A roundup of FFA news for the week of June 4, 2009

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JEROMESVILLE, Ohio — Hillsdale FFA chapter held its annual “drive your tractor to school day” May 22 (pictured above). There were a total of 17 tractors, ranging from John Deere to Oliver. Each year Hillsdale FFA members vote on the tractors in different categories. These awards were: the junker award, cleanest award, oldest award, newest award, most horsepower and best overall. The winner of the junker and oldest category was Andrew Baldner. The winner of the cleanest category was Dan Brockway. The winner of the most horsepower was Nolan Bicker. The winner of newest and best overall was Heath Burkholder.

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West Branch FFA in Beloit, Ohio, held its annual Tractor Day at the high school May 29. There were 17 tractors of all makes, models and vintage in the lineup (although green seemed to be the predominant paint color). Check out the tractors in the slide show below.


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SALINEVILLE, Ohio — Jacob Smith received the State FFA Degree at the 2009 State FFA Convention in Columbus May 2.

Smith is the son of Carol Smith of Wellsville, Ohio, and a junior at Southern Local. Jacob is two-year member of the Southern Local FFA and served last year as the chapter vice president.

Jacob received a gold FFA charm and certificate to commemorate the achievement.

Bryan Brinker, chapter treasurer, and Nathan Birkhimer, chapter secretary, were also recognized at the state convention for outstanding officer books. Both received gold ratings.

Other members attending the convention from Southern Local included Garett Bowling, Michael Caroline, Jimmie David, Shelby Kelly and Tiffany Melott.

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WEST SALEM, Ohio — Members of the Northwestern FFA traveled to Columbus for the Ohio State FFA Convention May 1-2.

Karly Berry, Kelsey Bowers, Rachael Gortner, Jerrin Hill, Alison McGinnis, Danae Mulligan, Lisa Zavesky, Jessica Wellert, Olivia Stover, David Devore, Katryna Ousley, Chris Thomas, William Frankenberg, Amber Franks, Misty Meuer, Tessa Hershey and Adam Krueger attended this event.

These members attended various sessions, awards ceremonies, speaking presentations and motivational speakers Ed Gerety and Michael Peterson.

Karly Berry and Jessica Wellert were members of the FFA band and Katryna Ousley was a chorister in the choir.

Jerrin Hill received a gold rating for the treasurer’s book.
Jessica Wellert, Danae Mulligan, and Alison McGinnis received their State Degrees.

Olivia Stover received a fourth place overall in the Job Interview contest.

The Grain Merchandising team consisting of Kelsey Bowers, Adam Krueger, Tessa Hershey, Jerrin Hill, Lisa Zavesky, Danae Mulligan, Rachael Gortner, Alison McGinnis, Chris Thomas competed.

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ASHLAND, Ohio — The Crestview FFA planted its corn test plots May 22 on seven acres of the school’s farm.

All the seed corn was donated by local seed dealers. There were 20 varieties from six companies.

The six companies participating are Steyer, Seed Consultants, Agrigold, Pioneer, Becks and Crop Plan.

The varieties were planted in order of relative maturity in plots 500-feet-long by six-rows-wide.

A double entry pattern was utilized and each variety was planted in each half of the test plot.

A six-row JD 7000 corn planter, a recent purchase of the club, was used to plant the plot.

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OBERLIN, Ohio — On May 15, the Firelands FFA chapter, along with Wellington FFA chapter and the Lorain County JVS Horticulture FFA and Ag. Mechanics FFAs, held Food for America at the Lorain County Fairgrounds.

Approximately 150 third graders from Elyria City and Open Door schools attended. Group leaders took the students through 12 stations to teach them about food agriculture and show them different aspects of agriculture.

These stations included: market feeder beef, market beef, dairy cattle, market goats, chickens, ducks, dairy goats, llamas, draft horses, horses, pygmy goats, donkeys, crops and tractor and lawn mower safety.

The Firelands chapter had 11 members who brought animals, six station helpers and six group leaders.

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CRESTON, Ohio — Norwayne FFA chapter’s Urban Soil Judging team competed at the national contest in Oklahoma City. The team placed 17th overall in the homesite division with a total of 43 teams from across the U.S.

The Ag Science II class went to Rigg June Holsteins farm May 14 to teach the fourth graders of Sterling and Burbank Elementary about agricultural related topics in honor of Food for America.

Hailee Becerra, Zac Vance and Riley Sheppard informed the students about the food pyramid and how to eat healthy. The students also had the opportunity to make butter with the assistance of Robert Marty and Jacob Riggenbach.

Jacob Tender and Nick Miller assembled hydroponic systems using recycled bottles.

The fourth graders learned how food gets from the farm to their table and participated in a relay race to help understand this concept.

Brandon King and Kyle Noyes explained to the students the correct way to identify plants.

Norwayne FFA visited Smithville High School May 11 for a friendly game of softball. The two rivals played several innings ending with Norwayne on top with the score of 7-2.

There were 35 members representing Norwayne.

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