BROOKINGS, S.D. – Over 2,100 FFA members, advisors, and guests attended the 91st South Dakota State FFA Convention on South Dakota State University’s campus in Brookings, S.D., April 7-9. While there, FFA members participated in the state FFA Career Development Events (CDE’s).

FFA Career Development Events, built around ag industry careers, enable agricultural education students to develop and refine their abilities to critically evaluate, effectively communicate and ultimately, succeed in future careers.

The results are as follows:

Agricultural business management

Awards and team travel scholarship sponsored by Wells Fargo. Team travel scholarship was also sponsored by Wells Fargo and Farm House Fraternity at SDSU.

  • 1st Place Team: Deuel — Advisor Marie Jaacks, Mason Baer, Layton Eide, Logan Eide, coach Becky Krause
  • 2nd place team – Wessington Springs
  • 3rd – Bridgewater-Emery
  • 1st Place Individual: Isaac Kolousek, Wessington Springs

Agricultural technology and mechanical systems

Awards, drills for the top 10 individuals, and team travel scholarship sponsored by CHS Foundation.

  • 1st Place Team: Menno — Advisor Brady Duxbury, Sam Bender, Aidan Friesen, Conner Edelman, Avery Handel, Sponsor Jen Johnson (CHS)
  • 2nd place team – Tri-Valley
  • 3rd – Philip
  • 1st Place Individual: Sam Bender, Menno

Agronomy

Awards sponsored by Wilbur Ellis; team travel scholarship sponsored by Croplan by Winfield United and De & Mike Johnson, In Memory of Walt Johnson, Hoegemeyer Hybrids, and Wilbur Ellis.

  • 1st Place Team: McCook Central – Advisor Terry Rieckman & Tracy Chase, Jayden Wolf, Tanner Peterson, Kyle Butzke, Aleah Ries
  • 2nd place team – Highmore
  • 3rd – Hot Springs
  • 1st Place Individual: Rachel Rickenbach, Hot Springs

Dairy cattle evaluation

Awards sponsored by SD Division of the Midwest Dairy Association; team travel scholarship sponsored by Sharps, Inc. Bath, Global Dairy, Brookings and Royalwood Farms of Brandon, SD.

  • 1st Place Team: Lennox Sundstrom — Advisor Mr. Wilson, Layne Lunstra, Brock Schroeder, Sami Nordmann.
  • 2nd place team – Sioux Valley
  • 3rd – McCook Central
  • 1st Place Individual: Ellamae Grooters, Elkton

Floriculture

Awards sponsored by Dr. David Graper and Gettysburg FFA; team travel scholarship sponsored by Dr. David Graper. Supplies sponsored by North American Wholesale Florists and Hy Vee of Brookings.

  • 1st Place Team: Viborg-Hurley (Team members: Madison Hansen, Shania Knutson, Cassidy Sayler, Elizabeth Benavente
  • 2nd place team – Winner
  • 3rd — Clark
  • 1st Place Individual: Andrew Taylor, Winner

Food science and technology

Awards sponsored by Valley Queen Cheese Factory, Inc. and Aurora Cooperative; team travel scholarship sponsored by Dan and Sheri Kahnke and Aurora Cooperative.

  • 1st Place Team: Menno – Advisor Brady Duxbury, Jaedyn Oplinger, Tess Oplinger, Trey Bohlmann, Brady Fergen, Logan Kloudt
  • 2nd place team – Lennox
  • 3rd – McCook Central
  • 1st Place Individual: Sara Capp, Milbank

Horse evaluation

Awards sponsored by K Bar J Leather Company, and team travel scholarship sponsored by Rodney Yost Horsemanship and K Bar J Leather Company.

  • 1st Place Team: Rapid City — Advisor Genetie Hendrix, Abby Sharp, Lauren Hill, Nautica Hagg, Alexis Hughes
  • 2nd place team – Brookings
  • 3rd – West Central
  • 1st Place Individual: Logan Bowes, Brookings

Livestock Evaluation

Awards sponsored by SD Pork Producers Council; team travel scholarship sponsored by Dakotaland Feeds, Inc. of Huron, Travis Hoffman, and Kimball Livestock Exchange, LLC.

