Oklahoma Agriscience Fair

July 29, 2015

Whitney Danker with the Oklahoma FFA Association describes the Oklahoma FFA Agriscience Fair, which gives students the opportunity to explore career opportunities in areas where agriculture intersects with science. Alan Marcum with Devon Energy talks about the company’s sponsorship of the agriscience fair, and Oologah FFA member Braden Kellogg explains his project that compares new pipe and recycled pipe. (From Oklahoma Horizon)

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

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Dustin Clark, 2002-03 National FFA Vice President─Western Region

July 29, 2015

Dustin Clark’s FFA experience began in Texas and led him to a year of service as a national FFA officer. He shares some special FFA memories, from attending state FFA conventions to meeting President George W. Bush on his (Dustin’s!) 21st birthday. Dustin is now an assistant basketball coach at the University of Maryland, and he explains what motivates him to succeed in the world of collegiate athletics.

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

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Luis Guerra, FFA Advisor, Santa Maria FFA Chapter, Santa Maria, Calif.

July 22, 2015

Luis Guerra, FFA advisor at Santa Maria High School in California, explains how he challenges his students – by having them mentor younger students, by teaching a lesson in class, by taking on leadership roles on committees and by hosting activities for elementary and middle-school students. Luis received an Honorary American FFA Degree‒Teacher at the 2014 National FFA Convention & Expo.

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

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Former Missouri Governor Bob Holden

July 22, 2015

Bob Holden, governor of Missouri from 2001 to 2005, is a former FFA member, and he credits his FFA experience with helping him develop leadership skills. He says his background in agriculture taught him the value of hard work and commitment. Governor Holden talks about some of the issues facing the industry of agriculture, including food security and management of our natural resources. (From the Missouri FFA Association’s Living to Serve Network)

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

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Holmen FFA Chapter, Holmen, Wis.

July 22, 2015

Roger King, FFA advisor at Holmen High School in Wisconsin, describes his chapter’s involvement with the FFA Hunger Heroes Challenge. Holmen FFA members raised more than 450 broilers and grew lettuce hydroponically in the school greenhouse for a meal for the local school district. Their Farm 2 School program shows the journey our food makes from production to consumption.

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

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FFA Diversity Inclusion Program

July 13, 2015

2014-15 National Central Region Vice President Kristen Schmidt talks with Frank Saldana, local program success specialist at the National FFA Organization, about the FFA diversity inclusion program sponsored by Toyota. Frank’s personal experiences make him uniquely qualified for managing this program, and he shares some inspiring success stories from California.

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

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Greg Reid, Former State FFA Vice President in Maine

July 13, 2015

2014-15 National Western Region Vice President Caleb Gustin talks with Greg Reid, former state FFA vice president in Maine. Greg talks about his path from chapter officer to state FFA officer, and he explains how FFA helped him prepare for a career working on his father’s dairy farm, then raising chickens and selling eggs, and later raising beef and selling hay.

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

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Guthrie FFA Chapter, Guthrie, Okla.

July 13, 2015

Clay Drake, Marty Jones and Jordan Miller are FFA advisors at Guthrie High School in Oklahoma. They talk about how the local community supported their dream of building a barn to house 75 hogs at the school so students could feed and care for the animals. Their combined fundraising efforts were so successful that the school now has not one but two new barns for hogs, sheep and goats.

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

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Lyle Whittaker, FFA Advisor, Miller FFA Chapter, Miller, Mo.

July 8, 2015

Lyle Whittaker reflects back on his 25 years as an agricultural education teacher – a career path he chose when he was in high school, inspired by his FFA advisor. He describes the satisfaction he receives from seeing his students achieve at the highest level possible and how much he enjoys the diversity of his students. Lyle received an Honorary American FFA Degree‒Teacher at the 2014 National FFA Convention & Expo.

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

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Hillsboro FFA Chapter, Hillsboro, Ore.

July 8, 2015

Kori Dundas, FFA advisor at the Hillsboro FFA Chapter in Oregon, talks about her chapter and some of the chapter’s projects, which include helping with their community’s annual St. Patrick’s Day parade and the Fourth of July parade. Dubbed the “Pooper Scoopers,” Hillsboro FFA members provide a valuable service by cleaning up after the horses in the parades.

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

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