Springdale FFA Chapter in Arkansas Focuses on Community

June 29, 2016

Located in an urban setting with a culturally diverse community, Springdale High School in Arkansas has an active FFA chapter that welcomes nontraditional students. FFA advisor Chad Burkett explains how the chapter used a grant from the Zoetis FFA Chapter Support Program to carry out their community outreach efforts. Springdale FFA member Max Wilson tells us how he raises bees in his backyard and then sells the honey.

This segment aired on the June 25, 2016 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 147.

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A New Generation of Farmers in Oklahoma

June 29, 2016

Oklahoma Horizon introduces us to four young producers in Oklahoma who explain how they gained valuable experience as FFA members. Fifth-generation farmers Travis and Tyler Schnaithman, Clayton Mack and Zach Weichel also earned a host of state and national awards and honors in FFA. Now they are putting their training and experience to work as they help feed the world’s growing population.

This segment aired on the June 25, 2016 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 147.

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Fields of the Future at Fair Oaks Farms

June 29, 2016

Pam Jahnke, farm director for Wisconsin Farm Report Radio, talks with West Virginia FFA member Kelly Irvine, a seventh-generation farmer who at age 15 is recognized nationally for her research focused on women in farming and agriculture. Pam and Kelly were at the WinField Crop Adventure at Fair Oaks Farms in Indiana for the Fields of the Future broadcast hosted by Land O’Lakes.

This segment aired on the June 25, 2016 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 147.

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A Family Legacy of Agricultural Education in South Carolina

June 21, 2016

Pat Earle, FFA advisor at McBee High School in South Carolina, is just the second person to have taught in the agriculture program since it was established in the 1940s. He follows in the footsteps of his father, who was the ag teacher at McBee for 41 years. Pat is well known for a phrase he shares often with his students: “I expect great things from you in the future.”

This segment aired on the June 18, 2016 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 147.

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An Iowa FFA Member Restores a Tractor in Memory of His Father

June 21, 2016

Jared Kelly, a member of the East Buchanan FFA Chapter in Iowa, had special motivation as he worked on his 1972 International 656 tractor – he was restoring the tractor in memory of his father. Jared’s father always wanted to restore a tractor with Jared, so the community bought the tractor for Jared and it was a labor of love for him to complete the restoration. (From Iowa Public Television)

This segment aired on the June 18, 2016 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 147.

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Waipahu FFA Chapter in Hawaii Advocates for Agriculture

June 21, 2016

Members of the Waipahu FFA Chapter in Hawaii are interviewed by host Justine Espiritu for the Hawaii Food and Farmers Series on ThinkTech Hawaii. Waipahu FFA advisor Jeff Garvey and FFA members Mack, J.R., Lily, Alana, Jeremiah and Maycie describe some of their projects, which range from aquaponics to biotechnology to conservation and environmental resources management.

This segment aired on the June 18, 2016 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 147.

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What do the National FFA Officers do during their year of service?

June 13, 2016

If you have ever wondered what keeps the six National FFA Officers busy during their year of service, just listen to this list of activities!

This segment aired on the June 11, 2016 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 147.

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2015-16 National FFA Officer Update: Taylor McNeel

June 13, 2016

On a recent visit to the U.S. Virgin Islands, National FFA President Taylor McNeel and LPS Specialist Frank Saldana made a stop at the University of the Virgin Islands Cooperative Extension Service. Along with DaraMonifah Cooper, Dr. Louis E. Petersen Jr. and Dr. Eddie Williams, they talk about the many opportunities and benefits that are available to all FFA members.

This segment aired on the June 11, 2016 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 147.

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2015-16 National FFA Officer Update: Abbey Gretsch and Abrah Meyer

June 13, 2016

National FFA Vice Presidents Abbey Gretsch (Southern Region) and Abrah Meyer (Central Region) were interviewed by student reporters from the Ohio Ag Net during a visit to Ohio’s Wilmington College. Abbey talks about the national officers’ busy schedules, and Abrah relates a special memory from a chapter visit in Oregon.

This segment aired on the June 11, 2016 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 147.

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2015-16 National FFA Officer Update: Sarah Draper

June 13, 2016

National FFA Vice President-Western Region Sarah Draper checks in by phone and shares one of her favorite memories from a chapter visit in Nebraska, and she explains how serving as a national officer has impacted her. She also discusses the national officer team’s legacy platform, FFA Alumni.

This segment aired on the June 11, 2016 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 147.

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