South Dakota FFA Foundation, Inc.
SD FFA Foundation Email Newsletter ~ | ~ Volume 7, Issue 5 ~ | ~ November 2016

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The SD FFA Email Newsletter highlights special projects of the SD FFA and SD FFA Foundation.  Please forward this newsletter to others you know who are involved and interested in FFA and agriculture education. Thank you for your support of the FFA in South Dakota!Transform

Director’s Message:

Fall--isn't it a great time of year? As harvest comes to an end, we celebrate everyone in the agriculture industry!

With election day over, we celebrate our freedom to vote and express our beliefs.

With Thanksgiving approaching, we celebrate family and friends, count our many blessings, and say thank you for your philanthropic gift.

There is much to celebrate – and we continue to celebrate the future generations of ag leaders in South Dakota. Each day through agricultural education, preparations are made to ensure students can reach their true potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success.  This was evident with our success at National FFA Convention, where we celebrated student success!

Gerri Ann Eide, Executive Director, SD FFA Foundation, Inc.

Transforming leaders!

Individuals or businesses; small or large contributions … EVERY donation is important and boosts the impact the SD FFA Foundation can do for our members. Advocating for agriculture is more important than ever, and what our leadership events are all out.  

HalleHalle Tvedt, Highmore FFA sophomore, who was part of the Jr. Parli Pro team at national convention shares, “The FFA national convention was truly an amazing, educational, and fun experience for me.  Being able to compete was an honor, and I appreciate the sponsors that helped our team.  I think the events members attend as part of convention, and all the places we traveled can really change a person.  For me, the experience let me view the FFA differently, by seeing the unity that so many people can have through just one event.”

Don’t wait until you can give more, act now to make a difference. You make a difference – thank you!


Upcoming events:

  • December 4-5 - State Leadership Career Development Events, Pierre
  • December 4 - State Alumni Events, Pierre
  • December 20 - FFA Family of the year Nominations due
  • January 6-7 – Winter Professional Ag Teacher Development - Brookings
  • January 11– State FFA Degrees due in District 2,6,&7
  • January 15 - Honorary State Degree and Distinguished Service nominations due, Brookings
  • January 17 – State Degree applications due to State level, Brookings
  • January 18-19 - District Officer Training, Pierre
  • January 19 - FFA Legislative Breakfast and Foundation meeting, Pierre
  • January 19 – FFA Executive Committee meeting, Pierre
  • February 1 – Star applications due, Brookings
  • February 8 – Proficiency applications due
  • February 13 – State FFA  & WLC scholarship applications due, Brookings
  • February 16 - Proficiency Judging, Brookings, SD
  • March 24, 11 – 3 pm, Science Fair, Mitchell, SD
  • July 30 – Aug 2 – SDAAE Conference, Brookings

TransformSouth Dakota FFA Members TRANSFORM history! Put Purpose to Action

The 89th National FFA Convention and Expo is in the books.  SD FFA had an astounding year! We are very proud of our SD FFA members and agricultural educators as they represented our state with class, integrity, and passion for agriculture while in Indianapolis.  Congratulations to all members and chapters that participated in an award selection interview or a career development event.  A few highlights to note:

National Winner - Shane Mueller, Garretson, American Star in Agribusiness Shane Mueller
National Winner - Elizabeth Renner, West Central American Star in Agriscience Elizabeth Renner
National Winner - Andrew Streff, McCook Central – Grain Production - Entrepreneurship Andrew Streff

National Winner - Adam Eichacker, McCook Central, Diversified Crop Production – Entrepreneurship
Adam Eichacker
National Winner - Hadley Stiefvater, McCook Central, Agriscience Fair - Animal Systems - Division I Hadley Stiefvater

National Proficiency Award Finalist:   Mark Streff, McCook Central – Fiber & Oil Crop Production
National Agriscience Fair Finalist: Katelyn Winberg, McCook Central FFA Food Products and Processing Systems Division I
National Agriscience Fair Finalist:  Madison Stroud, McCook Central FFA, Power, Structural and Technical Systems division I

Career Development Event Results:

Teams & individuals ranking Gold:
7th - Agricultural Technology and Mechanical Systems – Tri Valley; Grant Burggraff, Carter Warne, and Levi Burggraff (all individual Gold), and Dylan Meyer
15th - Job Interview –Carson Ulrich, West Central

Silver Teams & individuals –
Ag Communications team – Miller; Trey Waldrop -3rd individual; Tia Pawlowski, and Megan Fiala (both Silver individually)
Dairy Cattle Evaluation and Management – Groton; John Achen, Nicholas Achen (both individual Gold), Miranda Hanson, and Brenna Johnson.
14th - Environmental Natural Resources – Redfield; Alan Masat (6th ind.) Tana Muellenberg, Dalton Howe(silvers) Blaine Rothacker
Farm Business Management – Willow Lake; Jake Edleman and Mackenzie Schmidt (both individual Silver) Reis Bruley and Jennifer Tonak.
Floriculture – Milbank; Magally Aburto, Madison Liebe, Tera Hanson, and Korinne Roggenbuck (all individual Silver).
Food Science and Technology – McCook Central; Ryker Seamer, Leslie Kolbeck (both individual Silver), Rachael Laetsch and Kally Pulse
Horse Evaluation – West Central; Lauryn Riepma, Dalton Larson (both individual Gold), Devin Dement, and Reece Ullerich.
Livestock Evaluation – Highmore; Cagney Effling earned a 4th place Gold and a cash prize, Colin Weidenbach (Gold),Chesney Effling, Gideon Jessen (both Silver).
Marketing Plan – Canton; Clayton Sorum, Ariann VanBockern, Christian Swensen
Milk Quality and Products – Harrisburg; Conner McAllister (Gold individual), Noah Hovorka, Chase Jensen (both Silver), and Marianne Bishop
Prepared Public Speaking - Jennifer Hurlbert of Clark FFA
Parliamentary Procedure - Highmore
Veterinary Science - Mitchell - Hailey Axemaker and Grace Phinney (both Silver),Tierney Musick, and Mahayla Foos

