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Seeking student reporters for the 2014 Ohio FFA Convention

Attention Ohio FFA Members:

It’s that time of year again and the Ohio Ag Net & Ohio’s Country Journal is looking for three Ohio FFA members to help serve as student reporters at the 2014 Ohio FFA State Convention. You’ll get the opportunity to help cover the convention and work alongside our news staff that includes Matt Reese, Dale Minyo and Ty Higgins. Ever wonder what it’s like to do our job? Here’s your chance!

The live coverage of the Ohio FFA Convention will be posted on www.ocj.com.

Student reporters will:

  • Assist in gathering award winner information
  • Shoot video of newsworthy items and people
  • Share their commentary of what happened in each session through a video recap

To be considered:

  • You must be attending both days of the Ohio FFA Convention May 1st and 2nd
  • Submit a video sharing your qualifications and why you should be selected no longer than two minutes.
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Buckeye Central FFA hosts pulled pork meal and pie auction

The Buckeye Central FFA recently held their annual pulled pork dinner.

Over 350 people enjoyed a delicious meal served by FFA members.  Buckeye Central FFA advisor, Mr. Pope said, “This was the best turnout in recent memory.”

As part of the evening entertainment, the urban soil judging team, made up of senior Sam Robertson, junior Ray Stall, and sophomores Derek Kalb and Jarret Shook, took turns auctioning off homemade pies that they had made.  The pies varied from apple to pecan, and strawberry to “possum pie”.

The money raised from the auction will go towards their trip to Oklahoma City for the National Soil Judging contest in early May.

The team raised over $2,000 from the pie auction thanks to the generosity of the following buyers:

Rietschlin Electric, Ron and Lisa McGinnis, Brian Kalb, Roger Marquart, Roger Auck, Fike’s Fur Shop, Ackerman Farms, Geissman Farms, Don Phenice, Joe and Phyllis Shook, Cruise in Car Wash Bucyrus, Owen Diesch, Roger Daniel, Central Ohio Farmers Co-op Monnet, Shook Farm and Industrial Repair, Bob Taylor, Niese Farms, Sarah Kalb, and Ag Credit of Bucyrus.

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Miami East-MVCTC stays busy with multiple CDE’s

The Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter has been staying busy with their participation in multiple career development events.

A member of the chapter recently competed in the District 5 Public Speaking contest held at the New Bremen High School in Auglaize County.

Isabelle Trevino-1Isabelle Trevino (pictured left) competed in the Advanced FFA Creed Speaking Contest. Isabelle recited the FFA Creed and answered questions. She earned a Gold Rating and placed 2nd overall. Isabelle went on to compete at the State FFA Public Speaking Contest. Congratulations to Isabelle.

Kolin Bendickson and Colin Hawes recently competed in the District Agricultural and Industrial Diagnostics (formerly known as Tractor Trouble Shooting) at the Darke County Fairgrounds in Greenville. Tractors for the competition were supplied by North Star Hardware and Implement and Koenig Equipment from Greenville. Kolin and Colin are both members of the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter at Miami East High School.

During the contest the team troubleshot two bugs in each of five tractors.

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Trevino selected as ME-MVCTC’s March FFA Member of the Month

The March 2013 Miami East-MVCTC FFA Member of the Month is Isabelle Trevino (pictured). She is the daughter of Rosalinda Gonzales of Troy. Isabelle is a sophomore and first year member of the FFA.

Isabelle recently competed in the State FFA Public Speaking Contest in the Advanced Creed Speaking Division. She placed sixth in her heat. She qualified for the state competition after placing in the top two at the sub-district and district speaking contests in February. Isabelle has also participated in the parliamentary procedures contest, participated in the fruit sales fundraiser, and earned the Greenhand FFA Degree. Her plans for a Supervised Agriculture Experience program is raising and marketing fall mums.

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. 

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Miami East-MVCTC FFA donates to Dayton’s Children’s Hospital

Recently, Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter raised and donated $450.00 to Children’s Hospital of Dayton. 

The FFA raised the money through several school-wide projects during FFA Week. Activities included students’ pay-to-wear-a-hat-to-class day and Pie-In-The-Eye for the 2013-14 Chapter FFA Officer Team.  Each of the officers took a pie in the eye.

