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Big numbers gathered in Louisville

Attendance at the 2013 National FFA Convention & Exporose to 62,998, up from 56,176 attendees last year when the event was held in Indianapolis.

Students, teachers and guests stayed in 136 hotels for 39,247 combined room nights within a 75-mile radius of Louisville throughout the week, infusing more than $40 million into the local economy.

“We’re thrilled with the reception and outstanding hospitality that has been extended to us by the city, everywhere from Kentucky Exposition Hall all the way through downtown and beyond,” said Mandy Hazlett, senior convention manager with the National FFA Organization. “Our students and guests greatly enjoyed the comforts the city of Louisville has offered and are looking forward to returning next year.”

The 87th National FFA Convention & Expo returns to Louisville next year Oct. 29-Nov. 1.… Continue reading

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Six Ohioans named proficiency award winners

The national proficiency award winners were announced at the sixth general session of the 86th Annual National FFA Convention on Friday.

Ohio was represented with finalists in 19 proficiency award categories with members winning six of the areas.

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Ohio’s Faulkner eyes FFA National Officer spot

Former Ohio FFA State President Shelby Faulkner is one of the national officer finalists and is now playing the waiting game until Saturday when the newest officers are announced at the National FFA Convention. Joel Penhorwood caught up with Faulkner in Louisville to talk about the process she is going through and her strategy to being selected.… Continue reading

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Anna wins National Model of Innovation Chapter Development award

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Anna FFA received a Model of Innovation award for an FFA chapter campaign. Chapter members sought to improve awareness of FFA with local businesses and organizations while completing a service learning project. In their animal science class, members raised broiler chickens and conducted feed trials, observed the chickens being processed and then donated more than 190 pounds of shredded chicken to the local Veteran’s Day luncheon, feeding nearly 100 veterans and 500 students.

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2013 National FFA Convention & Expo kicks off in Louisville

More than 56,000 FFA members from throughout the U.S. representing all 50 states are expected to attend the 2013 National FFA Convention & Expo in Louisville.

Convention events will take place at several venues downtown, in city suburbs and beyond. Nine general sessions through Saturday will bring thousands of FFA members together under one roof at the Kentucky Exposition Center. Students will have countless opportunities to engage exhibitors from more than 450 corporations, organizations and colleges through Friday at the Expo inside the center.

The fun got started on the trip down to Kentucky for the Bloom-Carroll FFA Chapter.

“On the way down we stopped at a place called Jungle Jim’s, it’s a world food market. They had some duck head they said was Chinese food and bugs from Asia,” said Evan Smith from Bloom-Carroll. “We got samples and a few of us even tried some bugs. Then we went to the Louisville Slugger bat museum here in Louisville.… Continue reading

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FFA Convention leads to forfeited football game

A tiny Missouri high school is being forced to forfeit a football game because too many of its players are attending the National FFA Convention this week in Louisville.

The South Holt football team only has 8 players and has not won a game all season. This Friday is the first-round district game. The school only has 78 students and, apparently, an FFA Chapter. The team has battled injuries and other issues this year, but National Convention was one obstacle too many.… Continue reading

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12 things you need to know about the 2013 National FFA Convention & Expo

12 things you need to know about the 2013 National FFA Convention & Expo

Here are a few things you need to know to kick-start your National Convention planning from the National FFA.

1. Louisville, Ky., dubbed the city of possibilities, will be the host of the 86th National FFA Convention & Expo Oct. 30 – Nov. 2. “Our city will roll out the red carpet for you and do everything possible to make you feel at home,” said Mayor Gregory Fischer in his welcome letter to FFA Advisors.

2. FFA will literally take over the entire city of Louisville this fall. Several convention and expo events and activities, including the National FFA Expo and general sessions, will take place in the 1.3-million-square-foot Kentucky Exposition Center (formerly known as the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center). Six hotels will also host events: The Galt House Hotel – nominating committee, Farm Business Management and Marketing Plan CDEs; The Marriott Hotel — Agricultural Sales and Prepared Public Speaking CDEs; The Hyatt Hotel — Creed Speaking CDE and Star Awards; The Seelbach Hilton — National FFA Foundation events; The Brown Hotel — Job Interview CDE; The Crown Plaza Hotel (formerly known as Executive West) — National Association of Supervisors of Agricultural Education and Agricultural Issues CDE.… Continue reading

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OFBF Sponsors Ohio Leadership Camp Scholarships for AC FFA Members

Members of the Amanda-Clearcreek FFA Chapter were part of over 92 FFA members, advisors, and Ohio Farm Bureau Youth who recently attended Ohio Leadership Camp, held in Carrollton, Ohio at FFA Camp Muskingum from June 21st through the 24th.

