Teach Ag Campaign

September 22, 2015

Taylor Fredrick is a senior majoring in agricultural education at the University of Missouri, and she is also a Teach Ag Ambassador. Taylor makes presentations to raise awareness of agricultural education as a career, with the goal of recruiting new agriculture teachers and retaining current teachers.

Charlie Sappington’s career in agricultural education spans some 32 years, and he has taught for the last 28 years at Cumberland High School in Illinois. Also serving as president of the National Association of Agricultural Educators, he talks about the current shortage of agriculture teachers. Through the Teach Ag Campaign, Charlie encourages young people to consider agricultural education as a career.

This interview first aired on the September 19, 2015 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 147.

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Robert E. Aylor Middle School FFA Chapter, Frederick County, Va.

September 22, 2015

Kim Black, agriscience teacher and FFA advisor at Robert E. Aylor Middle School in Frederick County, Va., is a recipient of the Honorary American FFA Degree─Teacher. She says it is important for consumers to understand where their food comes from, so students at her school are introduced to agriculture with a six-week course in agriscience. Grayson Moyer and Megan Grose, co-presidents of the FFA chapter, talk about some of their favorite chapter activities, such as ag mechanics and plant science teams and leadership groups. (From FCPS Media Network)

This interview first aired on the September 19, 2015 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 147.

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Angela White, Archivist, National FFA Archives

September 22, 2015

When the National FFA Center moved from Alexandria, Va., to Indianapolis in 1998, thousands of historical FFA documents were turned over to Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis for preservation. Two years later, the FFA archives at IUPUI’s University Library officially opened its doors. Some 150 file boxes of materials contain items ranging from correspondence to publications to photographs. Visit the FFA archives webpage here

This interview first aired on the September 19, 2015 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 147.

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Hannah Roberts, Former Sumrall FFA Member, Sumrall, Miss.

September 15, 2015

Former FFA member and current Miss Mississippi Hannah Roberts was selected as the first runner-up to Miss America 2016. (Congratulations, Hannah!) Before the competition, Hannah recalled some of her high school experiences, such as participating in science fairs and serving on the FFA poultry judging team. She credits FFA with helping her develop leadership and public speaking skills. Hannah also talked about her Pages of Love book donation program.

This interview first aired on the September 12, 2015 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 147.

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James Roberts, FFA Advisor, Sumrall High School, Sumrall, Miss.

September 15, 2015

James Roberts is an agriculture teacher and FFA advisor at Sumrall High School in Mississippi – and recently, he has also been known as Miss Mississippi’s father. A former FFA member himself, he talks about the path that led him to become a teacher. The proud father explains how his daughter, Hannah, gained leadership skills through FFA, and he describes some of the programs available to Sumrall FFA members.

This interview first aired on the September 12, 2015 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 147.

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Why attend the national FFA convention and expo?

September 15, 2015

Hear current and former FFA members, an FFA advisor, a school principal, a university representative and an FFA supporter explain why attending the national FFA convention and expo is a life-changing event for so many.

This interview first aired on the September 12, 2015 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 147.

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Sean Hamner, Former New Jersey State FFA Officer

September 15, 2015

Caleb Gustin visits with Sean Hamner, former New Jersey state FFA sentinel. Sean talks about his SAE – raising dairy cows – and some of the “joys and discomforts” of working on a dairy farm, including a surprising fact relating to his SAE.

This interview first aired on the September 5, 2015 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 147.

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W.B. Saul FFA Chapter, Philadelphia, Pa.

September 15, 2015

David Ruvarac, FFA advisor at the W.B. Saul High School of Agricultural Sciences in Philadelphia, explains how the school maintains its commitment to agricultural education in the country’s fifth largest city. The school’s 130-acre campus gives students opportunities for hands-on experiences on a working farm with livestock, field crops and much more. Listen to an original song, “I Believe in the FFA,” written by W.B. Saul students.

This interview first aired on the September 5, 2015 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 147.

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Udder Mud Run in Georgia

September 15, 2015

More than 1,200 people ran, crawled and scooted through 4.4 miles of a mud-covered obstacle course – but it was all for a good cause: to benefit the Georgia FFA-FCCLA Center in Covington, Ga. The goal of the family-focused event is to build character and provide a family bonding opportunity. The Georgia FFA-FCCLA Center hosts some 30,000 people each year at camps and leadership conferences. (From the Georgia Farm Monitor)

This interview first aired on the September 5, 2015 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 147.

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Dwight Armstrong, National FFA CEO

September 15, 2015

National FFA CEO Dwight Armstrong visits with Janet Adkison at an FFA Alumni event in Washington, D.C. He talks about the annual State Presidents’ Conference that is held in the nation’s capital, and he explains how plans are proceeding for the national FFA convention and expo in October. Dr. Armstrong encourages former FFA members and others to join with the FFA Alumni in offering support to local FFA chapters.

This interview first aired on the August 29, 2015 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 147.

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