Thursday, April 17, 2014

Pheasants Forever grant given to chapter

VERSAILLES – On Feb. 22, members of the Versailles FFA attended the annual Pheasants Forever Banquet. Members assisted with the banquet by assisting with raffle games as well as assisting with items for the auction. Also at the Pheasants Forever Banquet, the Versailles FFA was awarded from the Pheasants Forever $5,000 grant to construct an outdoor learning lab at the school. The outdoor learning lab will be a plot of habitat planted on school grounds to give students a hands on learning experience.

Members of the Versailles FFA that attended the Pheasants Forever banquet included Rachel Osterloh, Lauren Brookhart, Jesse Giere, Katerri Schmitmeyer, Seth Barga, Brice Berger, Brent Sherman, Josh Elliott, Dylan Hesson, Cole Kremer, Danielle Hesson, Logan Schultz, Emily Fraley, Janelle Hoelscher, Bri Hall, Taylor Tyo, Kayla Bruns, Shane McGlinch, and Tyler Bruns.

Chapter attends Mercer County Ag Day

GREENVILLE – On April 15, the senior class of the Greenville FFA traveled to Celina to attend Mercer County Ag Day. The event was hosted at the Mercer County Fairgrounds by Wright State Lake Campus and Mercer County Farm Bureau. The members got to visit and talk to many agricultural related vendors and completed a fun scavenger hunt. Greg Peterson, of the Peterson Farm Bros (YouTube sensation), spoke on the benefits and advantages of supporting the agricultural lifestyle.

Members had the chance to watch the Agricultural themed music video parodies that Greg and his family make on their family farm in Kansas.

The members who were in attendance were Thomas Shaw, Rachael Schmitmeyer, Sheiann Mead, Emily Vanhorn, Kiara Davidson, Rachel Bolyard, Madison Schatz, and Trever Mann, along with some of the Greenville FFA Alumni members.

Greenville FFA senior class members are pictured above with YouTube star and agriculture advocate, Greg Peterson. 

Rose on ballot for state FFA officer seat

VERSAILLES – On April 12, Courtney Rose a junior member of the Versailles FFA Chapter, participated in State FFA Officer Candidate Interviews in Columbus vying for the officer of the Ohio FFA Association. On Saturday Courtney participated in an interview process that consisted of taking a written test, letter writing exercise, a general interview, Why I Desire to serve speech, extemporaneous speech and an impromptu situation.

Courtney was notified by the Ohio FFA Association that she was slated for District 5 President of the Ohio FFA Association and at the April 16 District Officer Training delegates voted at the meeting. Courtney will find the results of that elect at State FFA Convention. Courtney will also have the opportunity to be slated for Vice-President through Sentinel offices of the Ohio FFA Association.

Courtney is the daughter of Richard and Carolyn Rose.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

District Outdoor Power

VERSAILLES – On April 9, the Outdoor Power team competed in the District 5 FFA Outdoor Power Contest at Preble Shawnee where they placed seventh in the district. Contestants participated in trouble shooting as an individual and team, completing work order, determining engines displacement, tool and faster identification, measuring through micrometers, using plastigauge and test focusing on small engines. The team included Jeremy Meinerding, Pakus McClurg and JJ Petijiean and Jeremy was the leader of the team with the highest score. The Versailles FFA would like to thank Flora Engine Shop and Russell Wulber for hosting the practices and helping coach the team.

Ansonia FFA holds 77th annual banquet

ANSONIA – On March 27, approximately 225 members, parents, and guests attended Ansonia’s 77th annual FFA Banquet. The banquet included the annual silent auction, blessing by Bernie Niekamp, delicious meal, honorary degree ceremony, State Treasurer Jarred Shellhouse, annual freshman skit, presentation of special awards, year in review slide show, appointment of new officers, and the evening was wrapped up by President Catey Fischer’s retiring address. The banquet was closed by 2014-2015 President Andrea Barga.

