This year students from the Riverdale FFA chapter competed in the Hardin Northern Soils Invite, District, and County contest. There were two teams competing in the rural contest. Team one get 51st, Jaylin Kalb 181st, Charlotte Keeton 146th, and Rianne Kruiter 140th. Team two get 54th, Kohlten Shane 130th, Cara Pauley 39th, and Martin Little 187th. We had one team for the urban contest. The team got 35th, Carrol Pauley 20th. Riverdale had several members go to the county contest. For the rural these students placed from first to fourth: Lindsay Nichols 30th, Charlotte Keeton 31st, Rianne Kruiter 36th, and Cara Pauley 37th. In the urban contest these students placed from first to fourth: Carrol Pauley 21st, Lizzy Shane 46th, JR Annderson 53rd, and Josh Leopold 57th. At the District soils contest we had one team for both the rural and urban teams. The rural team was made up of Lindsay Nichols 101st, Charlotte Keeton 54th, Rianne Kruiter 61st, Cara Pauley 42nd, and Kohlten Shane 25th. The urban team was made up of Carrol Pauley 64th, Lizzy Shane 85th, Josh Leopold 78th, Miles Frey 73rd, and Justin Hartman 87th.
During the month of September, Extension volunteer rainfall reporters received an average of 1.57 inches of rain. The most rain for this month, 2.80 inches, fell in Hale Township, as measured by Tim Ramsey. The least rain reported during the month, 0.79 inches, was reported in Buck Township by Heritage Cooperative (Kenton). During the same month last year, an average of 2.08 inches of rain fell. The rainfall recorded in September over the past ten years averaged 3.96 inches.
For the growing season since April 15, the average precipitation in the townships was 24.47 inches, ranging from 29.86 inches in Liberty Township to 20.82 inches in Goshen Township. Even with the extremely heavy rains in June, the growing season average rainfall was only 2.02 inches above the ten year average for Hardin County for the same period. A dry fall has allowed for farmers to get an early harvest, with several operators finishing up soybeans and making good progress on corn. Wheat and cover crops have been planted with good emergence in areas with adequate soil moisture. Cooperative weather has also allowed for fall tillage along with manure, fertilizer, and lime applications on fields.
The National FFA Convention will be in Louisville, Kentucky from October 27 to 31. Our FFA members will join 58,000 other members and guests from around the country to gain leadership and compete for recognition. Ridgemont FFA is one of the top 10 Model of Innovation chapters in the country, as well as one of the top 10 Model of Excellent Chapter and will compete with chapters from across the United States. Clay Gerfen one of the top 4 students in Diversified Agriculture Production and Nole Gerfen is a national proficiency finalist in Diversified Livestock. This means they are in the top 4 students the country in their proficiency areas!
While touring the United Kingdom and Ireland, members of the International Sheep Tour group learned about sheep production methods, management, and marketing in a culture that consumes five pound of lamb per person per year.
Five Hardin County people joined an OSU Extension and Ohio SheepImprovement Association International Sheep Tour of the United Kingdom and Ireland. Local sheep producers Dave Burkhart, Nancy Wilcox, Steve Lowery, Madelyn Lowery, and OSU Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator Mark Badertscher joined a group of 23 sheep producers, sheep industry personnel, and OSU Extension Educators on a two week trip to Scotland, England, Wales, and Ireland to study sheep production methods and marketing techniques. Included in the group were also individuals from West Virginia, Oregon, and Washington. The trip left the Columbus airport on September 26 and returned on October 10.
The sheep industry is a major part of agriculture in both the United Kingdom and Ireland, were in some areas the number of sheep outnumber the population with five sheep for every person. Lamb is commonly served on menus as a main entre and widely consumed in this part of the world. The per capita consumption of lamb in the United Kingdom and Ireland is about five pounds per year, compared with about ½ pound per year in the United States. Several days of the tour included at least two farm tours along with seeing traditional tourist sites in each country.
Cities visited on the tour included Edinburgh, Scotland; Cumbria, England; Coventry, England; London, England; Bath, England; Powys, Wales; Welshpool, Wales; Waterford, Ireland; Cork, Ireland; and Dublin, Ireland. Tourist sites visited in Scotland included a city sightseeing tour of Edinburgh, Edinburgh Castle, and “The World’s Most Famous Scottish Show.” Coventry Cathedral, Coombe Abbey, Tower of London, city sightseeing tour of London, Stonehenge, walking tour of Bath, England to see the historic public Roman baths, and the National Wool Museum were all sites visited in England. The group took a ferry across the Irish Sea and visited the Blarney Castle, Rock of Cashel, city sightseeing tour of Dublin, Ireland, and the “Merry Ploughboys Show” while in Ireland.
