A roundup of FFA news for the week of July 17, 2008

ALLIANCE, Ohio— On June 28 the Marlington FFA chapter held its benefit square dance for Akron Children’s Hospital.

Many area businesses and individuals donated goods or services, including caller Dave Ball.

The chapter earned $404.60, which will all go to Akron Children’s Hospital.

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INDIANAPOLIS — The National FFA Organization has selected 40 young people to participate in the 2008 New Century Farmer Program.

This exclusive, highly competitive program develops young men and women who are committed to pursing a career in production agriculture.

Participants representing 21 states will take part in an intensive five-day seminar July 28 through Aug. 1 in Johnston, Iowa, at the global headquarters of Pioneer Hi-Bred.

The New Century Farmers will hear from motivating and informative keynote speakers who will educate them on the risks and rewards involved with agriculture production.

In addition to classroom learning, students will be exposed to the latest developments in agricultural technology, field tours, sessions on personal and professional development and team building.

The program is designed to provide participants with valuable learning that they will take home and apply to their own farming operations, as well as resources and a network of friends that they can draw upon throughout their careers.

Students from Ohio and Pennsylvania selected for the program include: Rose Dudgeon of Frazeysburg, Ohio; Felicia Quaintance of Mendon, Ohio; Adam Walter of Galion, Ohio; and Clark Oberholtzer of Nottingham, Pa.

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CHILLICOTHE, Ohio — Members of the Zane Trace FFA officer team recently met June 27-28 for a retreat to plan the chapter’s program of activities for the upcoming school year.

The students began their retreat by meeting at the Zane Trace agriculture classroom to evaluate and create plans for chapter activities, set goals for the next year and learn the duties of their officer positions.

Two alumni officers, Kendra Dalton and Lindsey Cook, assisted with the training of the new treasurer and secretary.

The group practiced team building and communication skills by taking a canoeing trip down the Mohican River near Loudonville.

The Zane Trace agriculture education department and FFA chapter are satellite programs of Pickaway-Ross CTC.

 

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