Agriculture Runs in the Family for Michael Scuse and Holly Hufford

January 18, 2017

Michael Scuse, acting USDA deputy secretary, and daughter Holly Scuse Hufford, agriscience teacher at Smyrna Middle School in Delaware, share their personal stories about what led them both to successful careers in agriculture. They had an exceptional opportunity to work together when Scuse was Delaware’s secretary of agriculture at the same time Hufford was Delaware state FFA president.

This segment aired on the Jan. 14, 2017 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 147.

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Meet Members of the Capitol FFA Chapter in Nevada

January 18, 2017

Orion Samuelson introduces us to Katie Jones and Cristian Lamas from the Capitol FFA Chapter in Carson City, Nev. Katie and Cristian talk about the chapter’s floriculture project that benefited local domestic violence and breast cancer organizations, and they respond to Orion’s questions: If you could go anywhere in the world and do what you most want to do, Where would you go? What would you do?

This segment aired on the Jan. 14, 2017 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 147.

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In the Classroom with Wyoming FFA Advisor Joe Allen

January 18, 2017

Members of the Frontier FFA Chapter at East High School in Cheyenne, Wyo., and FFA advisor Joe Allen explain what they find most inspiring and rewarding in their agriculture classes and in FFA. By using technology and sharing life stories, Allen makes lessons taught in the classroom more real and relatable to the students. (From Wyoming Department of Education)

This segment aired on the Jan. 14, 2017 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 147.

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Former Ohio FFA Member Works for U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security

January 10, 2017

As an agriculture specialist for U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Stuart Parsons works to prevent the introduction of pests and diseases into the United States from other countries. The former Ohio FFA district officer uses his agricultural background to perform risk assessments of passengers and cargo at the airport in Columbus, Ohio. Stuart describes one shipment that involved geckos and cornhole boards! (Photo of Stuart Parsons being interviewed by Orion Samuelson.)

This segment aired on the January 7, 2017 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 147.

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California FFA Advisor Combines Her Passions for Agriculture and Travel

January 10, 2017

Former Pennsylvania state FFA officer Allison Hoover describes her circuitous route from her home state to California, with stops along the way in Costa Rica and Ghana in West Africa. She came to Ripon Christian High School in Ripon, Calif., to start the school’s agriculture program and FFA chapter, and now in her second year, Allison is an enthusiastic advocate of agricultural education and FFA.

This segment aired on the January 7, 2017 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 147.

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Conversation with National FFA CEO Mark Poeschl

January 4, 2017

Mark Poeschl reflects on his first five months as CEO of the National FFA Organization and the National FFA Foundation. A former FFA member and past Nebraska state FFA president, Poeschl discusses three personal priorities for FFA – inclusion and diversity, expanding the giving base, and recruiting and retaining ag educators – and he offers his New Year’s resolution for FFA.

This segment aired on the December 31, 2016 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 147.

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A Touch of Country Christmas in Ohio

January 4, 2017

For 18 years, the River View FFA Chapter in Warsaw, Ohio, has organized and hosted an annual Touch of Country Christmas event for area elementary students. FFA advisor Alyssa McMullen and chapter president Eden Ehman explain how chapter members transformed the ag shop into a winter wonderland so their guests could enjoy a petting zoo, pony rides and other activities. (Coshocton Beacon Today photo.)

This segment aired on the December 24, 2016 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 147.

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Virginia FFA Chapter Gathers Christmas Cards for Service Members

January 4, 2017

Appomattox Middle School FFA members in Virginia gathered Christmas cards for military service members who were away from their families during the holidays. FFA advisor Dani Gaulden relates how the chapter worked with others in the community, collecting nearly 500 cards to show their support of service members in Okinawa and at Camp Lejeune, S.C.

This segment aired on the December 24, 2016 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 147.

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Oklahoma FFA Chapter Creates a Holiday Light Display

January 4, 2017

Members of the Quapaw FFA Chapter in Oklahoma created a Christmas-themed light display for the Twin Bridges State Park’s annual Park of Lights event. Quapaw FFA advisor Jason Couch and FFA members Christian Miller, Denee Riley and Tori Harris describe the idea for their display and explain how chapter members transformed that idea into a reality.

This segment aired on the December 24, 2016 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 147.

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Byron Nelson FFA in Texas Partners with Guide Dogs for the Blind

December 20, 2016

Mark Goggins, FFA advisor at Byron Nelson High School in Trophy Club, Texas, explains how his chapter started raising dogs that will one day serve as guide dogs for the blind. Byron Nelson FFA member Jennie Powell is raising a guide dog for her SAE, training and socializing the dog in preparation for the formal training program. (2015-16 National FFA President Taylor McNeel visited the chapter last April!)

This segment aired on the December 17, 2016 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 147.

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