SPECIAL SEGMENT: 2014 American Star Award Winners

December 9, 2014

This interview first aired on the December 6, 2014 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 80.
We hear from all four of the 2014 American Star Award winners, announced at the 87th National FFA Convention & Expo: Sarah Cox (Ohio), American Star in Agriscience; Zach Weichel (Oklahoma), American Star Farmer; Jessica Woodworth (West Virginia), American Star in Agricultural Placement; and Dustin Stanton (Missouri), American Star in Agribusiness.

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ADVISOR SPOTLIGHT: WES CRAWFORD, Sutherlin FFA Chapter, Sutherlin, Oregon

December 9, 2014

This interview first aired on the December 6, 2014 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 80.
For eight years, Wes Crawford has been the FFA advisor at Sutherlin High School in Sutherlin, Ore. – the same chapter where he was once a member. He talks about what drew him to the profession of agricultural education and how important it is for agriculture teachers to stay up-to-date on everything from technology and science to agricultural issues.

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NATIONAL OFFICER SPOTLIGHT: RUTH ANN MYERS, 2014-15 National FFA Eastern Region Vice President

December 9, 2014

This interview first aired on the December 6, 2014 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 80.
Ruth Ann Myers describes how she felt when she heard her name announced as the 2014-15 National FFA Eastern Region Vice President. She talks about her goals for the upcoming year and shares her mother’s advice with FFA members: “Bloom where you are planted” – i.e., be the best person you can be in the moment.

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CHAPTER SPOTLIGHT: Hendersonville FFA Chapter, Hendersonville, Tennessee

December 9, 2014

This interview first aired on the December 6, 2014 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 80.
Jill Shrum, FFA advisor at Hendersonville High School in Hendersonville, Tenn., talks about her FFA chapter – the largest in Tennessee and, since none of the FFA members live on a farm, focused on urban agriculture. Shrum says she encourages her students to participate in activities that they can relate to, from agriscience to leadership to wildlife resources.

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FORMER MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: LARRY CASE, Stet, Mo. (hometown)

December 2, 2014

This interview first aired on the November 29, 2014 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 80.
Larry Case talks about his long history with the National FFA Organization, from his time as a member of the Stet FFA Chapter in Missouri to the position of national FFA advisor to his current involvement with the National FFA Alumni Council. Encouraged by his FFA advisor to become an agriculture teacher, Dr. Case continues to pay it forward today as an FFA Alumni member.

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NATIONAL OFFICER SPOTLIGHT: VICTORIA MALOCH, 2014-15 National FFA Secretary

December 2, 2014

This interview first aired on the November 29, 2014 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 80.
Just moments after being named the 2014-15 National FFA Secretary, Victoria Maloch of Arkansas talks about her reaction when she heard her name announced. She also explains why she was wearing her very first FFA jacket, and she tells what she looks forward to during her year of service.

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SPECIAL SEGMENT: TOM VILSACK, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture

December 2, 2014

This interview first aired on the November 29, 2014 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 80.
Orion Samuelson talks with Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack at the 2014 National FFA Convention & Expo. Secretary Vilsack explains why FFA is important to him and he describes what FFA members can do to help educate Americans about the industry of agriculture.

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CHAPTER SPOTLIGHT: Miami East FFA Chapter, Casstown, Ohio

December 2, 2014

This interview first aired on the November 29, 2014 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 80.
Marie Carity, FFA advisor at Miami East High School in Casstown, Ohio, and Miami East FFA member Katie Bendickson talk about their chapter’s service learning project that was funded by an FFA: Food For All grant. Chapter members raised 200 broiler chickens, which were then processed and donated to a local family abuse center to provide fresh meat to the residents.

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