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National FFA Convention Wrap Up!

October 22, 2016
Wyatt Jones

After an eventful four days in Indianapolis, Indiana at the 89th National FFA Convention, another successful FFA year has come to an end. Members from all over the United States were able to come together and congratulate those members who have excelled at the national level. It was an exciting few days as numerous awards were received, the 2016-2017 National FFA officers were slated, and almost 4,000 members received their American FFA Degrees. A new year of competitions has already begun and we will find ourselves back in Indy before we know it. Just as the theme of convention was “Transform,” strive to transform this year and achieve your fullest potential!   


89th National FFA Convention

October 17, 2016
Wyatt Jones

Hey all! The 89th National FFA Convention will begin this Wednesday on October 19th, 2016. The theme for convention this year is “Transform,” so come ready to hear from some great presenters and the always great National FFA Officers. Be sure to attend the career expo to see some awesome opportunities that can be found in the agricultural industry. Make sure you also use the trip to check out Indianapolis; it it a really cool city! Oh, and of course use the time to mingle with other members who share the same passion for the Ag industry that you do. Get hyped and get ready to Transform!


National Farmer’s Day

October 12, 2016
Wyatt Jones

A day of honor is very much deserved to all of the hard-working farmers.  National Farmer’s Day is observed annually on October 12th as a day for them and to pay tribute to all farmers throughout American history. Farmers have been recognized since for centuries for their hard work and contribution to the economy. The best way to celebrate this day is easy – all you have to do is thank a farmer!


National FFA Convention

October 1, 2016
Wyatt Jones

Hey there! National Convention is under a month away! For those of you who have gone before, you know how awesome National Convention is. However, for those of you have not yet had the opportunity to experience this trip, let me give you the rundown. Convention is held October 19th through the 22nd in downtown Indianapolis, Indiana. This is a time of fun, tradition, and education, as you will be making some great memories with your fellow FFA members, experience the tradition of 60,000 FFA members from all over the United States joining together, and hearing from some outstanding speakers. National Convention allows members to attend various sessions where National Officers and other talented keynote speakers express their passion for ag to those in attendance. There is also an enormous career expo where members have the opportunity to adventure and learn about the various businesses in the ag industry. Convention is a great time to meet new people who share a love for agriculture, just as you do. If you have the opportunity to attend this year, I strongly encourage you to take the trip! National Convention is one of the many great experiences that FFA has to offer.


What Are You Passionate About?

September 25, 2016
Wyatt Jones

Hey all, today’s article is going to touch on being passionate about what you do. You can incorporate passion into anything you do, and passion can be portrayed in a variety of ways. Whether it’s school, a sport, or a career, passion can make all the difference in going from good to great. For example, I am passionate about my education, my job as an intern, and my future career as an educator. By being passionate about the things I am doing now, I will further develop my potential for later in life. This passion will carry on as I endure new tasks throughout my life. The things you devote your passion to may change and that is okay. As you are given new opportunities, your goals will change and your passion may shift. No matter where you are or what you’re doing, make sure you incorporate some kind of passion into your everyday life. The benefits will be great.


Happy National Teach Ag Day!

September 22, 2016
Wyatt Jones

As you may know, September 22, 2016 is National Teach Ag Day! This is a day where we can celebrate all of the awesome things agricultural education does for us. Ag education connects abstract concepts with real world challenges. Programs provide a special blend of tradition and the future. Did you know that no two programs are the same? In this way, ag education is contributing to the future industry of agriculture. National Teach Ag day is also a time to thank your educator for all that they do for you. Ag teachers go above and beyond to ensure that the leading industry in Ohio has developed leaders ready to join the industry. If you are interested in becoming an agricultural educator, major in agriscience education at either The Ohio State University, Wilmington College, or one of the numerous out of state institutions that offer the major. You can also visit our website,, to learn more!


The Farm Bill

September 20, 2016
Wyatt Jones

Today we’re going to discuss the Farm Bill, well I’m going to discuss and you’re going to read…hopefully. Let’s begin with how it started: during the Great Depression an act called the “Ag Adjustment Act” was implemented to help farmers stay afloat while crop production was drastically low. This was issued by President Roosevelt in 1933. Since then we have continued utilizing this act, but just as anything else it has been changed a little. The Farm Bill is essentially a piece of legislation that assists a variety of topics including: food prices, food safety, regulations, research, production practices, and many more. This is a bill that is renewed every five years; the most recent Farm Bill will be renewed in 2018. At this time, new concepts will be taken into consideration, and items can be added/removed from the Farm Bill. The bill is extremely complex and can take years to pass. This legislation is imperative to both producers and consumers, as it helps regulate areas in regards to both. In summary, the Farm Bill affects us all in terms of food and fiber. I hope you enjoyed this quick gist of what the Farm Bill is!


