New Century Farmer Conference Participants

October 7, 2015

Ohioan Ryan Goddard explains how activities at the New Century Farmer conference helped participants learn how to create a vision statement for their operation. He says the conference opened his eyes to opportunities in the entire agriculture industry.

Mallarie Stookey from Indiana grew up on a dairy farm, and she says the conference taught her the steps to take for a succession plan for the family farm. Her goals are to open a cheese factory on their farm and to maintain the quality of their cattle.

Ryan Schwyn from Ohio says he gained a lot of information to take back to his operation by hearing the different perspectives and viewpoints expressed by the conference speakers. He looks forward to growing his operation through diversification and innovation.

This interview first aired on the October 3, 2015 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 147.

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Ryan Amaral, Program Manager, New Century Farmer

October 7, 2015

Ryan Amaral describes the New Century Farmer program for college students who are planning for a full-time career in production agriculture. Fifty students are selected for the annual conference at the DuPont Pioneer campus in Iowa, where participants learn how to prepare a business plan, develop key messages to advocate for agriculture, recognize global and domestic trends in the agriculture industry and identify farm sustainability practices.

This interview first aired on the October 3, 2015 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 147.

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Monroe County FFA Chapter, Lindside, W. Va.

October 7, 2015

The Monroe County FFA Chapter in West Virginia will send a team of four to compete in the National Livestock Evaluation CDE at the 2015 National FFA Convention and Expo in Louisville, Ky., thanks to a $5,000 check from the State of West Virginia. (From WVVA News)

This interview first aired on the October 3, 2015 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 147.

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Sid Freeman, Idaho FFA Alumni Association and Idaho FFA Foundation

October 7, 2015

Matt Brechwald talks with Sid Freeman about the Freeman family’s long tradition with farming and FFA. Sid currently serves as president of the Idaho FFA Alumni Association, and he is also the originator of the Idaho FFA Foundation’s antique tractor raffle that benefits Idaho FFA members though scholarships and statewide programs.

This interview first aired on the September 26, 2015 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 147.

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Herman Wilson, FFA Advisors Making A Difference Endowment

October 7, 2015

Herman Wilson was introduced to FFA as a student in east Texas, and he recalls his FFA advisor as someone who changed the lives of many young people. Earlier this year, Mr. Wilson and his wife, Bobbie, donated $250,000 to establish an endowment – FFA Advisors Making A Difference – to attract and retain FFA advisors and agriculture teachers.

This interview first aired on the September 26, 2015 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 147.

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