South Dakota FFA members were recognized at convention for their excellence in developing career-specific skills through their supervised agricultural experience (SAE). FFA Agricultural Proficiency Awards recognize members who have developed their skills and abilities related to employment, internships, apprenticeships and their future careers at agribusiness or agriculture-related organizations. There are 47 Proficiency areas for FFA members to participate in and the 1st place applications will advance to nationals for consideration. The results are as follows:

Wildlife Production and Management

Wildlife Production and Management (Entrepreneurship/Placement) is sponsored nationally by Carhartt. Our state level sponsor is Craig and Maure Weinkauf, in memory of Arthur J. Weinkauf.

  1. Ethan Cross, Howard
  2. Peder Haugan, Brookings
  3. Hunter Eide, Gettysburg

Veterinary Science

Veterinary Science (Entrepreneurship/Placement) is sponsored nationally by the American Veterinary Medical Association. Our state level sponsor is Salem Veterinary Service.

  1. Hadley Stiefvator, McCook Central
  2. Ella Stiefvator, McCook Central
  3. Destrie Morris, Miller

Vegetable Production

Right: Vegetable Production (Entrepreneurship/Placement) is sponsored nationally by Wilbur-Ellis Company and Tractor Supply Co. Our state level is sponsored in honor of Bill and Stella Hanson.

  1. Hunter Matthai, McCook Central
  2. Hunter Eide, Gettysburg
  3. Bailee Anderson, Chester

Turf Grass Management

Turf Grass Management (Entrepreneurship/Placement) is sponsored nationally by John Deere. Our state level sponsor is Millborn Seeds.

  1. Amanda Knutson, Centerville
  2. Abby Blagg, McCook Central
  3. Kieffer Klinkhammer, Howard

Swine Production -Placement

Swine Production (Placement) is sponsored nationally by Zoetis. Our state level sponsors are Gro Master, Smithfield Hog Production, Lester Moeller, Kevin & Sandy Ortberg and Walley & Kathy Knock

  1. Cole Grasma, McCook Central
  2. Dylan Waxdahl, West Central
  3. Jayden Wolf, McCook Central

Swine Production — Entrepreneurship

Swine Production (Entrepreneurship) is sponsored nationally by Zoetis. Our state level sponsor is the South Dakota Pork Producers Council.

  1. Rylee Klinkhammer, McCook Central
  2. Hadley Stiefvater, McCook Central
  3. Abby Blagg, McCook Central

Specialty Crop Production

Specialty Crop Production (Entrepreneurship/Placement) is sponsored nationally by the Helena Agri-Enterprises, LLC and Lindsay Corporation. Our state level sponsors are Hansmeier & Son, Inc. of Bristol and Howe Seeds, Inc. of McLaughlin.

  1. Mason Peckham, Webster

Specialty Animal Production

Specialty Animal Production (Entrepreneurship/Placement) is sponsored nationally by Zoetis. Our state level sponsors are R&R Pheasant Hunting.

  1. Avery Alvarado, Harrisburg
  2. Hadley Stiefvater, McCook Central
  3. Cooper Benning, Lennox

Small Animal Production and Care

Small Animal Production and Care (Entrepreneurship/Placement) is sponsored nationally by Tractor Supply Company and Elanco. Our state level sponsors are Salem Veterinary Service, the SD Veterinary Medical Association and Robert Rennolet, Menno.

  1. Kacey Lias, Harrisburg
  2. Jessica Burghardt, Howard
  3. Rachel Schallenkamp, McCook Central

Sheep Production

Sheep Production (Entrepreneurship/Placement) is sponsored nationally by the National FFA Foundation. Our state level sponsor is the Newell Ram Sale.

  1. Kasandra Knutson, Viborg-Hurley
  2. Ella Stiefvater, McCook Central
  3. Jessica Kott, Kimball

Poultry Production

Poultry Production (Entrepreneurship/Placement) is sponsored nationally by the US Poultry and Egg Association and Tractor Supply Company. Our state level sponsors are Josh Johnson and South Dakota Poultry Industries Association.

