Adam Hinton, President ─ A Better Community Foundation, Flemingsburg, Ky

April 29, 2015

When a local agriculture teacher’s job was threatened due to financial cutbacks, Adam Hinton stepped up to form a community foundation that raised the funds to save the teacher’s job. Adam explains how A Better Community Foundation was able to award a community grant of more than $50,000 to Fleming County Schools to cover the expenses of the teacher’s position.

This interview first aired on the April 4, 2015 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 80.

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Chris Fitzpatrick, Greenfield McClain FFA Advisor, Greenfield, Ohio

April 29, 2015

Chris Fitzpatrick ─ currently the FFA advisor at McClain High School in Greenfield, Ohio ─ was the FFA advisor at Fleming County High School in Kentucky when A Better Community Foundation was formed to save his job in the face of financial cutbacks. He talks about how it felt to be at the center of such an outpouring of community support for the school’s agricultural education program.

This interview first aired on the April 4, 2015 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 80.

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Tracy Moran, Fleming County FFA Advisor, Flemingsburg, Ky.

April 29, 2015

Tracy Moran, FFA advisor at Fleming County High School in Flemingsburg, Ky., was drawn to agricultural education as a career because of her “love for kind of everything!” She talks about how it feels to see her students discover their niche in agriculture, and she describes the strong community support for agriculture and FFA in Fleming County.

This interview first aired on the April 4, 2015 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 80.

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Anne Knapke, 2003-04 National FFA Vice President─Eastern Region

April 21, 2015

Anne Knapke says her year as a national FFA officer was a formative year of her life as her experiences with students reinforced life lessons such as personal responsibility. Anne has presented workshops on diversity and inclusion at the national FFA convention and expo, and her interest in health and wellness led her to obtain an integrative health coaching certificate. She encourages current FFA members to take advantage of opportunities to push themselves.

This interview first aired on the March 28, 2015 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 80.

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Cindy Rohde, FFA Advisor, Pierce FFA Chapter, Arbuckle, Calif.

April 21, 2015

Cindy Rohde never thought she would be a teacher, but after 26 years in the profession, she says it’s the best thing in the world. One of her favorite activities, the annual Arbuckle FFA Field Day at Pierce High School, started 17 years ago. The event now hosts 18 contests and draws more than 1,600 attendees. Cindy received an Honorary American FFA Degree‒Teacher at the 2014 National FFA Convention & Expo.

This interview first aired on the March 28, 2015 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 80.

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Mantachie FFA Chapter, Mantachie, Miss.

April 21, 2015

Mantachie High School in Mississippi has a long tradition of agricultural education, and the Mantachie FFA Chapter is known for its fundraising programs. FFA advisors C.W. Franks and Joe Rogers oversee two unique projects at the school: a meat processing facility and a sawmill. Students work in the meats lab and at the sawmill to gain valuable skills while they make money to support chapter members and chapter activities.

This interview first aired on the March 28, 2015 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 80.

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Mark Timm, 1990-91 National FFA President

April 17, 2015

Mark Timm started studying agriculture in the 8th grade, and he took advantage of every opportunity available to him through his agriculture classes and FFA. Now a member of the National FFA Foundation’s Individual Giving Council, Mark continues to support FFA, and he encourages former members to give back to the organization. His advice for current FFA members is to “dive in and take off.” He says, “It’s magic really once you put that blue and gold jacket on. … You’ll never be the same.”

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

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Jason Davis, Collegiate FFA Advisor, North Carolina State University

April 17, 2015

Jason Davis, Collegiate FFA advisor at North Carolina State University, works with a mix of college students who may or may not have a background in agriculture. His FFA members focus on service activities such as helping at the state fair or joining a community clean-up project. Careers in agriculture range from research to marketing to production, and Jason gives examples of internships that turned into career opportunities for a couple of his students.

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

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Amber-Pocasset FFA Chapter, Amber, Oklahoma

April 17, 2015

Student teacher Justin Reed and FFA advisor Billy Scott see the next generation of agriculturists in their classrooms at Amber-Pocasset High School in Oklahoma. These students are preparing to feed our growing population and be the stewards of our natural resources. Student Jana Bickerstaff is learning all about plants, and her goal is to pursue a degree in engineering and then work in the industry of agriculture.

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

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Robin Grundmeyer, FFA Advisor, Norco FFA Chapter, Norco, Calif.

April 17, 2015

Robin Grundmeyer, FFA advisor at Norco High School in California, talks about what drew her to a career in agricultural education and what she enjoys most about teaching. Her FFA chapter presents an annual event for kindergarten and elementary students to teach them about agriculture through a series of learning centers. Robin received an Honorary American FFA Degree‒Teacher at the 2014 National FFA Convention & Expo.

This interview first aired on the March 14, 2015 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 80.

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