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Preble Shawnee FFA holds recruitment event

The Preble Shawnee FFA Chapter held their annual 8th grade recruitment event. This event is designed to educate 8th graders about the FFA program. The six activities each demonstrated a different aspect of the curriculum, as well as, the FFA experience as a whole.

One of the courses in the curriculum for next year involves welding. Layne Brown and Darian Rader were in charge of the welding activity. At this station, students used graham crackers and icing to practice making different types of welds.

As first year members, you are required to take the Food Science and Natural Resources class. This class is a building block for all other courses that are offered in this program. The first subject that is covered in this class is soils. Therefore, Tabby Blevins came up with an activity to briefly touch on the basics of soils. Students used Oreo cookies, chocolate and vanilla pudding, gummy worms, and sprinkles to represent the soil layers.… Continue reading

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West Holmes FFA recruits eighth graders

The West Holmes FFA held eighth grade recruitment on Thursday the Jan. 26 and Friday the Jan. 27. On these two days, the chapter introduced the idea of FFA to the eighth graders who are preparing to schedule their freshman year of classes. Thursday the Chapter Officers and Greenhand Officers went to the middle school and held an assembly, which officers introduced themselves and taught them a little about the FFA and why they chose to be in FFA.

They also played “That’s me” a game that shows the similarities that the eighth graders and the members in FFA can relate to. The next day eighth graders had the opportunity to come down to the Ag Room and see a little bit of the inside of our program.  Members spent time preparing presentations ranging from record keeping to contests. Each eighth grader came down and rotated through each station. At the end of the day, the chapter hopes to promote agriculture education to younger students in the West Holmes School district and gain potential members.… Continue reading

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Miami East FFA sponsors coloring contest

By: Dani Sands, chapter reporter

The Ag Promotions Committee of the Miami East FFA Chapter recently sponsored a coloring contest at Miami East Elementary.  Students in first grade were given a farm picture to color.  FFA members evaluated the pictures and awarded first place to each homeroom.  The results are as follows:

Mrs. Demmitt: Connor Dalton
Mrs. Simmons: Talia Stace
Mrs. Richters: Dylan Williams
Mrs. Kirk: Carter Van Horn

Each student participating received a pencil and bag of candy.  The first place picture in each homeroom was awarded a collectable FFA bear and a giant pencil.  This contest is an annual event. Congratulations to the winners!… Continue reading

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Miami East FFA February 2012 member of the month

By: Dani Sands, chapter reporter

The February 2012 Miami East FFA Member of the Month is Lauren Williams. She is the daughter of Scott and Pam Williams of Tipp City.

Lauren is a sophomore at Miami East High School. She is a second year member of the Miami East FFA Chapter where is has participated in State and National FFA Conventions, the State Agriscience Fair, and FFA Camp. She has competed in public speaking and parliamentary procedures contests. Presently, she is applying the Vegetable Production Proficiency at the district level. Lauren raised and sold fresh basil and tomatoes during 2011. She marketed her basil and tomatoes to family, friends, and at the Tipp City Farmer’s Market. Best of luck, Lauren.

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.… Continue reading

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10th Annual Youth Pork Leadership Institute announced

Pork enthusiasts from around Ohio will have a chance to learn about all aspects of the pork industry at the 2012 Youth Pork Leadership Institute, a three-day seminar to be held in Columbus in June.
Young men and women will be selected to participate in the event, which is sponsored by the Ohio Pork Producers Council, the Pork Check-off, and the Ohio Soybean Council. Last year, six individuals participated in the event. As an alumnus of the institute, participants will have the opportunity to be youth ambassadors for Ohio’s pork industry.
One goal of the institute is to introduce young people to the many facets of the pork industry; including packing, retail, food service, research and communications. In addition, the institute will teach leadership and communication skills that will assist participants in their future careers.
At last year’s event, the participants benefited from such unique experiences as touring a packing plant, learning about commercial hog farms, taste testing in Bob Evans test kitchen, and meeting with a legislative aide.… Continue reading

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Pfizer Animal Health contributes to FFA, AABP and AAEP

Purchases of select Pfizer Animal Health cattle and equine products made between Feb. 1 and April 30 support students

Pfizer Animal Health announces the return of the FFA and American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP) Foundation Support Program and the addition of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Foundation Support Program. Since its inception in 2008, Pfizer Animal Health and its customers have contributed more than $3.6 million to local FFA chapters and veterinary student scholarship funds.

