German ag student experiences S.D. agriculture

Posted July 24, 2013 at 12:00 am

Florian Otte is a student of Applied Sciences in Agriculture at Bielefeld University in Germany. However, this summer he is in South Dakota as an IFYE (International Four-H Youth Exchange). During this first trip outside Europe, he has studied cattle ranching outside Buffalo, S.D. and hog farming in St. Lawrence S.D.

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Florian heard about the IFYE program from another German student who was in Nebraska, and who encouraged him to apply to come to the USA to study agriculture. He is now a 2013 IFYE representative, and he has been staying with four 4-H families in South Dakota. Currently he is staying with Lester and Rosemary Moeller, rural St. Lawrence. He’ll be in Willow Lake, S.D. in August.

Florian is 21 years old and is from Lippling, Germany. He has worked for three years at tree farming and plans to begin studies this September at the university. His father is a policeman and his mother is a tax accountant. He has one brother, Daniel, an auto mechanic.

Florian rides a KTM LC4 Supermoto back home and enjoyed Hot Harley Nights in Sioux Falls, where the Moellers volunteer to serve pork loin sandwiches to riders, for the Children’s Miracle Network. He found St. Joseph’s Cathedral to be very familiar looking, and enjoyed Falls Park and the Old Courthouse Museum. He enjoyed touring the Telstar Museum of Mustangs in Mitchell, the Corn Palace and Discovery Museum.

He’s also toured the Black Hills and has been to Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse, Spearfish Canyon and Deadwood with the Lee family of Buffalo. He attended two rodeos. “It was very interesting,” he says. “In Germany we have other sporting activities with horses, but this was very different.”

Here, he’s worked with the pigs and pheasants, seen the crops of soybeans and corn, and worked on big machines and tractors. “In Germany the fields are much smaller. It’s nice to see such big machines.”

Florian thought the biggest change would be the small population of South Dakota, but he was excited when he realized there were famous National Parks. He’s been impressed by the differences in landscapes within one state.