Jordy Nelson, Green Bay Packers Wide Receiver

May 29, 2015

Jordy Nelson grew up on a family farm in Kansas, and he was a member of the Riley County FFA Chapter. His football career started in high school, continued at Kansas State University and led him to his current position with the Green Bay Packers. A Super Bowl champion and Pro Bowl selection, Jordy says his agricultural background taught him the value of hard work.

This interview first aired on the May 23, 2015 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 80.

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Caleb Gustin, New “FFA Today” Correspondent

May 29, 2015

2014-15 National FFA Western Region Vice President Caleb Gustin joins the “FFA Today” team as a correspondent. In a conversation with Andrew McCrea, Caleb shares some of his experiences growing up in New Mexico, and he explains what motivated him to run for state and national FFA office. He says one of the best parts of being a national officer is talking with people and hearing their stories.

This interview first aired on the May 23, 2015 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 80.

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Patrice Janssen, FFA Advisor, Waldo County FFA Chapter, Waldo, Maine

May 29, 2015

Caleb Gustin talks with Patrice Janssen about her experiences as FFA advisor at the Waldo County Technical Center in Maine. Visits from Maine state FFA officers help her FFA members stay motivated.

This interview first aired on the May 23, 2015 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 80.

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Bonnie Kegler, NAAE Representative ─ National FFA Alumni Council

May 29, 2015

Bonnie Kegler represented the National Association of Agricultural Educators on the National FFA Alumni Council, and she talks about the importance of giving back to the local FFA chapter. She says FFA Alumni members provide valuable support to agricultural education teachers when they lend a helping hand.

This interview first aired on the May 23, 2015 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 80.

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National FFA Alumni Association

May 22, 2015

Jim McCray, past president of the National FFA Alumni Association, explains that the goal of the association is to support local FFA programs. He encourages former FFA members to stay involved and give back to FFA through their local FFA alumni affiliate.

2015 National FFA Alumni President Dan Classen was not an FFA member, but he learned about the organization when his children were in FFA. He says by supporting local FFA chapters, FFA alumni members are helping agriculture’s next generation of workers.

This interview first aired on the May 16, 2015 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 80.

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Nation Ford FFA Chapter, Fort Mill, S.C.

May 22, 2015

The Nation Ford FFA Chapter in Fort Mill, S.C., won the 2014 Model of Innovation Award in Chapter Development. FFA advisor Lee Petitgout and former Nation Ford FFA member Courtney Petitgout explain how the chapter partnered with Springs Farm to host pig races at the South Carolina Strawberry Festival. Money raised from the pig races was donated to the South Carolina Multiple Sclerosis Society.

This interview first aired on the May 16, 2015 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 80.

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Raymond Hagan, Former Missouri State FFA Executive Secretary

May 22, 2015

Raymond Hagan – now 100 years old – is a former FFA member and Missouri state FFA executive secretary. Raymond tells how he and a fellow FFA member made their way from Princeton, Mo., to Kansas City for the 4th National FFA Convention in 1931. It is a story of true determination, from riding in the back of a truck with a load of cattle to sleeping on a bed of straw at the American Royal.

This interview first aired on the May 16, 2015 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 80.

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Rebuilding Macon at the Georgia State FFA Convention

May 22, 2015

More than 250 FFA members attending the 2015 Georgia State FFA Convention partnered with the Rebuilding Macon program to paint houses, perform yard work and do minor maintenance on homes in the convention’s host city. FFA members who participated in the Living to Serve Day say they welcomed the opportunity to help others.

This interview first aired on the May 9, 2015 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 80.

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Alan Boultinghouse, FFA Advisor, Girard FFA Chapter, Girard, Kan.

May 22, 2015

Alan Boultinghouse, FFA advisor at Girard High School in Kansas, joined FFA when he was in high school, and he says he knew right away that he wanted to have a career in agricultural education. Alan, who just completed his 31st year as a teacher, received an Honorary American FFA Degree‒Teacher at the 2014 National FFA Convention & Expo.

This interview first aired on the May 9, 2015 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 80.

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Paul Theriot, Former Louisiana State FFA Officer and Current FFA Advisor

May 22, 2015

Paul Theriot continued a family tradition when he served two years as a Louisiana state FFA officer – first as an area vice president and then as state FFA president. He talks about meeting both President Ronald Reagan and President George H.W. Bush when he attended State Presidents’ Conference in Washington, D.C. Paul worked for six years at the Louisiana Department of Education, but he is now back in the classroom at West Feliciana High School in St. Francisville, La.

This interview first aired on the May 9, 2015 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 80.

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