Take a Break

September 15, 2016
Wyatt Jones

With harvest season, CDE’s, and everything else on it’s way things can be getting pretty hectic. Make sure you take the time to venture out and experience some agritourism. The fall season is an outstanding opportunity to take a trip to an agricultural hot spot. Whether that be picking apples, carving pumpkins, or taking a haunted hay ride, they will all get you more in tune with agriculture. This also boost our industry and continues to promote all that agriculture has to benefit. Start planning your trip today!


Reminder: Farm Science Review!

September 10, 2016
Wyatt Jones

Hey there! Farm Science Review is being held this week September 20-22, so if you can make it to London, Ohio, do it! This is an awesome time to see some of the new and innovative ways agriculture is advancing. There are machinery demos that provide an up-close view to some of the latest trends on the market. Fields have been planted in advance to show attendees new ways to place crops. Venders from all spectrums of the industry are set up and willing to talk about their products. Overall, this is a great way to take a trip and see how the largest industry in Ohio is revolutionizing. Farm Science Review is a must if you love agriculture, so check it out!


Fall CDE’s

September 2, 2016
Wyatt Jones

Hi all! I hope you have been hitting the books and working hard to excel in the fall Career Development Events. Whether it be soil judging, forestry, or any of the others that you all are eligible to participate in in the fall, make sure you are working hard towards your goals. CDE’s take not only hands on practice with your team, but also practice on your own. So get pumped for these events, as they will be here before you know it. Oh, and good luck to all those competeing!


Farm Science Review!

August 30, 2016
Wyatt Jones

Hey guys! I hope your school year is getting off to a great start. I just wanted to remind you that Farm Science Review will be held September 20-22 in London, Ohio. This would be a great opportunity for you and your chapter to see some of the advancements in the world of agriculture, and it will all be displayed right here in Ohio! Farm Science Review is packed with Ag industry professionals who are ready to answer your questions, and discuss ideas that implement agriculture. So, if you can, take a field trip to the 2016 Farm Science Review!


Welcome Back To School!

August 25, 2016
Wyatt Jones

Welcome back to school my fellow Ag friends! I hope all of you had a great summer working with your SAE projects, attending Ohio FFA Camp, or vacationing with family. Although no one likes to see summer come to an end, it is time to get to work back in your classrooms. Make sure you are all on top of your game, as CDE’s will begin shortly after the start of school. Everyone plays a major role in the Ag classroom, whether you are an officer, member, or educator. To be successful this year it will take a team of hard-working professionals, so let’s get to it!


Intern Spotlight: Wyatt

August 20, 2016
Wyatt Jones

Hello all! Once again I am Wyatt Jones an Agriscience intern, but this week I am in the “Intern Spotlight.”  I am currently a second year student at Ohio State studying Ag Ed and production agriculture. This year I will be a Resident Advisor in Nosker House. A little about my past: I attended Greenfield McClain High School, and graduated in 2015. While in high school I was active in FFA, basketball, show choir, and student council. I was also in 4-H, and showed market hogs at the Ross County Fair for 10 years. I am extremely excited to visit many of your classrooms this year and speak with you all about agricultural education. See you soon!


Intern Spotlight: Logan

August 10, 2016
Logan Heiby

What’s up ya’ll, I’m Logan Heiby and today I am sharing a little about myself and why I wanna #TeachAg. I was born and raised in Coldwater, Ohio where I live on my family’s farm that raises dairy feeder calves and hogs. I was in 4-H for 10 years where I held several officer positions such as vice president and president! Also through my 4 years of high school I took part in awesome organizations such as FFA and my local Junior Fairboard. In my FFA chapter I was the Student Advisor my junior year, and the Vice President my senior year. During my time in FFA I actively participated in many CDE’s, Leadership Workshops, and State and National Conventions. Last year in October I had the chance to walk across the National Convention stage to receive my American Degree!

I am currently a third year agriscience major at The Ohio State University. I am actively involved in a club called Agricultural Education Society where I also hold a committee chair position. The reason why I want to #TeachAg is because I have a passion for educating consumers about the ag industry. I also want to #TeachAg because just like my ag teacher I want to make a positive difference in the lives of my future students!


