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2014 Ohio FFA Convention: Session 2

The Ohio FFA recognized honorary members, national winners and the Stars of Ohio in the second session of the 2014 Ohio Convention. Cliff Cody, from Perry County, was the keynote speaker. Cody is a country songwriter and performer that has worked with some of the biggest names in the business.

The Stars Over Ohio were also named.

The session wrapped up with the presentation of the first half of proficiency awards starting with Accounting and continuing through Equine Science. The second half will be announced at the third General Session on Friday.

Below, the Ohio’s Country Journal and Ohio Ag Net student reporters give a recap of the third General Session.

 

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2014 Stars Over Ohio

 

Ted Schmitmeyer, from the Versailles Chapter, was the Star in Agricultural Placement. Matthew Klopfenstein, from the Wayne Trace Chapter, was the Star in Agribusiness. Chrysta Beck, from the Pettisville Chapter, was the Star in Agriscience. Blake Campbell, from the Waterford Chapter, was the Star Farmer.

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Large donation amount announced at state convention

It was announced at the first General Session at the 86th Ohio FFA State Convention that FFA chapters and campers raised money for Children’s Miracle Network Hospital, receiving $16,737 in funds raised at camp and chapters giving $34,864. Also, CROP/Church World Service received $14,588 from Ohio FFA members.

For more details from the ongoing Ohio FFA State Convention including a video by Ohio’s Country Journal and Ohio Ag Net student reporters, click here.

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2014 Ohio FFA Convention: Session 1

In the first General Session at the 86th Ohio FFA Convention, teachers and administrators, Chapter Trust Awards, and charity donations were recognized. FFA chapters and campers raised money for Children’s Miracle Network Hospital ($16,737 in funds raised at camp and chapters gave $34,864) and  Crop/Church World Service received $14,588 from Ohio FFA members.

Here are some more highlights from the first general session.

Get Session Two’s highlights here

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Hiland FFA takes part in spring CDEs

Hiland FFA members participated in the Marysville Invitational Spring CDE (Career Development Event) Invitational. Jessica Davis competed in Dairy Products. The objective of Dairy Products is to focus on milk quality, federal milk marketing orders and attributes of selected milk products. Grant Mast, Kelsey Yoder, and Tanner Neuenschwander competed in General Livestock. General Livestock teaches students to recognize quality production animals. Students learn skills that will make them better livestock producers and consumers by experience in identifying and understanding characteristics that affect production and quality. Brandon Stutzman and Marlin Hershberger participated in Nature Interpretation and Wildlife. This contest is designed to gain interest and to provide recognition for those who have demonstrated skills as a result of natural resources instruction. Natalie Lovell participated in Equine. Equine teaches students the current horse evaluation, selection techniques and management. Shauna Kline and Tallie Troyer participated in Dairy Judging. This contest teaches students to select quality dairy cattle.
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Mohawk FFA hosts 56th annual banquet

The Mohawk FFA held their 56th annual banquet on April 10th, 2014 at Mohawk High School. The meal was catered by Special Occasions.

The top 3 salespersons in the fruit sale and annual fall barbeque received awards. The 3rd place salesperson for fruit sale was Ciara Long. The 3rd place salesperson for the annual fall barbeque was Morgan Edgington. The 2nd place salesperson for both fruit sale and barbeque was Jena Baum. The star salesperson was Meghan Chaffee.

Freshman Nathan Kimmet, Sophomore Paige Sigler, Junior Meghan Chaffee and Senior Sabrina McDermott received a scholarship for academic excellence. Members that received the leadership scholarship were Jena Baum, McKenzie Binau, Jonathon Daniel, Morgan Edgington, Katie Pinkston, Emily Pursell, Vanessa Stull and Katie Vogel.

Members that received their Greenhand Degree were McKenzie Binau, Jonathon Daniel, Natalie Ford, Hevean Imele, Kaela Kozel, Nathan Kimmet, Emily Pursell, Katie Vogel, Brooke Weinandy, Carson Weinandy, Ethan Weir and Jace Welter.