A portion of purchases from qualified Pfizer Animal Health cattle and equine products made between Feb. 1 and April 30, 2012, will be donated on behalf of local veterinarians and animal health suppliers to the local FFA chapter(s) of their choice, the AABP Foundation – Pfizer Animal Health Veterinary Student Scholarship Fund or the AAEP Foundation.

“Connecting FFA members with their local veterinarians is incredibly valuable in educating them about the animal health industry,” says Lori Randle, regional director, National FFA Foundation.… Continue reading

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National FFA Organization seeks young farmers

New Century Farmer Conference prepares young farmers for success in the 21st century

The National FFA Organization is now accepting applications for its 2012 New Century Farmer Conference.
This exclusive, highly competitive conference is open to college of agriculture students who intend to pursue careers in production agriculture after college. Those selected to attend the conference will be among the first in the nation to learn about the latest technological developments in the agriculture industry, and they will receive business management advice from top industry leaders. The program will also help students develop a nationwide network of industry professionals and colleagues.
The conference is free to those students who are selected and will take place July 8-14 in Johnstown, Iowa. The deadline for applications is March15 at 5 p.m. EST. Only the top applicants will be selected to participate. Potential participants can learn more about the program and download an application at www.ffa.org/collegiate.… Continue reading

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FFA members attend National Leadership Conference

Students from across Ohio attended the 212o Leadership Conference. The conference is an activity of the National FFA Organization sponsored by Syngenta, Crop Production Services and CSX Corporation as a special project of the National FFA Foundation. Sierra Burner, Luke Carlson, Samantha Cummins, Sidney Ford, Jennifer Frost, Logan Harvel, Mikayla Mick, Natalie Miller, Abbie Noble, Hannah Peterson, Sarah Peterson, Grant Ratliff, Evan Schaefer, and Daniella Straathof, members of the Miami Trace FFA Chapter attended conference January 21-22, 2012.

The two-day program helps FFA members become aware of the four categories of growth while discovering the importance of pursuing life-long growth. They attended sessions on discovering how habits effect growth, the difference between personal and professional relationships as well as identifying a personal mentor or coach.

The National FFA Organization coordinates 360˚ and 212o nationally with the sponsorship of Syngenta, while CPS and CSX supported the programs taking place in Ohio.… Continue reading

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FFA students accept the Food for Thought Challenge

By Matt Reese

The Ohio Small Grains Marketing Program (OSGMP) teamed up with Mt. Gilead teachers, administrators and FFA students to improve awareness about the importance of nutrition. The result is the Food for  Thought Challenge.

The nine participating FFA chapters will make presentations at the Ohio FFA Convention next May and the winning chapter will receive $2,000 from the OSGMP. Participating FFA chapters submitted campaign entries in September and were selected in October based on the originality of their campaign ideas. They were each given $500 from the OSGMP to develop their campaigns.

The participating Food for Thought FFA chapters have already begun implementing their campaigns, which include promoting the use of student food logs, organizing educational fairs with health-related groups and providing healthy snacks between classes. Along with Mt. Gilead, the participating FFA Chapters are: Ridgemont, Northwestern, Clear Fork, London, Miami East, Ridgedale, North Union, and Twin Valley South.… Continue reading

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Benjamin Logan educates fourth graders

“There is more to the bean than meets the eye”

Benjamin Logan High School Agricultural Science II students recently utilized materials provided by a Logan County Education Foundation Walter and Marie Lamb Memorial Building Grant to purchase a soybean science kit.  The soybean science kit was used by the students to present information and activities to Benjamin Logan Fourth Grade students.  The purpose of the grant was to allow students to be able to:

  • Show that  science and engineering can be fun and enjoyable, as well as educational
  • Provide teachers with engaging, interesting hands-on experiments
  • Increase awareness about using renewable natural resources for making industrial products
  • Teach and demonstrate fundamental principles of sciences (chemistry, biology and engineering)
  • Demonstrate the concept that agriculture is the business of generating raw materials for industry

Students learned about types of beans such as soybeans, black beans, kidney beans and pinto beans. Students also learned about the different jobs such as nutritionist, chemist, agronomist, geneticist, and entomologist.… Continue reading

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National FFA shares input with U.S.D.A. on upcoming Farm Bill

INDIANAPOLIS (Wednesday, January 17, 2012/National FFA Organization) – With more than 100,000 new farmers needed over the next few years, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack issued the young leaders of the National FFA Organization a challenge in 2011. “I would like you to with your fellow students and the adult leadership of the organization to develop a series of recommendations around the upcoming Farm Bill that will encourage more young people to pursue careers in farming,” Vilsack said.

