Susie Woodward – From New York to New Zealand

April 25, 2016

Susie Woodward grew up on her family’s dairy farm in upstate New York, and despite going to her first FFA meeting “kicking and screaming,” she became passionate about FFA and went on to serve as New York state FFA president. Susie says FFA gave her the confidence to try new things, such as moving west to attend Iowa State University and then moving farther west to work in California. Susie now lives in New Zealand, where she and her husband manage a sharemilking dairy operation.

This interview aired on the April 23, 2016 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 147.

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Owners of Stanton Brothers Eggs Have Their Roots in FFA

April 25, 2016

Brothers Dustin and Austin Stanton can trace the beginning of their enterprise back to elementary school, when their uncle bought Dustin six baby chicks. Today Stanton Brothers Eggs has nearly 20,000 laying hens that produce the 400 to 500 dozen eggs the business sells each week. Both Dustin and Austin were members of Missouri’s Centralia FFA Chapter, and in 2014, Dustin was named the National FFA Organization’s American Star in Agribusiness.

This interview aired on the April 23, 2016 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 147.

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Kentucky’s Southwestern FFA Chapter ─ FFA: Food For All Grant Recipient

April 25, 2016

The Southwestern FFA Chapter in Somerset, Ky., received a 2015 FFA: Food For All grant, which enabled them to donate more than 3,700 eggs to their local food bank and to help eight families start their own flocks of chickens. FFA members Mallory McDonald and Jacob Patterson explain how they helped with the project, and FFA advisor Rebecca French talks about what her students learn through community service projects such as this.

This interview aired on the April 23, 2016 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 147.

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Gabby DiRusso, Borlaug-Ruan International Intern

April 20, 2016

Gabby DiRusso is a member of the Smyrna FFA Chapter in Delaware, and through her involvement in FFA, she learned about the Borlaug-Ruan international internship offered by The World Food Prize Foundation. In 2015, Gabby was selected for an eight-week internship in Costa Rica, where she worked on an integrated livestock farm and researched different crossbreeds of dairy cattle.

This interview aired on the April 16, 2016 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 147.

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Southmont FFA Advisor Gary Mosbaugh on Land Judging

April 20, 2016

Gary Mosbaugh, FFA advisor at Southmont High School in Indiana, explains how he and his students are preparing for the National Land and Range Judging Contest in Oklahoma. He describes some of the factors they must be familiar with – such as slope, texture, erosion, drainage and limiting layers – so they can determine whether a site is appropriate for crops or a building.

This interview aired on the April 16, 2016 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 147.

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Report from the 2016 Montana State FFA Convention

April 20, 2016

Meet twins Albert and Ashley Koenig from the Belgrade FFA Chapter in Montana. Both were elected to serve as 2016-17 Montana State FFA Officers – Albert as president and Ashley as secretary. (From Northern Ag Network)

Matt Brechwald talks about SAEs with Denton FFA members Tyler Lee and Kendall Carpenter, Sidney FFA member Sierra Osborne, (Big Sky H.S.) Missoula FFA members Saralyn Standley and Natalie Arnott, and Colstrip FFA member Justin Cape.

This interview aired on the April 16, 2016 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 147.

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Turning SAE Projects into Successful Businesses

April 12, 2016

Will Aycock is an eighth-grade FFA member at Albertville Middle School in Alabama, and he is also a recipient of a 2015 SAE grant. Will is using the grant for his swine production SAE, and he wants to encourage other FFA members to get involved in showing pigs.

South Hunterdon FFA member Charles McDaniel started a landscaping and mowing business for his SAE project, and in 2015, he received the New Jersey State Star in Agribusiness Award. Charles now works at his business full-time, and he shares some of his experiences as a young business owner.

This interview aired on the April 9, 2016 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 147.

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Richland 44 FFA Chapter Blazes a Trail in North Dakota

April 12, 2016

Tony Boehm, FFA advisor at the Richland 44 FFA Chapter in Colfax, N.D., explains how his chapter manages a one-mile section of the North Country National Scenic Trail, which is part of the National Park Service. FFA member Caleb Boehm talks about mowing their stretch of the trail and the campsite. Tony says this project shows his FFA members the importance of community service.

This interview aired on the April 9, 2016 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 147.

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Annie Hall, 2015 NAAE Outstanding Agriculture Teacher

April 12, 2016

Annie Hall, agriculture teacher and FFA advisor at Valley High School in Pine Grove, W. Va., was named the 2015 NAAE Region 6 Outstanding Agriculture Teacher. Now in her ninth year of teaching, Hall says agricultural education is a very rewarding career that allows teachers to share something they are passionate about with others.

This interview aired on the April 9, 2016 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 147.

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Bryce Dibbern, Advocate for Agriculture – and Rodeo

April 6, 2016

A former member of the Amherst FFA Chapter in Nebraska, Bryce Dibbern became actively involved in the UNL Rodeo Association and the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association while he was a student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. An enthusiastic advocate for agriculture, Bryce explains how rodeo can create an opportunity to help educate young students about agriculture and livestock.

This interview aired on the April 2, 2016 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 147.

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