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Looking for student reporters for the 2013 Ohio FFA Convention

Hey Ohio FFA Members!

The Ohio Ag Net & Ohio’s Country Journal is looking for three Ohio FFA members to help serve as student reporters at the 2013 Ohio FFA Convention. You’ll get the opportunity to help cover the convention and work alongside our news staff that includes Matt Reese, Heather Hetterick, Dale Minyo and Ty Higgins. Ever wonder what its 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
  • At the end of each session share your commentary of what happened in each session in a video to recap the session.

To be considered:

  • You must be attending both the State FFA Convention May 3rd and 4th.
  • Submit no more than a 2 minute video sharing your qualifications and why you should be selected.
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2012-2013 Ohio State FFA Officer Team Named


President: Shelby Faulkner

Vice President: Sarah Bookman

Secretary: Craig Berning

Treasurer: Erin Wollett

Reporter: Daniel Zimmerman

Sentinel: Adam Rine

District 1 President: Clayton Parrish

District 2 President:Erica White

District 3 President: Nicole Steiner

District 4 President: Gary Klopfenstein

District 5 President: Maddy Buschur

District 6 President: Jordan Stacy

District 7 President: Leanna Bachman

District 8 President: Casey Schlauch

District 9 President: Carley Snider

District 10 President: Kayla Stalin

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2012 Proficiency Winners


1. Eirk Fehlan, Wellington
2. Anne McElwee, Cardington -Lincoln

Agricultural Communications

1. Maddison Buschur, Versailles
2. Jorden Price, Tri-Village-MVCTC

Agricultural Mechanics Design & Fabrication

1. Melissa Shears, Ridgewood
2. Sam Poeppelman, Marion Local

Agricultural Mechanics Repair & Mechanics- Entrepreneurship

1. Jeremy Robbine, Fayetteville

Agricultural Mechanics Repair & Mechanics- Placement

1. Cole Barry, North Union
2. Nate Seitz, Amanda-Clearcrekk

Agricultural Processing

1. Rebecca Faverty, Marlington
2. Tanner Mick, Miami Trace

Agricultural Sales-Entrepreneurship

1. Austin Wippel, Westfall
2. Marie Arnold, Smithville

Agricultural Sales-Placement

1. Kelly Fager, Wauseon
2. Rachel Mcclish, Miami Trace

Agricultural Services

1. Samantha Vermule, Delphos
2. Shane Gardner, West Holmes

AgriScience Research- Integrated Systems

1. Sarah Cox, Zane Trace
2. David Glass, Zane Trace

AgriScience Research-Plant Systems

1. Taylor Kruse, Pettisville
2. Michelle Satterfield, R.G. Drage Career Tech Center

Beef Production-Entrepreneurship
1. Jordon Mullett, River View
2. Chris Goettemoeller, Versailles

Beef Production-Placement
1. Molly Greenawalt, Lynchburg-Clay
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2012 Honorary State Degree Honorees


The following people were recognized as Honorary Degree recipients during the second session of 2012 Ohio FFA Convention.

Edward Beeler
Mark Butler
Jamie Chenovey
Scott Elwer
Carol Endslow
Leonard Felty
Colleen Wright
Fred Colt
Dr. Williams Hains
Rober Jordan
Michael Leach
William Massey
Ron Matter
Donna Meller
Rick Raach
Dr. Todd Rappold
Richard Rhoades
John Schartman
David Snyder
Mike Sparks
Devon Stanley
Diane Zyski

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"Food for Thought" winners announced

By Joel Penhorwood, Student Reporter

On the morning of Thursday, May 3, the Ohio State Fairgrounds is busy with the setup of the agriscience fair, proficiency competitions, and career development events for the 84th Ohio FFA State Convention. Along with these contests, there is another activity in which blue jacket wearing members are participating. The Ohio Small Grains Marketing Program (OSGMP), an organization, which works to improve wheat production and other small grains in the state of Ohio, sponsored the “Food for Thought” program.

