The FFA Podcast

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Community Calf Project
The Southwestern-Hanover (IN) FFA Chapter is starting a project that purchases Holstein calves and raises them as part of their agricultural education curriculum. Eventually, the project will result in ground beef to be donated to needy residents through a local food bank. Chapter advisor Greg Schneider talks about their new Community Calf project.
Run time: 3:00

Wisconsin FFA
Wisconsin FFA President Kayla Hack says that the number of people in her state’s agriculture industry is greater than the population of Madison, Wisconsin’s 2nd largest city. She hopes to grow her state’s FFA membership to more than 19,000 members during her term as state president.
Run time: 3:00

The Need for Teachers-Part 2
There is a growing need in many areas for certified agriculture teachers. This also means that there is a need to retain current teachers. We’ll hear from Dr. Jay Jackman and Ellen Thompson with the National Association of Agricultural Educators, who recently discussed teacher retention with FFA leaders throughout the country.
Run time: 2:59

National FFA Week
National FFA Week is being celebrated by FFA members across the country. National FFA President Clay Sapp reflects on his FFA Week experiences from his days at the Madison County (FL) FFA Chapter.
Run time: 2:59

National FFA Officer Team goes to Japan
Our national officer team recently travelled to Japan, where they met with both agricultural officials and members of Future Farmers of Japan (FFJ). National FFA President Clay Sapp reflects on his experience.
Run time: 3:00

The Need for Teachers
More schools are adding agricultural education, but are there enough certified teachers that are able to meet the demand? Dr. Jay Jackman, president of the National Association for Agricultural Education, and Ellen Thompson with NAAE discuss the need to attract and retain teachers.
Run time: 3:00

Schloarships
Applications for the FFA scholarship program must be postmarked by February 15, 2013. This year the National FFA Organization is offering $2.1 million in scholarships designed to fit the diversity of our applicants.
Run time: 2:59

International Leadership Seminar for State Officers
This month 71 past and current state FFA officers traveled to Argentina for the International Leadership Seminar for State Officers. This report features reflections from state FFA presidents Jerry Risk (Oregon), Alix Mashino (Nebraska) and Darren Riskedal (Illinois).

Daily updates from the trip can be found here: http://brighterinsights.wordpress.com/
Run time: 2:59

COO Joshua Bledsoe, part 2
Joshua Bledsoe talks about the need to ensure that the best and brightest students have roles in America’s most important industry, as well as his excitement for his new role, which begins February 18.
Run time: 3:01

New National FFA Organization COO Joshua Bledsoe
Joshua Bledsoe of Raleigh, N.C., was named chief operating officer of the National FFA Organization Friday, January 4. Please view this press release for more information.
Run time: 3:00

Celebrating 50 Years
The National FFA Foundation recently celebrated 50 years of partnerships with both Syngenta and Wrangler. The podcast features Grant MacDonald, Talent Development Manager with Syngenta; and Nancy Himmel, Wrangler’s Manager of National Sales Services.
Run time: 2:59

Dr. Lowell Catlett
At the 85th National FFA Convention & Expo, Dr. Lowell Catlett was a featured speaker. Catlett, a professor at New Mexico State University, is a leading authority of economics and futuristic planning. He was a national FFA officer in the late 1960s, and he attributes FFA to a great deal of his career success.
Run time: 3:00

Vinita, Oklahoma
The Vinita FFA chapter in Vinita, OK was awarded a Model of Innovation for its work in encouraging safe driving among students at their local high school. They held workshops demonstrating the dangers of driving under the influence as well as texting while driving.
Run time: 3:00

Taylor Runyan, American Star in Agriscience
Taylor Runyan proved that the lycopene found in tomatoes is capable of blocking ultraviolet rays. Her work earned her the American Star in Agriscience award at the 85th National FFA Convention & Expo. More information about her award can be found here.
Run time: 2:59

FFA: Food For All
The deadline to apply for an FFA: Food For All grant is Monday, December 10. Education Stephonie Sebastian talks about the grant program and the community impact that 140 FFA chapters made this past year.
Run time: 2:59

Regional FFA Officers
The National FFA Organization has four new regional officers, who were elected at last month’s National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis. For more information about the new officers, please view their press releases.
Run time: 3:00

