MINERVA, Ohio — The Minerva FFA chapter will start its annual fruit sale Oct. 16. The sale will end Nov. 11, which is also when all money is due. Fruit will arrive in the high school ag shop the week of Dec. 7.
If you are interested in buying fruit, contact any FFA member or the adviser, Mr. Lucas, at 330-868-4134, ext. 1250.
The chapter also went to the Farm Science review in London, Ohio Sept. 23. The chapter also participated in the Octoberfest in Brock Park, making a hay maze for kids to go through.
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MILLERSBURG, Ohio — The West Holmes FFA sent its sophomore classes to participate in the sub-district soils contest Sept. 29. The rural team consisted of Thane Kaufman, Jarrett Snow, Cade Patterson, Regina Miller, Douglas Moore, Mosey Schlabach, Jake Napier, Mikey Kick, Juanita Miller and Sarah Sprang.
The urban team consisted of Marissa Lamp, Tyler Lyons, Hailee Carter, Jordan Jenkins, Alyx Morris, Kerrin Fair, Whitney Miller, Jaeden Roloff and Dakota McCartney. The urban team placed 10th, with Cade Patterson, Mosey Schlabach, and Juanita Miller placing as the top three individuals for the team, and the rural team placed ninth, with Marissa Lamp, Hailee Carter and Jordan Jenkins also as the top three individuals for the rural team.
The chapter also participated in the annual fifth-grade farm tour Sept. 23, which is sponsored by the soil and water conservation district, on the Tom Miller Farm. During this trip, FFA members helped students learn about farm and animal safety, forestry, soils, wildlife and soil snacks.
First-year chapter members — Travett Boughman, Caden Austin, JoAnna Miller and Chasidy Schmucker — attended Greenhand Camp at FFA Camp Muskingum Sept. 25-27. While at camp, these members participated in workshops on decision-making, opportunities in FFA, careers, and goal setting. They then explored making decisions on both an individual and team level, and then they got to apply what they learned in adventure valley with team-building challenges. Throughout the weekend, the member then got the chance to interact with other greenhands from all over Ohio and explore other camp activities such as; canoeing and kayaking, rifle and shotgun ranges, games and an annual dance.
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ASHLAND, Ohio — In late September, Crestview FFA members attended a soil judging contest at Malabar Farm. The chapter also had enough members participating to have an urban and rural team. Members prepared for the contest inside and outside of class. The top five rural scorers at the county contest were Kaitlyn Hunt, Jenna Purvis, Maddy Maust, Walker Ramsay and Austin Owens.
The top five scoring members for the urban contest were Emma Ardis, Jay Oswalt, Brynn Witmer, Erin Bernhard and William Barber. Both teams placed second at the county level.
The district 2 contest took place in early October, involving five members on each team. Both teams placed sixth at the district contest. The top three scorers for rural soils were Jenna Purvis, Maddy Maust, and Warren Fussner. The top three scorers for urban soils were Kathy Lehman, Erin Bernhard and Emma Ardis.
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SMITHVILLE, Ohio — The Smithville FFA Chapter has been busy preparing for and competing in the soil judging contest, with the help of Smithville FFA alumni, Aaron Arnold.
On Sept. 25 students competed in the county level contest. Teams competed at the district three contest on Oct. 2nd. The urban team placed third with team members: Maddie Lance, Kiersten Sugg, Thomas Becker and Drey Crawford.
The rural team placed fourth with team members: Joel Shoup, Casey Tipple and Reilly VanLanen. Both teams advanced and competed in the state contest Oct. 17.
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SULLIVAN, Ohio — The Black River FFA Chapter had another record-breaking year as members and guests gathered at the annual Fall Hog Roast, Sept. 23. Over 130 members and guest enjoyed an evening of food, conversation, and a presentation by the chapter officers. The presentation shared upcoming events, FFA requirements, opportunities and activities that FFA members can participate in.
On Sept. 27- 29, nine members of the Black River FFA Chapter attended Greenhand Camp at Ohio FFA Camp Muskingum in Carroll County. Members participated in leadership activities such as an FFA quiz challenge, Adventure Valley and Leadership Field Games.
In addition, they also participated in a number of goal-oriented workshops presented by the Ohio State FFA Officer Team.
FFA members who attended included: Allen Slaven, Collin Burnett, Johnathon Herb, Hailey Park, Eric Cordonnier, Connor Braig, Coleton McCourt, Alexander Campbell and Blake Widenmeyer.
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WEST SALEM, Ohio — The Northwestern FFA chapter earned a trip to compete for national recognition in the General Livestock Judging FFA CDE at The Keystone International Livestock Exposition (KILE), in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania Oct. 2-4. Team members were Vickie Devore, Kyle Piscione, Katie Stull and Kaci Way who placed sixth individually.
Northwestern FFA members competed in the District soil judging contest, Oct. 2. The rural team placed first overall with team members, Emily Flinn placing first, Kaci Way placing second, Kierstyn Wood placing third, Cory Leighty placing fourth and Shania Reed placing fifth overall. The urban team also took first place overall with Philip Eberly placing first, Reiley Murphy placing fifth, Austen Wood placing seventh and Michael Nutter placing ninth overall, Emily Cromer also competed. Both teams competed in the state soils contest Oct. 17.
Greenhands from surrounding schools gathered together at Northwestern High School for the Greenhand Conference, Oct. 10. The theme this year was “The Key to Success.” Members from Norwayne, Triway and Northwestern attended the conference this year. Group lessons and sessions were presented by Northwestern FFA officers and Ohio FFA State Officers.
The Northwestern FFA Chapter is currently holding its annual fruit and barbecue sauce sales. Contact a Northwestern FFA member or the Northwestern High School Ag Department at 419-846-3833 ext. 1317 or 1043 by Nov. 24.
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BEVERLY, Ohio — The Fort Frye FFA held its second meeting of the school year Oct. 7.
On Sept. 29, both the rural and urban soils teams traveled along with both of Waterford’s and Warren’s soils teams to Gallia County Fair Grounds for the District 10 Soils Competition. The team placed third.
Josh Zwick placed third, Rylee Zimmer, fifth, and Leanna Schott, 23rd. The urban team placed second. Cameron Hupp placed third, Skylar Kell, fourth; Brice Brightbill, fifth; and Abbi Johnson, 10th.
The soils teams will travel to Ashland, Ohio, Oct. 17, to compete in the state soils competition. On Oct. 21, both soils teams will be recognized at the Soil and Water Conservation Banquet. Also, Skylar Kell, Cameron Hupp, Abbi Johnson, Leanna Schott and Brayden Heiss will be individually recognized for placing in the top three of both urban and rural teams. Chelsey Schott and Jessica White will receive American Degrees at National Convention.