South Dakota FFA members were recognized at the 85th South Dakota State FFA Convention on April 14-16 for excellence in developing career-specific skills through their Supervised Agricultural Experience Proficiency projects.
The FFA Agricultural Proficiency Awards recognize members who have developed their skills and abilities related to employment, internships, apprenticeships and their future careers at agribusinesses or agriculture-related organizations. There are 49 Proficiency areas for FFA members to participate in.
The Agriscience Research – Plant Systems is sponsored both nationally and on the state level by Monsanto. Tara Parmely, Miller, placed second in that project.
She also placed first in Diversified Crop Production (Placement). She received a monetary award and will advance to Nationals, to be held in Louisville, Ky, in October 2013.
That proficiency is sponsored nationally by Crop Production Services and National Crop Insurance Services. North Central Farmers Elevator is the state-level sponsor.
Samuel Simons, Miller, placed third in Forage Production (Entrepreneurship/Placement). Animal Health International, Inc. is the national sponsor, and Kuecker Seed Farm, Inc. is the state-level sponsor.
Simons also placed third in Swine Production (Entrepreneurship). Tyson Foods, Inc. is national sponsor, and S.D. Pork Producers Council is the state-level sponsor.
Colton Ketelhut, Miller, placed third in Outdoor Recreation (Entrepreneurship/Placement). National sponsor is Yamaha Motor Company USA. State-level sponsors are Jack’s Campers, Nedved Guide Service, Central Dakota Guide Service, and Grand Slam Hunts.
Eleven judging teams from the Miller FFA Chapter participated in the State Production CDE.
The Ag Mechanics team received first place, and earned a gold award. Team members were Paul Waring, who received second individual (gold); Nathan Bertsch, third individual (gold); Tanner Cain (21st, silver); and Trent Steptoe ((25th, silver).
Teams placing and receiving silver awards are as follows:
The Agronomy team placed fifth as a team. Team members were Tate Ketelhut, Daxton Diede, Clayton Keck and Jake Fremark.
Veterinary Science also placed fifth as a team. Team members were Lisa Koeck, Leanne Koeck, Kyle Clement and Lee Sivertsen.
Also winning silver was the Nursery/Landscape team, in seventh place. Team members were Caitlynd Krosch, Megan Fiala, Allison Hasart and Tia Pawlowski.
The Milk Quality team placed eleventh and also received a silver award. Team members were Rhett Wagner, Brooke Joy, Sam Simons and Kyle Clement.
Lexy Gimbel, who was a member of the meats judging team, placed eighth individually (gold).
Other Miller FFA judging teams that participated were Natural Resources, Floriculture, Horses, Meats, Livestock and Ag Business Management.