Norfolk FFA in Massachusetts

August 23, 2016

The Norfolk FFA Chapter at Norfolk County Agricultural High School in Walpole, Mass., is celebrating the school’s 100th anniversary in 2016. Situated on a 400-acre campus, the school offers programs in animal and marine science, diesel and mechanical technology, horticulture, and environmental science. FFA advisor Melissa McKenna and FFA members Hannah Deane and Dean Powers describe the unique opportunities at Norfolk Aggie.

This segment aired on the August 20, 2016 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 147.

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Zach Kinne Is a Voice for Farmers at the National Corn Growers Association

August 23, 2016

Zach Kinne, 2007-08 National FFA President from Missouri, says the first time he visited Washington, D.C., was to attend the Washington Leadership Conference. Today, Zach lives and works in the nation’s capital, serving as director of public policy for the National Corn Growers Association. Zach explains how the experiences he had in FFA helped him realize his goal of having a career related to agricultural policy.

This segment aired on the August 20, 2016 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 147.

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California’s Westminster FFA Is Valued by the Community

August 23, 2016

Located in the Los Angeles metropolitan area of southern California, the Westminster FFA Chapter is a source of pride for the school administration and the community. We hear from the Westminster FFA advisor, the Westminster High School principal and a WHS administrator, a Westminster police commander and a city council member – all of whom sing the praises of Westminster FFA!

This segment aired on the August 20, 2016 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 147.

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Former Kentucky Ag Teacher Takes Center Stage with Jericho Woods

August 16, 2016

Josh Mitcham says he was the kid who did it all in high school – sports, chorus, FFA – and after majoring in agricultural education at college, he taught agriculture for 12 years. Still, music was Josh’s real passion, and now he is the lead singer for Jericho Woods, a “rural” band based in Kentucky. Josh encourages all students to give FFA a try; he says agriculture is the vehicle for the experience, whatever your goals may be. (To hear an expanded interview with Josh, visit RuralRadio147.com.)

This segment aired on the August 13, 2016 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 147.

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Indiana FFA Foundation Receives $400,000 Grant from Lilly Endowment

August 16, 2016

Lisa Chaudion, executive director of the Indiana FFA Foundation, explains how a $400,000 grant from Lilly Endowment will be used to create a three-year Learn-Lead-Succeed project for underserved students in central Indiana. Students will develop their leadership and employability skills by participating in a Leadership Center Challenge Course at the Indiana FFA Leadership Center.

This segment aired on the August 13, 2016 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 147.

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Oklahoma State FFA Officers Share Reflections About Their Ag Teachers

August 16, 2016

The 2015-16 Oklahoma State FFA Officers reflect on the many ways their ag teachers have impacted their lives, both in the classroom and through FFA. From offering encouragement and advice to serving as coaches and mentors, these ag teachers are always there for their students.

This segment aired on the August 13, 2016 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 147.

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Indiana’s Greensburg FFA Chapter Makes the Most of Two FFA Grants

August 11, 2016

Using funds from a Living to Serve: Environmental/Natural Disaster and Emergency Preparedness grant and an FFA: Food For All grant, members of the Greensburg FFA Chapter hosted grain, firearms and water safety programs; they created Little Free Libraries; they planted a garden in a courtyard at their school; and they presented agricultural literacy programs for elementary school students. FFA advisor Greg Schneider and FFA members Payten, Maddy and Clarissa explain the projects.

This segment aired on the August 6, 2016 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 147.

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Louisiana Art Museum Curator Found a Creative Outlet in FFA

August 11, 2016

Jenny Burnham, curator of education and public programs at the Masur Museum of Art in Monroe, La., says FFA provided her with a creative outlet when she was in high school. A member of the Choudrant FFA Chapter in Louisiana, Jenny worked on welding and woodworking projects and cultivated her love of photography. She says those FFA experiences shaped the person she is today.

This segment aired on the August 6, 2016 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 147.

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Nevada Agriculture Teachers Speak Out

August 11, 2016

Nevada State FFA Officers ask agriculture teachers what led them to choose agricultural education as a career. The educators explain what they find most rewarding about teaching agriculture, and they offer valuable advice to those interested in becoming an ag teacher.

This segment aired on the August 6, 2016 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 147.

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2016 WLC Wrap-up

August 11, 2016

For seven weeks during June and July, more than 2,100 FFA members from across the country traveled to Washington, D.C., to attend the Washington Leadership Conference. Genevieve Regli (California), Marshall Gibbens (Nebraska), Hunter Hilbert (Virginia) and Dynasty Brandon (Illinois) share some of their WLC experiences.

This segment aired on the July 30, 2016 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 147.

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