Bradley Weaver
Bradley Weaver from the Dawson County, Georgia FFA Chapter is the American Star in Agribusiness. Weaver owns eight different businesses, beginning with a road-side pumpkin stand at the age of 5.
Run time: 2:58

Kalie Hall
Kalie Hall from Carnesville, GA is the new National FFA Secretary. She was selected during the 85th National FFA Convention & Expo last month in Indianapolis. Kalie is studying agricultural education at the University of Georgia.
Run time: 3:00

American Star Farmer
Clayton Carley from Milford, Illinois was named American Star Farmer at the 85th National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis. To learn more about Clayton’s work, please click here.
Run time: 3:00

National FFA President Clay Sapp
Clay Sapp from Madison, Florida is the new National FFA President. He was elected at the 85th National FFA Convention & Expo, which concluded last weekend in Indianapolis. Clay’s father, Ed, has been the FFA advisor at Madison High School for more than a quarter of a century. It’s only natural, then, that Clay’s love for FFA and agricultural education began at an early age.

DH Prichard - 1940 National FFA President
DH Prichard from Mississippi was named National FFA President in 1940. He returned this week to the 85th National FFA Convention & Expo to connect with former national officers from across the country. He was wearing his president's jacket, which still fits after more than 70 years.

National Days of Service at Gleaners Food Bank
Each year, FFA members give back to their convention host city by participating in service projects throughout the city. The volunteers at Gleaners Food Bank will help feed needy residents in 21 Central Indiana counties.
Run time: 3:39

Dwight Armstrong Addresses the FFA Rally to Fight Hunger
The 85th National FFA Convention & Expo is underway with an emphasis toward hunger. CEO Dwight Armstrong address more than 450 members who volunteered in the first of 20 FFA Rally to Fight Hunger shifts, and national president Ryan Best encouraged members to take action in their own communities.
Run time: 2:49

85th National FFA Convention & Expo
The 85th National FFA Convention & Expo is one week away, as more than 50,000 members, advisors, sponsors and guests will gather in Indianapolis October 24 through 27. National FFA President Ryan Best remembers the work it took to come to his first convention seven years ago, and he looks ahead to his career path of agricultural education.
Run time: 3:00

Champions of Change
This week the White House recognized three FFA members and three FFA and agricultural education supporters in its Champions of Change initiative.

The students taking part in the special ceremony were Ridge Howell from Checotah, OK; Jacob Dickey from Gibson City, IL; and Jordan Paine from Oxford, NE. Also recognized were Dr. Pete Dreisbach from Hardinsburg, KY; Jessica McAtamney from Philadelphia, PA; and Bill Jimmerson from Bozeman, MT.
Run time: 3:00

Red Power
Case IH is bringing its Red Power skid steer back to Indianapolis for the 85th National FFA Convention & Expo. Since its introduction at last year’s convention, Red Power has toured the country and was auctioned last month. Scott Raish, corporate events manager for Case IH, North America, talks about Red Power and how it will help FFA on national, state and local levels.
Run time: 3:00

Dr. Steve Brown
This will be the second National FFA Convention & Expo for National FFA Advisor Dr. Steve Brown. He’s looking forward to the opportunity to interact with the more than 50,000 FFA members who will meet Oct. 24-27 in Indianapolis.
Run time: 3:00

41st National FFA Alumni Convention
The National FFA Alumni Association is hosting its 41st convention next month, in coordination with the 85th National FFA Convention & Expo. Alumni’s Executive Director Julie Tesch previews some new events for convention.
Run time: 3:00

FFA Rally To Fight Hunger
There are now more than 6,000 FFA members who have registered for the FFA Rally to Fight Hunger, a part of the 85th National FFA Convention & Expo. Larry Moore with Kids Against Hunger and National FFA President Ryan Best share their visions for members to learn about hunger from a local level.
Run time: 3:00

Convention Memories
This week we’ll hear from National FFA President Ryan Best, who fondly remembers attending the past six National FFA Convention & Expo each of the past six years.
Run time: 3:00

The No Bull Guys
Two Ohio FFA members have received national acclaim for the anti-bullying work they’ve done for their high school, Southeastern High School in Ohio. Tyler Gregory and Scott Hannah are now known as the “No Bull Guys,” and they will make many appearances throughout the year with their anti-bullying message. One of these appearances will be at the 85th National FFA Convention & Expo this October in Indianapolis.
Run time: 3:00

