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Agricultural Proficiency Awards Program

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The Agricultural Proficiency Award program recognizes excellence in supervised agricultural experience (SAE) programs.  FFA members are rewarded at the local, state and national levels for exceptional accomplishments in progressing toward agricultural careers

FFA members can select from two proficiency award categories.  The “placement” category is for work or experience-only SAE programs, such as working at a nursery or as an employee on a hog farm.  The “entrepreneurship,” category is for programs that typically involve ownership of an agricultural production or agribusiness enterprise. Such SAE programs could include crop or livestock production, a custom hay baling business, lawn mowing business, etc.

One easy way to determine the difference between these two is ownership.  For example, a student who works as a paid employee on a hog farm has a "placement" program; a student who owns and produces the hogs has an "entrepreneurship" program.  Categories are combined in areas where neither is noted.

FFA member floriculture project

State Awards

Plaques for the top three individuals in South Dakota in addition to $100 to the second place individual and $50 to the third place individual ($250 to the high individual comes from the National FFA if application competes nationally, or by SD FFA Foundation if application does not) are awarded through $500 sponsorships to the South Dakota FFA Foundation for Proficiency award areas.  If individuals are chosen as National Finalists, the sponsorship also covers a $100 travel scholarship for their interview at National FFA Convention.

 

South Dakota FFA 2017 Agricultural Proficiency Area Sponsors

(E = Entrepreneurship, P = Placement)