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Greenville FFA attends Mercer County Ag Day

On Tuesday, April 15th, the Senior class of the Greenville FFA traveled to Celina Ohio to attend Mercer County Ag Day. The event was hosted at the Mercer county fairgrounds by Wright State Lake Campus and Mercer County Farm Bureau. The members got to visit and talk to many agricultural related vendors and completed a fun scavenger hunt. Greg Peterson, of the Peterson Farm Bros ( Youtube sensation ) ,spoke on the benefits and advantages of supporting the agricultural lifestyle. Members had the chance to watch the Agricultural themed music video parodies that Greg and his family make on their family farm in Kansas. The members who were in attendance were : Thomas Shaw, Rachael Schmitmeyer, Sheiann Mead, Emily Vanhorn, Kiara Davidson, Rachel Bolyard, Madison Schatz, and Trever Mann, along with some of the Greenville FFA Alumni members. All who attended had a great time and would like to thank the hosts for the invitation!

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Teays Valley FFA Members drive tractors to school

On April 25th members of the Teays Valley FFA drove their tractors to school. The members wanted to honor the 75,000 farms in the state of Ohio and they did so by showing off their tractors at school. The students not only drove to the high school, but they also rode in a mini-parade in the parking lot. Over the course of the week students also honored agriculture in other ways. On Tuesday students wore camo, on Wednesday students dressed up like cowboys and cowgirls, on Thursday members sported their FFA gear and on Friday they drove their tractors to school and wore their tractor t-shirts.

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Miami East-MVCTC FFA tours Gleaners Food Bank and Fair Oaks Farms

When given the opportunity to travel beyond western Ohio, 36 members of the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter took the challenge head-on through an educational field trip. Members traveled to Indianapolis for a tour of Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana and Fair Oaks Farm, Fair Oaks, Indiana.

Gleaners Food Bank serves thousands of school children, elderly, and impoverished individuals in 21 counties in Indianapolis through food pantries, food mobiles, and boxed or bagged food. In a tour of the food bank, members saw first-hand the donations received by community members and businesses and the logistics of how to most efficiently and effectively serve those in need. Community Engagement Coordinator Darlene Graham provided an informational tour as she shared, “$1 in donation can feed four individuals a meal through the Gleaners program.” Representatives from the National FFA Organization Jenna Genson, Michelle Sullivan, and Stefonie Sebastian joined the tour and shared ways that the FFA has partnered with Gleaners Food Bank in the past and how FFA members can get more involved in the community to prevent hunger.

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Mohawk FFA members receive chapter degrees

Sixteen Mohawk FFA members received their Chapter Degree at the Wyandot County Banquet held at Riverdale, Catered by Special Occasion.  Recipients were Jena Baum, Caleb Bollinger, Tori Chaney, Megan Cleveland, Morgan Edgington, Bleac Kearns, Cambria Kohlenberg, Joanie Linginger, Meghan Ohl, Katie Pinkston, Logan Reinhart, Paige Sigler, Sara Spencer, Dominic Smith, Vanessa Stull and Jordan Wheeler.

Recipients said that reciving the degree left them feeling accomplished, ecstatic, exited, proud and honored.  Caleb Bollinger said he feels like he now, final higher up in the ladder towards his goal.

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RYD grant awarded to Miami East-MVCTC FFA

The Miami East-MVCTC FFA chapter in Casstown, Ohio has been awarded $3,000.00 as part of the Rural Youth Development program. The nationwide program provides grant money to rural FFA chapters, in communities under 10,000, to support year-long, service-learning projects that address local needs. The Miami East-MVCTC FFA chapter was selected to participate in a special year-long Cohort focused on addressing hunger.

The Miami East-MVCTC FFA chapter plans to help fight hunger by providing food to the local community through three projects. Over 400 elementary students will receive vegetable plants at the FFA’s annual Farm Day in May. Students will be challenged to grow their own garden over the summer and supply their family with fresh vegetables. Eight FFA members will raise a total of 200 market chickens that will be processed with all meat donated to the Family Abuse Shelter of Miami County, Inc. The meat will provide a lean protein to women and children in need.

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West Holmes FFA participates in several CDE’s

Recently, the West Holmes FFA chapter recently sent several students to participate in state Career Development Events for Ohio.

