Maddie Poole, 2016 U.S. Presidential Scholar in CTE

August 30, 2016

Maddie Poole is one of just 20 students to be named a 2016 U.S. Presidential Scholar in Career and Technical Education. While a student (and FFA member) at the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences, Maddie developed her interest in science and research, and that opened doors to numerous opportunities – including an internship at the University of Illinois and travel to India and China.

This segment aired on the August 27, 2016 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 147.

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Kevin Cooper, Iowa’s 2016 Excellence in Education Award Recipient

August 30, 2016

Kevin Cooper, agriculture teacher and FFA advisor at Nevada High School in Iowa, received the Iowa State Education Association’s 2016 Excellence in Education Award. His advice to young teachers: Focus on these three P’s – Passion, Performance and Promotion. Kevin says the support of his students, their parents and the community has contributed to the success of his agricultural education program.

This segment aired on the August 27, 2016 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 147.

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Hydroponics and Aquaculture at Mackay FFA in Idaho

August 30, 2016

For four years, Mackay FFA member Hailey Hampton managed a hydroponics project with two goals in mind: to produce tomatoes and to turn a profit. Hailey not only has a green thumb – she also brought home the gold for her FFA chapter when she won $10,000 in the 2015 Culver’s FFA Essay Contest. In their aquaculture program, Mackay FFA members raise tilapia, trout and sturgeon. (From KIDK-3 and KIFI Local News 8 in Idaho Falls, Idaho.)

This segment aired on the August 27, 2016 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 147.

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Norfolk FFA in Massachusetts

August 23, 2016

The Norfolk FFA Chapter at Norfolk County Agricultural High School in Walpole, Mass., is celebrating the school’s 100th anniversary in 2016. Situated on a 400-acre campus, the school offers programs in animal and marine science, diesel and mechanical technology, horticulture, and environmental science. FFA advisor Melissa McKenna and FFA members Hannah Deane and Dean Powers describe the unique opportunities at Norfolk Aggie.

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

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Zach Kinne Is a Voice for Farmers at the National Corn Growers Association

August 23, 2016

Zach Kinne, 2007-08 National FFA President from Missouri, says the first time he visited Washington, D.C., was to attend the Washington Leadership Conference. Today, Zach lives and works in the nation’s capital, serving as director of public policy for the National Corn Growers Association. Zach explains how the experiences he had in FFA helped him realize his goal of having a career related to agricultural policy.

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

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California’s Westminster FFA Is Valued by the Community

August 23, 2016

Located in the Los Angeles metropolitan area of southern California, the Westminster FFA Chapter is a source of pride for the school administration and the community. We hear from the Westminster FFA advisor, the Westminster High School principal and a WHS administrator, a Westminster police commander and a city council member – all of whom sing the praises of Westminster FFA!

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

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Former Kentucky Ag Teacher Takes Center Stage with Jericho Woods

August 16, 2016

Josh Mitcham says he was the kid who did it all in high school – sports, chorus, FFA – and after majoring in agricultural education at college, he taught agriculture for 12 years. Still, music was Josh’s real passion, and now he is the lead singer for Jericho Woods, a “rural” band based in Kentucky. Josh encourages all students to give FFA a try; he says agriculture is the vehicle for the experience, whatever your goals may be. (To hear an expanded interview with Josh, visit RuralRadio147.com.)

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

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Indiana FFA Foundation Receives $400,000 Grant from Lilly Endowment

August 16, 2016

Lisa Chaudion, executive director of the Indiana FFA Foundation, explains how a $400,000 grant from Lilly Endowment will be used to create a three-year Learn-Lead-Succeed project for underserved students in central Indiana. Students will develop their leadership and employability skills by participating in a Leadership Center Challenge Course at the Indiana FFA Leadership Center.

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

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Oklahoma State FFA Officers Share Reflections About Their Ag Teachers

August 16, 2016

The 2015-16 Oklahoma State FFA Officers reflect on the many ways their ag teachers have impacted their lives, both in the classroom and through FFA. From offering encouragement and advice to serving as coaches and mentors, these ag teachers are always there for their students.

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

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Indiana’s Greensburg FFA Chapter Makes the Most of Two FFA Grants

August 11, 2016

Using funds from a Living to Serve: Environmental/Natural Disaster and Emergency Preparedness grant and an FFA: Food For All grant, members of the Greensburg FFA Chapter hosted grain, firearms and water safety programs; they created Little Free Libraries; they planted a garden in a courtyard at their school; and they presented agricultural literacy programs for elementary school students. FFA advisor Greg Schneider and FFA members Payten, Maddy and Clarissa explain the projects.

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

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