FFA Rally to Fight Hunger
At the 85th National FFA Convention & Expo, up to 10,000 FFA members, advisors and guests will participate in the FFA Rally to Fight Hunger. One million meals will be packaged in just 20 hours. The National FFA Organization is teaming with Kids Against Hunger, a humanitarian food-aid organization. Their local executive director Larry Moore is this week’s guest.
Run time: 3:00

National Collegiate Agriculture Ambassadors
The 2012-2013 National Collegiate Agriculture Ambassador team has been selected. This group of twenty individuals from across the United States will spend the next year advocating for the agricultural industry. We visit with Gracie Weinzierl, a junior at Illinois State University who is starting her second term as an ambassador.
Run time: 3:00

National FFA Alumni Association Executive Director, Julie Tesch
The National FFA Alumni Association plays an important role in supporting agricultural education and FFA in communities throughout the country. The association’s new Executive Director, Julie Tesch, talks about her goals to grow the association.
Run time: 3:00

Locust Trace, Kentucky
A new FFA chapter in central Kentucky is raising chickens to help provide protein for needy local residents. The project is also bringing unity to the student body.
Run time: 3:00

FFA Podcast for Thursday July 26th
FFA members will have a chance to visit the White House in September as part of the Champions of Change initiative. Visit www.WhiteHouse.gov/champions to learn how you can nominate a member to participate in an unforgettable opportunity.
Run time: 3:00

FFA Podcast for Thursday July 19th
The National FFA Organization administers grant programs that are made possible through the Farm Bill. Kent Schescke, Director of Strategic Partnerships, is hopeful that current farm bill legislation will continue to allow for these programs.
Run time: 3:00

FFA Podcast for Thursday July 12th
This week the Central Hardin FFA chapter in Elizabethtown, KY hosted members of the Kentucky National Guard. Guardsmen learned agricultural techniques that they will take to Afghanistan later this year.
Run time: 3:00

FFA Podcast for Thursday July 5th
Three instant celebrities, Greg, Nathan and Kendal Peterson are former and current FFA members in north-central Kansas. Their parody video, I’m Farming and I Grow It, has earned them worldwide overnight fame.
Run time: 3:00

FFA Podcast for Thursday, June 28th
FFA is working with Farm Journal Media to promote some of the great FFA: Food For All projects. We’ll hear from National Reporter Tyne Morgan, who explains that her broadcasting career began thanks to her FFA involvement in Lexington, Missouri.
Run time: 3:00

FFA Podcast for Thursday, June 21st
We continue our conversation with Clay Worley about the Agricultural Career Network. Clay will explain how FFA will connect with its former members in ways it never had before.
Run time: 3:00

FFA Podcast for Thursday, June 14th
The National FFA Organization welcomes new partners to the Agricultural Career Network. Clay Worley, the network’s Program Manager, explains the benefits that Career Cruising and AgCareers.com will bring to both students and alumni.
Run time: 3:00

FFA Podcast for Thursday, June 7th
Deep in the Heart is a movie playing in theatres across the country. It’s a story about Richard Wallrath, who is a tremendous contributor to the FFA students in Texas. The movie stars Jon Gries and Elaine Hendrix.
Run time: 3:00

FFA Podcast for Thursday, May 31st
FFA national officers have been travelling the country visiting many state FFA conventions. After that, the officers will meet with new state officers and prepare them for their year of service. FFA national president Ryan Best reflects on his term as well as his preparations for the summer.
Run time: 3:00

FFA Podcast for Thursday, May 24th
Every year winners of national proficiency awards and finalists of FFA’s Stars over America visit Costa Rica and gain valuable international experience. Deborah Sellers, an event specialist with the National FFA Organization will be hosting 47 members and six advisors on the program, which takes place next month.
Run time: 3:00

FFA Podcast for Thursday, May 17th
Next week FFA will send 12 college students to Malaysia, Singapore and Vietnam as part of the International Collegiate Agricultural Leadership program. Education Specialist Marty Tatman will preview the trip. In addition, Tatman oversees FFA’s New Century Farmer program, which just announced the 50 participants for the July conference.
Run time: 3:00

FFA Podcast for Thursday, May 10th
FFA members and students in agricultural education across the country were invited to a special meeting Monday with the head of the United States Department of Agriculture.

USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack is hosted a conference call to discuss the importance of agricultural education with youth across the country. He also be discussed the need to keep higher education affordable.
Run time: 3:00

FFA Podcast for Thursday, May 3rd
FFA members join many throughout the industry of agriculture, applauding the Department of Labor’s decision to withdraw proposed child labor regulations. We’ll hear from National FFA President Ryan Best, Congressman Bob Latta (OH) and Senator Jerry Moran (KS).
Run time: 3:00

FFA Podcast for Thursday, April 26th
The U.S. Departments of Education and Agriculture have teamed up to enhance agricultural education and related programs that promote postsecondary and career pathways, including teaching, according to an interagency agreement to advance agricultural education. U.S. Education and Agriculture Secretaries Arne Duncan and Tom Vilsack announced the agreement today during a White House Rural Council meeting with local educators at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.
Run time: 3:00

FFA Podcast for Thursday, April 19th
Iowa FFA members will package a quarter of a million meals during their annual leadership conference in Ames. The meals will be delivered to Haiti, which is still recovering from the 2010 earthquake. The meal packaging event being coordinated by the Iowa Food and Family Project as an extension of their “Special Delivery. Home. Help. Hope. For Haiti” project. The Iowa Soybean Association is also involved in the event. We’ll hear from Aaron Putze, their director of communications.
Run time: 3:00

FFA Podcast for Thursday, April 12th
This week we’ll hear from National FFA Secretary Jason Troendle from Minnesota. Jason looks back at some of his favorite experiences during the first half of his term as a national officer.
Run time: 3:00

FFA Podcast for Thursday, April 5th
Registration is open for Washington Leadership Conference, an event for juniors and seniors this summer in our nation’s capital. Education Specialist Whitney Danker has a preview of the event.
Run time: 3:00

FFA Podcast for Thursday, March 29th
Registration for this summer’s FFA Alumni Development Conference begins Monday, April 2nd. The conference will be held July 11-15 in Bozeman, Mont. Lucy Whitehead, National FFA Alumni Program Specialist, has a preview of the event.
Run time: 3:00

FFA Podcast for Thursday, March 22nd
This week’s podcast has more with National FFA President Ryan Best, who last week testified in front of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry. After his testimony, Best answered questions about child labor laws and how FFA can operate within them.
Run time: 3:00

FFA Podcast for Thursday, March 15th
We’ll hear from National FFA President Ryan Best, who testified this week before the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry.
Run time: 3:00

FFA Podcast for Thursday, March 8th
The National FFA officers travelled to Japan in late January and early February. They learned about agriculture and agribusiness in Japan, and they also met with members of the Future Farmers of Japan. Central Region Vice President Alicia Hodnik reflects on her trip.
Run time: 3:00

FFA Podcast for Thursday, March 1st
Many local, state and national leaders earned valuable lessons and skills from their FFA participation. We’ll hear from two of those leaders: Joe Kelsay, Director of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture; and Kansas Governor Sam Brownback.
Run time: 3:00

FFA Podcast for Thursday, February 23th
There are FFA chapters in 16 of the 20 most populated cities in the nation. And soon, FFA will come to another metropolitan area. Wisconsin State FFA President Ethan Gieble discusses FFA soon coming to Milwaukee and the advantages that schools have when they include FFA and agricultural education.
Run time: 3:00

FFA Podcast for Thursday, February 16th
National FFA Week is February 18th through the 25th. This week, former members recall their time in FFA. Featured are Joseph Coyne from Illinois, a national officer in 1963-64; Paul Moya from New Mexico, national president in 2008-09, and Kansas Governor Sam Brownback, national officer from 19976-77.
Run time: 3:00

FFA Podcast for Thursday, February 9th
FFA members can be found throughout rural America, but they’re also in urban locations. There are FFA chapters in 16 of the 20 most populated cities in the country. That includes Chicago, where the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences boasts the last working farm in the city. We’ll hear from Bill Hook, the school principal, and from Corey Flournoy, an alum who served as National FFA President in 1994-95.
Run time: 3:00

FFA Podcast for Thursday, February 2nd
National FFA Week will be celebrated February 18-25 by chapters across the country. National FFA President Ryan Best says it will be a great opportunity for chapters to be involved in their local communities.
Run time: 3:00

FFA Podcast for Thursday, January 26th
New Century Farmer program applications are available at www.ffa.org/collegiate. New Century Farmer is the only FFA program specifically geared toward students who plan to have a career in production agriculture. Marty Tatman offers details about the conference.
Run time: 3:00

FFA Podcast for Thursday, January 19th
FFA is now accepting applications for its 2012 International Collegiate Agricultural Leadership (I-CAL) program. Marty Tatman, educational specialist and director of the Collegiate FFA program, offers details about the event.