  1. Hadley Stiefvater, McCook Central
  2. EJ Leetch, Howard
  3. Amanda Knutson, Centerville

Outdoor Recreation

Outdoor Recreation (Entrepreneurship/Placement) is sponsored nationally by Yamaha Motor Corporation USA. Our state level sponsors are Jack’s Campers of Mitchell, Central Dakota Guide Service, and SD Walleye Charters.

  1. Brittany Greene, Deuel
  2. Jacob Cheeseman, McCook Central

Nursery Operations

Nursery Operations (Entrepreneurship/Placement) is sponsored nationally by NuFarm Americas. Our state level sponsor is Twin Cities Region Northland Ford Dealers.

  1. Beth Nagel, Gettysburg

Landscape Management

Landscape Management (Entrepreneurship/Placement) is sponsored nationally by Briggs and Stratton and Tractor Supply Company. Our state level sponsor is Farmhouse Fraternity of SDSU.

  1. Riley Phillips, Chester
  2. Camden Bialas, Parker
  3. Trey Anderson, McCook Central

Home and/or Community Development

Home and/or Community Development (Entrepreneurship/Placement) is sponsored nationally by Carhartt. Our state level sponsor is BankWest.

  1. Anna Schwader, Howard
  2. Morgan Erikson, McCook Central
  3. Tate Johnson, Beresford

Grain Production — Placement

Grain Production (Placement) is sponsored nationally by the National FFA Foundation. Our state level sponsor is Bayer Crop Science.

  1. Kyle Winberg, McCook Central
  2. Jaedon Wobig, McCook Central
  3. Nick Ihnen, Lennox

Grain Production — Entrepreneurship

Grain Production (Entrepreneurship) is sponsored nationally by Valent (vay-lent) USA Corporation. Our state level sponsor is the South Dakota Wheat Commission.

  1. John Loudenburg, McCook Central
  2. Sam Bender, Menno
  3. Elliot Chase, McCook Central

Goat Production

Goat Production (Entrepreneurship/Placement) is sponsored nationally by Tractor Supply Company and Bekaert Corporation. Our state level sponsor is Hamilton Farms of Hitchcock, South Dakota.

  1. Blake Pulse, McCook Central
  2. Danika Gordon, Sturgis
  3. Rachel Muth, McCook Central

Fruit Production

Fruit Production (Entrepreneurship/Placement) is sponsored nationally by Corteva Agriscience and Agriculture Division of Dow DuPont Company. Our state level sponsor is MinnTex of Windom, Minnesota.

  1. Dakota Buck, McCook Central
  2. Perri Liedtke, Sioux Valley
  3. Ben Olson, Harrisburg

Forest Management and Products

Forest Management and Products (Entrepreneurship/Placement) is sponsored nationally by John Deere. Our state level sponsor is the Black Hills Forest Resource Association.

  1. Jarret Smith, Canton
  2. Caleb Maciejewski, Hot Springs

Forage Production

Forage Production (Entrepreneurship/Placement) is sponsored nationally by the Claas of America. Our state level sponsor is Kuecker Seed Farm, Inc. of Webster.

  1. Blake Johnson, Centerville
  2. Kyle Winberg, McCook Central
  3. Trevor Johnson, Beresford

Food Science and Technology

Food Science and Technology (Entrepreneurship/Placement) is sponsored nationally by National FFA Foundation. Our state level sponsors are Candidus and Londa (Vanderwal) Nwadike and Valley Queen Cheese Factory, Inc.

  1. Chrissy Masterson, Chester
  2. Sophia Kaffar, McCook Central

Fiber and Oil Crop Production

Fiber and Oil Crop Production (Entrepreneurship/Placement) is sponsored nationally by Bunge (bun- gee) North America. Our state level sponsor is the SD Soybean Research and Promotion Council.

  1. Abigail Connor, Howard
  2. John Loudenburg, McCook Central
  3. Joe Eichaker, McCook Central

Equine Science — Placement

Equine Science (Placement) is sponsored nationally by Tractor Supply Company, Tarter Farm & Ranch Equipment & Bunge North America. Our state level sponsors are Scott Cammack, Dawn Nagel, Susan Stoterau, Roger DeRouchey & the Webster FFA chapter.

