A roundup of FFA news for the week of Nov. 8, 2012:


GNADENHUTTEN, Ohio — Indian Valley FFA club members Corey Decker, of Newcomerstown, and Matt Demattio, of Tuscarawas, were awarded the American FFA degree at the National FFA Convention and Expo in Indianapolis in October.

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BEVERLY, Ohio — The Fort Frye FFA attended the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis Oct. 24-27. Fifteen members of the club made the trip. The club went to a concert and the Buckeye Bash dance and a rodeo while at the convention.

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ASHLAND, Ohio — Heath Gray and James Dotterer, Crestview FFA chapter members, were awarded the American FFA degree at the 85th National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis.

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WARREN, Ohio — The winners of the Trumbull Career and Technical Center FFA poster contest are: First, Arthur Adams from landscape and design; second, Autumn Stowers from animal science; and third, Brent Gamin from landscape and design. The winners were awarded with a pie of their choice from Perkins.

The chapter hosted the Trumbull Country FFA Leadership Night. The FFA chapters that attended were: Pymatuning Valley, Minerva, Marlington, United Local, Southington, Black River, Northwestern, Buckeye and TCTC.

Daniel Zimmerman, the Ohio State FFA reporter, visited and spoke to the TCTC agricultural programs of both the junior and senior classes throughout the day.

Russell Bragg, Caleb Dea and Anthony Borntreger placed in the top three at the landscaping soil contest. The equine management program attended Horse Congress. Many of the members attend the FFA National Convention in Indianapolis in October.

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PLYMOUTH, Ohio — On Oct. 12, 2012 the Plymouth FFA farm field was harvested. The group harvested nearly 30 acres including 12 test plots in 4.5 hours with an average yield of 35 bushels per acre. Yields on the plots ranged from 35-45 bu/ac. We sold nearly 150 bushels at harvest, and two groups of seniors will market the chapter’s DP soybeans in the 2012 marketing challenge. These groups will have 800 bushels that they will market for the FFA chapter.

Team one includes: Levi Myers, Tyler Elkins, Micaela Adams and Josh Endicott and team two includes: Adam Predieri, Brent Shepherd, Zac Arnold and Hannah Shepherd.

The farm field was planted in winter wheat Oct. 17 and fertilized Oct. 19.

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MILLERSBURG, Ohio — The West Holmes FFA chapter traveled to National Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana, Oct. 24-27.

The 14 members who attended National Convention were: Liz Overholt, Matt Schelgel, Dustin Niehaus, Sam Krejci, Mandy Taylor, Clay Armstrong, Harlie Spurlock, Paige Miller, Shyann Kick, Beth Klien, Megan Miller, Justin Lorentz, Dylan Harsh, and Elise Neville.

On Oct. 24, the chapter went on a tour of the Statehouse and to the Air and Space Museum before arriving in Indianapolis.

On Oct. 25, the chapter went on a few tours while graduate Aaron Clark attended the Proficiency Award Luncheon and interview process. The chapter’s first tour was to Not Just Popcorn, a business of over 250 different flavors of popcorn. Members were able to watch how the products were made and taste the flavors of some of the popcorn.

Then, the members toured Umbarger Show Feeds, where they were able to learn more about the business, they were able to see the flaker, the mixer, and able how to see the machinery.

Finally, the members went attended the Buckeye Bash, where all the Ohio FFA chapters get together and have a dance.

On Oct. 27, the chapter watched graduates, Garrett O’Donnell and Aaron Clark, receive their American Degrees.

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JEROMESVILLE, Ohio — On Oct. 24-27 the Hillsdale FFA’s Ag Sales team traveled to Indianapolis to compete at the National FFA Convention.

This year, the team of Megan Miller, Sarah Bookman, Dex Rogers, and Keayla Harr, placed 12th overall at nationals.

Individually Keayla Harr placed 12th individually.

The FFA toured Hord’s Livestock in Bucyrus, Ohio, and Birch Seed in Celina, Ohio as part of the trip.

In Indianapolis, Hillsdale FFA toured Apache sprayers equipment technology. There they toured the parts center and training center and watched the assembly of sprayers.

Then the group was off to the Tuttle apple orchard, in Indianapolis, which usually has 10,000 apples a year is down to about 1,500 this year due to a freeze this spring.

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CHILLICOTHE, Ohio — David Glass and Audrey Hoey, members of the Zane Trace FFA, placed third in the food science competition, senior team division, of the National FFA Agriscience Fair.

The event took place during the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis Oct. 2-26.

The pair were selected for this honor from over 30 participants. Their research involved the study of antioxidant components in berries and was conducted with the guidance of faculty of the Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

This year marks the third time that David and Audrey have placed among the top three in the National Agriscience Fair. Zane Trace FFA graduate Sarah Cox also participated in the National Agriscience Fair in the plant science division, where she placed seventh out of 36 competitors.

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WATERFORD, Ohio — The Waterford FFA chapter’s rural soil judging team recently placed fifth out of 50 teams in the state soils competition at Malabar Farms.

Team members included Megan Giffin, who placed sixth out of 200 participants individually; Blake Campbell, who placed 16th individually; Katie Wagner; and Eric Flowers.

This is the second time in the chapter’s history to place in the top 5 in state. The team will be recognized at this year’s State FFA Convention with a banner for their efforts.

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INDIANAPOLIS — Zane Dilyard, son of Tom and Donna Dilyard, Chris Thomas, son of Chris and Dawn Thomas and David Devore, son of Dave Devore and Michele Matteson, all FFA members representing the Northwestern-Wayne FFA Chapter in West Salem were awarded the American FFA Degree at the 85th National FFA Convention and Expo in Indianapolis.

To be eligible, FFA members must have earned and invested $7,500 through a supervised agricultural experience program in which they start, own or hold a professional position in an existing agriculture enterprise. Recipients must also complete 50 community service hours, as well as demonstrate outstanding leadership abilities and community involvement.

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INDIANAPOLIS — Travis Ball, Cameron Bookman, Brady Campbell, James Giffin, Breanna Schaad and Laura Whalin were awarded the American FFA degree at the 85th National FFA Convention and Expo in Indianapolis.

Ball, Bookman, Campbell, Giffin, Schaad and Whalin are members of the Waterford FFA Chapter and their agricultural education instructor and FFA advisor is Matt Hartline.

Ball is the son of Darren and Lisa Ball and is currently majoring in electrical engineering at Washington State Community College. Bookman is the son of Bevv Smith and Bernard Bookman and is currently majoring in music Education at Alderson Broaddus College.

Campbell is the son of Joe and Bridget Campbell and is currently majoring in animal sciences at The Ohio State University. Giffin is the son of Jim and Terri Giffin and is currently majoring in agricultural education at The Ohio State University.

Schaad is the daughter of Bo and Becky Schaad and is currently majoring in agricultural business at Wilmington College. Whalin is the daughter of Brian and Elaine Whalin and is currently majoring in agricultural business and animal sciences at The Ohio State University.

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INDIANAPOLIS — Rebecca Faverty of the Marlington FFA was one of four national finalists for the Agricultural Processing Entrepreneurship/Placement proficiency award at the 85th National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis.

The Agricultural Processing – Entrepreneurship/Placement area is sponsored nationally by CHS as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.

Faverty became eligible for the national contest after Winning the Ohio state FFA competition earlier this year and Will take home a $500 award plus a special plaque.


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