ADVISOR SPOTLIGHT: ROBIN McLEAN, New Jersey, and MATT EDDY, Iowa

September 23, 2014

This interview first aired on the September 20, 2014 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 80.
Robin McLean is an agriculture teacher at Northern Burlington County Regional Middle School in New Jersey. She encourages her 7th- and 8th-grade students to share experiences from their diverse backgrounds, which helps everyone learn about agriculture and the industry of agriculture from different perspectives. Matt Eddy teaches agriculture at Southeast Polk High School in Iowa, where his FFA chapter has 200-plus members from all backgrounds. Now in his 16th year as a teacher, Matt recommends agricultural education as a great career option, especially with the current need for ag teachers. Follow both on Twitter: Robin @NBMiddleAg │ Matt @AgEd4Me

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FORMER MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: DON BALL, Kentucky

September 23, 2014

This interview first aired on the September 20, 2014 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 80.
Don Ball grew up in a farming community in Henderson County, Ky., where he was a member of the local FFA chapter. Don talks about his FFA projects (dairy cows and hogs), and he recalls the experience of traveling by train to the national FFA convention in Kansas City, Mo., and to the national livestock show in Chicago. Following a successful career in custom home building, Don and his wife created a $500,000 endowment that will award up to 400 free FFA jackets each year to qualified members. Their endowment supports the National FFA Organization’s Give the Gift of Blue campaign.

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SPECIAL SEGMENT: PETER LIEBHOLD, Curator, National Museum of American History

September 23, 2014

This interview first aired on the September 20, 2014 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 80.
Peter Liebhold is the chair and curator in the Division of Work and Industry at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. He talks about the museum’s new “American Enterprise” exhibition that will open in July 2015, and we hear how FFA will be represented in that exhibit. (Hint: Expect to see some blue corduroy jackets!)

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SPECIAL SEGMENT: AMY SMITH, Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota

September 18, 2014

This interview first aired on the September 13, 2014 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 80.
Amy Smith is an assistant professor of agricultural education at the University of Minnesota, where she helps prepare future school-based agriculture educators. Amy talks about National Teach Ag Day, which celebrates the profession of agricultural education, and she encourages students to consider agricultural education as a career to help fill the critical need for agriculture teachers.

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FORMER MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: KARLENE LINDOW KRUEGER, Chili, Wis. (hometown)

September 18, 2014

This interview first aired on the September 13, 2014 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 80.
In 2002, Karlene Lindow made history when she was named American Star Farmer; she was the first female to receive the honor. In 2014, Karlene once again made history when she donated her blue corduroy FFA jacket to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History for their upcoming “American Enterprise” exhibition. Karlene reflects on her experiences as a member of the Marshfield FFA Chapter, and she talks about her continuing passion for agriculture and her family’s swine operation.

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SPECIAL SEGMENT: DANIEL ALVEY, I-CAL (International Collegiate Agricultural Leadership) Participant

September 18, 2014

This interview first aired on the September 13, 2014 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 80.
Daniel Alvey, a former state FFA officer in North Carolina, talks about his participation in the International Collegiate Agricultural Leadership program. Each year, I-CAL selects 12 college students for an international travel experience to learn about global agriculture and international marketing. In 2012, Daniel and his I-CAL group visited three countries in Southeast Asia – Malaysia, Singapore and Vietnam – which sparked his interest in international agriculture.

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ADVISOR SPOTLIGHT: Kimberly Lough, Lincoln Middle School FFA Chapter, Palmetto, Fla.

September 11, 2014

This interview first aired on the September 6, 2014 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 80.
Kimberly Lough, FFA advisor at Lincoln Memorial Middle School in Palmetto, Fla., talks about why she became an agriculture teacher after working as a geologist, an environmental consultant and an extension agent. She also talks about her pizza garden curriculum and how she loves “waking up students to a world of opportunities.” Her chapter was named a finalist for the Outstanding Middle School Chapter Award in 2013 and in 2014.

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SPECIAL SEGMENT: National FFA Agriscience Fair

September 11, 2014

This interview first aired on the September 6, 2014 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 80.
Finalists in all categories of the 2014 National FFA Agriscience Fair have been announced, and winners will be recognized at the 2014 National FFA Convention & Expo. Talking about their projects are 2013 Agriscience Fair winners Alyssa Owens (Social Systems), Caleb Bond and Josh Gilbert (Environmental Services/Natural Resource Systems), Theresa and Claire Seibel (Animal Systems) and Tyler Toepke-Floyd (Environmental Services/Natural Resource Systems). We also hear from 2012 Region 3 Agriscience Teacher of the Year Roger Kane.

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SPECIAL SEGMENT: FFA‒Food for All Grants

September 11, 2014

This interview first aired on the September 6, 2014 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 80.
Stefonie Sebastian, education specialist at the National FFA Organization, talks about the FFA‒Food For All program, which provides grants to FFA chapters to support yearlong service-learning projects that address hunger in their communities.

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CHAPTER SPOTLIGHT: South Western FFA Chapter, Hanover, Ind.

September 4, 2014

This interview first aired on the August 30, 2014 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 80.
Greg Schneider, FFA advisor at South Western High School in Hanover, Ind., talks about his chapter’s Community Calf Project. Created in response to a request from a local food bank, the project gives FFA members the opportunity to raise calves that will be donated to the food bank. In their first year, chapter members raised three calves – each of which will provide meat protein for 3,000 meals.

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