Vincent High School, Milwaukee, Wis.

February 27, 2015

Gail Kraus, agriculture outreach specialist at Milwaukee’s Vincent High School, explains how agriculture has become an integral part of the school’s curriculum. Students learn about agriculture in classes and through hands-on experiences in the school’s greenhouse, hoop house, garden and orchard – and they explore job opportunities in agriculture at an annual Farm to Factory to Fork career fair.

This interview first aired on the January 24, 2015 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 80.

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National FFA Inservice

February 27, 2015

Tony Small, director of the National FFA Organization’s Partner Services Division, talks about the National FFA Inservice program. State leaders from across the country attend to learn about new FFA resources and programs and to participate in professional development activities. The theme in 2015 is “Connecting the Circles,” focusing on the three components of agricultural education: classroom, SAE and FFA.

This interview first aired on the January 24, 2015 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 80.

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Hurricane FFA Chapter, Hurricane, Utah

February 27, 2015

Orion Samuelson talks with Hurricane FFA Chapter President Mady Beutler and Treasurer Chelsi Cahoon, who describe their supervised agricultural experience programs – raising a pig for a stock show and working at the school and community garden. A Rural Youth Development Program grant was used to start the garden that provides fresh produce for the Hurricane community.

This interview first aired on the January 24, 2015 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 80.

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

February 24, 2015

This interview first aired on the February 21, 2015 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 80.

Victoria Maloch cannot remember a time when FFA was not a part of her life. Now, as national FFA secretary, she says one of the highlights of her current role is meeting FFA members across the country. On the national officers’ recent trip to Japan, she learned about the industry of agriculture in Japan and she also spent time with members of Future Farmers of Japan. Victoria celebrates National FFA Week with FFA members in Oregon and then heads to Hawaii for the state FFA convention.

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SPECIAL SEGMENT: National FFA Week and Tractor Supply Company

February 24, 2015

This interview first aired on the February 21, 2015 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 80.

Keith Reynolds, divisional vice president of merchandising at Tractor Supply Company, talks about the company’s relationship with FFA that began in 1985. He describes their Growing Scholars scholarship program and explains why Tractor Supply Company sponsors National FFA Week. Tractor Supply also supports the National FFA Organization’s Give the Gift of Blue and FFA Feeding Our World‒Starting at Home programs.

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SPECIAL SEGMENT: CTE Month and Agricultural Education

February 24, 2015

This interview first aired on the February 21, 2015 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 80.

Erin Noble, New Jersey state FFA specialist, gives an overview of career and technical education and explains how agricultural education fits into the Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources career cluster. CTE programs offer agriculture students the opportunity to gain real-world life skills through classroom instruction, hands-on learning experiences and FFA. CTE Month (February) is a celebration of the achievements and accomplishments of CTE students, teachers and programs.

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ADVISOR SPOTLIGHT: JUSTIN HEUPEL, Flathead FFA Chapter, Kalispell, Mont.

February 16, 2015

This interview first aired on the January 17, 2015 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 80.

Justin Heupel is one of four FFA advisors at the Flathead FFA Chapter in Kalispell, Mont. He describes the chapter’s working school farm – where they raise beef cattle, sheep and hogs as well as cereal grain and hay – and their annual Heritage Day for elementary students. In 2014, the Flathead FFA Chapter was once again recognized in the National Chapter Award program – its 70th national recognition since 1942.

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CHAPTER SPOTLIGHT: Elton FFA Chapter, Elton, La.

February 16, 2015

This interview first aired on the January 17, 2015 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 80.

Lana Myers, FFA advisor at Elton High School in southwest Louisiana, talks about her chapter’s rich tradition of community service. Each year, her chapter works with the local veterans home to host a fishing rodeo, a Christmas program and a bingo event. The chapter also partners with the Coushatta Tribe at their farmers market that draws hundreds of shoppers.

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CHAPTER SPOTLIGHT: Latta FFA Chapter, Ada, Okla.

February 16, 2015

This interview first aired on the January 17, 2015 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 80.

Seth Reeves, FFA advisor at Latta High School in Ada, Okla., explains how his chapter reclaims and harvests rainwater. Using gutters and barrels, chapter members currently gather water for use in the school greenhouse. They hope to expand their rain-harvesting project to show how the water can be used for plants, animals and human consumption.

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ADVISOR SPOTLIGHT: ROBIN MOREAU and BRANDON SOSTAND, Louisiana School for the Agricultural Sciences, Bunkie, La.

February 10, 2015

This interview first aired on the January 10, 2015 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 80.
Orion Samuelson talks with Robin Moreau and Brandon Sostand, FFA advisors at the Louisiana School for the Agricultural Sciences in Bunkie, La. – one of just seven such schools in the nation. Located in a rural area of central Louisiana, the school offers programs for students who want to learn a trade as well as those who are college-bound.

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