Sheep Industry visits on the tour included Moredun Research Institute at Petlands Science Park (Scotland) to learn about infectious diseases of farm livestock and promotion of animal health and welfare. The group also toured the Moffat Woolen Mills for an opportunity to shop the very finest of Scottish knitwear. Tour participants toured Shearwell Data (Scotland) to get a presentation and demonstration of animal identification products, both visual and electronic identification tags, which are used by farmers to keep records on their flocks. The group also toured the largest and most modern livestock market in the United Kingdom, the Welshpool Livestock Sales (Wales). This livestock marketing center is capable of holding 1200 cattle and 15,000 sheep
Breeds of sheep that were raised at the farms visited included, but were not limited to Scottish Blackface, Greyface, Texels, Border Lester, Suffolk, Charollais, Cheviots, Castlemilk Moorits, Herdwick, Lleyn, Comeragh Mountain Lamb, Ile De France sheep, and various commercial crossbreds. Several farms that were visited raised beef cattle in addition to the sheep enterprises. Small grains such as wheat, oats, and barley were raised along with some canola and fodder beets for grazing and cattle feed. Pastures were divided into lowlands, midlands, and highlands, with both stone fences and hedgerows with woven wire fences to allow for pasture rotation.
Pastures were green and lush because of the frequent rains and cool temperatures. Although the United Kingdom and Ireland receive frequent rains, they are not as nearly as heavy as rains received in Ohio. Pastures were mainly seeded with ryegrass and white clover. Wool was of the long and medium staple, which is courser than some wool found in the western United States. The International Sheep Tour organizers were Roger High and Emily Buck, both of The Ohio State University and the Ohio Sheep Improvement Association. The tour company was AgroTours, out of Virginia.
The Hardin County Sheep Improvement Association is planning their annual Hardin County Sheep Management Tour. This year the tour will visit sheep farms in the Cleveland area, as well as Ashland and Wyandot Counties. This local sheep tour will be October 31-November 1, 2015. For more information about this tour, contact the OSU Extension office in Hardin County.
Members watch the hit comedy "Napoleon Dynamite" projected on a door at Kenton High School.
FFA members enjoyed a relaxing Saturday evening, watching the classic comedy “Napoleon Dynamite” with fellow members and their families. They also played various backyard games such as cornhole and hillbilly golf that turned into quite the competition complete with a bracketed tournament system. Members also created murals with chalk. They enjoyed a nice meal provided by the chapter while bonding with fellow members.
Members that rode and walked in the parade with Jared McNeely’s tractor.
Despite the cold weather, FFA members had a blast October 2nd preparing for Kenton’s homecoming football game! Following the homecoming parade, which FFA members participated in while riding our annual float and having over 20 members, the FFA chapter also enjoyed a enjoyed a tailgate filled with good food and good times! We would like to thank the McNeely family for lending us their John Deere G to pull the parade float, as well as the Rall, Barrett, and Phillips families for the use of their straw bales. Also, thank you to Rhonda and Jeff Haudenschield for preparing the hot dogs for the tailgate!
During the beginning weeks of September, FFA members sold over 1,400 different mums, making over $11,000! Members of the chapter had the option to use two dollars from every mum that they sold toward any FFA activity. The 8th period ag business class sold the most mums and won a pizza party for their efforts. The Kenton-OHP FFA chapter would like to thank every member who participated in the event and every community member that purchased these mums. A special shout out to Lovina's Greenhouse for providing a variety of different colored mums for us to sell.
Five members of the Kenton-OHP chapter attended the fourth annual Ohio Legislative Leadership Conference or OLLC at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus. Upon arrival, members were asked to sit at a table. Some tables were mock issues and some were mock representatives. The representatives were given a profile of their district including things like ethnicity, area, gun ownership, primary jobs, etc. The issue tables were given a scenario and one side of it that they must lobby for. The there was another group with the opposing view for the same issue. The groups went around to the representatives and lobbied for or against their issues. In the end, the representatives voted on the issues based on their district’s profile. The object of the activity was to demonstrate what the representatives go through, and how to lobby for agricultural issues. After the program, members ate lunch with their respective representatives.
