South Dakota FFA Stars honored for outstanding projects

Farm Forum

BROOKINGS – Five South Dakota FFA members were awarded with the South Dakota FFA Association Star Awards for project excellence at the 85th South Dakota State FFA Convention in Brookings April 14-16.

The South Dakota FFA Star Awards recognize FFA members who have demonstrated exemplary work in their Supervised Agricultural Experience (internship) programs. Through their Supervised Agricultural Experience, these FFA members have mastered skills in agriculture production, finance, management and research.

After an extensive review of their Supervised Agricultural Experience program and records, 20 FFA members were selected as South Dakota’s finalists for State Star Farmer, Star in Agribusiness, Star in Ag Placement, Star in Agriscience and Star Greenhand. The finalists also discussed their projects in an oral interview with a panel of industry judges. The results are as follows:

State Star Farmer (sponsored by Farm Credit Services of America): Jake Krohmer, Wessington Springs.

Finalists: Audrey Souza, Milbank; Preston Hansmeier, Webster; Johannes Gimbel, Miller

Star in Agribusiness (sponsored by Farm Credit Services of America): Brandon Reif, McCook Central. Finalists: Lexi Slack, Viborg Hurley; Chad Buse, Lennox-Sundstrom; Samantha Rothschadl, Viborg-Hurley.

Star in Ag Placement (sponsored by the Dan Streff Family): Evan Donahue, Howard.

Finalists: Levi Olinger, Wessington Springs; Jean Skoglund, McCook Central; Cole Potter, Howard

Star in Agriscience (sponsored by Verity Farms): Gretchen Rops, Lennox-Sundstrom. Finalists: Liz Renner, West Central; Beau Wensing, Florence; Allison Dockter, Wilmot.

Star Greenhand (sponsored by Central Farmers Cooperative): Jonathon Linke, Woonsocket. Finalists: Adam Eichacker, McCook Central; Kate Westphal, Lemmon; Rachel Schartz, West Central.