The students were able to attend camp through a scholarship sponsored by the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, Inc. of Columbus. The Ohio Farm Bureau Federation has been a sponsor of the Ohio FFA for 53 consecutive years. On hand to present the scholarships were Maddy Buschur, President of the Ohio FFA Foundation and Darrell Rubel, Ohio Farm Bureau Federation Director of Learning Delivery.

Scholarship recipients from the Amanda-Clearcreek FFA Chapter include: Kaylee Reed, Susan Householder, Kayla Luft, and Adrian Wymer. These members were four of many to fill out and complete an application. Scholarships were then presented to each of these four AC FFA members at the Amanda-Clearcreek FFA Awards Banquet, which was held on May 14th.… Continue reading

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Hiland FFA members attend Greenhand Camp

Six Hiland FFA members attended Greenhand Camp on September 27-29th. Camp was held at the Ohio FFA Camp Muskingum in Carrollton County. Members in attendance were: Paige Cutshall, Tanner Neuenschwander, Mikenzie Ryan, Brandon Stutzman, Heidi Troyer, and Kelsey Yoder.

During camp, members worked on their personal goals and how to achieve them. Members participated in several activities such as, toilet tag, hospital tag, body parts, and a quiz bowl. They also participated in the mystery center which consisted of the rifle and shotgun range and boating.
Greenhand Camp is designed for freshman or sophomore students in their first year of Agricultural Education. This is a three day camp that emphasizes on team building, goal setting, introductory of FFA, with many recreational opportunities throughout the weekend.
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Colonel Crawford FFA represented at Forestry and Soils contests

CC FFA Forestry 3 CC FFA Forestry 2 CC FFA Forestry 1Six members of the Colonel Crawford FFA chapter had competed in the forestry contest at Camp Michael in Bucyrus on September 12th 2013.  The chapter was proudly represented by Katie Cox, Dalton Hoover, Jessica Millenbaugh, Wyatt Caldwell, Bronwyn Leonhardt, and Wesley Wingert. All members were asked to identify trees, measure trees for the amount of possible lumber produced, chainsaw identification, and general knowledge of forestry.

On Thursday September 19th, 2013, thirty students from Colonel Crawford in partnership with Pioneer participated in the Crawford county soil judging contest.  The Wynford and Buckeye Central FFA chapters also competed.  There were two different types of soil judging, rural and urban soils.  Judging the rural soils, that is for farming, they had to look at the slope, erosion, texture of soils, depth of roots and the drainage.  After finding that information they decide the land capability, land use, and the recommended conservation practices.   While judging urban soils, those for buildings with basements, roads, septic tanks, and lawns and gardens, they had to judge slope, landform, flood hazard, soil stability, soil texture, depth of seasonal high water table, depth of bed rock, and if a hard dense layer is present.  … Continue reading

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Corn Contest Proves Big Ears Means Big Yields


Recently, members from the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter were challenged to participate in the first-ever Chapter Corn Contest. The rules of the contest were to bring in one ear of corn and earn a corn-related prize. All participants got a can of Mountain Dew soda pop because corn syrup is a major ingredient. Overall winners were presented a T-shirt with a corn-related theme presented by the FFA Chapter.

A winner is chosen based on the predicted yield of the corn. The grand prize winner was determined by the highest yield estimate, based on plant population per acre. Additional prizes were given to members with the longest ear and the ear with the largest circumference.

