Future Agriculture Teachers Tabitha Hudspeth and Isaiah Govea on the Teach Ag Campaign

September 20, 2016

Tabitha Hudspeth is an agricultural studies major at Arkansas State University and she is also the 2016-17 National Teach Ag intern. Tabitha describes two main reasons for choosing agricultural education as a career: #1, there is a need for more agriculture teachers – so jobs are available; and #2, agriculture is an open field with a wide variety of options.

Isaiah Govea is an agricultural education major at the University of Arizona and he also serves as a Teach Ag Ambassador. Isaiah grew up in Phoenix and did not have an agricultural background, but he was drawn to agriculture and FFA because of the leadership opportunities. He says agriculture has something for everybody.

Tabitha and Isaiah encourage everyone to check out Teach Ag Day activities on Thursday, Sept. 22: www.naae.org/teachag

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

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Terry Rieckman on the Teach Ag Campaign

September 20, 2016

Terry Rieckman of South Dakota started his career as an agriculture educator in 1984, and while he has now retired from teaching, he continues as president of the National Association of Agricultural Educators. Terry talks about the growing need for teachers who can educate people about where their food comes from – but the current demand for agriculture teachers is outpacing the supply.

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

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Recovery Efforts Following August Floods in Louisiana

September 12, 2016

Kathy Conerly, executive secretary of the Louisiana FFA Association, gives an update on the recovery efforts that are underway following the massive August floods in Louisiana. Thousands of FFA members, advisors and their families were impacted by the floods. To help with their recovery efforts, contact the Louisiana FFA Association at 225-578-5749 or visit www.ffa.org/crisisrelief

This segment aired on the September 10, 2016 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 147.

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Dr. Travis Park on the Teach Ag Campaign

September 12, 2016

Travis Park is the son of an agriculture teacher, he was the 1992-93 National FFA President and now he is an associate professor of agricultural and extension education at North Carolina State University. Dr. Park says agriculture educators are more than teachers; they are also coaches and mentors to their students. He explains how he and his students will celebrate agriculture teachers on Teach Ag Day (Sept. 22).

This segment aired on the September 10, 2016 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 147.

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Romance Was in the Air at the New Hampshire State FFA Convention

September 7, 2016

People say FFA is life-changing, and that was certainly true for Christine Arguin and Brendon Jackson. They met for the first time 10 years ago at the New Hampshire State FFA Convention and immediately hit it off. Christine and Brendon went their separate ways for a while, but when they reconnected and decided to get married, where did they hold their wedding? That’s right – at the New Hampshire State FFA Convention!

This segment aired on the September 3, 2016 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 147.

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2016 Culver’s FFA Essay Contest Winners

September 7, 2016

Three FFA chapters have received cash prizes from Culver’s that will help pay for their trips to the National FFA Convention & Expo. Writing about how modern technology is impacting the industry of agriculture and their ag careers, winners of Culver’s Second Annual FFA Essay Contest are: Wyatt Neal of Parma FFA in Idaho, Hannah Stokan of Seven Lakes FFA in Texas, and Sierra Wiles of Riverton Parke FFA in Indiana. (Thanks to Crawfordsville Radio WCDQ and WIMC for the Riverton Parke FFA interview.)

This segment aired on the September 3, 2016 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 147.

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Paul Larson, NAAE Outstanding Agriculture Teacher from Wisconsin

September 7, 2016

When Paul Larson came to Wisconsin’s Freedom High School in 1989, the agriculture program was struggling – but through Paul’s efforts and the support of their FFA Alumni and the local community, the program is now thriving. Named the 2015 NAAE Outstanding Agriculture Teacher for Region 3, Paul still finds teaching exciting and fun. As he says, with agriculture, “there’s always something new to learn.”

This segment aired on the September 3, 2016 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 147.

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Maddie Poole, 2016 U.S. Presidential Scholar in CTE

August 30, 2016

Maddie Poole is one of just 20 students to be named a 2016 U.S. Presidential Scholar in Career and Technical Education. While a student (and FFA member) at the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences, Maddie developed her interest in science and research, and that opened doors to numerous opportunities – including an internship at the University of Illinois and travel to India and China.

This segment aired on the August 27, 2016 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 147.

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Kevin Cooper, Iowa’s 2016 Excellence in Education Award Recipient

August 30, 2016

Kevin Cooper, agriculture teacher and FFA advisor at Nevada High School in Iowa, received the Iowa State Education Association’s 2016 Excellence in Education Award. His advice to young teachers: Focus on these three P’s – Passion, Performance and Promotion. Kevin says the support of his students, their parents and the community has contributed to the success of his agricultural education program.

This segment aired on the August 27, 2016 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 147.

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Hydroponics and Aquaculture at Mackay FFA in Idaho

August 30, 2016

For four years, Mackay FFA member Hailey Hampton managed a hydroponics project with two goals in mind: to produce tomatoes and to turn a profit. Hailey not only has a green thumb – she also brought home the gold for her FFA chapter when she won $10,000 in the 2015 Culver’s FFA Essay Contest. In their aquaculture program, Mackay FFA members raise tilapia, trout and sturgeon. (From KIDK-3 and KIFI Local News 8 in Idaho Falls, Idaho.)

This segment aired on the August 27, 2016 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 147.

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