A roundup of FFA news for the week of Nov. 10, 2011:

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HANOVERTON, Ohio — United FFA’s annual fruit sale will continue through Nov. 21.

Ag students will be selling a variety of fruits, apple cider and meats and cheese. Profits from the sale will be used for fixing equipment, students’ fees for conventions, and scholarships.

If you are interested in buying, call United Local High School at 330-223-1556.

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WEST SALEM, Ohio — This year, Northwestern-Wayne animal science class is hosting an experiment on chickens and nutrition.

The class members have five chicks on high protein feed and six chicks on low protein feed in the storage building recently built behind the agriculture shop. The chicks are each weighed once per week.

On Oct. 4, the birds were weighed for the first time. The high protein group weighed an average of 1.2 pounds each; the chicks in the low protein group weighed about .4 pounds each. At the second weigh-in, the high protein birds weighed approximately 3 pounds each, with the low protein chicks weighing 1 pound apiece.

By Oct. 17, the high protein chicks were each 6.8 pounds, while the low protein birds weighed 1.2 pounds each.

On Oct. 24, the last weigh-in occurred. The high protein birds finished out at 12 pounds each, and the low protein chicks were still just 2.6 pounds each.

The class has learned through this experiment just how important a high protein diet is in the raising of market animals.

Sixteen freshmen from the Northwestern-Wayne FFA chapter traveled to Versailles, Ohio Oct. 1 to participate in the state-wide Greenhand Conference. The Greenhand membership is awarded to first-year members of the National FFA organization.

Members participating in this conference were Kayla Basinger, Sarah Maximovich, Adam Schuller, Zoe Siders, Lizzy McClendon, Faith Hudson, Brittany Bunyak, Adam Miley, Rachelle Howman, Victoria Devore, Zach Berry, Katelynn Weber, Spencer Sloan, Ally Jackson, Bradley Aulger and Alivea Tenoschok.

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WATERFORD, Ohio — The Waterford FFA chapter recently competed in three soil judging contests.

At the Washington County Soil Judging Contest, which was organized by the Washington Soil and Water Conservation District and was hosted at the Barth Farms, the urban team placed first and the rural team placed third.

Team members for the urban team included Autumn Hendershot, who also placed first individually, Jessica Coulter, Allison Adams and Chelsey Streight. The rural team included Megan Giffin, Blake Campbell, Joe Pugh and Eric Flowers.

The soils teams also participated in the district soil judging contest. Both the urban and rural teams placed seventh out of 20 teams. Hendershot placed fifth out of 80 participants in the urban contest, which also advanced her to the state soils contest.

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SALINEVILLE, Ohio — Eleven FFA members from Southern Local FFA chapter traveled to the 84th National FFA Convention in Indianapolis Oct. 19-22.

FFA members Caityln Russell and Jacob Smith received the American FFA Degree Oct. 22 at the convention.

Of the 523,309 FFA members nationwide, Russell and Smith are two of only 3,240 recognized in 2011.

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WARREN, Ohio — The FFA organization at the Trumbull Career and Technical Center is holding its annual fruit sale until Nov. 12.

They are selling a variety of mixed fruits such as apples, pears, oranges, grapefruits and tangelos. They are sold in assorted citrus fruit boxes.

Additionally, premium cheeses and sausages are available.

The profit from the sale will be used to defray expenses for student participation in competitions scheduled throughout the course of the school year.

For further questions or additional information, contact Howard Fraley at 330-847-0503, ext. 1309.

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ALLIANCE, Ohio — Marlington FFA chapter held a haunted trail Oct. 29 in which all proceeds benefited Akron Children’s Hospital.

The trail was located in the woods behind the high school football field.

More than 200 students, faculty and community members attended.

FFA members were not only responsible for the “scaring” throughout the night, but they also set up the entire trail, including cob webs and zombies. Students also served as guides for the customers through the evening.

In three hours the event raised more than $400 to donate. As a result, the students will receive an award onstage at the state FFA convention in May.

While traveling in Indianapolis, the Marlington FFA students toured COSI in Columbus and the North American Nutrition Co.

The students spent the week watching inspirational speakers. Also, students went to a concert in Lucas Oil Stadium featuring Blake Shelton.

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BEVERLY, Ohio — Fifteen members of the Fort Frye FFA attended the 84th annual National FFA convention Oct. 19-21.

Upon arrival the FFA attended the opening ceremony where the national FFA officers and guests talked.

The club then attended the Buckeye Bash which is a dance for all Ohio FFA chapters.

The club also toured the Indianapolis racing center and attended the bulls and broncos rodeo.

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MILLERSBURG, Ohio — West Holmes FFA was among 50,000 FFA members who attended the National FFA Convention.