  1. Grace Kock, Parker
  2. Ciara Rother, McCook Central
  3. Destiny Fox, Bowdle

Equine Science — Entrepreneurship

Equine Science (Entrepreneurship) is sponsored nationally by Red Brand. Our state level sponsor is Amani Arabians, Tim Anderson and Kim Niven of Milbank.

  1. Hunter Haberman, Menno
  2. Kayla Smeenk, Harrisburg
  3. Madisen Koepsell, McCook Central

Environmental Science & Natural Resources Management

Environmental Science & Natural Resources Management (Entrepreneurship/Placement) is sponsored nationally by the CHS Foundation. Our state level sponsor is South Dakota Association of Conservation Districts.

  1. Kayle Lauck, McCook Central
  2. Joe Eichacker, McCook Central
  3. Kyle Winberg, McCook Central

Diversified Livestock Production

Diversified Livestock Production (Entrepreneurship/Placement) is sponsored nationally by Wahl Clipper Corporation and Tractor Supply Company. Our state level sponsor is McFleeg.

  1. Sammi Nordmann, Lennox-Sundstrom
  2. Travis Leber, Parker
  3. Kasandra Knutson, Viborg-Hurley

Diversified Horticulture

Diversified Horticulture (Entrepreneurship/Placement) is sponsored nationally by Wilbur-Ellis Company and the Toro Company. Our state level sponsor is Harrisburg FFA.

  1. Aaron Goodale, Chester
  2. Riley Philips, Chester
  3. Trey Anderson, McCook Central

Diversified Crop Production — Placement

Diversified Crop Production (Placement) is sponsored nationally by National Crop Insurance Services. Our state level sponsor is D&D Crop Service, LLC.

  1. Colin Kolbeck, McCook Central
  2. Travis Leber, Parker
  3. Jaedon Wobig, McCook Central

Diversified Crop Production — Entrepreneurship

Diversified Crop Production (Entrepreneurship) is sponsored nationally by the CHS Foundation. Our state level sponsor is Agtegra.

  1. Joe Eichacker, McCook Central
  2. Hunter Matthai, McCook Central

Diversified Agricultural Production

Diversified Agricultural Production (Entrepreneurship/Placement) is sponsored nationally by Firestone Agricultural Solutions and RAM Trucks. Our state level sponsor is Sioux Nation Ag Center of South Dakota.

  1. Travis Leber, Parker
  2. Trevor Johnson, Beresford
  3. Kyle Winberg, McCook Central

Dairy Production — Placement

Dairy Production (Placement) is sponsored nationally by Kuhn North America and Nasco, Inc. Our State level sponsor is Associated Milk Producers.

  1. Brianna Schock, McCook Central
  2. Zach Brown, West Central
  3. Zach Fieber, West Central

Dairy Production — Entrepreneurship

Dairy Production (Entrepreneurship) is sponsored nationally by Associated Milk Producers, Ins. Our state level sponsor is New Holland.

  1. Jordan Schock, McCook Central
  2. Allie Anderson, Chester

Beef Production — Placement

Beef Production (Placement) is sponsored nationally by Red Brand. Our state level sponsor is the South Dakota Cattlemen’s Association.

  1. Tyler Christensen, Beresford
  2. Liberty Thompson, Brookings
  3. Trevor Johnson, Beresford

Beef Production — Entrepreneurship

Beef Production (Entrepreneurship) is sponsored nationally by Merck Animal Health and Rabo Agri Finance. Our state level sponsors are Jensen, Odden, Stewart and Vedvei Charolais Breeders, Millborn Seeds and the South Dakota Shorthorn Association.

  1. Isaac Kolousek, Wessington Springs
  2. Nickolas Litterick, Howard
  3. Laney Mackaben, Belle Fourche

Agriscience Research — Plant Systems

Agriscience Research – Plant Systems is sponsored nationally by the FMC Corporation and Agricultural Solutions. Our state level sponsor is SoDak Labs, LLC.