 
Ag Communications — E/P
State...................................................................Tri-State Neighbor, Sioux Falls
National..................................................Bader Rutter & Associates; Red Brand
Agricultural Education
State........................................................................................ Dr. Lon Moeller
National...................................... The James F. Lincoln Arc Welding Foundation;
Tulsa Welding School
Ag Mechanics Design & Fabrication — E/P
State...................................................... Cammack Ranch Supply, Union Center
National.................................................................................. Carry-On Trailer
Ag Mechanics Repair & Maintenance — E
State..................................................... Scott Supply Co.; Tri Valley FFA Alumni
National...............................................................Briggs & Stratton Corporation
Ag Mechanics Repair & Maintenance — P
State............................................................................ DeGeest Manufacturing
National.....................................Universal Technical Institute; Tractor Supply Co.
Ag Processing — E/P
State.................................................................. SD Soybean Processors, Volga
National.................................................................Sealed Air Corporation; CHS
Ag Sales — E
State..................................................................... Legend Seeds, Inc. De Smet
National.....................................................................Crop Production Services
Ag Sales — P
State............................................................................... Wilbur-Ellis Company
National...........................................................Fastenal; Provimi North America
Ag Services — E/P
State...................................................................Midwest Cooperatives, Pierre;
Northern Plains Cooperative, Gettysburg
National.......................................................................................TransCanada
AgriScience Research — Animal Systems
State....................................................................................... CHS Foundation
National...................................................................... National FFA Foundation
AgriScience Research — Integrated Systems
State..................................................................................ADM-Benson Quinn
National...................................................................... National FFA Foundation
Beef Production — E
State................................ Jensen, Odden, Stewart & Vedvei Charolais Breeders;
Mike McIntyre, DVM, Winfred; SD Shorthorn Association
National............................................... Bayer Animal Health; Rabo Agri Finance
Beef Production — P
State.......................................................................SD Cattlemen’s Association
National.................................................................... Midwest PMS; Red Brand
Dairy Production — E
State.................................................................Associated Milk Producers, Inc.
National....................................................................................... New Holland
Dairy Production — P
State................................................................ Association Milk Producers, Inc.
National................................................................. Kuhn North America; Nasco
Diversified Ag Production — E/P
State.................................................................. Sioux Nation Ag Centers of SD
National.........................................................................................Ram Trucks
Diversified Crop Production — E
State.............................................................................................. Cargill, Inc.
National................................................................................................... CHS
Diversified Crop Production — P
State................................................................. North Central Farmers Elevator
National....................................................................Crop Production Services;
National Crop Insurance Services
Diversified Horticulture — E/P
State.................................................................. First Premier Bank, Watertown
National............................................. Wilbur-Ellis Company; The Toro Company
Diversified Livestock Production
State........................................................................................ McFleeg Feeds
National........................................ Wahl Clipper Corporation; Tractor Supply Co.
Environmental Sciences & Natural Resources Mgmt — E/P
State.................................................... SD Association of Conservation Districts
National................................................................................................... CHS
Equine Science — E
State.......................................................................................Amani Arabians,
Tim Anderson & Kim Niven, Milbank
National.......................................................................................... Red Brand
Equine Science — P
State...................................................................Scott Cammack; Dawn Nagel;
Susan Stoterau; Webster FFA; Roger DeRouchey
National...............................................................................Tractor Supply Co.
Fiber and/or Oil Crop Production — E/P
State............................................... SD Soybean Research & Promotion Council
National..........................................Bunge North America; Kraft Heinz Company
Food Science & Technology — E/P
State..................................................Candidus & Londa (Vander Wal) Nwadike;
Valley Queen Cheese Factory, Inc.
National............................................................................................. Pilgrim’s
Forage Production — E/P
State.............................................................Kuecker Seed Farm, Inc., Webster
National..........................................................................Claas of America, Inc.
Forest Management & Products — E/P
State.........................................................................................Harrisburg FFA
National.........................................................................................John Deere
Fruit Production — E/P
State..............................................................................MinnTex, Windom, MN
National................................................................................ DuPont Company
Goat Production — E/P
State................................................................. Hamilton Farms, Hitchcock, SD
National...............................................................................Tractor Supply Co.
Grain Production — E
State............................................................................. SD Wheat Commission
National....................................................................... Valent USA Corporation
Grain Production — P
State..................................................................................Bayer Crop Science
National...................................................................... National FFA Foundation
Home and/or Community Development — E/P
State.................................................................................... Dakota Resources
National...................................................................................................Carhartt
Landscape Management — E/P
State................................................................................... SD Wheat Growers
National............................................................ John Deere; Tractor Supply Co.
Nursery Operations — E/P
State.................................................Twin Cities Region Northland Ford Dealers
National........................................................NuFarm & Valent USA Corporation
Outdoor Recreation — E/P
State.........................................................................Jack’s Campers, Mitchell;
Central Dakota Guide Service; SD Walleye Charters
National........................................................... Yamaha Motor Corporation USA
Poultry Production — E/P
State....................................................Josh Johnson; Salem Veterinary Service
National....................................................Tyson Foods, Inc.; Tractor Supply Co.
Sheep Production — E/P
State......................................................................................Newell Ram Sale
National...................................................................... National FFA Foundation
Small Animal Production & Care — E/P
State.................................................................. Mike McIntyre, DVM, Winfred;
SD Veterinarian Medical Association; Robert Rennolet, Menno
National...............................................................................Tractor Supply Co.
Specialty Animal Production — E/P
State............................................................................. R&R Pheasant Hunting
National...................................................................... National FFA Foundation; 
Specialty Crop Production — E/P
State.................................................................. Howe Seeds, Inc. McLaughlin;
Hansmeier & Son, Inc., Bristol
National.............................................................................. C.F. Industries, Inc.
Swine Production — E
State....................................................................... SD Pork Producers Council
National...........................................................Tyson Foods, Inc.; LACO Markal
Swine Production — P
State...................................................... Gro Master; Smithfield Hog Production
Lester Moeller, Kevin & Sandy Ortberg and Wally & Kathy Knock
National.........................................................................Provimi North America
Turf Grass Management — E/P
State.........................................................................................Millborn Seeds
National.........................................................................................John Deere
Vegetable Production — E/P
State..............................................................In Memory of Bill & Stella Hanson
National.............................................. Wilbur-Ellis Company, Tractor Supply Co.
Veterinary Medicine — E/P
State.................................................................... Mike McIntyre, DVM, Winfred
National.............................................. American Veterinary Medical Association
Wildlife Production & Management — E/P
State.......................................................................... Craig & Maure Weinkauf
National...................................................................... National FFA Foundation

For more information, please contact gerri@sdffafoundation.org. or call (605) 765-4865
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