The silent action was once again a huge success. This year’s auction had 62 items sponsored by many of the local businesses. These businesses included A&B CafĂ©, Abel’s Barber Shop, Ansonia Auto Parts ,Ansonia Dollar General , Ansonia FFA, Ansonia Hair Kair, Ansonia Lumber CO, Ansonia Medical Center, AutoZone, Avon, Big Lots, Bruns Animal Clinic, CARQUEST Auto Parts, Cooper Farms, Crop Production Services, Darke County Veterinary Service, Daryl and Mary Riffle, Dr. Lenox, Designers Edition Salon, Double M Diner, Five Brothers Bar and Grilll, Fort Recovery Party Mart, Greenville Ace Hardware, Greenville National Bank (Ansonia Branch), Hair Shack, Harrod Farms & Hunt Custom Butchering, Hartzell Veterinary Service, House of Flowers, Huff Home Inspection, Hull Brothers, John’s IGA, June Maloy, K&L Tractor Sales, Kaup Pharmacy, Keller Feed and Grain, Kimmel Trucking, Knick Show Pigs, Koeing Equipment, Lowe’s Home Improvement , Main Street Market, Mazella Hardman, Mc Bo’s Lanes, McDonalds, Minuteman Press of Greenville, Inc., Michaels Jewelry, Moody Auto Sales, LLC, Moody’s Auto Service Inc., Napa Auto Parts (Union City and Versailles), Natures Reflections, North Star Hardware and Implement, North Star Plumbing Heating Cooling and Geothermal, O’Reilly Auto Parts, PAK-A-SAK/ Subway (Ft. Recovery), Paul Ackley, Paula’s Diner, Pottery Bowl, Seed Consultants-Bob Mayo, Sisco, Subway (North Star), Sweet Shop, The Andersons Inc., The Coffee Pot, The Daily Advocate, Tim Walters, Versailles Marathon, and The Whistle Stop

The auction raised approximately $2,100. This money will be used in Greenhouse Renovation. Some items that were up for auction were dog food, gravel, salon products, tools, restaurant gift certificates, and many more incredible items.

At this year’s banquet, the Ansonia FFA installed four new members as Honorary Degree recipients. Honorary degree recipients are people from the community who have helped the chapter over the years by donating their time and wisdom to the field of agriculture to help make the organization a success. Tim and Mindy Walters, Mike Gessler, and Jennifer Knick were those chosen to receive their honorary degrees. Tim Walters aided at the Monte Carlo for many years. His hobby of collecting antique clocks has shown true as he has been able to share his life’s love for these great pieces of art by contributing one to our silent auction countless years in a row. Mindy Walters has made copious copies, printed masses mailing labels, and oodles of rosters. She has also given her time at limitless Monte Carlo nights. Our Ag Department and the Ag Advisors appreciate her more than she knows, even if it is listening to the occasional concern or complaint about one of Ansonia’s finest. Mike Gessler has lent a hand at voluminous FFA Alumni activities. He has been at the horse poker run several times. At the Monte Carlo he not only assists during the night, but furthermore behind the scenes to make it a success. Jennifer Knick has helped the chapter grow over all of her years teaching here. She spends countless hours assisting all of her students in their SAE projects. The Ansonia FFA would once again like to thank the newest honorary members for all that they do for the FFA.