The chapter members left Oct. 19 with members from Smithville.

The clubs stopped at Bowman Superior Genetics, a shorthorn farm in Greens Fork, Ind.

Members attended the annual Buckeye Bash, in which Ohio FFA members from across the state meet and dance.

Members went horseback riding at a state park in Indianapolis.

After the trail ride, they then went to Fair Oaks Dairy Farm, which is a major production farm and has more than 30,000 cows. The farm also highlights agriculture in a positive way. It is promotional and educational farm that informs the public about the importance of dairy operations with its cow center, birthing center and its cheese and ice cream shop.

After the dairy farm, members went to an elk farm and had the opportunity to eat elk meat for dinner.

West Holmes had two members receiving the highest degree awarded to FFA members — Cynthia Bunch and Tyler Schonauer. Bunch currently attends college in Florida. Schonauer is in college for dairy science at The Ohio State University, ATI.

Members who went to convention were Clay Armstrong, Matt Schlegel, Atlee Miller, Beth Klein, Megan Miller, Mandy Taylor, Gretchen Straits, Brittany Crawford, Mitch Ling, Shyann Kick, Meghan Dawson and Elizabeth Overholt.

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JEROMESVILLE, Ohio — The Hillsdale FFA chapter winners of the National FFA agricultural sales career development event and extemporaneous public speaking career development event were announced recently at the annual awards banquet. The events were held in conjunction with the 84th National FFA Convention in Indianapolis.

The top six individuals and the national winning team members in the agricultural sales career development event received scholarships.

The Hillsdale FFA chapter’s agricultural sales team, Brittani Baldner-Hill, Morgan Austin, McKenzie Stimmell, and Dylan Mullins placed tenth in the nation. Placing in the top ten lead the team to a Gold Emblem Rating.

Individually, Baldner-Hill and McKenzie Stimmell received gold emblem ratings. Morgan Austin and Dylan Mullins both received silver emblem ratings.

The top four winners of the National FFA extemporaneous public speaking career development event received scholarships. Sarah Bookman, a Hillsdale FFA chapter member, participated in this event, and received a silver emblem rating at the national level.

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SMITHVILLE, Ohio — Ten members of the Smithville FFA chapter including, Bobby Joyner, Donnie Mercer, Devun Cline, Katie Hostetler, Andy Benchoff, Heather Kandel, Cortney Miller, Mariana Cantera, Hannah Rennecker and Zach Studer and chapter adviser Mandy Atterholt attended the National FFA Convention.

The group stopped in Columbus, to tour Anthony Thomas chocolates and Bowman Superior Genetics in Greens Fork, Ind. The group also toured Fair Oaks Farm, a large dairy farm, and visited Carley Elk Farm Tour in Atlanta, Ind.

Smithville FFA member Richard Reynolds was awarded his American FFA Degree.

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CRESTON, Ohio — Norwayne FFA members Lydia Hartzler, Jamie Murray, Allison Mangun, Alex Miller, Derek Stoller, Amy Harris, Jared Marty, Colton Thorsell, Jenna Stoller, Paige Bellomy, Christian Steiner, Abe Hartzler, Kody Gasser and Greg Bachman traveled to the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis Oct. 19-22.

Traveling with the students were adviser Aaron Arnold and parent Robin Steiner.

Before leaving Ohio early Wednesday morning, the group toured the Ohio State Football Stadium, and had the opportunity to walk on the field sidelines, see the press box, band room, and other behind-the-scenes things.

At the national convention, members listened to a Vietnam veteran keynote speaker, who challenged them to value life with every second to reach their potential. The evening ended with the Buckeye Bash where students mingled with friends from across Ohio.

The next morning the group enjoyed the trade show for a couple hours and then attended a workshop.

During the next session, Norwayne FFA was recognized on stage as a two star chapter.

Members also attended the hypnotist show, and the next morning the students enjoyed a session and then the trade show.

Chapter member Tricia Bauman received her American Degree Saturday morning, the highest honor the National FFA can bestow upon a member.

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MOUNDSVILLE, W.Va. — The Marshall County 4-H and FFA Goat and Rabbit Club started off its 2011-2012 year Oct. 27 at the Barn on Eastern Fourth Street in Moundsville.

The club voted to continue buying meat for the club’s use at promotional events.

New officers for the 2011-2012 year were elected. They are: Kimmie Brooks, president; Logan Toler, vice-president; Evan Tucker, secretary; and Cameron Holmes, treasurer.

The dairy adviser noted they have added a junior bucks under 1-year-old class to the dairy show.

Members can sign up for projects until Rabbit Round-Up in March or market goat weigh-in in May.

Anyone wanting more information on the club and its activities can check out http://www.fwww.highhillacres.com/goatrabbitclub.html.

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