Want to keep up with the National FFA Convention & Expo?
Get LIVE coverage on RFD-TV and RURAL RADIO throughout the rest of the week (Oct 19th-21st)! Over the last few days, FFA Today has met with important FFA specialists to get an inside look on the exciting things to look forward to throughout the convention.
Hear about all things FFA related on our weekly broadcast, “FFA Today”. The show airs on Saturdays at 7:30am ET and again on Sundays at 5pm ET. Tune in LIVE, online, or via the Sirius XM app to Channel 147.
Cindy Hefner, program manager for the National Officer Management Team at the National FFA Organization joins us on “FFA Today.” Each year, everyone looks forward to the grand reveal of convention’s theme song to set the energy and tone in the arena for the next four days. This year’s song is based on the convention’s theme, “Transform,” decided by the officers, who had to describe what that word meant to them in the context of developing agriculture.
“FFA Today” contributor and host of the Off-Farm Income Podcast, Matt Brechwald interviews Scott Jacobs, Career Development Events (CDE) education specialist, who manages the CDE competition process at the National FFA Convention. Over 3,000 FFA members participate in 25 different CDEs throughout the convention.
“FFA Today” correspondent Micheal Clements catches up with Keisto Lucero, Education Specialist for National FFA, who gives a behind-the-scenes look into the officer selection process during the National Convention. A selection committee is created through nominations of current National FFA participants, followed by a series of interviews and practice speeches.
Pro Rodeo Live is in Waco, Texas at the Heart O’ Texas Fair & Rodeo for the All American Pro Rodeo Series Finals:
Thursday 8:00pm ET
Friday 8:00p ET (with a re-air Saturday 2:00pm ET)
Saturday 8:00pm ET (with a re-air Sunday 2:00pm ET)
TUNE IN ON RURAL RADIO ON SIRIUS XM RADIO CHANNEL 147.
Have you ever been north of the 49th parallel?
That’s where the Canadian and U.S. borders meet. With one of the largest bilateral trading relationships in the world, these two north American neighbors enjoy $47 billion worth of agricultural trade annually. But what do these similarities and differences in both countries mean to modern day farmers and ranchers?
Introducing “RealAg Radio,” the new show that explores both sides of the 49th parallel, highlighting the Canadian and American ag industries to demonstrate how they are directly linked through trade agreements, waterways, and integrated value chains and how current ag issues affect farmers and ranchers in both countries.
Produced by RealAgriculture.com, “RealAg Radio” offers ag enthusiasts everywhere an opportunity to learn about and experience an inside look at North American agriculture. Hosted by ag experts Shaun Haney and Kelvin Heppner of RealAgriculture.com, the new series will feature the latest headlines from around the world of ag and include discussions on current events, markets, agronomy, machinery, farm management, and cover real time issues impacting broadacre farmers, beef and dairy producers, and agriculture in general. The series will feature agriculture experts, weekly topical segments, and special guest interviews to bring listeners a deep dive view of the agriculture news they need to run their daily operations.
“Since 2013, RURAL RADIO Channel 147 has been providing excellent rural programming to SiriusXM subscribers. Canadian agriculture is a critical part of the North American market and “RealAg Radio” will share that story,” said Haney. “We’re excited to connect RURAL RADIO listeners.”
“RFD-TV and RURAL RADIO are always looking to expand our Canadian content and “RealAg Radio” is a huge step forward to help fill the demand from millions of our viewers and listeners who want more information,” stated Patrick Gottsch, Founder & President of Rural Media Group, Inc. “We look forward to working with Shaun to not only better serve our large, and growing, television and radio audience in both Canada and the U.S., but just as important, to increase the variety of crops being covered while providing exposure for other market perspectives as we strive to report on worldwide agricultural conditions.”
“RealAg Radio” segments will mirror what readers and listeners of RealAgriculture.com have come to expect, from dynamic coverage of world-class conferences, to in-depth agronomic know-how, and on to insight and commentary into current events shaping the global agriculture industry.
“I find that whether you are in Carrot River, Saskatchewan, or Franklin, Tennessee, you are faced by many of the same issues as a farmer or rancher. Market conglomeration, access to credit, and volatile commodity prices are faced by all growers no matter where they farm or ranch.” – Shaun Haney, founder RealAgriculture.com.
