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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!… Continue reading

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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.Continue reading

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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.… Continue reading

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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.Continue reading

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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).… Continue reading

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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… Continue reading

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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.… Continue reading

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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.… Continue reading

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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!… Continue reading

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Miami East-MVCTC FFA announces April Member of the Month

The April 2014 Miami East-MVCTC FFA Member of the Month is Trent Church. He is the son of Gary and Rhonda Church of Troy. Trent is a sophomore and second year member of the FFA.

Trent recently competed in the State General Livestock Judging Contest where he evaluated classes of beef, sheep, swine, and goats. Trent has also participated in the district soils Career Development Event and attended the National FFA Convention and State FFA Leadership Night. Trent’s Supervised Agricultural Experience program consists of market goats and partnership in Church Brothers Firewood Sales.

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 Agricultural Education Classroom, and will receive a special memento on celebration of their accomplishment.Continue reading

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Miami East-MVCTC FFA takes to battle in penny war

“Every coin counts in a penny war,” says senior Austin Rush. Rush and his fellow Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter recently sponsored a Penny War with all of the earnings being equally split between the March of Dimes and Children’s Hospital of Dayton.

Members of the Economic Committee wanted a creative way to raise money for two of their favorite charities that would involve all 83 FFA members. Committee members involved in the organization, counting, and tallying of results were Nick Woolever, Tanner Church, Riann Kingrey, and Austin Rush.

During the month of March more than $255.00 was raised amongst all six Agricultural Education classes at Miami East High School. Pennies were positive points and all other coins and dollars were negative points. The class earning the highest average per student was eighth period, a class of Agricultural Business Management (junior and senior) students.

The winning class received a pizza party complements of Farm Credit Services of Mid-America, represented by Angie Otte, Brian Riethman, and Amy Studebaker.… Continue reading

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Judging contests keep West Holmes FFA busy

In earcly March, the West Holmes FFA sent members to judging contests including the Marysville and Mt. Gilead competitions. The following are the West Holmes results from that contest.

At the Marysville contest, William Hughes placed 17th and John Hughes placed 89th in Dairy Judging, Carter Smith placed 138th and Chris Vansickle 381st in General Livestock Judging, and Austin McManaway placed 60th and Bryce Kelley placed 68th in Dairy Foods. In the Dairy Judging contest members must take a general management test, sire selections and pedigrees, and different judging classes. In the General Livestock contest members must take a general management test, market grid selection, and judging in the classes of beef, sheep, swine, and goats. And in the Dairy Foods contest members must take general management test, cheese and milk identification and grading, and determine artificial or real selection.

At Mt. Gilead, William Hughes placed 10th in dairy judging, Carter Smith placed 19th in General Livestock, and Bryce Kelley 61st and Austin McManaway 63rd in Dairy Foods.… Continue reading

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West Holmes FFA takes part in multiple state CDEs

State Ag sales

In early March, 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 recently. Mandy Taylor placed 8th in division 4(seniors) and Shyann Kick placed 10th in division 3(juniors). The members had to submit a resume and cover letter, complete job applications, participate in job Interviews and write a follow up letter.… Continue reading

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Benjamin Logan FFA tractor troubleshooters compete at state

Benjamin Logan FFA members Chance Coil and Adam Black recently competed in the Agricultural and Industrial Diagnostics contest. This Career Development Event is designed as a practical method of teaching students to recognize malfunctions of gasoline or diesel engines and to eliminate and solve the problems. The skills Chance and Adam learn make them better tractor and equipment operators by giving them a practical experience in identifying and correcting engine malfunctions. Chance and Adam placed 12th in the state.… Continue reading

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Madison Plains FFA attends Rotary’s Annual Rural Urban Day

On Thursday, March 20th, Madison Plains FFA members Kayle Mast, Gerrett Davison, Jake Vallery, and John Vallery attended the Rotary Rural Urban Day breakfast at the London Country Club.  While there members met with local agriculturalists and community officials.  They also learned that Rotary has a view similar to the FFA, The Four Way Test: Is it the TRUTH?  Is it FAIR to all concerned?  Will it build GOODWILL & BETTER FRIENDSHIPS? And Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

FFA members had the opportunity to listen to Mr. Joe Cornely of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation speak about Madison County agriculture, Ohio agriculture, and the future of agriculture.  This brought awareness of how deeply rooted agriculture is in Madison county and how much the future of agriculture relies on young agriculturalists like members in the FFA.  The Joe Yoder Agriculture award was also presented to Mr. Bob Higgins.

Congratulations to Mr.… Continue reading

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Zane Trace FFA Strawberry Sale is a sweet service project

Every year, the Zane Trace FFA Chapter reaches out to people from all over the world by selling strawberries.  A large portion of their proceeds go towards an organization called CROP World Services.  CROP focuses on improving agriculture in developing countries, in order for the people to be lifted up out of their hunger and poverty.