Throughout the night, many awards were given out to the students who have shown extreme interest in FFA and who have worked hard in and out of the classroom. Awards of the night went to: Emily Walters- Ag Services, Environmental Science and Natural Resources Proficiency Award- Collin Mayo, Chad Bulcher- Grain Production Placement Proficiency, Hannah Rhoades- Dairy Entrepreneurship, Dairy Placement Proficiency- Hannah Rhoades, Megan Bergman- Fruit Production Entrepreneurship Proficiency, Swine Production Entrepreneurship-Dalton Subler, Colin Bulcher- Swine Production Placement, Goat Production Placement- Shelby Hartzell, Collin Mayo- Diversified Crop Production Proficiency, Nursery Operations Placement- Madison Evers, Chad Bulcher- Forage Production Entrepreneurship, Zac Longenecker- Poultry Production Entrepreneurship, Chad Bulcher- Poultry Production Placement Proficiency, Emily Walters- Agriculture Communications Entrepreneurship, Chad Bulcher- Proficiency Beef Production Placement, Heath Barga- Beef Production Entrepreneurship, Sheep Production Entrepreneurship- Taylor Bergman, Chad Bulcher- Fiber and Oil Crop Production Placement Proficiency, Outdoor Recreation Placement- Colin Bulcher, Andrea Barga- Vegetable Production Placement, Vegetable Production Entrepreneurship Madison Evers, Stefani Garrett- Equine Placement Proficiency, Diversified Livestock Production Entrepreneurship- Zac Longenecker, Taylor Bergman- Diversified Livestock Production Placement. Special awards went to Lydia Sink and Stefani Garrett- Star Greenhands, also Catey Fischer and Taylor Bergman- Star Chapter. Top fruit salespersons from both winter and spring fruit sales also received awards: In 3rd place for the winter fruit sale is the Bergman Sisters, Taylor and Megan, selling $1405. In second place is the Fischer Family, Catey and John, selling $1,433.50. Finally, our top salesman for this year was Robert Christman, selling $3,470 dollars worth of fruit. In the spring sale, the Bergman sisters placed third with $459. Second place was Andrea Barga with $680.50. And, coming in first for the spring sale is Allison Phillippi, with $1,003 of fruit being sold by her. Congratulations to all the award winners.

The retiring officer team including President Catey Fischer, Vice Presidents Taylor Bergman and Andrea Barga, Secretary Makensy Stump, Treasurer John Fischer, Reporter Megan Bergman, Historian Emily Walters, Student Advisor Sam Gasper, and Sentinel Nick Mayo were thanked by the Ansonia FFA advisors, Brad Lentz and Jennifer Knick, for all their hard work before the 2014-2015 officer team was announced. The new officer team, consisting of President Andrea Barga, Vice President Megan Bergman, Secretary John Fischer, Treasurer Nick Mayo, Reporter Stefani Garrett, Student Advisor Heath Barga, Sentinel Lydia Sink, and Chaplain, Robert Christman, are looking forward to fulfilling their duties in the upcoming year.

The 2014-2015 officer team includes (back row) Megan Bergman, Lydia Sink, John Fischer, Nick Mayo, Heath Barga (front row) Stefani Garrett, Andrea Barga, and Robert Christman.

Darke Co. cattle are some of Ohio’s best

NEW MADISON – The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) hosted the inaugural Best of the Buckeye show at the Ohio Beef Expo on March 16 during the junior show. The Best of the Buckeye program, coordinated by OCA in conjunction with the Ohio Beef Expo and Ohio State Fair, had a strong first show with more than 170 head of cattle nominated by youth and breeders to date.

The program recognizes top Ohio bred, born and registered calves, along with the breeder and exhibitor, in each breed division at the two shows. Best of the Buckeye provides Ohio seedstock breeders with an enhanced marketing opportunity for Ohio bred, born and registered steers and heifers, creates a source of more moderately priced show steers and heifers by providing a program with awards and prestige, and attracts new participants interested in showing at the Ohio Beef Expo and/or the Ohio State Fair.

The local winners of the Ohio Beef Expo event were as follows:

Champion Chianina Heifer - Exhibitor, Shelby Manning, Union City; Breeder, Megan Hunt, New Madison; total premium, $300

Champion MaineTainer Heifer – Exhibitor, Kiersten Wilcox, New Madison; Breeder, Megan Hunt, New Madison; total premium, $300.

Megan Hunt earned two champion heifer titles as a breeder for cows exhibited by Shelby Manning and Kiersten Wilcox.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Farm Bill meeting held at Versailles High School

VERSAILLES - On March 20 the Versailles High School was the site of the 2014 Farm Bill meeting, with a record 465 participants in attendance. The Farm Bill meeting was a joint effort of The Ohio State University Darke County Extension, Farm Credit Mid America, USDA Farm Service Agency, Ohio Farm Bureau, Ohio Country Journal, Ohio Ag Net and Versailles FFA. The elite panelists for the night were: Jon Coppess, University of Illinois, Adam Sharp with Ohio Farm Bureau, and Dr. Art Barnaby with University of Kansas. The moderator for the meeting was Jeff Wuebker. Throughout the meeting, the 465 attendees covered Crop Safety Net Decisions, Commodity Programs including Dairy, Crop Insurance, and other considerations. 