Children’s Hospital of Dayton was selected because Children’s Hospital is an official charity of the Ohio FFA and many of the students at Miami East Local Schools have received services and care at Children’s of Dayton. Most recently, FFA member and chapter officer Colin Hawes and his sister were cared for at Children’s Hospital of Dayton.

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Buckeye Central FFA members do well in District Job Interview

Students from the Buckeye Central FFA Chapter recently traveled to Bellevue High School to compete in the District Job Interview Contest.

The Job Interview Contest is a prestigious contest that is based on the contestants social skills, resume letters and covers, and how they present themselves at the contest.

Only members who got first place will move onto the state competition.

Four members of the BC FFA Chapter were sent to the contest.

Sam Robertson competed in the senior division and received third place.

Paul Heydinger took fourth place in the junior division.

Aaron Niedermeier received sixth place in the sophomore competition.

Freshman, Alex Fike took eighth place in his competition.

“This is a great contest to prepare us for our futures,” Robertson said. “These are skills that will help us receive high positions in jobs later on after high school.”

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Preble Shawnee FFA’s Ketring places eighth in the state

The Preble Shawnee FFA Chapter recently held a chapter job interview contest.

Rod Shockey, Charlie Biggs and Tom McQuiston served as the judges for the event. Top students from the chapter contest competed in the district job interview contest.

Our Division I candidate was Savannah Lynch, Division II was Kaitlyn McGarvey, Division III was Abbey Hill, Division IV Tyler Roell, and Division V Brian Ketring.

At the contest, students had to prepare a cover letter and resume, complete an application, go through an interview and write a follow-up letter.

Ketring advanced to the state contest where he placed eighth in the Division V state contest.

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Tractor Supply Sees Growth During Second Annual FFA Scholarship Program

Tractor Supply Company and the National FFA Foundation recently announced the results of their second annual Growing Scholars program. From February 14-23, Tractor Supply customers across the country donated $447,671, an increase of more than 20 percent from 2013 donations. This year’s donations will result in 334 scholarships awarded to FFA members in their pursuit of a college degree.

The Growing Scholars program was supported nationally by each of the more than 1,245 Tractor Supply stores as part of National FFA Week. Tractor Supply customers supported local FFA chapters and their members by purchasing an FFA emblem for $1 at store registers during the checkout process. Ninety percent of funds raised are being utilized to fund scholarships for FFA members, with the remaining 10 percent benefitting state FFA organizations.

“We have very loyal and giving customers, and to see an increase in support for our Growing Scholars program is a tribute to the kind of customers that shop at our stores,” Tractor Supply President and CEO Greg Sandfort.

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Miami East-MVCTC FFA takes part in Job Interview and Ag Sales competition

 

Recently several members of the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter competed in the District 5 FFA Job Interview and Ag Sales Contests held at Saint Henry High School.

The Job Interview Contest consists of designing a resume and cover letter, completing a job application, performing an interview, and composing a typed follow-up thank you note.

Lindsey Roeth competed in the Division 4 (senior year) interview competition. She placed 4th in the district out of 13 contestants.

Haley Etherington competed in the Division 3 (junior year) interview competition. She placed 2nd out of 12 contestants in the district. She earned a plaque donated by the District 5 FFA Chapters.

Emily Beal competed in the Division 2 (sophomore year) contest, placed 3rd in the district out of 13 contestants. She earned a plaque donated by the District 5 FFA Chapters.

Kyle Webb competed in the Division 1 (freshman year) contest and placed 11th out of 14 contestants.

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Farmer donates $2,500 to ME-MVCTC FFA via Monsanto

Mr. Jeff Knoop of Fletcher, Ohio presented $2,500 to the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter through the Monsanto America’s Farmers Grow America program through the Monsanto Fund. Mr. Bill Bower, representing Monsanto, presented the funds at an all-school assembly at Miami East High School.

Monsanto America’s Farmers Grow America program allowed farmers in 1300 counties in 39 states to nominate a non-profit organization in their community. Mr. Bower stated that, “Monsanto is able to support agriculture and youth through programs like America’s Farmers Grow America and the Monsanto Fund.”

