Florence FFA member named Star in Agriscience

Farm Forum

Craig Reiter, a senior member of the Florence FFA, was named South Dakota’s Star in Agriscience at the Monday evening session of the 86th annual South Dakota State FFA Convention. Reiter, a senior at Florence High School and the son of Bob and Cheryl Reiter of Florence, conducted a directed lab experience consisting of three different research projects involving microbiology in different agricultural application as part of his supervised agricultural experience (SAE) program. His research work helped him earn the highest honor a South Dakota FFA member can receive. Emily Kahnke and Halley Becking of the Florence FFA, were also finalists for the state Star in Agriscience Award.

Reiter, Kahnke, and Becking, as well as Blair Byer and Zach Grygiel of the Florence FFA, also received their state FFA degrees at the Monday evening awards session.

Florence FFA members also received top recognition in the proficiency award program. Craig Reiter placed first in the Agriscience Research Integrated Systems proficiency award followed by Taylor Knudson in second and Patrick Reiter in third place. Emily Kahnke placed first in the Agriscience Research Plant Systems proficiency award. Brooke Thorson placed second in the same award area. Zach Grygiel placed second in the Emerging Agricultural Technology proficiency award program while Halley Becking was awarded third place in the Beef Production-Entrepreneurship proficiency program.

Florence FFA members dominated the State FFA Agriscience Fair held in conjunction with the State FFA Convention. Florence FFA members won eleven first place plaques for their efforts. Junior division winners included Will Knudson in the individual Animal Systems category; Seth Bach and Tyler Sumner in the team Environmental Services category; Briana Flemming and Allison Grygiel in the team Food Products and Processing category; Spencer Lindner in the individual Plant Systems category; Clay Busskohl and Chase Peterson in the team Plant Systems category; and Morgan Busskohl and Jacey Moe in the team Social Systems category. Senior division winners included Taylor Knudson in the individual Food Products and Processing category; Craig and Patrick Reiter in the team Food Products and Processing category; Brooke Thorson in the individual Plant Systems category; Wyat Sprung in the individual Power, Structural and Technical Systems category; and Landon McGillvrey and Dylan Robbins in the team Power, Structural and Technical Systems category. All eleven projects will now advance into the finals judging to determine if they advance into the finals at the National Agriscience Fair competition held this fall in Louisville, Kentucky.

Florence members came home with several other good placings in the agriscience fair including Ben Hummel and Alec Paulson, gold awards; and Charlie Kahnke, Mayce Huffman, Hannah Hintz, Morgen Bunde, Sammie Popham, and Kristen Roe, silver awards.

Florence FFA members also competed in various career development events and received recognition for their efforts. Zach Grygiel received a silver medal in horse evaluation. Charlie Kahnke received a bronze medal in livestock evaluation. Taylor Knudson received a silver medal in the dairy foods CDE while Emily Kahnke received a bronze medal in the Veterinary Science CDE contest.

Also competing in various CDE contests at the annual State FFA Convention for Florence included Blair Byer and Craig Reiter, seniors: juniors Tanner Flemming, Anthony Goldade, and Patrick Reiter; sophomores Kobe Roe and Wyat Sprung; and freshmen Chase Peterson, Clay Busskohl, Allison Grygiel, and Spencer Lindner. James Chilson, chapter advisor, accompanied them.