A roundup of FFA news for the week of June 19, 2014:

BELLEVUE, Ohio — The 2014-2015 Bellevue FFA officer team attended officer training, which was held at Kalahari Resorts, in Sandusky, over three days.

During officer retreat the team learns the roles and expectations for each office, as well as techniques to use to help the team run smoothly.

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BERLIN, Ohio — FFA Camp Muskingum was held June 2-6 in Carroll County, on the shores of Leesville Lake. Five Hiland FFA members attended: Brandon Stutzman, Tallie Troyer, Olivia Ward, Diane Yoder and Kelsey Yoder.

There were more than 288 students from the state of Ohio at this first out of five camp sessions. The camp theme this year was Indiana Jones.

Camp offered many activities and state officer workshops. The camp also had a hunger banquet to teach campers about the hunger and poverty issues in the U.S.

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CHILLICOTHE, Ohio — Since May, members of the Zane Trace FFA chapter have been building raised bed garden frames, filling them with topsoil and transplanting vegetable plant seedlings. The raised bed garden project began when the chapter was selected as a recipient of the Ohio Department of Agriculture’s Agriculture and Rural Communities Outreach Program Grant in the amount of $2,000.

The chapter plans to use the gardens to raise squash, tomatoes, peppers, onions, cantaloupe, beans, peas, pickling cucumbers and zucchini along with sunflowers and zinnias.

The produce from the garden will be used in family and consumer science classes along with the school cafeteria lunch program at Zane Trace.

Members who volunteer to maintain the gardens during the summer will be able to harvest fresh vegetables for their families. In the fall, the chapter hopes to have enough cucumbers to make pickles and tomatoes, peppers and onions for salsa.

As part of the project students learned how to select garden sites by evaluating sunlight exposure, soil nutrient levels and soil texture.

Eleven members of the Zane Trace FFA chapter recently traveled to FFA Camp Muskingum in Carrollton, Ohio, for the first session of Ohio FFA Summer Camp. The theme for this year’s camp was “Adventures of the Lost Camp” and members were encouraged to take on challenges throughout the week.

The older members also conducted a service project along with the Carroll County MRDD. Younger members took part in leadership workshops led by the Ohio FFA officers.

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