A roundup of FFA news for the week of Oct. 23, 2014:

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WATERFORD, Ohio ­— For the first time in its history, the Waterford FFA rural soil judging team has qualified to compete in the national soil judging contest.

After placing in contests hosted by the Washington and Perry County Soil and Water Conservation districts, both the rural and urban Waterford FFA teams advanced to the Ohio soils contest Oct. 11. The rural team placed third and the urban team came in 34th out of 50 teams in the state contest.

The rural team will compete May 5 in the national soils contest in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Rural team member Derek Huck also took top honors out of 200 participants in individual competition, the first Waterford FFA member in history to do so at the state level. Huck will be recognized for his accomplishment April 30 at the 2014 Ohio State FFA Convention.

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NEW WASHINGTON, Ohio — Buckeye Central FFA attended the state soil judging contest Oct. 11.

The rural team placed 11th and the urban team came in third, advancing to the national soils contest May 5 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Individually, Jaret Shook of the rural team placed sixth individually, Ray Stahl placed 28th, Tori Miller placed 140th, and Makayla Aichholz placed 185th out of 200 participants.

For the urban team, Seth Ollis placed sixth, Austin Wurm 10th, Paul Heydinger 32nd, and Peter Keller placed 39th.

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MINERVA, Ohio — The Minerva FFA kicked off its annual fruit sale Oct. 16. The sale, which includes selling fruit, nuts, barbecue sauce, beef jerky, and beef sticks runs through Nov. 14.

For more information, call 330-868-4134, ext. 1250.

The Minerva FFA went to a district officer training Oct. 9 at Trumbull Career and Technical Center. The students who participated were Matt Moberley, Martin Merrick, Logan Fritz, Bryce Fankhauser, Sam Masselli, Taylor Zwick, Rebecca Wayts, Taylor Nortorn, Mike Burton, Beth Eglie, Britney Wayts, Madi Snode, Brii Moyer, Kaitelyn Wayts and Lizzie Berstler.

As part of its community service, the Minerva FFA went to Trailblazer Days at Seven Ranges Boy Scout Camp Oct. 11. Josh Brady, Jacob Morgan, Snode, Zwick, Fankhauser, Kaitelyn Wayts, Britney Wayts, and Rebecca Wayts parked, registered, ran a station, or made food.

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PLYMOUTH, Ohio — The Plymouth FFA fruit sale began Oct. 16 and ends Nov. 10.

Sale items include citrus, apples, assorted nuts, barbecue sauce, and meat sticks.

Contact an FFA member to purchase fruit, or drop fruit orders and payment off at the high school before Nov. 10. Sale items will be delivered the week of Dec. 15.

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HANOVERTON, Ohio — On Oct. 10, the junior and senior members of the United FFA Chapter visited The Beaver Creek Candle Factory, EDI-Central, for its harvest festival Oct. 10.

The event featured a petting zoo with animals brought by FFA members, including a horse brought by Chance McGuire, a calf brought by Brooke Soliday, a goat brought by Carrie Mattevi, chickens brought by Joe Kataro and JR Himes, rabbits brought by Emma Snyder, and a pig brought by Zak Tomlinson.

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LOUDONVILLE, Ohio — The Loudonville FFA’s annual fundraiser is underway, with oranges, pink grapefruit, tangelos, Ohio apples, beef jerky, nuts, barbecue sauce and cheese trays for sale.

Due to a limited supply of navel oranges in the U.S. this year, preordering is suggested.

Delivery will be near Dec. 9.

To order contact any Loudonville FFA member or call 419-994-4101.

The Loudonville FFA Chapter hosted a hunter’s safety course at Loudonville high school Oct. 13 as a community service project in conjunction with Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

FFA members helped by registering and serving snacks to the participants and reading tests to the younger members. Around 70 people attended the one-night safety course and nearly $50 was raised from donations.

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WEST SALEM, Ohio — The Northwestern FFA Student of the Month for September is Chapter Vice President Shannon Garrison.

Garrison participates in the Dairy Products CDE and attended the Washington Leadership Conference this past summer. As part of this award, Garrison will receive rights to a parking space reserved specifically for the FFA Student of the Month.

On Oct. 11, members from Northwestern FFA Chapter competed in the state soil judging contest. The rural team made up of Kierstyn Wood, Kaci Way, Emily Flinn, and Shania Reed placed sixth overall. The urban team of Zach Berry, Ashley Besancon, Phil Eberly, and Sydney Harmon came in eighth place.

The Northwestern FFA Chapter is currently holding their annual citrus fruit, apples, mixed fruit options, and barbecue sauce sales.

The fruit will be in the first or second week of December, and fruit baskets will be in later in December.

To order, contact a Northwestern FFA member or call 419-846-3833 ext. 1317 by Nov. 24.

Officers from the Northwestern FFA Chapter attended officer training Oct. 9 held at the Trumbull County Career Center.

The officers from Northwestern FFA that attended were Garrison, Wood, Berry, Reed, Flinn, Rachelle Howman, Adam Miley, Sarah Maximovich, Victoria Devore, and Ashley Besancon.

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