Catch “RealAg Radio” weekdays at 4 p.m. ET on RURAL RADIO Channel 147 on SiriusXM. For more information, go to RealAgRadio.com or RealAgriculture.com. To get the full schedule visit RURALRADO147.com.
Weekly Segments Featured on “RealAg Radio”
Wheat Pete’s Word
Get timely agronomic advice through a weekly call-in segment called “Wheat Pete’s Word.” Whether you grow corn, soybeans, wheat, canola or pulses, this agronomy feature will provide you with sound advice and practical tips for your operation. Hosted by nationally recognized, self- proclaimed “Wild Man” — Peter Johnson, you’ll get the latest insight applicable to wheat, corn, and soy agronomy to growers in North America.
Beef Market Update with Anne Wasko
With more than 30 years’ experience, Anne Wasko brings you the latest in the North American cattle markets, providing key analysis of cattle data, statistics, and insight on how these two tight-knit borders navigate frequent shipments of cattle and boxed beef within the guidelines of mutually beneficial trade deals like NAFTA.
Mind Your Farm Business
Hosted by a variety of agricultural experts, this weekly segment will feature the latest farm management practices ensuring that listeners have very practical advice to improve their bottom line. Guest will include Jolene Brown, David Kohl, Robert Saik, and more.
Farmers across North America love to
drive, view, and talk machinery. Hosted by Saskatchewan grain farmer Jim Hale, this weekly segment will feature special guests as they discuss the latest in machinery news, trends, and issues impacting farmers across North America.
The RealAgriculture field team brings you the latest coverage from the top agriculture conferences and trade shows. Coverage will include events such as the National Farm Machinery Show, Farm Progress Show, the Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show, and the World Dairy Expo. Field editors include Bernard Tobin, Lyndsey Smith,
Debra Murphy. Listeners will also hear from regular expert guests, such as Owen Roberts, Andrew Campbell, and other ag experts featured regularly on RealAgriculture.com.
Hosts of “RealAg Radio”
Founder of RealAgriculture.com, Shaun Haney manages one of the leading industry digital sites for Canadian farmers and ranchers across the country. In just over eight years Haney has grown RealAgriculture.com to be a digital ag news leader in Canada serving farmers across the country covering the latest agriculture, agronomics, current events and farm show news. Shaun was raised on a seed farm just outside of Picture Butte and continues to work with the family business, Haney Farms, a venerable company established in 1927.
Kelvin Heppner is a seasoned agriculture broadcaster and field editor for RealAgriculture.com. Heppner started working in radio when he was 16 and has now been in the world of radio and online media for over a decade, focusing primarily on Canadian agriculture. Heppner has an agribusiness degree from the University of Manitoba, was named the Broadcaster’s Association of Manitoba “Broadcaster of Tomorrow” in 2011, and has been recognized for his ag reporting and writing by the Canadian Farm Writers Federation. When he’s not busy breaking the latest ag news, Kelvin is raising a growing family near Altona, Manitoba, where he also farms with his dad, growing grain and running a broiler breeder chicken operation.
Last week on “Outside the Barrel,” host Flint Rasmussen had the wonderful opportunity to hang out and chat with Highway 101 lead singer, Paulette Carlson. Throughout their career, Highway 101 recorded four No. 1 singles, 10 Top Ten Hits, and was nominated for two Grammy awards for “Best Country Album” and “Best Country Single”.
Ever since she was a little girl, Paulette knew she would grow up to marry a cowboy and become a singer/songwriter. She grew up in Minnesota but decided that if she really wanted to make it big, she’d have to commit herself and move to Nashville.
After having great success in the music industry, Paulette took some time off from her music career to be a mother and wife but tells Flint she never stopped loving music. “This is who I am, in my world, I am a singer/songwriter”.
The family has been living in Montana, but Paulette recently returned to Nashville where she has acquired a manager and a PR firm and plans to begin touring again. On her first concert back, Paulette said it was like she never missed a beat – she just loved performing for people, no matter where or when.
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Outside the Barrel with Flint Rasmussen airs on Fridays at 5pm ET and Sundays at 1pm ET on Sirius XM Radio Channel 147.
