FFA FLASHBACK: CHUCK LEAVELL, musician, tree farmer and conservationist

July 22, 2014

This interview was recorded in 2004 and aired on the July 19, 2014 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 80.
At the 2004 National FFA Convention, Chuck Leavell talked about two of his passions: music and forestry. He is perhaps best known as the keyboardist for groups including the Rolling Stones and the Allman Brothers Band, but he is also well known for his work in forestry and conservation and for the 2,200-acre central Georgia forest plantation that he and his wife own.

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ADVISOR SPOTLIGHT: SHELLY ROY, Ledyard FFA Chapter, Ledyard, Conn.

July 22, 2014

This interview first aired on the July 19, 2014 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 80.
Shelly Roy, FFA advisor at Ledyard High School in Ledyard, Conn., explains what she loves most about her job (teaching in two settings: classroom and laboratory – and seeing that “lightbulb” of understanding go on in her students). She also talks about the book event and agriculture fair the chapter will host, with Kristin Kimball, author of “The Dirty Life,” in attendance.

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CHAPTER SPOTLIGHT: Churchill County FFA Chapter, Fallon, Nev.

July 22, 2014

This interview first aired on the July 19, 2014 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 80.
Three members of the Churchill County FFA Chapter in Fallon, Nev. – Garrett Archuleta, Blane Merkley and Josey Moore – talk about the chapter’s twine recycling project. Chapter members gather twine that was used to bale hay and sell it to a recycling company, giving farmers and ranchers a safer alternative to burning or burying the twine.

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FORMER MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: COREY ROSENBUSCH, Glen Rose, Texas (hometown)

July 16, 2014

This interview first aired on the July 12, 2014 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 80.
Corey Rosenbusch was born in Crawford, Texas, but moved to Glen Rose, Texas, at a young age. Introduced to FFA by his father, an agriculture teacher, Corey went on to become Texas FFA president and national FFA president (1996-97). Now president and CEO of the Global Cold Chain Alliance, Corey talks about how his FFA experiences prepared him for this position.

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ADVISOR SPOTLIGHT: THOMAS PIEKARSKI, Trumbull High School, Trumbull, Conn.

July 16, 2014

This interview first aired on the July 12, 2014 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 80.
Thomas Piekarski, FFA advisor at Trumbull High School in Trumbull, Conn., says he has the best of all worlds because the working farm at his school allows him to integrate what he teaches in the classroom with the farm activities. He talks about some of the nontraditional SAE opportunities such as aquaculture that are available in the area.

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CHAPTER SPOTLIGHT: Dodson FFA Chapter, Dodson, La.

July 16, 2014

This interview first aired on the July 12, 2014 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 80.
Mitchell Miles has been a member of the Dodson FFA Chapter in Dodson, La., for five years  and during that time, he has won a host of awards, including Louisiana State Star Farmer. Mitchell also competes in archery and track and field events as a member of the U.S. Paralympics team. He encourages all FFA members to get out of their comfort zone and push themselves to do better.

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SPECIAL SEGMENT: 2014 Kentucky State FFA Convention Recap, Lexington, Ky.

July 16, 2014

This segment first aired on the July 5, 2014 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 80.
Kentucky FFA members and advisors talk about their state FFA convention, where they reconnect with old friends, make new friends and experience a variety of events. Kentucky native and National FFA Organization CEO Dwight Armstrong visited the convention, and he encourages FFA members to explore the more than 300 career opportunities that are available in agriculture.

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SPECIAL SEGMENT: Camp Clements, Doyle, Tenn.

July 16, 2014

This interview first aired on the July 5, 2014 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 80.
Founded in 1931, Camp Clements in Doyle, Tenn., is the oldest and longest-operating FFA camp in the country. During the summer months, some 200 FFA members come to the camp each week for workshops and activities that help them develop leadership and teamwork skills.

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ADVISOR SPOTLIGHT: SAM CONDIE, Burley High School, Burley, Idaho

July 16, 2014

This interview first aired on the July 5, 2014 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 80.
Sam Condie, FFA advisor at Burley High School in Burley, Idaho, received an Honorary American FFA Degree–Teacher at the 2013 National FFA Convention & Expo. He talks about why he decided to become an agriculture teacher – to tell the story of agriculture – and some of the challenges and rewards of the job.

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CHAPTER SPOTLIGHT: Logan County FFA Chapter, Russellville, Ky.

July 16, 2014

This interview first aired on the June 28, 2014 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 80.
The Logan County FFA Chapter in Russellville, Ky., partnered with their local Ram Truck dealer on April 26, 2014, to complete 439 test drives in Ram Truck Brand’s “The Next Crop Project.” Not only did the chapter receive $20 for each test drive, but they also earned a free concert by country music entertainer (and former FFA member) Easton Corbin.

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