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008 The Pink Eagles: Making Robotics Soar

Daisy chats up the Pink Eagles, an all-girl robotics team from rural, northern Michigan, who won the older division of the Dash-and-Dot Wonder League robotics competition sponsored by Wonder Workshop. After hearing this inspiring episode, you’ll never again think that STEM is only for males. This is girl power at its best, and these girls are just getting started, as they head toward a major North American Lego competition. Hear how the girls are already thinking of futures in technology. And listen to their coach, Frank Tappen, and Vikas Gupta, CEO and co-founder of Wonder Workshop, discuss the importance of…

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007 Vertical Harvest Hydroponics—Farm-in-a-Box

Daisy chats up the winners of the American Farm Bureau’s Rural Entrepreneurship Contest, Dan Perpich and Cameron Willingham of Vertical Harvest Hydroponics. Their company has developed a self-contained, plug-and-go, farm-in-a-box agricultural and horticultural process in Alaska, which is already paying dividends for rural communities. Hydroponics is an alternative approach to typically soil-based farming, with an enormous potential to transform agriculture in both rural and other settings. If you play in agriculture space, this is a must-listen-to podcast. Subscribe Free: iTunes | Google Play | Android

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006 Immigration & Inclusion: The CRA Perspective

Daisy discusses a thorny, timely, and tumultuous issue with two representatives from the Center for Rural Affairs: Immigration and inclusion. Open and honest communication is vital to any dialogue in this area, according to Carlos Barcenas and Jordan Feverherm. Also playing a huge role: Developing and empowering leaders to make sure voices are clearly heard in rural communities. But practical measures can also be taken, including translating items into Spanish in rural Nebraska communities, such as Grand Island. As the national debate on immigration and inclusion continues, take a listen to this episode. Subscribe Free: iTunes | Google Play |…

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005 Jennifer Martin, Confident Students & Boosting Graduation Rates

Daisy chats up Jennifer, a high school principal in rural Georgia, about how to strengthen confidence in students; securing financial aid; an innovative charter school program that provides options for students; teaching students to truly persevere; a Monday morning blog; inviting inspirational community speakers to your school; and why it’s not who you know but who know you. Subscribe Free: iTunes | Google Play | Android

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004 Skydiving, Nebraska & Epiphanies

Daisy chats us Sean Tillery, the owner of the Nebraska Skydiving School, about how he started an incredibly successful skydiving business in a rural Nebraska town, the epiphany Sean experienced that changed his life, the support he receives from the rural community he calls home, and, oh yeah, how he dealt with the challenges and opportunities of faced and took advantage of to be partners with the local airport and gain the trust and support of the residents of this Totally Rural community. Subscribe Free: iTunes | Google Play | Android

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003 American Farm Bureau Federation, Hydroponics & Shark Tank

Daisy chats up AFB’s Lisa Benson and AFBFA’s Angela Mayfield about exciting Farm Bureau projects, including a $145,000 Entrepreneurial Challenge (thin Shark Tank for Totally Rural Nation); vegetable hydroponic systems; ag literacy and ag in the classroom; and the Purple Plow Challenge, which enables your middle schooler to—wait for it—make a prototype for a food production project. Subscribe Free: iTunes | Google Play | Android

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002 The Center for Rural Affairs, the Farm Bill, and Advocacy

Daisy discusses the uber-important 2018 Farm Bill (it’s really a Rural Bill), crop insurance (ignore at your own peril), the political climate for conservation, farm to school issues, high-value dairies, and much more, with representatives from the Center for Rural Affairs. Subscribe Free: iTunes | Google Play | Android

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001 The NREA and Emerging Rural Education Issues

Daisy discusses how to advocate for and advance game-changing education issues with national and state officials of the National Rural Education Association Subscribe Free: iTunes | Google Play | Android

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5 Soft Skills to Teach This Year

With our continued shift to a technology driven society, few days go by that I don’t have a conversation with someone concerned about “today’s kids’ ” lack of “Soft Skills.” As the mother of 2 of these aptly named “GEN Z” babies…I can understand the worry. As an adult who has simply adapted to the culture, not grown up in it, I often find myself buried in my mobile phone rather than having an actual conversation. I’ve even recently learned a “wear your ear buds to avoid conversation” trick when I’m exhausted…from my twelve year old. Yet soft skills remain…

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What a Difference 9 Miles Makes…

I understand poverty is everywhere. I experienced poverty growing up as a child. I experienced poverty in my classrooms while teaching. I experienced poverty in my schools as a Principal. I understand the statistics; low income students now make up the majority of American Schools http://bit.ly/15dLprh .(SEF, 2013) As an advocate for Rural Education (Rural Poverty Rate is the Highest of all Demographic Categories http://1.usa.gov/1ZemMkQ USDA 2015) I have spent the last several years promoting excellence for All students in All Zip Codes. I know this is a constant battle, and it is one I plan on passionately fighting. WE…

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