The FFA members who assisted throughout the night were: Brice Berger, Tyler Bruns, Mikaela Buschur, Katie Heckman, Chloe Warvel, Shane McGlinch, Courtney Hayes, Collin Peters, Courtney Rose, Rachel Osterloh, Kayla Halfacre, Ryan Knapke, Dylan Hesson, Clair Schmitmeyer, Danielle Hesson, Alyssa Morgan, Hannah Niekamp and Jake Gehret.

465 participated in the Farm Bill meeting held at Versailles High School 

Friday, April 4, 2014

FFA participates in Public Speaking

GREENVILLE – Thomas Shaw, Victoria Nadar, Jack Garland and Hannah Grisez represented Greenville FFA in the Public Speaking Contests that was held on Jan. 30. They each spoke at the District 5 Sub-district Public Speaking Contest held recently at Tri-Village High School. Garland and Grisez participated in the Creed Contest while Shaw participated in the Extemporaneous Speaking Contest and Nadar participated in the beginning prepared speaking contest.

The Extemporaneous Speech Contest consists of researching and writing a 5 to 7 minute speech on an agricultural topic in 30 minutes. The contest is designed to stimulate the interest of the FFA member in agriculture and leadership by giving them an opportunity to speak before an audience. Shaw placed second in this sub district contest and went on to the district 5 finals where he placed first in the district. He then progressed to the state semifinals where participated in the final four where he placed third in the State of Ohio.

The Creed Contest consists of a student memorizing the five paragraphs of the FFA Creed and presenting it to a panel of judges. This contest is designed to develop leadership and the ability to appear before a group by freshmen students as they become members of the FFA. He then answers three minutes worth of questions over his presentation. They are evaluated on his presentation, memorization, and response to the questions. Jack Garland received a gold rating and was fourth in the sub district contest. Hannah Grisez placed first in the sub district and placed second in the district where she then went on to the state semifinals placing her eighth in her division.

Beginning prepared speaking is a contest made for members to practice their memorization skills. Members write their speech on an agricultural topic and then present it to a panel of judges where they are quizzed and questioned over their knowledge of the topic. Victoria Nadar placed first in the sub district contest which moved her into the district contest where she then received third place.

Congratulations to all members involved in the public speaking contest!

Public speaking participants included Thomas Shaw, Victoria Nadar, and Hannah Grisez.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Greenville FFA hosts blood drive

GREENVILLE - Greenville FFA Chapter hosted a blood drive on Feb. 20 at Greenville High School. There were 76 individuals who signed up for this blood drive with 58 pints of blood being collected. That amount will help over 160 individuals who are in need of blood.

This blood drive was held in conjunction with National FFA Week activities. The next time students will be able to donate at Greenville High School will be a blood drive sponsored by the Medical Tech Prep program.

Members of the program participate in at least one community service project during each nine weeks of the school year. During the course of the school year, students have the opportunity to participate in several community service projects including Food for Needy at Christmas, Toys for Tots, Trash Bash, Adopt a Highway, Operation Christmas Child, Donating to the Local Food Banks, Pet Food Drive, and others. Additional information can be obtained by contacting Greenville FFA at 548-4188 ext. 844.

Scholarships awarded during Versailles FFA Banquet

VERSAILLES - At the 2014 Versailles FFA Banquet several scholarships were presented on behalf of the Versailles FFA, Doug and Jane Meier and Eric and Michelle Elliott. Samantha Kremer, Justin Bruns, Sam Subler, Justin Feltz, Chris Goettemoeller, Olivia Pohlman, and Tyler Clack, who are all majoring in agriculture, each received a $200 book scholarship from the Versailles FFA Alumni. The next scholarship given was in memory of Doug and Craig Meier, given to students who plan on entering full-time and part time farming after graduation. Matthew Stucke and Chris Goettemoller each received this scholarship and were awarded a $500 Ag Production Grant. Special thanks to Dale and Jane Meier for helping contribute to this fund. The third scholarship was awarded in memory of Zach Elliott, Henry and Arlene Fortkamp and Donald and Rosemary Homan who all lost their lives on March 31. The scholarship was given to a student who planned to study agriculture, natural resources, or agriculture mechanics after graduation. The recipient of that scholarship was senior Jacob Wenning. A special thanks is extended to Eric and Michelle Elliott for helping contribute to this fund as well. We would like to extend our thanks to the Versailles FFA Alumni, Dale and Jane Meier, and Michelle and Eric Elliot for generously sponsoring these scholarships. A special thanks to the community for supporting the annual soup and sandwich social, which made these scholarships possible to present at the banquet.