The overall winner was Cody Reid. His corn was predicted to yield 313 bushels to the acre with a 30,000 seed population per acre. Carly Gump presented an ear of corn that is predicted to produce 300 bushels per acre with a 30,000 seed population per acre.  Continue reading

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Colonel Crawford FFA attends 2013 Farm Science Review

Colonel Crawford FFA attends FSROn Tuesday September 18, 2013, the Colonel Crawford Agriculture students attended the Farm Science Review in London, Ohio. The 20 students attended the 80 acre exhibit area located on the Molly Caren Agricultural Center that is owned and operated by The Ohio State University College of Food, Agriculture and Environmental Sciences. Students, visitors and exhibitors experienced all aspects of agriculture production. Inside the exhibit area are the static displays, along with 600 acres of land for field demonstrations such as corn and soybean combines, tillage, nutrient and lime applications, and drainage installations they also had to fill out a worksheet and write a short summary of what they learned that day. The students that participated in this trip was; Jessica Millenbaugh, Riley Erwin, Jordan Dailey, Bronwyn Leonhardt, Ashlie Hatcher, Jake Lohr, Cheyenne Johnson, Colton Guinther, Caleb Sherman, Matt Sutter, Garrett Hensley, Megan Daubenspeck, Tyson Scott, Sam Martian, Alex Brause, Katie Cox, Katie Cramer, ShyannaBlevins, Kyle Rowlinson, Chandler Studer.… Continue reading

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Miami East-MVCTC FFA announces October Member of the Month

Nathan Teeters (1)The October 2013 Miami East-MVCTC FFA Member of the Month is Nathan Teeters. He is the son of Micah and Kristi Teeters of Fletcher. He is a sophomore and second year member of the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter.

Nathan was successful as securing a grant through the Agricultural and Rural Community Outreach Program through the Ohio Department of Agriculture and the Farm Credit Services of Mid-America so that three grain rescue tubes could be purchased and donated to the three fire departments within the Miami East Local School District. He helped coordinate the training of the fire fighters. He also helped coordinate the Farm Safety Poster Contest, Farm Safety Day for second graders and the Seatbelt Awareness Program. Additionally, Nathan has a Supervised Agricultural Experience program with job placement at Buckeye Ag Testing.

Every month of the school year the Miami East-MVCTC FFA will select a student to be the FFA Member of the Month. … Continue reading

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Madison Plains FFA goes to Ohio Legislative Leadership Conference

Madison Plains OLLCMembers from the Madison Plains FFA Chapter met with other FFA members and government officers at Ohio Legislative Leadership Conference (OLLC) on September 25, 2013. This conference was held at the Ohio statehouse.

In the morning, members met with other members by participating in an activity. This activity consists of shaking a least 4 people’s hands that they didn’t know.

After the activity, lobbyist of the Farm Bureau talked about how to lobby and what lobbying is. They also talked about how to present an idea and how to make a good argument. To practice presenting ideas and arguing, members were given a sheet with a scenario to argue. The table was split into two different teams. Each team argued their point with one another.

Once the activity was finished, members had a chance to tour the statehouse and get pictures before the luncheon.

The luncheon started around noon. During this, members of the FFA had a chance to ask state senators and representatives any questions.… Continue reading

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Miami East sponsors Safety Poster Contest

The Personal Growth Committee of the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter recently sponsored a farm

safety poster contest at Miami East Schools Elementary.

Students in the second grade were given poster board and had to create a farm safety promotion poster.  FFA members evaluated the pictures and awarded first place to each homeroom.  The results are as follows:

Mrs. Patty Gentis – Drake Bennett

Mrs. Ashley Demmitt – Camren Monnin

Mrs. Amanda Riley – Jadyn Bair

Mrs. Pam Rice – Ty Roeth

Each student participating received a gift from the FFA Chapter, including candy and a farm-related pencil.  The first place poster in each homeroom was also awarded an FFA Bear.… Continue reading

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Big Walnut DACC performs well in District Soils

Big Walnut DACC Soils team placed tenth out of twenty five teams in the District Rural Land Judging Event held on September 24th, 2013. This event was hosted by the Madison County Soil and Water

Conservation Districts in order to help the local Agricultural Education Programs experience what they have learned in the classroom.

The top five teams from the district that participated got to move onto the State Soils Competition to be held on October 12th, 2013.

In the Rural Land Judging Event students are asked to judge a marked area for the Land Description, Land Capability, Land Use and the Recommended Conservation Practices. Students get to apply their classroom knowledge to real-life situations. Members of the Big Walnut Team include Ali Carter, Harrison George, Emily Boyd and Hailey Wauben. Ali Carter placed 4th overall out of 102 students.

The event was held at the Becks Research Plot near the Farm Science Review in London, Ohio.… Continue reading

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