It was a challenge that the national FFA officer team for 2010-11 took seriously. The students immediately began work- framing key questions, consulting FFA members, engaging leaders in agriculture, compiling input and formulating recommendations.

“Never before had we been invited to submit direct input to the Secretary of Agriculture that could enhance the ability of agricultural education and FFA to help students succeed and strengthen American agriculture,” said Riley Pagett, national FFA President, 2010-11.… Continue reading

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National FFA Organization seeks student travelers

International Collegiate Agricultural Leadership Program Goes to Southeast Asia this May

INDIANAPOLIS – The National FFA Organization is now accepting applications for its 2012 International Collegiate Agricultural Leadership (I-CAL) program. FFA will take 12 students to Southeast Asia this spring; the tentative program dates are May 19th-June 1st.
This conference allows students the opportunity to study global agriculture and international marketing. Students will learn about current international trade and cultural issues and gain awareness of how international markets for agricultural products operate. Upon completion of the program, students will give educational presentations to local groups and organizations about their experiences.
The I-CAL program was developed as a partnership with the U.S. Grains Council and The Grains Foundation. The deadline for applications is February 15th, 2012 at 5 p.m. EST. Potential participants can learn more about the program and download an application at www.ffa.org/collegiate.

About The Grains Foundation
The Grains Foundation was established by members of the U.S.… Continue reading

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Benjamin Logan students earn 31 chapter degrees

By: Katelyne Ackley, chapter reporter

On January 9, 2012 the Benjamin Logan FFA had 31 chapter degrees given out during the January FFA meeting.

Following the meeting was cake and pictures.

To receive a chapter degree the requirements are: “Received the Greenhand FFA Degree, Satisfactorily completed 180 hours (or the equivalent) of systematic school instruction in agricultural education at or above the ninth grade level, Have an approved SAE in operation, Enrolled in an agriculture course, Participated in the planning and implementation of at least three official FFA chapter activities, Earned and productively invested at least $150, or have worked at least 45 hours outside of scheduled class time, or a combination of the two, through their SAE, Have developed plans for continued growth and improvement of their SAE, Effectively lead a group discussion for 15 minutes, Demonstrated five parliamentary law procedures, Show progress toward achievement in FFA award programs, Have a satisfactory academic record, Submitted a written application for the Chapter FFA Degree, Complete a minimum of 10 hours of community service activities.”

The complete list of requirements is available at: https://www.ffa.org/programs/degrees/Pages/ChapterDegree.aspx#.… Continue reading

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ZT FFA member receives National FFA Grant

Montana Fry, a freshman member of the Zane Trace FFA Chapter, was recently awarded an Animal Systems Grant from the National FFA to help fund her supervised agriculture experience program. The $1000.00 grant will be used by Montana to improve her small swine operation. She plans to construct a small farrowing barn and purchase a bred gilt to begin a small herd of pigs. Eventually she hopes to raise her own market hogs to show and sell at the Ross County Fair. Montana was selected for the grant from among thousands of applicants across the United States. She hopes to continue her interest in livestock at the collegiate and professional levels by completing a degree program in Animal Science through Ohio State University and gaining employment in the swine industry someday. Congratulations Montana!… Continue reading

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ZT FFA members excel in state food science competition

On Saturday, December 3rd, four students from Zane Trace competed in the Ohio FFA Food Science Career Development Event held at the Ohio State University.  This year’s team consisted of Sarah Cox, Jessie Proehl, Kasandra Dalton and Eva Bugg.  The students participated in five different activities that mimic the skills performed by food scientists in their day to day work.  These activities included: an online test over food chemistry and food safety, a triangle taste test, aroma identification, consumer complaint letter response and team development of a new food product.