Recipients of the agriculture book scholarships from Versailles FFA Alumni included: (left to right): Justin Bruns, Sam Subler, Samantha Kremer, Chris Goettemoeller, Justin Feltz, and Tyler Clack.

Versailles FFA thanks auction and banquet supporters

VERSAILLES - As part of the 79th Versailles FFA banquet, there was an auction to support Versailles FFA and Versailles FFA Alumni activities. The items donated and sold included: four cakes, cast iron FFA car, decorative tractor statue, cookie bouquet, picture and candle centerpiece, Vera Bradley set and peanut butter pie, carved bear statue, Longaberger basket with cheese, pedal tractor, fruit basket, two pictures, bag of seed corn, Mary Kay gift basket, quilted items, and a radio. Our thanks is extended to the following individuals who donated items to be sold: Doug and Sherry Hesson, Rich and Carolyn Rose, Steve and Linda Berger, Luke and Sharon Osterloh, John and Krista Harman, James and Kelly McGlinch, Doug and Brenda Schmitmeyer, Brad and Lil Bruns, Versailles Poultry Days, chair Eric Stachler, Dean and Marilyn Wyler, North Star Hardware and Implement, Melvin and Mary Ann Stucke, Jon and Julie Bergman, Channel Seeds, Curt and Monica Goubeaux, Karri Stickley, Alan and Sarah Wuebker, and Greenville Ace Hardware.

A special thank you to the following individual and businesses who graciously supported the annual banquet auction by buying items, those include: Russel Wulber, Versailles Senior Class, Steve Hoelscher, FFA Alumni, Stucke Seeds, Fullenkamp Trailer Sales, Travis Fleihman Attorney, Ron and Becky Wulber, Versailles Feedmill, Stucke Seeds, Curt and Monica Goubeaux, Bruns Animal Clinic, Track-View Farms, Mark and Mary Ann Stucke, Harold and Deb Pohl, Luke Osterloh, Pam and Katelyn Goettemoeller, Petitjean Family, Robert and Doris Goubeaux, and Dave Stucke Family Farm.

A special thanks to Brett Yingst for serving as the auctioneer and doing a great job with this role. Versailles FFA would also like to extend our thanks to the following individuals and businesses that sponsored plaques for the banquet, those include: Phelan Insurance, Bruns Animal Clinic, and Versailles FFA Alumni. A special thanks goes out to the following businesses that donated items for the outstanding committees, these include: Brown Sweet Shop, McBo’s, and Subway.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Greenville FFA team places in contests

GREENVILLE - The Greenville FFA Agricultural and Industrial Diagnostics judging teams of Brady Garber, Bradley Garber, Jarred Meeks and Patrick Schmitmeyer tied for 7th place at the Darke County contest. The contest was held at Koenig Equipment and employees of Koenig’s ran the contest for teams from Darke County FFA Chapters.

The Tractor Troubleshooting contest involves a team of two members. The team had four tractors that were bugged with problems and the team had to identify the bug and then fix the problem. Examples of problems that can be found in the tractors are bad fuses, broken electrical wiring, blown lights, safety switches disconnected, obstructed air flow and others. It challenges the team members to work in a systematic method to troubleshoot the problem, utilize computers to help in identifying the problem and to correct it. The team members also have a written test to take concerning similar topics. Members have 20 minutes to complete each of the stations of the contest.

