Profusion of Projects at Narragansett FFA in Rhode Island

December 6, 2016

Five members of the Narragansett FFA Chapter in Rhode Island give an overview of some of their projects. Chapter president Audra Koukas describes the Farm Olympics, Charlie Ashworth talks about the new greenhouse, Todd Poulos explains how the sugar shack operates, Aliana Zabel reports on the plant sale and Marc Baglini tells us about the ag mechanics program and the Woodsman Contest.

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

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Melanie Mundell, 2016 Delaware Bio Educator of the Year

December 6, 2016

When Delaware’s Newark Charter School opened its high school in 2013, Melanie Mundell moved from teaching seventh-grade science to teach biotechnology and start an FFA chapter at the new school. As Melanie and her students embraced both the biotechnology pathway and FFA, the Delaware BioScience Association took note of their success, naming Melanie the state’s Bio Educator of the Year for 2016.

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

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Alabama FFA Chapter Continues a Musical FFA Tradition

December 6, 2016

Members of the Zion Chapel FFA Chapter in Jack, Ala., tell correspondent Kelsey Litchfield how they raised money to pay for their trip to the National FFA Convention & Expo, only to find that their quartet was not registered for the talent competition. The chapter never lost faith, and the students were able to share their inspiring music on one of the talent stages at the convention.

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

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Meet Trey Elizondo, 2016-17 National FFA Vice President−Western Region

November 30, 2016

If Trey Elizondo had to choose a favorite FFA memory, it just might be the trips to competitions and conferences that he and his fellow Yoakum FFA members took with their FFA advisor. Now serving as the 2016-17 National FFA Vice President−Western Region, the Texan’s path to national office was not a traditional one, but Trey says he never stopped striving for his dream.

This segment aired on the November 26, 2016 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 147.

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Conversation with Two New Mexico Agriculture Teachers

November 30, 2016

Kim O’Byrne and Doug Cometti work as a team, teaching agriculture and serving as FFA advisors at Mayfield High School in Las Cruces, N.M. Kim and Doug talk with former National FFA Officer Shannon Norris about the unique opportunities available through agricultural education and FFA, and they share some special success stories that their students have experienced.

This segment aired on the November 26, 2016 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 147.

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Colorado FFA Members Have a Field Day on the Rangeland

November 30, 2016

In preparation for a statewide FFA rangeland judging contest, eastern Colorado FFA members gathered for a day of rangeland education and appreciation. The students studied the conditions and plants of the rangeland and learned about conservation and wise use of this valuable resource.

This segment aired on the November 26, 2016 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 147.

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Carson Valley FFA Chapter in Nevada Hosts a Farm to Fork Harvest Dinner

November 21, 2016

Robin Futch, FFA advisor at Carson Valley FFA Chapter in Minden, Nev., is carrying on the chapter’s tradition of hosting a Farm to Fork Harvest Dinner around Thanksgiving. Students raise, harvest and cook turkeys and they glean produce from the school garden for the meal. FFA members Tanner McNabb and Cristina Munoz explain what they have learned by participating in this project.

This segment aired on the November 19, 2016 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 147.

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Meet Ashley Willits, 2016-17 National FFA Vice President−Eastern Region

November 21, 2016

Ashley Willits’ mother and father are both agriculture teachers and FFA advisors, so it is not surprising that the 2016-17 National FFA Vice President−Eastern Region is passionate about FFA. Ashley says her goal as a national officer is to let everyone know that FFA gives all students a place to belong. She wants all FFA members to feel at home in the organization.

This segment aired on the November 19, 2016 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 147.

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Nelson McCracken from Georgia, 2016 NAAE Outstanding Agricultural Education Teacher − Region V

November 21, 2016

Nelson McCracken was named the 2016 NAAE Outstanding Agricultural Education Teacher for Region V. He previously taught agriculture at Bagley Middle School in Chatsworth, Ga., but now teaches at North Murray High School in the same town. He says it’s important to “plant the seed early” by teaching middle school and junior high students about agriculture.

This segment aired on the November 19, 2016 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 147.

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Tom Andres from Montana, 2016 NAAE Outstanding Agricultural Education Teacher − Region I

November 21, 2016

Tom Andres, agriculture teacher and FFA advisor at Big Sky High School in Missoula, Mont., was named the 2016 NAAE Outstanding Agricultural Education Teacher for Region I. Tom started his career as a science teacher and then switched to agriculture. He says the best place to teach science is on the school farm.

This segment aired on the November 19, 2016 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 147.

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