  1. Connor Thaler, Beresford
  2. Lauren Steifvater, McCook Central
  3. Laney Mackaben, Belle Fourche

Agriscience Research — Integrated Systems

Agriscience Research – Integrated Systems is sponsored nationally by the Seneca Foods Corporation and Darling Ingredients. Our state level sponsor is D&D Crop Service, LLC.

  1. Paige Peterson, McCook Central
  2. Madison Stroud, McCook Central
  3. Kayle Lauck, McCook Central

Agriscience Research — Animal Systems

Agriscience Research – Animal Systems is sponsored nationally by the National FFA Foundation. Our state level sponsor is the CHS Foundation.

  1. Sadie VanderWal, Northwestern Area
  2. Hunter Eide, Gettysburg
  3. Ella Stiefvator, McCook Central

Agricultural Services

Agricultural Services (Entrepreneurship/Placement) is sponsored nationally by the National FFA Foundation. Our state level sponsors are Midwest Cooperative of Pierre and Northern Plains Cooperative of Gettysburg.

  1. Kristin Kotas, Bridgewater-Emery
  2. Peder Haugan, Brookings
  3. Jessica, Burghardt, Howard

Agricultural Sales — Placement

Agricultural Sales – (Placement) is sponsored nationally by Fastenal. Our state level sponsor is LG Seeds.

  1. Makenzie Voss, Harrisburg
  2. Kenna Kranz, McCook Central
  3. Mitchell Healy, Harrisburg

Agricultural Sales – Entrepreneurship

Agricultural Sales (Entrepreneurship) is sponsored nationally by Nutrien Ag Solutions and Valent USA Corporation. Our state level sponsor is Legend Seeds, Inc of De Smet.

  1. Sydney Miller, Hot Springs
  2. Aaron Goodale, Chester

Agricultural Processing

Agricultural Processing (Entrepreneurship/Placement) is sponsored nationally by the National FFA Foundation. Our state level sponsor is the SD Soybean Processors of Volga.

  1. Kane Muth, McCook Central
  2. Avery Feterekm, McCook Central
  3. Rachel Muth, McCook Central

Agricultural Mechanics Repairs and Maintenance — Placement

Ag Mechanics Repair & Maintenance (Placement) is sponsored nationally by Tractor Supply Co. Our state level sponsor is Scott Supply Co and Jeremy and Laura Nettifee.

  1. Brady Malsom, Garretson
  2. Blake Eldeen, Parker
  3. Kailor Green, Wilmot

Agricultural Mechanics Repairs and Maintenance — Entrepreneurship

Ag Mechanics Repair & Maintenance (Entrepreneurship) is sponsored nationally by Kubota Tractor Corporation and Mystick Lubricants. Our state level sponsors are Tri Valley FFA Alumni.

  1. Alex Tammen, Chester

Agricultural Mechanics Design and Fabrication

Agricultural Mechanics Design & Fabrication (Entrepreneurship/Placement) is sponsored nationally by Carry-On Trailer and Lincoln Electric. Our state level sponsor is Cammack Ranch Supply, Union Center.

  1. Trevor Johnson, Beresford
  2. Blake Gessner, McCook Central
  3. Kadyn Nolz, West Central

Agricultural Education

Agricultural Education (Entrepreneurship/Placement) is sponsored nationally by The James F. Lincoln Arc Welding Foundation and the Tulsa Welding School. Our state level sponsor is Dr. Lon Moeller.

  1. Hunter Eide, Gettysburg
  2. Kayle Lauck, McCook Central
  3. Samantha Frickson, Bowdle

Agricultural Communications

(Entrepreneurship/Placement) is sponsored nationally by Bader Rutter and Associates, and Red Brand Wire Company. Our state level sponsor is the Tri-State Neighbor of Sioux Falls.

  1. Danika Gordon, Sturgis
  2. Kayle Lauck, McCook Central
  3. Jon Akre, Parkston

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