A roundup of FFA news for the week of Oct. 10, 2013:

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BERLIN, Ohio — Six Hiland FFA members attended Greenhand Camp Sept. 27-29, at the Ohio FFA Camp Muskingum, in Carrollton County. Members in attendance were: Paige Cutshall, Tanner Neuenschwander, Mikenzie Ryan, Brandon Stutzman, Heidi Troyer and Kelsey Yoder.

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SMITHVILLE, Ohio — The Smithville FFA Chapter recently participated in the soil judging career development event.

On Sept. 26, students competed in the county level contest, which was hosted at Rod Morrison’s farm. Members of the county agricultural soils team were Michael Stewart, Colin Reed, Haley Dotterer, Chris Tomic, Alex McCoy, Brad Perchinske, Sonja Flory, Randy Vanlanen, Alyssa Kaufman, Mason Drake, Bristol Tope, Frank Becker, Abby Bing, Jacob Studer, Katie Hostetler, Christy Pearce, Milagro Cantera, and Keri Holmes.

Members of the urban soils team were Wyatt Baer, Wren Hostetler, Kolstin Hartzler, Bobby Joyner, and Dylan Unkefer.

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MINERVA, Ohio — The Minerva FFA participated in Octoberfest Sept. 28 by holding a petting zoo in Brock Park in front of Minerva High School. FFA members Madi Snode, Celeste Kohl, Charm Evans, Brii Moyer, Parker Snode, Beth Eglie, Taylor Zwick, Noe Gonzalez, Macy Hawk, Paiden Hartong and Bryce Fankhauser were all participating in this event.

A goat, two bunnies, a red Hereford, two miniature ponies and three dogs were all part of the petting zoo.

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MILLERSBURG, Ohio — The West Holmes FFA held its second meeting of the school year Sept. 23 at Acres of Fun. There were 60 members present.

Members discussed the upcoming fruit sale and also the Antique Festival. Motions were made to give $1600 to pay for tours and meals for National Convention, to have the fruit and nut sale as a chapter fundraiser, to hold the October meeting at the fairgrounds, to pay for hotel, registration and bus fees for National Convention and to purchase T-shirts and sweatshirts.

Motions were also made to hold the Greenhand Lock-in Nov. 15-16 and pay for all supplies, to hold Greenhand Initiation Nov. 18 and to bake a cake for the crazy cake auction. The next meeting will be held Oct. 21 at the fairgrounds.

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WEST SALEM, Ohio — Northwestern FFA traveled to the Morrison’s farm Sept. 26 for the county soil judging contest.

In the urban soil part of the contst, Phil Eberly won first place in the county, and Ashley Besancon was a close second place.

Advancing to districts for the urban team are: Becca Harbaugh, Zach Berry, Philip Eberly, Rachel Guidetti and Shelby Miller.

On the rural side of the contest, Emily Flinn placed first, Kaci Way placed second, Adam Miley placed third, and Kierstyn Wood placed fourth. These four will advance to districts held in Northwestern, along with Mary Baker completing the team.

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