  • 1st Place Team: Howard – Advisor Charlene Weber, Tanner Calmus, Logan Schlim, CJ Calmus, Briar Feldhaus, sponsors Roxanne Knock (Dakotaland Feeds) and Ashley Gelderman SD Pork Producers Council.
  • 2nd place team – Brookings
  • 3rd – Northwestern
  • 1st Place Individual: Trevor Johnson, Beresford

Meats evaluation and technology

Awards and team travel scholarship are sponsored by Smithfield Foods, Sioux Falls.

  • 1st Place Team: Hitchcock-Tulare – Advisor Michel Brink, Titus Waldner, Ty Hofer, Grant Hamilton, Baily Binge
  • 2nd place team – Harrisburg
  • 3rd — Highmore
  • 1st Place Individual: Titus Waldner, Hitchcock-Tulare

Milk quality and products

Awards sponsored by Agropur Inc-Cheese and Whey Products, Lake Norden, South Dakota and Hull, Iowa. Team travel scholarship sponsored by Lynn and Brenda Maas in memory of their son Justin Maass and Agropour Inc- Cheese and Whey Products, Lake Norden, South Dakota and Hull, Iowa.

  • 1st Place Team: Harrisburg — Advisor Tara Fastert, Dylan Klenk, Teagen Niemewel, Daniel Willaems, Luke Hohwieler, Advisor Todd Marks
  • 2nd place team – McCook Central
  • 3rd – Willow Lake
  • 1st Place Individual: Trinity Peterson, Willow Lake

Natural resources

Awards sponsored by SD Grasslands Coalition; team travel scholarship sponsored by SD Grasslands Coalition and Jeff Vander Wilt.

  • 1st Place Team: Rapid City — Advisor Bobbie Jo Donovan, Amara Roland, Morgan Monroe, Alex Short and Anissa Wilson
  • 2nd place team – Wessington Springs
  • 3rd place – Brookings
  • 1st Place Individual: Morgan Monroe, Rapid City

Nursery/landscape

Awards sponsored by Midwest Stihl; team travel scholarship sponsored by SODAK Gardens of Clear Lake. Chainsaw for first place individual sponsored by Midwest Stihl.

  • 1st Place Team: Harrisburg — Advisor Todd Marks, Graham Scheaffer, Madison Stucky, Makayla Kolbeck, Tucker Seamer, and sponsor Zach Strand, Intermountain Stihl
  • 2nd place team – Milbank
  • 3rd – Lennox Sundstrom
  • 1st Place Individual: Graham Scheaffer, Harrisburg

Poultry

Awards and team travel scholarships sponsored by the South Dakota Poultry Industries Association.

  • 1st Place Team: McCook Central – Advisors Terry Rieckman, Tracy Chase, Coach Carie Stiefvater, Hadley Stiefvater, Ella Stiefvater, Sydney Grasma, Ryan Blagg
  • 2nd place team – Parkston
  • 3rd — Milbank
  • 1st Place Individual: Hadley Stiefvater, McCook Central

Range plant identification

Awards sponsored by SDSU Range Club.

  • 1st Place Team: Lemmon – Advisor Renea Gebhart, Anna Beer, Lauren Weishaar, Korrie Zenter, Madison Weishaar
  • 1st Place Individual: Lauren Weishaar, Lemmon

Veterinary science

Awards sponsored by Susan A. Stoterau, DVM & Alice Harty, DVM; team travel scholarship sponsored by SD Veterinary Medical Association, Susan A. Stoterau, DVM & Alice Harty, DVM.

  • 1st Place Team: Rapid City – Advisor Lisa Steinken, Brooke Schoonerver, Danica Steele, Cayley Hislip, Elizabeth Foster
  • 2nd place team – Brookings
  • 3rd – Winner
  • 1st Place Individual: Cassie Townsend, Groton

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