South Dakota FFA officers to meet with state’s leaders

Farm Forum

BROOKINGS — The South Dakota FFA Association hosted the 2014 State FFA Legislative Breakfast and District Officer Training on Wednesday, Jan. 22, and Thursday, Jan. 23, at the AmericInn in Fort Pierre, S.D.

This event promotes the FFA’s mission of premier leadership, personal growth and career success by bringing together South Dakota’s governmental leaders and the South Dakota FFA state and district officers.

The event was hosted by the 2013-2014 state FFA officer team, including: Makayla Heisler, Newell; Breanna Bullington, Brookings; Cheyenne Leonhardt, Groton; David Strain, Sturgis; Carrietta Schalesky, Faith; and Shala Larson, Webster. The SD FFA ambassadors, Courtney Schaeffer, Menno; and Kyle Kramer, Flandreau; assisted the state officers. On the morning of Jan. 23, the state officers conducted a breakfast program focused on agricultural education curriculum and the FFA opportunities that supplement this classroom instruction. District FFA officers and advisors had the opportunity to visit one-on-one with legislators, sharing how local agriculture education programs utilize math, science and reading skills while also designing career-specific internships for every student. Governor Daugaard also addressed the group.

During the evening of Jan. 22 and following the Legislative Breakfast on Jan. 23, the state officer team hosted leadership training workshops for the district officers. Training focused on a variety of areas, including: communication, personal development, team growth, service, career and technical education, and agricultural advocacy.

The South Dakota FFA Legislative Breakfast and District Officer Training was sponsored by Citibank, South Dakota Association of Agriculture Educators, South Dakota Soybean Processors, South Dakota Association of Cooperatives, South Dakota Crop Improvement Association, Thunder Road, South Dakota Wheat Commission, South Dakota Farm Bureau, South Dakota Farmers Union, South Dakota Bankers Association, and SD FFA Star Partners: Northland Ford, Monsanto, North Central Farmers Elevator, ADM Benson Quinn, CHS Foundation, South Dakota Wheat Growers, South Dakota Soybean Research and Promotion Council, Aurora Cooperative, Butler Machinery Company, C & B Operations, DuPont Pioneer, East River Electric Power Cooperative, Farm Credit Services of America, Hanson & Associates, LLC, RDO Equipment, and Wilbur-Ellis, all as a special project of the South Dakota FFA Foundation.