The district six soil judging team.
Members from the Kenton FFA chapter participated in the District Six soil judging contest on September 29th. At soil judging, members evaluate various types of soils. They determine if that soil would be good for farm land, pasture land, and/or woodlands. They also judge water quality and determine what management practices would benefit the soil. These include: grass waterways, and tile. Dillion Rall, Hannah Heilman, Jared McNeely, Steven Stalder, Mason Bloom, Leslie Nichols, Sarah Thomas and Delaney Althauser were the eight members who competed the District Six contest.
The Hardin County Dairy Service Unit is holding their semi-annual cheese sale. The fall sale has a variety of cheeses to choose from including Colby, Muenster, Smoked Cheddar, Mozzarella, Marble, American Processed, Farmers Cheese, Cheddar, Big Eye Swiss, Baby Swiss, Lacey Swiss (low cholesterol, low fat), Hot Pepper, and also Trail Bologna. Cheese is in approximately 2 pound units, except for Muenster, Hot Pepper, American Processed Cheese, which are sold in 5 pound loaves. The American Processed Cheese is sliced, while the mozzarella and cheddar cheese are shredded. The Trail Bologna comes in 1-1 3/4 pound rings. Order forms can be obtained at the Extension Office at 1021 W. Lima Street, Suite 103 in Kenton or online at hardin.osu.edu, as well as from Dairy Service Unit Directors. The deadline for ordering cheese is October 26, with pick-up dates November 6 from 12:00 pm to 7:00 pm or November 7 from 9:00 am until 12:00 noon at Dan and Molly Wagner’s dairy farm. Funds from the semi-annual cheese sale are used to support dairy youth activities such as scholarships, royalty, awards, and other activities planned by the Dairy Service Unit. Orders not picked up will be considered canceled. No deliveries will be made. Pay amount due at pick-up.
Students at the soils invitational judging pit #2.
The FFA held their annual soils invitational on Thursday, September 24th, 2015. There were 13 students present from the Hardin Northern FFA, and they were all assigned specific jobs to do. Three people were set out to monitor the pits all day, and the other students were assigned to watch the testing room, and grade papers. Students from other FFA chapters who participate on the soils team came to judge the soil in the 3 different pits. The contest began at 9:00 am and continued on until around 8:30 pm. We had an awesome turnout and the teams all did great.
Corey Thomson representing the Hardin Northern FFA while showing his pig at the Hardin County Fair.
Fair King and Queen Candidates Kenzie Kater and Blake Obenour before the ceremony.
The Hardin County Fair was September 8th-13th. We had many FFA members enter projects in the fair that ranged from woodworking to animal showing. This year we had two FFA members represent Hardin Northern in the running for fair king and queen. The candidates from Hardin Northern were Kenzie Kater, and Blake Obenour. Kenzie Kater placed as Fair Queen Runner up.
The 2015 Hardin Northern FFA Officer Team at the Ohio FFA Camp Muskingum High Ropes Course.
The Hardin Northern FFA officers recently went to FFA Camp Muskingum for officer retreat. The 9 officers and two advisors stayed in the retreat center for three days talking about the upcoming year and how they could help improve the FFA. Many new ideas were discussed, but all agreed that the focus should be on more chapter involvement. A goal was set for every student in the FFA to increase their community service by 2 hours throughout the year. Another goal was to get 5 CDE teams to place top 10. The group also talked about each officer’s responsibilities and what was expected of the team through the year. The group created a mission statement for the FFA students to follow. It wasn’t all hard work though as the officers played games and did activities to see what kind of leaders each were and how to work together. There were many team building sessions but one activity was called “ABC’s of me.” This game helped each officer to come up with different words that best described themselves. Each officer was paired with another officer to prepare one meal for the rest of the team. Doing this allowed us to work together in completing a specific task. For recreation the team went down to the lake to kayak and to a high ropes agility course together. Overall it was a great bonding time for the 2015 Hardin Northern FFA Officers and all are excited for the upcoming year!
The 2015-2016 officer team attended District 6 officer training with surrounding schools featuring Ridgemont and Riverdale. Officers learned about Program of Activities and what qualities make a good officer. Officers also learned about different activities that could make an FFA stronger as well as involved within the chapter. Many discussion revolved around FFA’s highlighted program of the year, banquet, and suggestions on how to make this year’s banquet the best yet!