State FFA officers get advocacy training in Washington

South Dakota FFA Foundation
Farm Forum

BROOKINGS — The officers of the South Dakota FFA traveled to Washington, D.C., on July 22-26, to take part in the State Officer Summit. Those attending are: President William (Colton) Riley, Rapid City; Vice President Sarah Kroeger, Lennox; Secretary Marie Robbins, Elkton; Treasurer Grady Gullickson, Flandreau; Reporter Carolyn Blatchford, Brookings; Sentinel Tucker (TJ) Bigge, Parkston.

The state FFA officer training included 375 state officers from all 50 states, Puerto Rico, Guam and the Virgin Islands, and is the second conference in a training series for state FFA officers, builds on the individual leadership skills learned in their earlier Base Camp and Check Point trainings. The Summit experience focused on preparing the FFA state officers to serve as advocates for agriculture, agriculture education and FFA, as well as developing clear and consistent messages to share with the public.

The South Dakota Association of Cooperatives and South Dakota Cooperative Manager’s Association sponsor the team’s registration and transportation to attend this activity designed to further develop the leadership skills of South Dakota’s FFA membership.

The 2018-2019 South Dakota State FFA Officer Team (pictured from L to R): President – William (Colton) Riley, Rapid City, Vice President – Sarah Kroeger, Lennox, Secretary – Marie Robbins, Elton, Treasurer – Grady Gullickson, Flandreau, Reporter – Carolyn Blatchford, Brookings, Sentinel – Tucker (TJ) Bigge, Parkston. Courtesy photo