National FFA Organization
Countryside FFA Chapter, Benton Harbor, Mich.

Countryside FFA Chapter, Benton Harbor, Mich.

May 22, 2015

Dylan Fleenor and Samantha Carotenuto, members of the Countryside FFA Chapter in Michigan, and Steve Rigoni, FFA advisor, explain how their chapter used funds from FFA: Food For All grants to benefit their community. Chapter members raised pigs and sheep that they donated to the local food bank, and they worked with other school groups and the Lake Michigan Admirals, a local semipro basketball team, to host a community dinner.

This interview first aired on the May 2, 2015 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 80.

Jessica Jones, FFA Advisor, Chatham Middle School FFA Chapter, Chatham, Va.

Jessica Jones, FFA Advisor, Chatham Middle School FFA Chapter, Chatham, Va.

May 22, 2015

Jessica Jones, FFA advisor at Chatham Middle School in Virginia, received the 2015 George Washington Carver AgriSCIENCE Teacher’s Award. To engage her students in learning about agriscience, she uses everyday concepts and she challenges her students to explain the “why” behind the concept. Jessica says she is honored to receive an award named for George Washington Carver, who had such an impact on agriculture and science.

This interview first aired on the May 2, 2015 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 80.

Charles Bourland, Former FFA Member and NASA Food Scientist

Charles Bourland, Former FFA Member and NASA Food Scientist

May 22, 2015

Charles Bourland says his FFA experiences – and his FFA advisor – helped him develop confidence and encouraged him to continue his education after graduation from high school. Charles went on to work as a food scientist at NASA, developing food and food packages for astronauts who flew on the space shuttle to the International Space Station.

In a related story, we hear how NASA developed a GPS auto-steer technology that enables farmers to create perfect rows when working in their fields.

This interview first aired on the May 2, 2015 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 80.

Oakleaf FFA Chapter, Orange Park, Fla.

Oakleaf FFA Chapter, Orange Park, Fla.

May 18, 2015

The Oakleaf FFA Chapter in Orange Park, Fla., won the 2014 Model of Innovation Award in Student Development. Oakleaf FFA members William Donaghy and Cooper Thornton describe their school’s Biotechnology Academy, where agriscience is incorporated into all of their classes. They also explain how chapter members teach elementary school students about agriculture through the chapter’s Elementary AgVentures program.

This interview first aired on the April 25, 2015 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 80.

Kristy Rothe, FFA Advisor, Missoula FFA Chapter, Missoula, Mont.

Kristy Rothe, FFA Advisor, Missoula FFA Chapter, Missoula, Mont.

May 18, 2015

Kristy Rothe, agricultural education teacher at Big Sky High School in Missoula, Mont., was named an Outstanding Young Member of NAAE in 2014. Kristy explains how students in her wildlife and forestry class took advantage of Montana’s unique environment and used dermestid beetles to clean a variety of game species. She also talks about the Missoula Agriculture Center’s 100-acre school farm and ranch where FFA members help care for hogs, sheep, goats, cattle and other animals.

This interview first aired on the April 25, 2015 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 80.

Steve Meredith, 1984-85 National FFA President

Steve Meredith, 1984-85 National FFA President

May 18, 2015

Steve Meredith was Kentucky state FFA president before becoming national FFA president in 1984. He shares some special memories from those years of service, including visits to the White House and an appearance with Willie Nelson on a nationally televised country music awards show. Steve encourages FFA members to take advantage of all opportunities offered through FFA and to set goals for what they want to achieve.

This interview first aired on the April 25, 2015 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 80.

Tarleton Invitational FFA CDE Judging Contest, Stephenville, Texas

Tarleton Invitational FFA CDE Judging Contest, Stephenville, Texas

May 7, 2015

Some 9,000 FFA members from schools across Texas gathered in Stephenville, Texas, in March to compete in 17 contests, including livestock, nursery/landscape, farm business management and floriculture. Tarleton State University has hosted the Tarleton Invitational FFA Career Development Event Judging Contest for 43 years, giving students an opportunity to hone their skills before competing in area contests. Gary Joiner reports for Texas Farm Bureau News.

This interview first aired on the April 18, 2015 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 80.

Jay Vroom, Former Illinois State FFA Officer

Jay Vroom, Former Illinois State FFA Officer

May 7, 2015

Jay Vroom is a former member of the Princeton FFA Chapter in Illinois and a former Illinois state FFA reporter. Now president and CEO of CropLife America, Jay serves on the National FFA Foundation’s Individual Giving Council and is a member of his home high school’s FFA Alumni affiliate. He encourages FFA members to take advantage of the opportunities that are “endless, infinite, exciting and critically important.”

This interview first aired on the April 18, 2015 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 80.

Kelly Delp, Collegiate FFA Advisor, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind.

Kelly Delp, Collegiate FFA Advisor, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind.

May 7, 2015

Kelly Delp, Collegiate FFA advisor at Purdue University, is herself a former FFA member who says FFA gave her confidence to try new things. At Purdue, it is not necessary to be in the College of Agriculture or to have been an FFA member in high school to join the Collegiate FFA chapter. Kelly explains how Collegiate FFA members learn leadership and organizational skills by planning and hosting chapter events.

This interview first aired on the April 18, 2015 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 80.

Cedar Key FFA, Cedar Key, Fla.

Cedar Key FFA, Cedar Key, Fla.

May 7, 2015

Cedar Key FFA members Sarah Bartholemy and Amanda Robinson and FFA advisor Dennis Voyles explain how they won the FFA Hunger Heroes Challenge – twice! While their school is on an island and the available garden space is minimal, they manage to raise vegetables that they donate to the local food pantry. They also catch fish and collect canned food to help fight hunger in their community.

This interview first aired on the April 11, 2015 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 80.

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