On Thursday, April 13th the Hardin Northern FFA Chapter held its annual member banquet.
There were 65 members in attendance along with numerous parents, staff and community
members. This banquet marked a year end celebration of success for chapter members and
served as a thank you to the parents, staff and community members who support the chapter in
anyway. A large number of awards and scholarships were awarded at the banquet.
Award Winners were as followed: Senior, Holly Wilson was recognized as this year’s
Distinguished Member and Star Chapter Farmer. Senior, David Allen was recognized as this
year’s Star in AgriBusiness. Junior, Clair Wilson was selected as the recipient of the Ag Credit
110% Award. David Allen, Mikalea Ayers, Owen Bame, Samuel Diller, Catherine McMillion and
Holly Wilson were all awarded scholarships to assist them with their upcoming college
attendance in the fall. Along with awards for the members, each year the chapter awards an
Honorary Degree to a person who has went out of their way to help support them in anyway.
This year’s HN FFA honorary degree recipient was Patty Morris, the chapter can not thank Patty
enough for the support and dedication she has shown.
New Officer Team: Clair Wilson, Cassidy Deckling, Shelby Alloway, Rylie Bame, Cassidy Crooks and Ginnie Mills.
Rounding out the night was the installation of the 2017-2018 Officer Team. The newly installed team consists of Sentinel - Ginnie Mills, Reporter - Cassidy Crooks, Treasurer - Shelby Alloway, Secretary - Rylie Bame, Vice-President - Clair Wilson, President - Cassidy Deckling.
Many awards were presented at the annual banquet, beginning with the chapter’s honorary degree. This degree is awarded to individuals that have had a significant impact on the Kenton FFA Chapter. This year’s recipient was Terrie Body.
Several FFA members received awards for career development events, as well as chapter, state and national awards:
Proficiency Awards: Jared McNeely - Top 4 in Ohio - Agricultural Services, Lauren Johnson - Top 4 in Ohio - Agricultural Processing, Kolt Buchenroth - Top 2 in Ohio - Agricultural Communication, Abbi Amweg - Agricultural Sales - Honorable Mention
State Degrees: Kelli Haudenschield, Lauren Johnson, Layne Taylor, Jonathan D. Rall, Erin Unger.
American Degrees: William Barrett, Haylie Sheldon
Kenton FFA Advisor, Mrs. Shalie Logan, presented the evening's special awards:
110% Award: Jared McNeely
Star Chapter Greenhand: Garrett Thomas
Outstanding Sophomore: Kody Buchenroth
Outstanding Juniors: Delaney Althauser and Lauren Johnson
Outstanding Senior: Jared McNeely
New Leaders: Garrett Thomas, Olivia Whiting, Meredith Bischoff, Delaney Altauser,
Keeley Wright, Lauren Johnson, Erin Unger
Finally, the 2017-2018 Kenton FFA Officer Team was installed. The incoming officer team consists of Student Advisor - Erin Unger, Sentinel - Lauren Johnson, Reporter - Olivia Whiting, Treasurer - Meredith Bischoff, Secretary - Keeley Wright, Vice-President - Garrett Thomas, and President - Delaney Althauser.
The Boots and Buckles 4-H group met on Monday, April 17, 2017, at advisor Jolene Buchenroth's house at 6:30 p.m. The meeting started out with old business. The Boots and Buckles 4-H club held a bake sale on Saturday, April 8th, 2016. The bake sale was a success, and the Boots and Buckles 4-H group members would like to thank anybody who donated. New business is that the Boots and Buckles 4-H group will be having another bake sale Saturday, May 13, 2017. The proceeds will go to an organization or fund of the group's choosing. Announcements were after that. May 1st is the deadline to change your project if needed. May 15 is the procession deadline for the dairy beef feeders. May 27 is the mandatory shots and weigh in for dairy beef feeders from 8-10:30 at the Hardin County Fairgrounds. The meeting was then adjourned. Recreation was human shoots and ladders. Next meeting will be on Monday, May 8th, 2017 at Emma Arver's house at 6:30 p.m.
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Monica and Dennis von Stein share their experiences starting up Pure Country Greenhouses as part of the Small Farm Tour held April 8.