Mr. Jeff Knoop selected the Miami East FFA Chapter because he was a former student of the Agricultural Education program and hopes the funds will encourage youth to become active in production agriculture. Mr. Jeff Knoop and his family are dairy and grain farmers.

The Miami East FFA Chapter plans to use the funds to support an education trip to Fair Oaks Dairy and Swine Farm in Fair Oaks, Indiana.

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A thanks to the Monsanto Corporation and the Schoultheis Family from Mowrystown FFA

Jessica Schoultheis was the winner for the Monsanto American Farmers Grow Rural Communities Fund. The donation is for community growth and recognizes and celebrates the important contributions farmers make to rural America. It is also to help expand their communities by supporting local organizations that are important to them.

The Monsanto Fund is eligible to farmers in 1,289 counties across 39 states. There were more than 82,000 farmers across the country that participated in the program this year and Jessica Schoultheis was the winner of the $2,500 donation. Mrs. Schoultheis selected the Mowrystown FFA as the organization to donate the $2,500 to. The Chapter is very excited about the donation and has big plans to use the donation in ways that benefit the members!

The Mowrystown FFA Chapter would like to say a big thank you to the Monsanto Corporation and Jessica Schoultheis!

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Raising money through pig kiss

Members of the Mount Vernon FFA recently raised money for Nationwide Children’s Hospital during FFA week by holding a kiss the pig contest. Students at Mt Vernon High school voted on the teacher they most wanted to kiss the pig.

FFA members from around the state and country took part in the 2014 FFA week. Many schools held events to generate funds for donations to various charities.

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Over 2,000 FFA members participate in Ohio FFA Leadership Nights

Ohio’s FFA Leadership Nights are giving over 2,000 FFA members the opportunity to enhance their leadership skills for the future of agriculture. From November 2013 to March 2014, FFA chapters across Ohio had the opportunity to host leadership nights. Attendees participated in workshops, listened to keynote speakers, and networked with other FFA members from across the state.  Conducted by the Ohio FFA Association, the event focuses on leadership, communication and teamwork. Students develop skills that reinforce concepts they are learning in school, which helps prepare them for real life situations beyond the classroom.

“These leadership nights bring together FFA members who have the interest and ability to excel as leaders within the organization,” said Diane Zyski, Monsanto District Sales Manager for Northwest Ohio. “Members are able to build leadership skills needed at the chapter, district, and state levels, as well as in their future careers. “

Monsanto Company demonstrated its commitment to future agricultural leaders by sponsoring the 29 events with a donation of $5,000.

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Mowrystown FFA raises over $1,500 through chicken dinner

The Mowrystown FFA Chapter and Alumni worked together successfully once again.

In early February, the Alumni and the Mowrystown FFA Chapter held a chicken noodle dinner fundraiser. The fundraiser was to assist with sending members to the Washington Leadership Conference at a reduced price. The dinner consisted of homemade noodles, chicken, green beans, rolls, an assortment of desserts, lemonade, and tea.

The dinner raised over $1,500. The Mowrystown FFA Chapter would like to say a big thank you to the Alumni and everyone who helped out with the dinner, whether it was a donation of groceries, time, or money, it was all appreciated.

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Benjamin Logan FFA looks back on National FFA Week

The Benjamin Logan FFA Chapter in Bellefontaine celebrated National FFA Week, Feb. 15-22. This year’s theme was Ignite and it embraced more than 80 years of FFA traditions while looking forward to the organization’s future. More than half a million members participate in National FFA Week activities at local, state and national levels. These members have a passion for agriculture.

Designated as National FFA Week in 1947, the week of George Washington’s birthday is FFA Week, and runs from Saturday to Saturday. FFA Week gives FFA members an opportunity to educate the public about agriculture.

During the week, chapters conduct a variety of activities to help others in their school and community learn about FFA and agricultural education. The Benjamin Logan FFA Chapter celebrated National FFA Week by participating in the following activities: Dress up days: Tuesday- Camouflage/Duck Dynasty, Wednesday- Favorite Truck/Tractor, Thursday- Agricultural Career Day, and Friday- Flannel. The activities during lunch: Tuesday- Milk Mustache Contest, Wednesday- Straw Bale Throwing, Thursday- Pedal Tractor Races, and Friday- Corn Hole Tournament.

