Dale Cruzan, FFA Advisor, Allentown FFA Chapter, Allentown, N.J.

February 23, 2016

After being involved with FFA on many levels as a member, Dale Cruzan is now an agricultural science teacher and FFA advisor at Allentown High School in New Jersey. He says he loves to help his students find their passion through agriculture and FFA. During FFA Week, the Allentown FFA Chapter continues a tradition started in the 1970s: They travel to nearby Tennent to place a wreath on the grave of Leslie Applegate — the first national FFA president (1928-29).

This interview aired on the Feb. 20, 2016 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 147.

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Kelly Keller, 2016 ACTE Carl Perkins Community Service Award Winner

February 23, 2016

Kelly Keller, FFA advisor at Arlington High School in South Dakota, is the recipient of the 2016 ACTE Carl Perkins Community Service Award. She says her chapter may be small but it is active and very community-focused. Arlington FFA members have helped with community service projects ranging from landscaping a park to painting a house to volunteering at a nursing home.

This interview aired on the Feb. 20, 2016 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 147.

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Asheboro Zoo FFA Chapter, Asheboro, N.C.

February 23, 2016

Elizabeth Pack, FFA advisor at the Asheboro High School Zoo School in North Carolina, describes the unique setting for their FFA chapter – on the grounds of the North Carolina Zoo! She explains how they work with the zoo’s horticulture program to manage a community garden. Asheboro Zoo FFA Chapter President Kaleigh Reynolds says learning is easier at the zoo.

This interview aired on the Feb. 20, 2016 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 147.

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Tara Berescik, 2014 ACTE Teacher of the Year

February 15, 2016

Tara Berescik, an agriculture teacher and FFA advisor at Tri-Valley Central School in Grahamsville, N.Y., was the 2014 ACTE Teacher of the Year. Tara explains how agriscience is incorporated throughout the Tri-Valley agriculture curriculum – from water chemistry to animal science to floral design. She also talks about encouraging her students to take advantage of opportunities to expand their horizons.

This interview aired on the Feb. 13, 2016 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 147.

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International Leadership Seminar for State Officers (ILSSO) – South Africa

February 15, 2016

In early 2016, 75 state FFA officers from 24 states traveled to South Africa to visit farms, agribusinesses and historical sites and to immerse themselves in the local culture.

Illinois State FFA Secretary Susie Thompson explains that the goal of the trip was to learn about the industry of agriculture in South Africa by seeing the process firsthand.

Maryland State FFA President Isabella Kukor says visiting a Jersey dairy farm enabled her to see both the similarities and the differences between dairy farming in South Africa and the United States.

Oregon State FFA Reporter Ricky Molitor enjoyed experiencing the South African culture and meeting and connecting with the locals, who were friendly and welcoming.

Florida State FFA Vice President Taylor Pearce came home with great respect for the farmers in South Africa after seeing how they adapt to changing situations.

This interview aired on the Feb. 13, 2016 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 147.

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Clyde McBride, 2015 ACTE Teacher of the Year

February 9, 2016

Clyde McBride, CTE coordinator at Monument Valley High School in Kayenta, Ariz., was persistent in his quest for the school to have a state-of-the-art agricultural sciences building with a veterinary clinic – and that dream became a reality in 2011. Clyde’s passion for his students is just one reason why he was named the 2015 ACTE Teacher of the Year.

This interview aired on the Feb. 6, 2016 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 147.

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Marie Bucko, Former Wisconsin State FFA Officer

February 9, 2016

Marie Bucko talks about her FFA experiences in Wisconsin, which range from serving as the 2007-08 Wisconsin State FFA Reporter to being Wisconsin’s national officer candidate in 2009. As a college student, she was active in the Collegiate FFA chapter at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. Marie currently works on the Food Safety Modernization Act at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in Washington, D.C.

This interview aired on the Feb. 6, 2016 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 147.

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“Meals of Hope” in Connecticut

February 9, 2016

Michaela Cisowski, a member of the Northwestern Regional 7 FFA Chapter in Winsted, Conn., says her participation in a meal-packing event at the Washington Leadership Conference was a life-changing event. Now she and Megan Griswold are organizing fundraising events in their hometown to raise $12,000, which they will use to pack 50,000 meals to help fight hunger. (From WFSB News Channel 3 in Hartford, Conn.)

This interview aired on the Feb. 6, 2016 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 147.

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Forrest Durham, Owner of Bull Durham Roasted Corn

February 2, 2016

LaRue County FFA member Forrest Durham of Hodgenville, Ky., has a delicious SAE project – he roasts corn! After learning about roasting corn, he drove to San Antonio with his father to buy a corn roaster, and now Forrest travels around Kentucky to sell his roasted corn at festivals and fairs. He promotes his Bull Durham Roasted Corn enterprise on his Facebook page and via word of mouth.

This interview aired on the January 30, 2016 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 147.

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Tulelake FFA Mint Project

February 2, 2016

Members of the Tulelake FFA Chapter in California cultivated 10,000 mint roots in their greenhouse and then reset the plants in a field to mature. After harvesting, the mint is dried and then cooked with steam to produce mint oil that the chapter sells. FFA advisor Tim Brown explains that revenues from the school farm are used to send students to conferences and competitions.

This interview aired on the January 30, 2016 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 147.

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