Intern Spotlight: Katherine

August 2, 2016
Katherine Bell

Hey guys, I’m Katherine Bell and I will be a third year student at The Ohio State University. Lucky for you guys, I will be a guest journalist in this week’s #TeachAg article. I grew up in Henry County, Ohio and attended Liberty Center High School. I was apart of 4-H where I showed goats. During high school I was involved in cheerleading as well as FFA. During my time as a member of the Liberty Center FFA Chapter I was an officer, participated in the dairy and livestock judging CDE’s and attended National and State Conventions where I received my state degree. It was my personal experience through FFA that made me want to become an Ag Teacher. I attended ATI for two years with a major of Agriscience Education. I was involved in Community Council as well as spending one of those as a Resident Advisor. I plan to attend Columbus campus come fall. I cannot wait to make a difference in students like my ag teacher made in me. This is why I’m tagged to #TeachAg!


Intern Spotlight: Tania

July 30, 2016
Tania Burgos Hernandez

Hola! I, Tania, would like to share how I became interested in agriculture. I grew up in Bayamon, Puerto Rico which is part of the metropolitan area. I went to a small catholic school where agriculture was not even discussed. When I was a senior and started looking for what to major in college, I thought agriculture was different and interesting. Studying agriculture has been one of the best decisions I could have ever made. I received a B.S. from the University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez campus in Agronomy. As an undergrad, I was involved in Alpha Zeta, Student Council, and Agronomy and Soil Science Student Association. As a graduate student at the Ohio State University, I was involved in the Puerto Rican Student Association, GradRoots and Graduate Association of Latin American Students.  I am currently a second year Ph.D. student in the soil science program at OSU. My goal is to #TeachAg in Ohio.


Intern Spotlight: Frances

July 25, 2016
Frances Nicol

Hey everyone, it’s Frances. Just wanted to tell you a little bit about myself, other than being one of the Ohio Agriscience Interns. I grew up on a cattle and grain farm in Union County, Ohio. I was a member of 4-H for 10 years where I showed dairy beef calves and as I reached high school, I of course joined the FFA! At Fairbanks FFA, I was an officer for 2 years and was involved in parliamentary procedure, dairy judging, agriculture communications, and food science CDEs. I am a Junior at The Ohio State University majoring in Agriscience Education so I can #TeachAg. At OSU, I am involved in Ag Ed Society, Agriculture Communicators of Tomorrow, and Buckeye Dairy Club.


Intern Spotlight: Kayla

July 22, 2016
Kayla Walls

Hello friends! Kayla, here, taking over the Talk #TeachAg article for the week. A little bit about myself: I grew up on a grain farm in Mercer County, Ohio, showed horses through 4-H for ten years, and was also heavily involved in sports such as softball, basketball, and cross country. In FFA, I was the Parkway FFA Chapter President my senior year, and competed in several career development events including: rural soil judging, parliamentary procedure, job interview, creed speaking, and equine judging. I will be be attending the National FFA Convention this October and will receive my American Degree. After graduating high school in May of 2015, I attended The Ohio State University majoring in Agriscience Education where I will be a Sophomore this fall. At Ohio State, I am a member of Ag-Ed Society, Alpha Zeta Partners, Saddle & Sirloin Club, Romophos Class Honorary, the CFAES Learning Community, and the STEP Program. Upon graduation, I plan to obtain a job teaching agriculture in a middle school or high school located in Ohio.


Agriscience Interns Take On Ohio State Fair

July 15, 2016
Wyatt Jones

This year at the 2016 Ohio State Fair, held July 27th-August 7th, the Agriscience Intern team will be stationed in the Lausche building, located behind the Ohio FFA Center. Interns will be manning the Ohio FFA booth to interact with the public about FFA and Ohio agricultural education. Also located in this building, there will be a quick, hands on, science experiment put on throughout the week for all ages! There will also be various workshops put on by the interns based around concepts related to agricultural education.This is a great way to learn something new with your family! So be sure to stop by and check out the intern team in the Lausche building this year at the Ohio State Fair.


Keep Up With The Team!

July 8, 2016
Wyatt Jones

What’s up guys? I just wanted to remind you to follow the Teach Ag Ohio team. We are on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook at @teachagohio. This is a great way to keep up with what events the team is being a part of. Also, if you have any cool pictures, or items you’d like to share about #TeachingAg, be sure to tag the team in your posts! We would love to see what our fellow agriculturalists are doing. So go start following @teachagohio on your social media apps now!  


Have you been #TeachingAg!?