NASHVILLE, Tenn., Nov. 6, 2015 – Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 147 is partnering with CFCW in Canada to offer exclusive live coverage of the 42nd Canadian Finals Rodeo (CFR) in Edmonton, Alberta. Performance times are at 9:30 (ET) each evening on Nov. 11-15, and at 3 p.m. (ET) Saturday, Nov. 14 and at 3 p.m. (ET) Sunday, Nov. 15.
“Rural Radio is keenly aware of the interests of Western sports fans across North America,” said Paul Aaron, President and General Manager of Rural Radio. “Because we’re on SiriusXM, we’re the only opportunity for many people in the U.S. and all of Canada to get live coverage not only of Western sports, but agribusiness news and weather. As part of our programming dedicated to Canadian listeners, we also started broadcasting the World Professional Chuckwagon Association races, along with major PBR events and rodeos such as the Calgary Stampede.”
The CFR showcases the 2015 season’s top 12 rodeo athletes in seven events in the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association. They’ll battle for almost $1.6 million in purse money and exemption invitations to the Semi-Finals of RFD-TV’s THE AMERICAN, presented by Polaris RANGER, Feb. 17-21 in Texas. Nearly 100,000 rodeo fans are expected to fill Edmonton’s Rexall Place, the home of the NHL’s Edmonton Oilers.
The broadcast, aired in partnership with 840 CFCW and cfcw.com, will include CFCW’s veteran broadcast team: sportscaster Tim Ellis; three-time Canadian All-Around Champion and 1991 Canadian Saddle Bronc Riding Champion Duane Daines; rodeo reporter Dianna Finstad and 2008 Miss Rodeo Canada Jenna Verhun.
“CFCW has been covering the CFR since it started back in 1973,” said Ellis. “We’re excited that Rural Radio has come on board this year to provide our live broadcast to rodeo fans throughout North America.”
Listeners can also catch news from the Canadian Finals before, during, and after the rodeo with Rural Radio’s Steve Kenyon on Western Sports Round-Up, a daily radio program highlighting the best in Western sports at 6 p.m. (ET) every weeknight.
“Rural Radio is in the middle of covering the three biggest Western-sports events in North America,” said Kenyon. “We just got back from the PBR World Finals, this week it will be the Canadian Finals Rodeo, and next month we’ll provide live coverage of every performance of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.”
SiriusXM Channel 147 offers live Western sports coverage most weekends, and will kick off its next event with Wrangler NFR preview shows on Nov. 20-22 and Nov. 27-29 Visit RuralRadio147.com for more.
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ABOUT RURAL RADIO:
Found exclusively on SiriusXM channel 147, it’s the agribusiness and Western lifestyle channel for the U.S. and Canada. RURAL RADIO’s program schedule revolves around original productions focused on agriculture, equine, hunting, fishing, Western sports, and living the country life in small towns and ranches. Broadcast operations for the station are located in Nashville, Tennessee. The channel airs multiple exclusive series including Market Day Report, Rural Evening News, Western Sports Round Up, and reports from CME on Commodity Wrap. RURAL RADIO also carries live Western sports including PBR bull-riding and PRCA rodeo events every weekend.
RURAL MEDIA GROUP:
Rural Media Group, Inc. is the world’s leading provider of multimedia content dedicated to the rural and Western lifestyle. Reconnecting city with country, RMG is the parent company of RFD-TV, RURAL RADIO, FamilyNet, RFD-TV The Magazine, and RFD-TV The Theatre. RMG networks are distributed to more than 100-million homes worldwide by DBS, telco and cable systems including DISH Network, DIRECTV®, Comcast, Verizon FiOS TV, AT&T U-Verse, Mediacom, Charter, Optimum, Brighthouse, Suddenlink, Time Warner, Cox, and more than 600 independent rural cable systems. Corporate headquarters and broadcast operations are in Nashville, Tennessee.
The 2015 national FFA Convention and Expo will be held Wednesday, October 28 through Saturday, October 31 in Louisville, KY. During the four-day event, over 60,000 FFA members from all 50 states are expected to attend. Throughout the week, students will attend more than 70 leadership and personal growth workshops.
The convention will kick off with keynote speaker, Rick Rigsby. Friday morning, past state officer Amberley Snyder will share her inspiring message. Brad Montague, who developed the idea of Kid President, will share his story on Friday evening.