Bronze Teams & individuals–
Agricultural Sales - Mitchell, McKenzie Patton (gold individual), Shalynn Klunder (silver), Leah DiPippo and Lane Jorgensen
Ag Issues – Lennox Sundstrom; Molly Kroeger, CarLee Mechels, Megan Cramer, Corissa Sweeter & Jessica Birgholtz
Agronomy – Harrisburg; Nolan Hoback, Brady Samuelson, Cassidy Rippentrop, Regan Yseth
Creed - Kayla Smeenk, Harrisburg
Extemporaneous Speaking - Jaclynn Knutson, Viborg-Hurley FFA
Nursery and Landscape – McCook Central; Allison Schallenkamp (Silver), John Loudenburg, Natalie Gottlob, and Mercedes Peterson

Agriscience Fair Bronze:

  • Callie Mueller, Florence Animal Systems Division II  
  • Caitlyn Eich and Paige Peterson, McCook Central FFA Animal Systems Division III
  • Danielle Hansen and Nicole Bies, McCook Central FFA, Animal Systems Division IV
  • Ally Goldhammer, Mitchell FFA, Environmental Services/Natural Resource Systems Division II
  • Anne Mayrose, McCook Central FFA, Food Products and Processing Systems Division II  
  • Angelina Krempges, McCook Central FFA Plant Systems Division I
  • Will Knudson, Florence FFA, Plant Systems Division II
  • Nick Blare & Lucas Jedlicki, Winner FFA, Plant Systems Division IV
  • Morgan Kohl, Watertown Area FFA,  Power, Structural and Technical Systems Division II
  • Chase Peterson and Clay Busskohl, Florence FFA, Power, Structural and Technical Systems Division IV
  • Kadon Leddy, Milbank FFA, Social Systems Division II
  • Ryan Wilen & Bridger Gordon, Sturgis FFA Social Systems Division IV

You make South Dakota FFA Proud!

Join SD FFA Alumni Now!

FFA Alumni and Ag Ed supporters- each of you have felt and experienced first-hand the amazing opportunities agriculture education & FFA offer. You or your children may have experienced these very opportunities. Through the SD FFA students learn about agriculture, but more importantly pursue net-working and career development opportunities that enhance their skills for a lifetime! 
The South Dakota FFA continues to grow its Alumni organization and we believe you have vital talents to assist us. By developing a strong alumni, we can ensure a stronger and brighter future for tomorrow's Ag Education and potential FFA students! 
Please join this great organization - see ALUMNI under the partners tab on the South Dakota Agriculture Education Team Ag Ed webpage for more information and how to register.  
Contact me any time with questions in regard to membership at

Dawn Nagel, SD FFA Alumni


State Leadership CDE’s

FFA members are working hard and getting nervous as they look to compete in the 11 fall Leadership Career Development Events. District qualifying events wrapped up mid-November and State Leadership Career Development Events are quickly approaching, December 4-5, in Pierre.  The speaking, parliamentary procedure and leadership skills, as well as confidence needed for these events take time to build but last students a lifetime.

In addition, our Star Partners will have Career Carnival booths there to interact and engage students between events as they learn about the career opportunities their new skills are preparing them for.

The SD FFA Foundation, through specific sponsors and the general fund, provides the State Leadership banquet meal for nearly 600 student participants in 11 events, awards for the top individuals and teams, and travel scholarships for those that advance to nationals next October. Thank you to the sponsors and volunteers who help make District and State Leadership Events happen- you are appreciated and more are needed!  If you are interested in sponsoring State Leadership, contact: , or helping judge an event, contact:

Featured Fundraiser

Monsanto’s Community Grants
Make a difference for FFA!  Monsanto is running its America’s Farmers Grow Communities, a program that gives farmers the opportunity to win $2,500, for their favorite community nonprofit organization (nominate your local FFA chapter).  One nonprofit community organization in each eligible county will receive $2,500. It’s up to farmers to help decide where the money goes - sign up by November 30! Applicants must farm, and live in the county with the organization they nominate. It only takes about two minutes to apply for those farmers residing in one of 1331 eligible counties in 41 states (most SD counties are eligible).  Go to:

SD FFA Foundation

Plan a gift to the SD FFA Foundation
in your annual budget.

You can donate online here or mail a donation to: SD FFA Foundation, 39393 133rd St., Bath, SD 57427

For more information, please contact or call (605) 765-4865
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