July 1, 2016
Wyatt Jones

What’s up Ohio Ag Lovers? Since the 88th Ohio FFA Convention, the Agriscience Internship Team has been very busy. We have recently been attending Ohio FFA Camp, and meeting all of the outstanding FFA members. This summer, the interns were also able to attend Summer Conference; this was a time where we learned valuable classroom techniques from current educators. Soon the team will be headed to the Ohio State Fair to host the Ohio FFA booth. So, make sure you are looking out for the intern team at the last few sessions of camp, and be sure to check out our booth at State Fair. It doesn’t matter where the intern team is, we always have awesome activities with us. We are also always #TeachingAg, so make sure you are too!


Ohio FFA Camp Muskingum

June 8, 2016
Wyatt Jones

Hello fellow Ohio FFA members! One of the best experiences that the intern team has gotten to be a part of is attending Ohio FFA Camp. This year there has been four of the six interns at every session of camp. During this time, the team has been able to interact with every FFA member at camp, the teachers, the Ohio FFA State Officers, and camp staff. The team generated a series of competitive activities based around three of the six pathways of agricultural education. In this way, the campers were able to have a great time while learning more about a certain pathway in ag education. This year the team focused on animal management, agribusiness, and natural resource management. Also while at camp, the intern team had the opportunity to meet with students who showed a great interest in the Agriscience Education major. This meeting was set in a luncheon style, and the team was able to answer any questions about college, the Agriscience major, or simply #TeachingAg.


Ohio FFA State Convention

April 25, 2016
Wyatt Jones

Hello Ohio FFA members! Are you all ready for the 88th Ohio State FFA Convention? This year, convention will be held May 5th through May 6th. Use this time at Convention to listen to some outstanding speakers, check out the expo center, and purchase some new Ohio FFA apparel. While you’re at Convention, be sure to check out what the Agriscience Internship team is doing. On May 5th, the team will be conducting a Hunger Workshop from 9-10 A.M. and also from 10:45-11:45am. This workshop is designed to help combat the hunger issue that many central Ohio families are facing. Then on May 6th at 1P.M., the Agriscience Internship team will host a workshop to promote Agriscience Education. Come for fun activities, and a chance to hear about all that Agriscience Education has to offer. Finally, make sure to visit our Teach Ag Ohio booth in the career expo center for some fun and a chance to win prizes. See you guys at Convention!


What is Your Role in Agriculture?

April 15, 2016
Wyatt Jones

What’s up guys, it’s time for “Talk #TeachAg.” Today I wanted to take the time to go over what your role in agriculture is. As students, you all are the literally the future of tomorrow. Some of you will become doctors, lawyers, mechanics, teachers, and producers of our food and fiber. While the list is endless, you all need to be aware that you will be filling these positions in a few short years. You may or may not choose a career directly within the field of agriculture, but I assure you that they all encompass agriculture in some way. Every area of occupation assists the agriculture industry. So, remember this as you’re finishing up your school year, and keep up the good work!


Happy Belated National Ag Day!

April 11, 2016
Wyatt Jones

How are the awesome agriculturalists of Ohio doing today? As you all may know Tuesday March 15th, 2016 was National Ag Day, so I wanted to take this time to offer some background on the special day. Starting 43 years ago National Ag Day was created to make consumers aware of all the work farmers do in order  to feed and clothe the United States and the world. Each American farmer feeds roughly 144 people, which is a major increase from 25 people in the 1960’s. Although this is a great improvement, the numbers will need to continue to rise as our global population will increase from 7.3 billion to more than 9 billion over the next 40 years. This will require agricultural producers to increase food production by 70 percent in order to meet the demands!

So continue to keep National Ag Day marked on your calendars, as it is our duty as agriculturalists to tell the story of food and fiber to the consumers today.


Agriscience Internship Introduction

April 1, 2016
Wyatt Jones

Hello fellow lovers of Agriculture! I am Wyatt Jones, a member of the 2016-17 Agriscience Internship team. Six interns were selected for this program to advocate the need for agricultural educators not only in the state of Ohio, but also across the United States. We just wrapped up our eventful week of training where we heard from various agricultural professionals. The team and I are now hard at work planning events to get involved with all of you. We look forward to seeing you at the Ohio FFA State Convention, Ohio FFA Camp Muskingum, and next fall in your classrooms.

Be sure to keep checking out the “Teach Ag Ohio” column in this newsletter. I’ll be sharing helpful tips and keeping you informed about opportunities as the year goes on!

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