Brady and Patrick advanced to the District Five Agricultural and Industrial Diagnostics judging contest at the Darke County fairgrounds where they placed 6th. Special thanks go to Koenig Equipment for setting up the contests and practices for the local chapters. Congratulations to all members involved.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Versailles FFA has very Successful Evaluations

VERSAILLES - On Feb. 6, The Versailles FFA participated in the District 5 FFA Evaluations at Green County Career Center. All three officer books received grades of 100% and a Gold Rating. Officers that submitted officer books include: Emily Harman, Gold Rated Reporter Book and Scrapbook; Rachel Osterloh, Gold Rated Treasurer Book; and Brice Berger, Gold Rated Secretary Book. All three individuals will be recognized at the State FFA Convention.

The Versailles FFA Chapter also submitted 9 State FFA Degrees. All applications passed Regional evaluations and were submitted to the State FFA Evaluation. All State FFA Degrees passed through at State and the following members that will receive their State FFA Degree include: Logan Brookhart, Alex Stucke, Grant Toops, Emily Harman, Rachel Osterloh, Katerri Schmitmeyer, Katelyn Goettemoeller, Mikaela Buschur, and Courtney Rose. The State FFA Degree is the highest degree the state can bestow on its members.

The Versailles FFA Chapter also submitted 7 American FFA Degree. Their applications passed Regional and State Evaluation. The American FFA Degree is the highest degree that the National FFA Organization offers. Members that will receive the American Degree at State Convention include: Maddison Buschur, Justin Feltz, Olivia Pohlman, Ted Schmitmeyer, Samantha Kremer, Logan Brookhart, and Chris Goettemoeller.

The Versailles FFA Chapter also submitted 7 FFA Proficiency Award applications.~Members that submitted Proficiency Applications that are in the top 4 in the state include: Katerri Schmitmeyer-Dairy Placement and Dairy Production, Alex Stucke- Diversified Crop Production, Dylan Hesson- Goat Production, Matt Stucke- Grain Production, and Katie Heckman, Oil and Crop Production. Members that submitted Proficiency Applications that received 3rd in the district include: Kyle Christian- Ag Sales, and Emily Harman- Vegetable Production.

Ted Schmitmeyer, who graduated from Versailles High School last year, is among the top four in the state as a Star in Agriculture Placement Finalist. Ted is also a national finalist as a Star in Agriculture Placement. Ted will be visited by a committee to select the winner.

American Degrees: Left to right: Back: Chris Goetemoller, Ted Schmitmeyer, Logan Brookhart. Front: Justin Feltz, Maddison Buschur, Samantha Kremer, absent from the photo is Olivia Pohlman and Samantha Kremer is also a Top 4 Proficiency Finalist in Ag Sales Placement in the State Ohio.

State Degrees: left to right: Back: Mikaela Buschur, Alex Stucke, Logan Brookhart, Katerri Schmitmeyer. Front: Emily Harman, Courtney Rose, Rachel Osterloh, Katelyn Goettemoller

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Versailles FFA recognizes top fruit sellers

VERSAILLES - The Versailles FFA had record breaking fruit sales this year by selling over $50,000 worth of fruit, nuts, meats and cheeses. The top three individual fruit sellers were Sheyenne Shimp, Rachel Osterloh, and Jacob Heitkamp. Sheyenne Shimp was the leader by selling $2,261, Rachel Osterloh sold $1,661.50, and Jacob Heitkamp sold $1,401.25. The FFA also recognized the top three families. Paige and Brigette Holsapple sold $2,420.25, Tyler and Kayla Bruns sold $2,187, and Dylan and Danielle Hesson sold $1,278.25. Thank you to all of those who helped make the fruit sales a success.

The first place family selling $2,420.25 was Bridgette and Paige Holsapple.
The first place individual selling $2,261 was Sheyenne Shimp.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Ag breakfast set for April 3

GREENVILLE – The next Ag Breakfast will be held April 3, 7:30 a.m., at the Brethren Retirement Community’s cafeteria. Brian Winner, of Ross Medford Farms, will be the featured speaker. Learn how they are able to market a large portion of their eggs in California.

(Enter through the Brethren Retirement Community’s main doors, under the awning, and follow the signs to the cafeteria.)

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