FFA Podcast for Thursday, Janurary 12th
This week we’ll learn about the newly-launched Agriculture Career Network. FFA’s Director of Information Mark CaVell explains some of the benefits of the new system.
Run time: 3:00

FFA Podcast for Thursday, December 22nd
This week: Next month a group of current and past state officers will participate in the International Leadership Seminar for State Officers. They will travel to China to learn about international agriculture. Educational Program Specialish Shane Jacques offers a preview of the trip.
Run time: 3:00

FFA Podcast for Thursday, December 15th
This week: FFA wants to hear from former members. Rob Cooper, Executive Director of the National FFA Foundation, explains the current Connect! campaign.
Run time: 3:00

FFA Podcast for Thursday, December 8th
This week: FFA is going NASCAR! We’ll hear from Pat Driscoll from Farm American. Their car will have the FFA emblem on the car during the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup season.
Run time: 3:00

FFA Podcast for Thursday, December 1st
A group of Native American members, former members and advisors met with government officials in Washington, D.C. last month. The focus of their trip was to address rural and tribal issues related to agricultural education. Sound bytes include Lawrence Shorty, program manager with USDA and Jasmine Locklear, a member of the St. Paul’s FFA chapter in North Carolina.
Run time: 3:00

FFA Podcast for Thursday, November 24th
In this issue you’ll hear about “Red Power,” a unique promotion with CaseIH and the National FFA Foundation. Audio includes cuts from Bill Preller, Great Lakes Regional Sales Director for CaseIH, and Rob Cooper, Executive Director of the National FFA Foundation.
Run time: 3:00

FFA Podcast for Thursday, November 17th
In this issue, is Education Specialist Stephonie Sebastian discussing a new grant opportunity for local FFA chapters called FFA: Food For All. The grant is thanks to generous contributions by Farmers Feeding the World and the Howard G. Buffett Foundation.
Run time: 3:00

FFA Podcast for Thursday, November 10th
In this issue, we're featuring Western Region Vice President Seth Pratt from Idaho, Southern Region Vice President Cain Thurmond, and Keith Bollinger, Star in AgriScience from Wisconsin. In addition, there will be a short preview about FFA scholarships. The application process begins November 15th.
Run time: 3:00

FFA Podcast for Thursday, November 3rd
In this issue, we're featuring Alicia Hodnik, Central Region Vice President from Wisconsin, Kenny Quick, Eastern Region Vice President from New York, and Alex Meredith, Star in AgriBusiness winner from Kentucky.
Run time: 3:00

FFA Podcast for Thursday, October 27th
In this issue, we're presenting the new national president Ryan Best, the new national secretary Jason Trendle, Star Farmer winner Cole Vculek, and Star in Agricultural Placement Alex Goeckel.
Run time: 3:00

FFA Podcast for Thursday, October 20th
In this issue, we’re broadcasting from the 84th National FFA Convention, taking place in Indianapolis. Sound bytes include Riley Pagett, National FFA President and Sean Areans, Training Coordinator for Precision Planting in Illinois. Sean was a chapter and sectional FFA President.
Run time: 3:00

FFA Podcast for Thursday, October 13th
In this issue, we have a preview of the 84th National FFA Convention, which begins October 19th in Indianapolis. Sound bites include Riley Pagett, National FFA President, Jamison Holt, FFA Advisor in Cerro Gordo, IL, and Lucy Whitehead with the National FFA Alumni Association.
Run time: 3:00

FFA Podcast for Thursday, October 6th
In this issue, we have a preview of the 84th National FFA Convention, which begins October 19th in Indianapolis. Sound bites include Riley Pagett, National FFA President, and Lucy Whitehead with the National FFA Alumni Association.
Run time: 3:00