Roundup of FFA news for March 9, 2017

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JEROMESVILLE, Ohio — The Hillsdale FFA chapter celebrated FFA week with a variety of activities that advocate for agriculture. High school students were encouraged to dress up for FFA Spirit Week, with a new theme each day, and donated $1 to two local families.

Wednesday, the FFA chapter held its annual farmer appreciation lunch for local farmers, chapter supporters, and school faculty.

On Friday, students participated in Hillsdale’s Ag Olympics and the FFA chapter held its monthly meeting — where sophomore Molly Moffett was named February member of the month.

Four Members of the Hillsdale FFA chapter participated in the Ag Sales CDE. Team member included: Clay Schoen, who placed first individually; Shawna Barr, placed fourth individually; Molly Moffett, and Balyne Bartter.

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WASHINGTON COURT HOUSE, Ohio — Mayer Farm Equipment presented an $800 grant to Miami Trace FFA on behalf of the National FFA Organization and AGCO  Corporation.

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MILLERSBURG, Ohio — The West Holmes FFA chapter held its February meeting at Spare Time Lanes bowling alley, where they elected new officers. The 2017-2018 officer team is: President Juanita Miller, Vice President Abby Rohr, Secretary Taylor Feikert, Treasurer Cade Patterson, Reporter Lexi Ogi, Sentinel Chase Stitzlein, Student Adviser Leon Williams, and Historian Braxton Lint. Leon Williams was elected King and Abby Rohr was elected queen.

FFA members also discussed new business such as, preparations for the annual banquet, to host and pay for supplies for the district Outdoor Power Contest, to host the Mid-Ohio Lamb Show Classic at Harvest Ridge, and plans for National FFA Week.

Chapter members treated West Holmes High School teachers and staff to a baked potato bar during National FFA Week.

Member Chasidy Schmucker competed in the District Beginning Prepared Speaking contest Feb. 22 and placed third.

The Ag Sales team competed in the district Ag Sales contest at Hillsdale High School, Feb. 22, and placed fourth. Team members included: Chris VanSickle, Becca Vales (placing third individually), Taylor Feikert and Lexi Ogi.

Members John Hughes and Brayden Schumaker traveled to New London, Ohio, to participate in district tractor troubleshooting and placed 12th as a team.

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PALMYRA, Ohio — The Southeast FFA chapter sent three members to the subdistrict public speaking career development event. Brook Tessean placed third in beginning creed, Seth Johnson placed fourth in extemporaneous, and Courtney Montgomery placed first in advanced prepared.

Montgomery then went on to districts, where she placed second and became a state qualifier. The chapter is having a canned food drive until March 24. The annual parent-member banquet is March 30. The Student Service Auction will be held that night, featuring tree stands, cattle panels, and lamb stands. The projects were all built by members.

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SULLIVAN, Ohio — On Feb. 15, senior Black River FFA member, Sierra Sturgill, participated in the District 3 Public Speaking Career Development event held at Norwayne High School. Sturgill participated in the extemporaneous public speaking event.

She spoke about “Are we harming our bees?” She earned second place in her division and will advance to the state competition in March.

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ST. EDWARD, Nebraska — Two benefit auctions conducted in February raised $32,822 to support FFA members developing leadership skills for careers in agriculture.

The multi-faceted event featured a live and silent auction for exhibitors at the annual National Farm Machinery Show (NFMS) in Louisville Feb. 15 to bid on experiences such as hunting and fishing trips and other donated items, while an online benefit auction held on Feb. 22 allowed farmers to bid on and purchase more than a dozen donated pieces of equipment, knowing their checks were going toward the future of agriculture.

All proceeds of the Blue and Gold Benefit Auction, conducted by BigIron Auctions in partnership with the United Equipment Dealers Association and the NFMS, will provide funding for FFA jacket scholarships, camp scholarships, capital improvement projects and start-up costs for a program that allows students to get a jump-start on their chosen agricultural careers.

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