A roundup of FFA news for the week of Nov. 25, 2010

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PLYMOUTH, Ohio — Plymouth FFA members have the opportunity to farm a 30-acre field located next to the high school. Soybeans were the choice crop that were planted in the FFA’s field this year. Crops are rotated each year to assist with nutrient management, pest control, and soil fertility.

At harvest, the 26-acre plot yielded 863 bushels, approximately 33 bushels per acre. The test moisture at harvest was low, scaling in at a 10.6 percentage of moisture.

Members of the Ag Business and Ag Science II classes are participating in a commodity marketing challenge where they are competing to market the farm’s harvest to see who makes the most money.

The chapter plans to plant a corn test plot next year and are hoping to build partnerships with several local businesses. The chapter is also planning a test plot field day and to purchase a sign to provide more visibility for the plot.

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MILLERSBURG, Ohio — The West Holmes FFA chapter’s agricultural communications team competed Nov. 9 at the District 8 contest at Tri Valley High School.

The team, consisting of Casey Schlauch, Elizabeth Overholt, Alexis Bird, Brittany Barnes, and Kayla Chandler placed first, and will now compete at the state contest, Dec. 4 at The Ohio State University.

The food science team of Kelsie Hoover, Kristi Crabb, Maggie Raber, and Samantha Krejci placed fifth in the district contest. Individually, Crabb was ninth, Hoover was 14th, Krejci was 17th, and Raber, 21st.

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WEST SALEM, Ohio — The Northwestern-Wayne FFA chapter held its first meeting of the year Nov. 8.

Several committee reported on planned activities, including a fun night with another local FFA chapter, the purchase of more SAE books, and a dance to benefit a local charity.

It was announced reported the national dairy judging team finished in ninth place. Team members Tessa Topp and Tyler Topp received gold ratings; Ben Miller, silver rating; and Sage Kopronica received a bronze rating.

The state urban soil judging team placed 17th overall, and the state rural soil judging team placed ninth overall, with Tessa Hershey placing 25th and Sabrina Johnson placing fourth out of 202 participants.

Sabrina Johnson announced the chapter received a $2,500 grant from Monsanto, and that members will be using the money for a storage building at the high school to be used for agricultural, industrial arts, and high school storage.

Travis Clark reported on the website that has been created for the chapter. He explained how to access the website and what the site had to offer.

After the meeting was adjourned, guest speaker Steve Nolletti spoke about safety while hunting.

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ALBANY, Ohio — The Alexander FFA chapter recently had two of its members receive the FFA American Degree. The members were Kara Oberholzer and Zach Crabtree.

They were awarded this honor at the 83rd National FFA Convention held in Indianapolis.

The American FFA Degree is the highest honor that can be achieved as an FFA member.

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WASHINGTON COURT HOUSE, Ohio — Miami Trace High School students, teachers and faculty members recently cooperated with the Miami Trace FFA chapter to participate in a collection drive for Operation Christmas Child, a world-wide project that provides Christmas presents in shoeboxes to children in remote villages across the globe.

During the week of Nov. 1 through Nov. 5, the Miami Trace FFA held a collection drive.

By the end of the week, more than 5,000 items had been generously donated by the students and faculty. The following week, Miami Trace FFA members gathered at McClish’s Greenhouse to assemble the shoeboxes with the presents.

The shoeboxes will be processed by Operation Christmas Child’s parent organization, Samaritan’s Purse, and shipped overseas to local churches and ministry partners.

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JEROMESVILLE, Ohio — The Hillsdale FFA Chapter held its annual Greenhand and Chapter Degree ceremony Nov. 3. Thirty-four members of the chapter received their Greenhand degree and 21 members of the Hillsdale FFA received their Chapter FFA degree.

At the national convention, seven members of the Hillsdale FFA chapter received their American FFA degree, the highest degree that can be earned in FFA. Members who received this degree are Nolan Bicker, Alison Dyer, Erin Ebert, Hannah Fulk, Michelle Funk, Heather Hefflefinger, and Cody Raudebaugh.

The Hillsdale FFA chapter also had a fall party Nov. 9. with a short business meeting and a hayride. The members participated in a relay race. Ryan Bee won the bale toss for the boys and Kristen Deter won the bale toss for the girls.

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