This year, eight teams participated in the competition which gives FFA chapters $500 dollars to fund activities and programs to educate the public on the benefits of small grains. The contest was judged by a panel of 5 judges from the Ohio Corn Marketing Program and a Chef from the “Chefs Move to Schools” program. Students at the convention voted by texting Teams created programs and then made a presentation to a panel of judges hoping to win the grand prize of a grant in the amount of $2,000.… Continue reading

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Meet our student reporters

Joel Penhorwood is a senior at Benjamin Logan High School where he has been involved in the FFA for four years and has served as chapter president for two of those years. In addition to the FFA, Joel is also involved in marching, concert, and jazz bands, cross country, as well as National Honor Society and is currently president of his senior class. Outside of school, Joel is big into showing livestock (including beef steers, market/breeding hogs, and market goats) as he participates in the Logan County Fair and Ohio State Fairs every year. Joel is also the creator and broadcaster/narrowcaster of the LoCo Lingo, an agricultural podcast serving the Logan County, Ohio area. His background also includes work at Four-Henry Holsteins, a mid-sized dairy farm near West Liberty, Ohio. Overall, Joel is a bright spirited guy with a serious passion for agriculture!



Kaitlin Geisz is a senior at Edgewood High School in Trenton, Ohio where she has been a member of the Edgewood/Butler Tech FFA chapter for the past two years.… Continue reading

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2012 State Spring Events Results



1. Miami Trace

2. North Union

3. Logan

4. Greenville

5. River View


1.Evan Schaefer, Miami Trace

2. Judith Straathof, Miami Trace

3. Jordyn Rhodeback, North Union

4. Landon Gibbs, Miami Trace

5. Rachel Mcclish, Miami Trace

Dairy Cattle (Preliminary)

The top ten teams and top ten individuals will participate in a final round on May 1st, 2012 at OSU ATI.


1. Riverside

2. Miami Trace

3. Fairbanks

4. Marion Local

5. Greenville

6. North Adams

7. Teays Valley

8. Northwestern

9. Coldwater

10. Crestview


1. Tanner Topp, Northwestern

2. Hillary Jackson, Riverside

3. Kadie Burger, Minerva

4. Keith Bohman, Marion Local

5. Thomas Shaw, Greenville

6. Corey Jodrey, North Adams

7. Barbara Sears. Miami Trace

8. Ella Jackson, Riverside

9. Sam Macgregor, Miami Trace

10. Jody Williams, Morgan

Dairy Handlers

1. Allison Mangun, Norwayne

2. Cheyenne Morsheiser, Carrollton

3. Caitlin Davidson, Lynchburg-Clay

4. Jacque Herman, Edgerton

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2012 State Proficiency Finalists


Erik Fehlan, Wellington High School

Cassandra Saylor, New Lexington High School

Brittany Conkey, Fairview High School

Anne McElwee, Cardington-Lincoln High School

Agricultural Communications

Jorden Price, Tri-Village-MVCTC High School

Maddison Buschur, Versailles High School

Agricultural Mechanics Design and Fabrication

Reggie McAdams, Elida High School

Melissa Shears, Ridgewood High School

Sam Poeppelman, Marion Local High School

Cody Cisco, Coldwater High School

Agricultural Mechanics Repair and Maintenance- Entreprenuership

Jeremy Robbins, Fayetteville High School

Agricultural Mechanics Repair and Maintenance – Placement

Nate Seitz, Amanda-Clearcreek High School

Levi Weber, Wauseon High School

Nathanael Betz, Pettisville High School

Cole Barry, North Union High School

Agricultural Processing

Rebecca Faverty, Marlington High School

Alan Russel, Fayetteville High School

Tanner Mick, Miami Trace High School

Sierra Shaw, Ridgewood High School

Agricultural Sales- Entreprenuership

Austin Wippel, Westfall High School

Marie Arnold, Smithville High School

Jason Michael, Delphos High School

Melissa Shears, Ridgewood High School

Agricultural Sales- Placement

Kelly Fager, Wauseon High School

Hannah Katafias, Anthony Wayne High School

Marissa Vearil, Fayetteville High School

Rachel Mcclish, Miami Trace High School

Agricultural Services

Samantha Vermule, Delphos High School

Shane Gardner, West Holmes High School

Scott Mullet, Hiland High School

Regan Garber, Greenville High School

Agriscience Research- Plant Systems

Taylor Kruse, Pettisville High School

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