Six small farms were visited as part of the Auglaize and Hardin County New and Small Farm College this past Saturday, April 8. The New and Small Farm College was an eight-week short course held at the Ohio State University Lima campus in February and March. The purpose of the small farm tour was for class participants, either current owners or soon to be owners of small farm enterprises to see and ask questions of current small farm owners. Each stop offered a time for the small farm owners to tell their story of their farm goals, issues, and successes. The tour participants were able to see a variety of diverse production agriculture enterprises with different marketing plans throughout the day-long tour.
The small farm tour started out at Probst Family Farm near Bluffton. This is a Certified Naturally Grown Farm with pastured-based meats including beef, pork, turkey, chicken, and eggs with farmer’s market experience. Greg Probst is also the manager of the Bluffton Farmer’s Market. The next stop on the tour was Pure Country Greenhouses near Rawson. Monica and Dennis von Stein are the owners of this family owned and operated greenhouse business that has a variety of flowers, vegetables, hanging baskets, and arranged pots. The von Steins were self-taught and operate their business on a seasonal basis, marketing their plants both on the farm and at the farmer’s market in addition to work on the family’s grain operation. The final stop before lunch was Frisky Friends Farms outside of Ada where Chad and Jamie Hazelton raise hay, corn, dairy goats (of all breeds), Ayrshire dairy cattle, Dexter cattle, Pygmy goats, chickens, laying hens, hogs, rabbits, and horses. Like many other small farms, the Hazelton family children are involved with the many daily chores to take care of the animals.
Peck-n-Coop Family Farm east of Kenton was the first afternoon stop on the tour. Raising dairy, poultry, sheep, and chickens are a part of John and Kriss Brien’s daily family routine to help teach responsibility to their children. This farm has experience with Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), which customers pay a yearly fee to have access to farm products. The next stop on the tour was the Brammell Family Sugar Shack, also located east of Kenton. Maple sugar tapping and processing and tree planting plans for future growth was a topic of discussion at this alternative agriculture farm owned by Shelby and Kyle Brammell. The operation recently purchased a maple syrup evaporator for use in their sugar shack that was built from timbers taken from a family barn. A commercial fruit and vegetable farm was the final stop on the Small Farm Tour. Levi Yoder Greenhouse & Produce, located east of Kenton produces flowers, mums, strawberries, pumpkins, melons, and many other fruits and vegetables marketed through the Scioto Valley Produce Auction as well as from the farm. Yoder is the manager of this local produce auction that serves as a market for several local produce growers. Each stop on the tour provided an opportunity for the participants to see examples of local agricultural enterprises and find out how each contributed to the entrepreneur’s success. Pictures of the Auglaize and Hardin County Small Farm Tour can be viewed on the Hardin County OSU Extension Facebook page.
Many awards were presented at the annual banquet, beginning with the chapter’s honorary degrees. These degrees were awarded to individuals that have had a significant impact on the Ridgemont FFA Chapter. This year’s recipients are Ashley Ledley, Andrew Gandert, Andrew Scharf, Ernie and Amy Davis, Dixie Derke, and Keegan McKee.
Several FFA members received awards for service learning activities, and career development events, as well as state and national awards:
State Gold Science Fair, National Science Fair Bronze Finalist: Cameron Bright, Colin Freshcorn
Star State FFA Degree Candidate: Nole Gerfen - Star State Farmer Candidate, Nathan Stacklin - Star State Ag Business Candidate
State Proficiency Awards: Keaton Fout, Nole Gerfen, Shaye Creamer, Nathan Stacklin
National Swine Entrepreneurship Winner: Nole Gerfen
Ridgemont FFA Advisor Mrs. Stephanie Jolliff
Ridgemont FFA Advisor, Mrs. Stephanie Jolliff, presented the evening's special awards:
110% Award: Taylor Cronely and Nashley Robinson
Star Chapter Greenhand: Larrah Lones, Mackenzie Radar
Lauren Ledley Legacy Award: Shaye Creamer
2017-2018 Ridgemont FFA President, Alexis Elliott
Finally, the 2017-2018 Ridgemont FFA Officer Team was installed. I had the chance to speak with newly installed president, Alexis Elliott, who shared why she is an FFA Officer.
"Being an officer is just a title, but that title gives me the privledge to honor other FFA members here at banquet and throughout the year." Stated Elliott.