National FFA Organization
2015-16 National FFA Officer Update: Nick Baker and Sydney Snider

2015-16 National FFA Officer Update: Nick Baker and Sydney Snider

June 13, 2016

National FFA Secretary Nick Baker and National FFA Vice President-Eastern Region Sydney Snider stopped by the RFD-TV studio in Nashville, Tenn., to talk about some of their recent travels. They also explain why their national officer team selected FFA Alumni as their legacy platform.

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

Katie Benson – Advocating for Ag Literacy in Minnesota

Katie Benson – Advocating for Ag Literacy in Minnesota

June 8, 2016

For her SAE project, Katie Benson teaches third-grade students about agriculture. A member of the Staples Motley FFA Chapter in Minnesota, Katie created lesson plans for her Agriculture in the Classroom program, and once a month, she visits five classes in her local area to teach the lessons. Using money from her SAE grant, she buys supplies to show the students how to make butter (think: dairy industry) and how to incubate eggs (think: poultry industry). Katie’s plan for increasing ag literacy is simple: Start young.

This segment aired on the June 4, 2016 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 147.

Nebraska’s Blue Hill FFA Chapter Shows Its Green Thumb

Nebraska’s Blue Hill FFA Chapter Shows Its Green Thumb

June 8, 2016

An FFA: Food For All grant helped Nebraska’s Blue Hill FFA Chapter use their new greenhouse to grow a bumper crop of tomatoes. Chapter members were involved from start to finish – planting the tomato seeds, transplanting the seedlings and picking the ripe tomatoes. Then they canned 54 jars of tomatoes and 36 jars of spaghetti sauce, which they donated to a community food bank and to their school. FFA advisor Melissa Bonifas and FFA members Taylor Bonifas and Feliccia Overy fill in more details about the project.

This segment aired on the June 4, 2016 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 147.

Recap of the Georgia State FFA Convention

Recap of the Georgia State FFA Convention

June 8, 2016

Conventions are a time to celebrate, recognize hard work and have fun, and the 2016 Georgia State FFA Convention was no exception. Some 5,000 FFA members from across Georgia gathered in Macon as the school year drew to a close. Outgoing Georgia State FFA President Avery Duncan reflects on his year of service, and 2015-16 National FFA Vice President-Southern Region Abbey Gretsch talks about how her FFA journey began in Georgia. (From Georgia Farm Monitor)

This segment aired on the June 4, 2016 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 147.

Former Washington State FFA Sentinel Ricardo Ibarra

Former Washington State FFA Sentinel Ricardo Ibarra

June 2, 2016

While serving as the 2002-03 Washington State FFA Sentinel, Ricardo Ibarra started to develop his skills as a graphic designer, and today he is the owner of a creative marketing agency. Ricardo continues to be actively involved with FFA, serving as assistant talent director at the National FFA Convention & Expo and director of the Washington FFA Alumni and assisting with other FFA activities and events.

This segment aired on the May 28, 2016 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 147.

STEM Lab at Carroll County High School in Virginia

STEM Lab at Carroll County High School in Virginia

June 2, 2016

Carroll County High School in Hillsville, Va., has the nation’s first high school STEM lab that is focused on agriculture. Through hands-on experiments, students can learn about topics ranging from water and soil quality to biotechnology and GMOs. Lab manager Rachelle Rasco and FFA advisor Randy Webb explain how the lab combines science and agriculture to enhance lessons learned in the classroom. (Contributions from Virginia Farm Bureau)

This segment aired on the May 28, 2016 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 147.

Meet Two Oklahoma Agricultural Education Teachers

Meet Two Oklahoma Agricultural Education Teachers

June 2, 2016

The influence of an agricultural education teacher extends far beyond the classroom. For Chattanooga FFA advisor Dexter Matlock, “relationship building with the students is huge” and he enjoys helping students find their place. Trevor Lucas says he loves teaching agriculture at Calumet Public Schools: “There hasn’t been a single day that it’s really felt like a job.” (From Oklahoma Horizon)

This segment aired on the May 28, 2016 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 147.

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