State Ag sales

The West Holmes FFA chapter sent a team to the state Ag Sales competition in Columbus at Tolles Tech. The team placed 18th in the state, Individually, Clay Armstrong was 36th, Jillian Gurley was 49th, Chris Vansickle was 65th, and Tory Eggers was 77th. In the Ag sales contest, the team had 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 Wilson’s Country Creations for their assistance with the items we sell.

Sate Job Interview

The West Holmes FFA chapter sent members to the state Job Interview competition at FFA camp Muskingum. Mandy Taylor placed 8th in division 4(seniors) and Shyann Kick placed 10th in division 3 (juniors).

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Big Walnut FFA Alumni holding Scrap Metal Drive

An upcoming scrap metal drive being put on by the Big Walnut FFA Alumni is meant to produce support for the Big Walnut DACC FFA.

The drive will be held at the Big Walnut High School ag room at 555 S. (Old 3C Highway), Sunbury, OH 43074 on Saturday, April 26th from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday, April 27th from noon-5 p.m.

Roll off containers will be set up for your convenience at the south end of the school. Help unloading is provided.

ALL METALS including appliances will be accepted (items including microwaves, dehumidifiers, TV’s and propane tanks will not be taken).

Happy Recycling!  For more info contact- Brenda Piper at 740-815-5092 or piperspets@aol.com

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Buckeye Central FFA holds 38th annual award banquet

The pride of the national blue and corn gold shown through at the recent 38th Annual Buckeye Central FFA Awards Banquet.

The theme set for the 2014 banquet was ‘Ignite FFA’ where the members would showcase how they ignited their passion for the FFA.

The banquet began with an invocation led by junior Peter Keller.

Following the invocation, a catered meal was served to all the members and their guests and families.

The main event of the evening followed the meal which was the awards ceremony consisting of Star, Leadership, Honorary Chapter Degree Awards and Scholarships.

The ceremony started with the lights dimming and all of the BC FFA members forming a long tunnel for the officer team to run through along with the video being played of the National FFA theme song for the 2013-2014 year, all were announced by senior, Matt Sheibley.

The 2013-14 officer team included; President: Adam McGinnis, Vice President: Austin Wurm standing in for Sam Robertson, Secretary: Amy Rietschlin, Treasurer: Ray Stahl, Sentinel: Jessica Cramer, Reporter: Morgan Wurm, Historian: Paul Heydinger and Student Advisor: Cole Stacklin.

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Zane Trace FFA gets “taste” of dairy production at Snowville Creamery

Members of the Zane Trace FFA  recently went on a tour of Snowville Creamery. Snowville Creamery is located in Pomeroy, Ohio, and makes dairy products from grass grazed cows. These 35 members were all in Mrs. Johnston’s animal science, food science, or leadership class. Attendees in animal science came to focus on how the cows there grazed in open fields, as well as to see how Snowville milks their cows. Food science came in order to learn about how the milk and yogurt is made from the cow, to the carton. Leadership students went to learn about the agribusiness portion of Snowville.

Once there, students learned about how the business started, from one farm selling milk to Snowville, to eleven now. Students then split into groups, with one group going in to the milk testing and analysis lab, and the other going to the portion of the building where raw milk is processed into retail milk.

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Greenville FFA to open greenhouse on April 21st

The Greenville FFA and Greenville FFA Alumni are proud to announce the opening of the greenhouse for 2014 will be on April 21st.

We are excited to house this year several new varieties of plants, vegetables and specialty items. Flowers that are available include: multiple colors of geraniums, petunias, vines, argyanthemum, pink shimmer, begonias, and angelonia.

This year’s vegetable selection includes: Better Boy, Big Boy, Juliet and Roma tomatoes; Jalapeño (Hot), Garden Salsa (Hot), and Hungarian Wax (Sweet) peppers.

Specialty plants and new varieties available are:  Mosquito plant citronella, sweet blue sunrise osteespermim, dahlinova Louisiana improved, adessa purple, spikes, Persian shield, French lavender, and rosemary.

Have a hanging baskets or floral arrangement? Bring it on in and we will fill it with our flowers! Come see us Monday through Friday, Noon to 5:30 PM, and Saturday’s 9:00 AM to Noon, we are closed on Sundays.

You can find us behind Greenville High School, 100 Green Wave Way, Greenville, Ohio 45331, or just follow the signs!

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