Participation in the State Food Science CDE has become a tradition for the ZT FFA over the years and this year’s team was able to take this tradition further than it has ever been taken.  The team placed 4th overall and Sarah Cox took 2nd place honors individually. The group will receive a banner to display in the agriculture classroom for their efforts. … Continue reading

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Fruit sale’s big numbers open big opportunities

By: Emily Cordle, chapter reporter

Every year, the Amanda-Clearcreek FFA chapter sells fruit in the fall of the year as a fundraiser. This is the main source of funds for the chapter and a common fundraiser for most FFA chapters across Ohio. The chapter starts up their annual fruit sale fundraiser as the Fairfield County Fair kicks off and comes to a close the second week of November.  After all members turned in their orders, the final count was 1780 boxes and baskets of fruit. This is a huge success for the FFA chapter! The top two sellers this year were Chapter President Nathan Seitz with 92-1/2 boxes and Chapter Reporter Emily Cordle with 59 boxes.  The chapter sells over 23 different combinations of fruit and 2 different sizes of fruit baskets. If anyone compares the chapter’s fruit sale to local grocery stores, the Amanda-Clearcreek FFA chapter gives you more for your money! … Continue reading

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Miami East January 2012 FFA member of the month


The January 2012 Miami East FFA Member of the Month is Sarah Pyers. She is the daughter of Kevin and Lori Pyers of Troy.

Sarah is a junior and third year member of the Miami East FFA Chapter. She has participated in attending the State and National FFA Conventions. She is preparing for the upcoming public speaking contest. Additionally, she has served as a fill-in officer at chapter FFA meetings. Her Supervised Agricultural Experience Program is chrysanthemums flowers.

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 Ag Room, and will receive a special medallion on celebration of their accomplishment.… Continue reading

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Miami East FFA alumni sponsors basket bingo

The Miami East FFA Alumni Chapter is sponsoring a Basket Bingo on Sunday, January 29th  at 2:00pm in the Miami East High Cafeteria. This is a change in location from previous years. Beautiful and functional Longaberger Baskets will be the prize for the 20 games, with the grand prize being a retired basket feature. Doors will open at 1:30.

Tickets are $20 for the 20 games and a raffle entry. There will also be raffles, extra games, and concessions sales offered. All winning tie-breaking cards with a consolation prize of a Longaberger product.

Tickets can be purchased by calling the Miami East FFA Alumni Chapter at (937) 335-7070 ext. 3212 or by purchasing them at the door.

All funds raised will be donated to the Miami East FFA Chapter in support of their community activities and leadership development.… Continue reading

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Fort Loramie to discuss animal care standards

A new group has been formed to support the local agricultural education program while being advocates for agricultural education. The Fort Loramie Ag Boosters are alumni of the FFA, parents of FFA members, business people of the community, farmers, and all have a deep interest in the future of tomorrow’s agriculture. You do not need to be a former FFA member to participate!

Ag Booster members can assist the local agricultural education program in a number of ways, including providing expertise and experience for students in the classroom or while preparing for contests, chaperoning FFA chapter events, helping to develop work-based learning sites for students’ SAE programs, assisting in chapter events, mentoring students, fundraising to provide scholarships and financial support to the chapter, providing advocacy for the program at the local, state, and national levels, and working with the chapter on community service activities.

The next Fort Loramie Ag Boosters meeting will be held Wednesday, January 11th at 7:30 pm in the high school Chorus room.… Continue reading

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Exchange Student becomes involved in Anthony Wayne FFA

By: Tessa VerStraete, chapter reporter

Alanna Rowlands is spending a year at Anthony Wayne High School.  She is from Sydney Australia and was very excited to become a member of Anthony Wayne’s FFA Program.  Alanna is a very positive girl and is extremely enthused to be a part of the FFA program as Australia does not have a program quite like this.  Alanna says they have agricultural classes that they can take throughout their high school years but not to the extent that we offer.  She is passionate about nutrition and is currently in a Food Science course where she is taught by our Agricultural advisor Whitney Short about the nutrional value of various foods.  We are all really excited about having Alanna as a member of our program, and many students are learning about how school is in Australia.  Alanna says “I’m very glad to have the opportunity to be a part of the FFA program, as this is a great experience for me because we don’t have an agricultural program like this at home.”… Continue reading

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