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West Holmes FFA stays busy in Job Interview and Ag Sales

The West Holmes FFA recently participated in multiple Career Development Events.

In the Ag Sales Competition at FFA Camp Muskingham, the team placed first in the district, qualifying them for state in which they will participate on March 1st. Individually, Jillian Gurley was 2nd, Chris VanSickle was 4th, Clay Armstrong was 5th, and Tory Eggers was 11th. In Ag Sales the team has to complete a mock sale, handle a telephone order, and take a test over skills in customer relations, advertising and promotion and merchandise displays. The team would like to thank Wilsons Country Creations for their assistance with the products sold.

The chapter also sent members to the Job Interview Competition at FFA Camp. Mandy Taylor qualified for state in division 4(Seniors) and Shyann Kick qualified for state in division 3(Juniors). Marris Hoffee was 2nd in division 1(Freshman) and Jillian Gurley was 3rd in division 2(Sophomores).

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Miami East-MVCTC FFA Public Speakers Compete

On Thursday, February 13, 7 members of the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter competed in the Sub-district Public Speaking Contest at Anna High School. Schools competing in the contest included: Covington, Botkins, Anna, Fort Loramie, Miami East, Jackson Center, and Fairlawn. 

Haleigh Maggert completed in the Beginning Prepared Public Speaking Contest with her speech entitled, “Herding Dogs: Have You Herd The News?” Her speech included information on the use of herding dogs in agriculture. She placed 4th in the contest.

Hannah Davis also participated in the Beginning Prepared Public Speaking Contest with her speech entitled, “How To Start A Beef Herd.” She shared information on the tips and keys to starting a breeding beef herd. She earned a silver rating.

Halie Lavendar, Kasey Starrett, Isabelle Trevino, and Kayla Zirkle competed in the Advanced Creed Contest. This contest is open to all first year members of the FFA who are sophomores, juniors, or seniors.

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Hogs for a Cause

Zane Trace’s FFA Sausage Breakfast was held on February 7, right after a terrible snowstorm.  The cold and snow did not stop the FFA members from preparing and cooking the sausage for the breakfast, however.  On the Tuesday and Wednesday before the sausage breakfast, FFA members made the sausage that would be served.  They started out by cutting the meat into small pieces, seasoning it, and grinding up the meat on Tuesday after school.  On Wednesday Zane Trace had a snow day, but the sausage breakfast still had to go on.  The students came in and spent their entire afternoon stuffing 2000 sausage links using two stuffers.

On Thursday morning, February 6th, six students braved the snow and ice to appear on the WBEX morning show with Dan Ramey, a local radio personality.  They answered questions about the breakfast and explained how the tradition of preparing sausage for the Zane Trace community began in 1978.

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National FFA Foundation announces appointments to board of trustees

The National FFA Foundation recently announced the following appointments to its current board of trustees:

•    Lexington, Ky., resident Russ Green has been named chairman of the board. He is national account sales manager with AGCO Corp. based in Atlanta, Ga.

•    Oregon resident Elin Miller has been named chairwoman-elect of the board. She is principal of Elin Miller Consulting and serves as chairwoman of Marrone Bio Innovations;  chairwoman of the Umpqua Community College’s board of trustees, vice chairwoman of Vestaron Board; chairwoman of NeighborWorks Umpqua and a regional board member serving Umpqua Bank.

•    Washington resident Jodi Monroe has been named secretary of the board. As executive director of the Washington FFA Association since 2008, she oversees day-to-day operations of FFA throughout the state and manages the annual state FFA convention and the state FFA officer team.

•    Wisconsin resident Cheryl Zimmerman has been named National Association of Supervisors of Agricultural Education representative on the board.

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Anthony Wayne FFA is creating possibilities

In February, the Anthony Wayne FFA officers will be hosting a Greenhand Day in all of the Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resource (AFNR) classes. Officers will be teaching the AFNR students about the different pathways that each individual can take through their FFA career. In order to this, the officers will assist the students in planning and improving their SAE, agricultural courses, and FFA involvement throughout the remainder of their high school careers. By the end of Greenhand Day, students will have a better understanding of how to prepare for their future involvement in the Anthony Wayne FFA.

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