SPECIAL SEGMENT: Viewer calls from “Rural America Live” with FFA and Ram Truck

June 25, 2014

This segment first aired on the June 21, 2014 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 80.
On June 10, 2014, RFD-TV brought together representatives of Ram Truck and FFA on the “Rural America Live” television show. Viewers were invited to call in to share their comments and stories; here are a few of those calls.

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ADVISOR SPOTLIGHT: KEELY WEINBERGER, Salem County Vocational Technical School, Woodstown, N.J.

June 25, 2014

This interview first aired on the June 21, 2014 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 80.
Keely Weinberger is the FFA advisor at the Salem County Vocational Technical School in Woodstown, N.J. The former New Jersey state FFA officer talks about her current role as a CASE-certified teacher, and she describes some of her chapter’s community service projects, which include a school garden and plans for a greenhouse.

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CHAPTER SPOTLIGHT: Brooksville Senior FFA Chapter, Brooksville, Fla.

June 25, 2014

This interview first aired on the June 21, 2014 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 80.
Members of the Brooksville Senior FFA Chapter at Hernando High School in Brooksville, Fla., talk about their Program of Activities that earned the chapter recognition as a finalist for the 2013 Model of Excellence Award as well as all three categories of the 2013 Model of Innovation Awards (Chapter Development, Community Development and Student Development).

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FORMER MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: JOE MARTINEZ, Winters, Calif.

June 25, 2014

This interview first aired on the June 14, 2014 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 80.
Joe Martinez of Winters, Calif., was the 1968-69 National FFA Vice President for the Pacific Region (now the Western Region). He reflects on the many ways he benefited from his FFA membership – from developing leadership skills to improving his ability to speak English, his second language – and he talks about his orchard operation, where he grows almonds, pistachios, walnuts and prunes.

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ADVISOR SPOTLIGHT: DOYLE FLOYD, Bleckley County FFA Chapter, Cochran, Ga.

June 25, 2014

This interview first aired on the June 14, 2014 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 80.
The Georgia Farm Monitor shares this interview with Doyle Floyd, FFA advisor at the Bleckley County FFA Chapter in Cochran, Ga. Named the 2014 Georgia FFA Alumni Outstanding Agriculture Educator of the Year, Floyd has a simple yet very effective philosophy for teaching: “Make it fun.”

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CHAPTER SPOTLIGHT: Lincoln Middle School FFA Chapter, Palmetto, Fla.

June 25, 2014

This interview first aired on the June 14, 2014 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 80.
Seventh-grader Mackenzie Lang, a member of the Lincoln Middle School FFA Chapter in Palmetto, Fla., says she joined FFA to get “hands-on with animals,” but she has gained more from her membership than she could have imagined. Through FFA, the self-described “city girl” has been introduced to many different aspects of agriculture, including urban gardening and hydroponics.

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FFA FLASHBACK: MAJOR GENERAL ARNOLD FIELDS, U.S. Marine Corps (retired)

June 11, 2014

This interview was recorded in 2004 and aired on the June 7, 2014 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 80.
At the 2004 National FFA Convention, Major General Arnold Fields reflected on topics ranging from his military career to his experience as a member of the New Farmers of America to the changes he has seen in both the National FFA Organization and the national FFA convention.

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ADVISOR SPOTLIGHT: JANET ROSEQUIST, Winnisquam Regional High School FFA Chapter, Tilton, N.H.

June 11, 2014

This interview first aired on the June 7, 2014 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 80.
Janet Rosequist is the FFA advisor at the Winnisquam Regional High School FFA Chapter in Tilton, N.H. She explains how her chapter has partnered with two local farmers to grow crops such as potatoes, beans and squash for the school cafeteria and the community action program’s food pantry.

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CHAPTER SPOTLIGHT: Whites Creek FFA Chapter, Whites Creek, Tenn.

June 11, 2014

This interview first aired on the June 7, 2014 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 80.
Members of the Whites Creek FFA Chapter in Tennessee talk about their school’s alternative energy program. They explain how chapter members traveled across Tennessee in a truck powered by biodiesel fuel that they made from soybeans and how they operated a go-cart using ethanol they made from corn and sugarcane.

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FORMER MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: ABBY DOUGHERTY NICHOLS, Greenwood, Ind. (hometown)

June 4, 2014

This interview first aired on the June 1, 2014 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 80.
Former national FFA secretary (1998-99) Abby Nichols talks about growing up on the family farm and how her experiences as an FFA member reinforced her love of agriculture. Today she works with her family’s beef operation, and she encourages current FFA members to take advantage of the opportunities FFA offers.

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