Nick Brumfield, Ohio FFA State Sentinal, prepared students to take action on the problem of hunger during his recent state officer visit.  Zane Trace FFA Members were excited to start the strawberry sale, and this was very apparent in their final results.  Curtis Marcum was the top seller, with his total sales at $416.  Zane Trace donated $500 of their proceeds to CROP.  This money may pay for items such as well and water systems, seeds, or tools, so people will be able to provide for themselves.  The remaining money will be used to fund FFA students who want to go to FFA Camp Muskingum during the summer.… Continue reading

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ME FFA shares in leadership activities

The Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter recently hosted a State Leadership Night for its FFA member with the theme of “Everyone Loves Everybody.”  Several members from Miami East-MVCTC FFA attended the activities.  State FFA Officers coordinated the workshops.  The FFA members enjoyed a pizza party prior to the event.

Representing the Ohio FFA Association were State FFA Secretary Sydney Snider, State FFA Sentinel Nick Brumfield, District 2 President Aaron Gates, and District 5 President Joe Schmitz.  During the evening, members completed team building activities, discussed the personal values of themselves and how they can utilize those natural talent more, how to utilize each other’s prospective during FFA activities, and what opportunities exist that will allow them benefit their own personal abilities.  Additional FFA chapters attending the event was Preble Shawnee and Graham.

Attending from Miami East-MVCTC FFA were Jeremiah Batdorf, Makenzie Comer, Kira Cron, Eli Gillum, Carly Gump, Andrew Harmon, Weston Hodge, Colton Kowalak, Kyle Martin, Sidney Pelfrey, Kyle Persinger, Trey Rush, Kyle Webb, Devyn Tennant, Lance Reynolds, Emily Beal, Trent Church, Eliza Hershberger, Kelsey Kirchner, Stephanie Millhouse, Sydney Oakes, Levi Reid, Hunter Sharp, Lindsey Roeth, Hannah Davis, Brad Jenkins, Miranda Maggart, Nathan Teeters, Katie Bodenmiller, Micah Gaines, Abby Jenkins, Jordan Johnson, Halie Lavender, Emma Linn, Cody McConnaughey, Reagan Morrett, Lorenza Savini, Kasey Starrett, Allyssa Westgerdes, Ryan Williams, Kayla Zirkle, Kendra Beckman, Tanner Church, Riann Kingrey, Shane Richardson, Kelly Rindler, Austin Rush, Allyson Supinger, Kolin Bendickson, Olivia Edgell, Rebekah Eidemiller, Colin Gump, Grant Hodge, Cody Reid, and many others.Continue reading

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Chapter Degrees awarded by West Holmes FFA

The West Holmes FFA recently had its March Meeting in the West Holmes FFA theater. The chapter degree ceremony was held.

Members who earned their degree were Gabe Armstrong, Dylan Arnold Harsh, Ariel Bickel, Riley Brannon, Stasia Callahan, Tim Cox, Lyndsey Davis, Victoria Eggers, Ethan Fair, Matt Gardner, Tyler Grassbaugh, Jillian Gurley, William Hughes, Jason Jenkins, Justin Lorentz, Mystique Martin, Alex Miller, Jeared Miller, Paige Miller, Coven Mullet, Patrick Schlabach, Hannah Schlegel, Carter Smith, Sierra Wengerd, Cole Woods, Michael Workman, and Racheal Yerian.

In order to receive your Chapter Degree, you must have met the following requirements: received your Greenhand degree, completed 180 hours of schooling in agriculture education, participated in planning at least 3 functions, led a group discussion for 15 minutes, demonstrated five procedures for parliamentary law, shown progress towards individual achievement, and completed 10 hours of community service.… Continue reading

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Greenville FFA member takes fifth at state Job Interview CDE

Thomas Shaw, Dalton Walls, and Olivia McDade of the Greenville Chapter of the FFA competed in the Job Interview contest held at Mercer County recently.  The Job Interview Contest is one of many Career Development contests in which FFA members can choose to compete.  Students enrolled in their local high school Agricultural Education and FFA programs can participate in the grade level   in which they are enrolled.

Members going to the contest submit a resume to the receptionist, fill out a job application, and go in for an interview with a local businessman or woman.  The person interviewing asks questions of the student in the career area of the student’s choice.  Following the interview process, the student then writes a follow-up letter to the employer.  The student is then rated on the cover, resume, job application, interview, and follow-up letter.

Shaw represented the local chapter in the senior competition. McDade represented the chapter in the sophomore division and Walls competed in the freshman division.… Continue reading

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