanitation of their chosen regions. They then selected a specific issue that threatened the food safety and security of their country and proposed a feasible solution to the issue in their research paper.

On Monday, April 20th sixty-five students from the eight participating high schools joined together for a virtual Ohio Youth World Food Prize Institute through an online Zoom meeting. Students shared their research with other participants along with professionals from the fields of agriculture, public policy and education. … Continue reading

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2020 Ohio FFA Celebration schedule

While there will be no Ohio FFA Convention in 2020 due to COVID-19 concerns, the Ohio FFA is excited to virtually recognize members and commemorate another year of student success during the 2020 Ohio FFA Celebration, May 4 though May 8!

Ohio Ag Net will be compiling a recap each day and a preview of the upcoming day throughout the week with our 2020 FFA Student Reporter Team. Here are some more highlights from Ohio FFA.

Awards and recognition posts beyond those listed will also be shared throughout the week. Stayed tuned that week to ocj.com and check Ohio FFA social media channels, especially Facebook, for more information leading up to the celebration. Members and their friends and family can invite others to stay up-to-date by responding to the Facebook event: 2020 Ohio FFA Celebration. Follow @OhioFFA on social media and watch for more details about the online event in the coming weeks.… Continue reading

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District Officer Training

By: Georgia Gamble, 2020-2021 Utica FFA Reporter

On March 11th, the newly elected Utica FFA Officer team for 2020-2021 attended the District Officer Training Event held at Fairfield Union High School. The attendees included Emily Hill (President), Kenneth Davenport (Vice President), Olivia Dickson (Secretary), Matt Swafford (Sentinel), Todd Orr (Student Advisor), Abby Paxton (Treasurer), and Georgia Gamble (Reporter).The training session was run by the Ohio FFA officer team which kicked it off with a few icebreaker games. Many of the attendees enjoyed the games and commented how fun they were. The officer team then introduced themselves, and divided the students into groups based on their newly elected positions. In these breakout sessions, the officers learned the responsibilities of their positions and how to best benefit their chapter. The training event concluded with everyone coming back together and having some delicious cookies and a tasty pop.… Continue reading

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Anthony Wayne FFA Holds Virtual Banquet

The Anthony Wayne-Penta FFA banquet was held virtually during the week of March 30, 2020 on the chapter’s social media accounts. Each day, the officers announced a number of new award winners. Highlights of the week included star greenhands Jaden Moosman and Megan Burke, and star chapter member Lily Fries. The outstanding junior was Jake Zajkowski while the outstanding senior was Reegan Kehres. The Les Disher Leadership award recipient was Patrick Miller. Top scholars in each grade were 8th grade, Summer Muhlenkamp; 9th grade, Nick Wacha; 10th grade, Anna Wright; 11th grade, Genevieve Mackey; and 12th grade, Reegan Kehres. The 110% award went to Winn Sharp. Mr. Volunteer was awarded to Oliver Aldridge, and Miss Volunteer was awarded to Vesta Miller. The week wrapped up with awarding the Honorary Chapter FFA Degrees to community members DJ Gase and Andrew Teet. Finally, the announcement of the 2020-2021 officer team took place. The officers include President Jake Zajkowski, Vice President Oliver Aldridge, Secretary Anna Wright, Treasurer Mikalyn D’Amore and Reporter Vesta Miller.… Continue reading

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Miami East-MVCTC April FFA Member of the Month

The April 2020 Miami East-MVCTC FFA Member of the Month is Ashlee Deaton. She is a freshman and first year member of the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter.

Ashlee recently competed in the Marysville Invitational Poultry Evaluation Invitational Competition. She helped the team place in the Top 15 teams out of almost 50 teams. In the State Animal Behavior and Welfare Career Development Event Ashlee placed 35 out over 275 contestants. Additionally, Ashlee competed in the District 5 Agricultural Sales Career Development Event. She helped with the Princess For A Day to benefit the March of Dimes. Her plans for a Supervised Agricultural Experience program is breeding rabbits.

Every month of the school year the Miami East-MVCTC FFA will select a student to be the FFA Member of the Month.  The officer team will nominate one member 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 accolade in celebration of their accomplishment.Continue reading

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2020 Ohio FFA Celebration announced

The Ohio Department of Education and Ohio FFA made the decision to cancel the 2020 Ohio FFA Convention, but there are still many member accomplishments to celebrate this spring. The newly announced 2020 Ohio FFA Celebration will highlight members from across the state during this timeframe including Proficiency Award Areas, Star State FFA Degrees, Agriscience Fair, National Chapter Awards, the 2020-2021 Ohio FFA State Officer Team, and more.

FFA members and supporters can tune into Ohio FFA social media channels throughout the week of May 4-8 for the online event. A full schedule of the student recognition and announcements to be made during the 2020 Ohio FFA Celebration will be released in the coming weeks. Be sure to join in the conversation May 4-8 and cheer on FFA members during these unprecedented times using #CelebrateOHFFA.

In addition, the Ohio FFA has made the decision that all placings including State Winner for Agriscience Fair, National Chapter, Proficiency Awards and Star State Degrees will be determined by application score for 2020.… Continue reading

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Benjamin Logan FFA competes in the Agricultural Power state competition

The Benjamin Logan FFA got the privilege to compete in the Agricultural Power state competition held at the University of Northwestern in Lima, Ohio. The team of Bradey Ackley and Matt Black competed and worked as a team to diagnose and repair problems in various diesel engines. They placed 10th in the state of Ohio and both students were awarded a $1,000 college scholarship to attend the University of Northwestern this CDE serves as an authentic assessment designed to evaluate students’ knowledge in recognizing and repairing malfunctions in agricultural and/or industrial power equipment. The skills Agricultural Education students’ employ in this CDE is the same skills required by agricultural and industrial technicians. This was a great experience for the students and we are excited to see what next years’ competition holds.… Continue reading

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Ohio FFA Convention cancelled, other events postponed

The Ohio Department of Education and Ohio FFA have made the decision to cancel the 2020 Ohio FFA Convention according to an email from Matt Winkle, Ohio FFA Advisor.

On March 9, 2020 Governor DeWine issued an executive order declaring a state of emergency in Ohio due to the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak; and on March 30, 2020 ordered Ohio’s school-building closure until May 1st. The coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic continues to escalate in the U.S. and Ohio, raising numerous issues and questions. The Governor has made it clear to limit large gatherings regardless of their sponsorship or purpose.

The Ohio Department of Education and Ohio FFA remains committed to protecting the health, safety, and welfare of its members. Therefore, it has been determined that the 2020 Ohio FFA State Convention is cancelled. In addition, all in-person events and competitions scheduled through May 1st have been postponed until further notice.

“The decision to cancel and postpone events was not made lightly,” said Winkle.… Continue reading

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