FORMER MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: GLENN STITH, Kentucky (home state)

August 26, 2014

This segment first aired on the August 23, 2014 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 80.
Glenn Stith was a junior high school student when the high school ag teacher encouraged Glenn and his brothers to join FFA. Glenn made the decision to become an FFA member, and his ties to the organization remain strong today. He retired from Monsanto after a long career in sales and marketing, and now he is the 2014 chair of the National FFA Foundation’s Individual Giving Council.

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ADVISOR SPOTLIGHT: KEVIN FOCHS, Park FFA Chapter, Livingston, Mont.

August 26, 2014

This interview first aired on the August 23, 2014 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 80.
Kevin Fochs, FFA advisor at the Park FFA Chapter in Livingston, Mont., has been teaching agriculture for 32 years. Since his agriculture classes are electives, he says he has the pleasure of working with students who want to be in the program. Kevin has enjoyed being the legislative liaison for Montana agricultural education, and after he retires, he plans to run for a seat in the Montana House of Representatives.

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SPECIAL SEGMENT: American Star Farmer

August 26, 2014

This interview first aired on the August 23, 2014 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 80.
The four finalists for the 2014 American Star Farmer award have been selected, and the winner will be announced at the 2014 National FFA Convention & Expo. Tyler Loschen from Illinois was the 2013 American Star Farmer, and he talks about his supervised agricultural experience project, which was a diversified operation with 400 acres of crops (including corn and soybeans) and livestock (including beef and swine).

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FORMER MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: ELIN DUCKWORTH MILLER, Mesa, Ariz. (hometown)

August 26, 2014

This interview first aired on the August 16, 2014 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 80.
Former national FFA vice president (1979-80) Elin Miller relates how a high school class in flower gardening led to her involvement with FFA. She talks about being a state and national FFA officer and how those experiences prepared her for positions she later held with Dow Chemical Company and the Environmental Protection Agency. Elin also explains why she is now involved with the National FFA Foundation’s Individual Giving Council.

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ADVISOR SPOTLIGHT: DONNIE REED, White Deer FFA Chapter, White Deer, Texas

August 26, 2014

This interview first aired on the August 16, 2014 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 80.
Donnie Reed, now FFA advisor at the San Saba FFA Chapter in Texas, is the former FFA advisor at the White Deer FFA Chapter, also in Texas. A former FFA member, chapter officer and area vice president, Donnie finds the interaction with young people one of the most enjoyable parts of his role as FFA advisor – and he talks about how both agriculture and agriculture students are changing.

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SPECIAL SEGMENT: American Star in Agricultural Placement

August 26, 2014

This interview first aired on the August 16, 2014 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 80.
The four finalists for the 2014 American Star in Agricultural Placement award have been selected, and the winner will be announced at the 2014 National FFA Convention & Expo. Trenton Bemis from Wisconsin was the 2013 American Star in Agricultural Placement award winner, and he talks about his supervised agricultural experience project – growing cranberries. Trenton is a third-generation member of the management team at Edlen Cranberry Company, which packages fresh fruit for Ocean Spray.

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ALISON WEDIG, 2014-15 Wisconsin State FFA President

August 14, 2014

This interview first aired on the August 9, 2014 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 80.
Alison Wedig of the Darlington FFA Chapter will serve Wisconsin FFA members as the 2014-15 Wisconsin state FFA president. She talks about the training state FFA officers receive, including the State Presidents’ Conference in Washington, D.C., in preparation for their year of service. Alison says there is a spot for everyone in FFA, with opportunities for students to evolve and grow through their FFA experiences.

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HOLLY PARTRIDGE, Genesee Valley Educational Partnership, Batavia, N.Y.

August 14, 2014

This interview first aired on the August 9, 2014 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 80.
FFA advisor Holly Partridge is joined by Chef Nate Koscielski and Principal Jon Sanfratello, all from the Batavia Career and Technical Center in New York. They explain how Genesee Valley BOCES FFA members raise animals that the culinary arts students use to create food products for their classes and culinary competitions. This collaboration between the two programs is a unique partnership that gives all of the students a better understanding of the food process.

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SPECIAL SEGMENT: American Star in Agriscience

August 14, 2014

This interview first aired on the August 9, 2014 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 80.
The four finalists for the 2014 American Star in Agriscience award have been selected, and the winner will be announced at the 2014 National FFA Convention & Expo. Jacob Schindler from Georgia was the 2013 American Star in Agriscience award winner, and he talks about his experiments that led him to discover that helium can be used to eradicate the invasive kudzu plant.

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FORMER MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: DEREK KLINGENBERG, Peabody, Kan.

August 6, 2014

This interview first aired on the July 26, 2014 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 80.
As an FFA member (Peabody FFA Chapter, Kansas), Derek Klingenberg earned a spot in the National FFA Band. He later was part of a bluegrass band called The Possum Boys, and he wrote “funny farm songs” that they would sing. Those farm songs (including “Bumblebees in the Hay” and “What Does the Farmer Say?”) are now YouTube video hits. When he is not being an “ag-vocate” with his videos, Derek is a third-generation farmer on his family’s farm.

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