A roundup of FFA news for the week of July 19, 2012:

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CHILLICOTHE, Ohio — David Glass, of Zane Trace FFA, had the unique opportunity to travel to Costa Rica for 10 days in June.

Glass received this trip along with his National Proficiency Award at FFA National Convention in the fall.

Glass started of his trip with a tour of EARTH University on June 14. While at EARTH, Glass toured the organic farm, where he learned a bit about recycling and production of organic fertilizers, as well as the university’s urban agricultural projects.

Glass then traveled from EARTH to the Dole banana farm located in Sarapiqui, Costa Rica. There, he learned about the process of growing, labeling, shipping, and selling bananas. Friday was an action packed day for Glass as well.

The remainder of the trip consisted of both educational and fun, cultural experiences. Glass had the opportunity to visit Don Juan’s agricultural farm, where he learned the process of growing sugar cane and producing sugar. He was also able to tour a working dairy farm called Finca Julietta, one of few in the area.

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ALLIANCE, Ohio — Members of the Marlington FFA chapter traveled to Ohio FFA Camp Muskingum in Carrollton, Ohio June 22-25.

Selected from the chapter were two of the 2012-2013 FFA officers, vice president, sophomore Staci Faverty, and student adviser, junior Megan Conrad.

At the camp, members focused on leadership skills and team-building techniques, and were able to interact and learn from the National FFA officers who traveled in for the camp.

Faverty and Conrad plan to share their new knowledge with the entire Marlington FFA officer team during the summer officer retreat.

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