Frank LaLiberty, Former FFA Advisor, Cascade, Mont.

June 30, 2015

Natalie Gerard, a member of the Cascade FFA Chapter in Montana, talks with retired ag teacher and FFA advisor Frank LaLiberty. Frank says seeing students being recognized for their accomplishments and watching young people grow into leaders were rewarding experiences during his 35-year teaching career. He talks about how FFA has kept up with changes in technology and job opportunities while staying focused on its primary mission.

This interview first aired on the June 27, 2015 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 80.

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Jacqueline Janorschke, DeKalb FFA Chapter, DeKalb, Mo.

June 30, 2015

Missouri FFA member Jacqueline Janorschke attended the 2015 Washington Leadership Conference, where she joined other FFA members from across the country to visit landmarks in Washington, D.C., and then to create their personal Living to Serve plans. She encourages FFA members to attend WLC and to branch out in their FFA experiences to gain valuable life skills.

This interview first aired on the June 27, 2015 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 80.

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Fred McClure, 1973-74 National FFA Secretary

June 30, 2015

Here’s a little-known fact about Fred McClure: He is a former drum major for the National FFA Band! Fred’s impressive resume features a number of firsts, one of which was being the first African-American national FFA officer. During his professional career, Fred has worked with three U.S. presidents (Ford, Reagan and Bush 41), and today he is executive director of the George Bush Presidential Library Foundation. His advice to current FFA members is to participate in as many FFA activities as you can.

This interview first aired on the June 27, 2015 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 80.

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Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences

June 24, 2015

Reilly Neeson, a four-year FFA member at the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences, and Sheila Fowler, FFA advisor, describe some of their chapter’s programs that earned them a NASDCTEc Excellence in Action award – one of just nine awards presented nationwide. Through the school’s partnerships, CHSAS students gain valuable real-world experience in the classroom and through internships and community service activities.

This interview first aired on the June 20, 2015 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 80.

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Corey Flournoy, Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences Alumnus

June 24, 2015

1994-95 National FFA President Corey Flournoy is a graduate of the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences. He explains that the school was created in 1985 to attract urban students into nontraditional fields of agriculture, and he talks about how he achieved a goal he set for himself as a freshman in high school – to become national FFA president.

This interview first aired on the June 20, 2015 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 80.

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Washington Leadership Conference

June 24, 2015

Jake White, Hannah Dugger and Keisto Lucero talk about the Washington Leadership Conference, one of the largest leadership development events offered by the National FFA Organization. FFA members and advisors travel to Washington, D.C., from across the country to attend one of seven weekly conferences to learn how to become effective leaders in their chapters and communities.

This interview first aired on the June 20, 2015 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 80.

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Opportunities in FFA After High School

June 24, 2015

2014-15 National FFA Eastern Region Vice President Ruth Ann Myers tells FFA members how they can stay involved with FFA after they graduate from high school – by joining a local FFA alumni affiliate or a Collegiate FFA chapter, attending a conference such as the New Century Farmer conference and more.

This interview first aired on the June 20, 2015 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 80.

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Oklahoma Youth Expo

June 18, 2015

At the Oklahoma Youth Expo – billed as the World’s Largest Youth Livestock Show – students exhibit their livestock to win scholarships and to have the opportunity to participate in the Sale of Champions. Some exhibitors, including members of the Shattuck FFA Chapter, donate their animals to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma for the Food for Kids program that helps feed hungry children in Oklahoma.

This interview first aired on the June 13, 2015 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 80.

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Conversation with Ryan Easterday and Jim Armbruster

June 18, 2015

Dr. Ryan Easterday – former member of the Kofa FFA Chapter in Yuma, Arizona – is a biologist working at the University of Oslo in Norway. Jim Armbruster was Ryan’s FFA advisor at Kofa High School, and he is now senior partner services specialist at the National FFA Organization. Ryan and Jim share some of their FFA experiences, and Ryan talks about his research on the Black Death plague that affected Europe in the 14th century.

This interview first aired on the June 13, 2015 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 80.

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Doug Henke, FFA Advisor, Boonville FFA Chapter, Boonville, Mo.

June 18, 2015

Doug Henke, FFA advisor at Boonville High School in Missouri, says he became an agricultural education teacher because FFA had such a positive impact in his life and he wanted to give back to youth in agriculture today. He talks about what he has learned from his students (patience) and describes how his FFA members sometimes surprise him. Doug received an Honorary American FFA Degree‒Teacher at the 2014 National FFA Convention & Expo.

This interview first aired on the June 13, 2015 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 80.

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