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Spotlight on Youth for Nov. 15, 2006
Hagerstown FFA team places fourth in state contest
HAGERSTOWN, Ind. — The Hagerstown FFA Master Soils Judging Team placed fourth at the State Soils Judging Contest in La Porte County on Nov. 4. Team members included Josh Foulke, Kaitlyn Culy, Cody Fink and Lucas Mitchell.

The school’s Junior Soils Judging Team and Senior Soils Judging Team also participated in the state contest. The junior team, including Alex Houck, Paul Hellwarth, Andrew Lewis and Austin Robinson, placed third. The senior team placed 23rd.

Miami East FFA students learn about advances in ag research
CASSTOWN, Ohio — On Sept. 20, Jeff and Debbie Roeth played host to the Agriscience 2 students at Miami East High School as they learned about the science of agronomy. The Roeths provided a tour of their research facility just east of Troy, Ohio. During their visit the students learned about advances in seed pollination and production, herbicide and insecticide research, and various tillage methods.

Jeff Roeth, owner and operator of Buckeye Ag Testing, shared that they are a contracted facility for research with Syngenta Global.

The students used the opportunity to learn about research in agriculture production as part of their lesson on agronomy in the Miami East Agricultural Education Department, a satellite of the Miami Valley Career Technology Center.

Big turnout for Fairfield FFA Safe Halloween event
LEESBURG, Ohio — Rain didn’t stop trick-or-treaters in Leesburg, Ohio this year. More than 1,000 people came to the Fairfield High School for the first annual Fairfield FFA Safe Halloween on Oct. 26.

The Safe Halloween was held so that children of the community could have a fun night without having the worries that also come with the traditional outdoor trick-or-treat. Candy and other treats were given out along with sugar-free candy.

The Fairfield FFA also gave out 500 free hot dogs and cans of pop to the children in attendance. More than 23 local businesses and school organizations passed out treats to the children, including Top Quality Child Care, Barrett’s Strawberry Farm, Ehler’s Photography, Leesburg Police Department, Kay W. Simmons, Larrick Hamps, Fifth/Third Bank, State Farm Insurance, Leesburg Boy Scouts, Lions Club, Leesburg Federal Savings Bank, Fat Boys, Square One, Sowder’s Bakery, State Farm Insurance, Big Hill Realty and Zimmerman Roads Excavat-ing. Other Fairfield organizations who donated items and their time, included S.A.D.D., FCCLA, High School Student Council, Spanish Club, FHS Music Assoc., and the National Honor Society.

-Submitted by Jessica VanDervort, Reporter

This farm news was published in the Nov. 15, 2006 issue of Farm World, serving Indiana, Ohio, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan and Tennessee.