Minnesota FFA Has Strong Presence at National Convention


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Congratulations to our nearly 1,000 Minnesota FFA members in the record attendance of over 64,000 attending the 89th National FFA Convention.  Over 110 chapters participating in all of the events; and over 150 advisors, parents and guests add to the pool of participants from Minnesota. 


2016 Minnesota Delegation to Indianapolis

Eight Minnesota FFA Members participated in the pre-convention delegate committee process, with a total of 475 Delegates at the Convention; current State Officers: President – Spencer Wolter of Windom FFA; Vice President – Katie Rogers of Worthington FFA; Secretary – Wendy Bauman of Kerkhoven Murdock Sunburg FFA; Treasurer – Clay Newton of Lakeview FFA; Sentinel – Joe Ramstad of Forest Lake FFA and additional delegates selected through an application process Region V President – Kylee Kohls of Litchfield FFA, Abbey Weninger of Howard Lake Waverly Winsted FFA, and Kegan Zimmermann of Red Rock Central FFA. 

The delegates deliberated the issues and presented their resolutions for the National FFA Organization to pursue their implementation in: Improving National FFA Alumni Engagement, Exploring Methods of Increasing Diversity and Inclusion in National FFA Programs, Reviewing Career Development Event Opportunities, Infusing Agriculture Technology into National FFA Programs, Evaluating Service Opportunities and Recognition, and Inclusion of Middle School.


2016-2017 National FFA Central Region Vice President – Valerie Earley

Valerie Earley of the Spring Valley Wykoff FFA Chapter was elected to serve as the 2016-2017 National FFA Central Region Vice President. She will travel throughout the United States representing the more than 649,000 FFA members.  Earley served as the 2015-2015 Minnesota State FFA Secretary and is currently attending the University of Minnesota pursuing a degree in Agricultural Communications and Marketing.


One hundred five Minnesota FFA Members are conferred their
American Degree

The American FFA Degree is awarded to FFA members who have demonstrated the highest level of commitment to FFA which is earned by less than one percent of FFA members.  See the full list at: https://www.ffa.org/sitecollectiondocuments/AmericanDegree16/americandegree_mn16.pdf.


Brett Petersen Named 2016 American Star in Agricultural Placement

INDIANAPOLIS  – Brett Petersen has dreamed of farming ever since he was young. In fact, at the end of his sixth-grade year, the Murdock, Minn., resident was offered a job at Petersen Farms Inc., a diversified crop farm in west central Minnesota, where he swept the floors and put away tools.

As he grew older, he gained the trust of his boss and others around him. Soon, more responsibilities were shared with him. A family farm incorporated in the 1970s, Petersen Farms Inc. runs 6,200 acres, which includes sugar beets, field corn, sweet corn, peas, alfalfa and soybeans.

Today, his dedication to agriculture has resulted in him being named the 2016 American Star in Agricultural Placement, one of the most prestigious honors awarded to a student by the National FFA Organization.

During high school, Petersen continued working at PFI and learned more and more about the business. In his ninth- and 10th-grade year, he learned about preventative maintenance as well as how to repair equipment when it breaks down. In addition, he also became the primary operator of the sugar beet conveyor. By his junior and senior years in high school, he began doing all jobs associated with production of sugar beets and also invested in his own shares of sugar beets.

Upon graduation, Petersen enrolled in Ridgewater Community and Technical College for farm operations management. Petersen then had an opportunity to buy into a partnership that would eventually assume ownership of PFI. Petersen plans for his role in the partnership to be that of a sugar beet specialist. He also intends to return to Ridgewater this winter to study agribusiness.

Each year at the National FFA Convention & Expo, four FFA members are honored with American Star Awards for outstanding accomplishments in FFA and agricultural education.

The American Star Awards, including American Star Farmer, American Star in Agribusiness, American Star in Agricultural Placement and American Star in Agriscience, are presented to FFA members who demonstrate outstanding agricultural skills and competencies through completion of a supervised agricultural experience. A required activity in FFA, an SAE allows students to learn by doing, either by owning and operating an agricultural business, working or serving an internship at an agriculture-based business or conducting an agriculture-based scientific experiment and reporting results.

Other requirements to achieve the award include demonstrating top management skills; completing key agricultural education, scholastic and leadership requirements; and earning an American FFA Degree, the organization’s highest level of student accomplishment.

Sixteen American Star Award finalists from throughout the U.S. are nominated by a panel of judges who then interview the finalists during the national convention and expo. Four are named winners and receive cash awards totaling $4,000. All American Star finalists receive a $2,000 cash award. The American Star Awards are sponsored by ADM Crop Risk Services, Case IH, Elanco Animal Health, Farm Credit and Syngenta as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.

Petersen is the son of Paula and Kyle Petersen. He is a member of Kerkhoven Murdock Sunburg-KMS FFA Chapter, led by advisor Christa Williamson.


Stenzel is finalist for American Star in Agribusiness

David Stenzel of the United South Central FFA Chapter in Minnesota was one of four finalists for the American Star in Agribusiness. Each year one member with the best non-production entrepreneurial agribusiness SAE and proven leadership skills is selected to be the American Star in Agribusiness. Four national finalists compete for this prestigious award, the highest achievement for a person pursuing a career in agribusiness.

 
2016 National Chapter Awards Program

The National Chapter Award program recognizes FFA chapters that successfully completed an annual Program of Activities (POA), which includes a series of activities designed to encourage its members to grow as individuals, to work as part of a team and to serve others.  Chapters that receive a national 3-star chapter rating will be eligible to compete for the National Model of Innovation, Model of Excellence and Outstanding Middle School Chapter Awards. Rockford Middle School was also selected as a Model of Innovation Finalist in the Chapter Development Category.
  • Academy For Sciences and Agriculture, Two Star
  • Chatfield, Two Star
  • Dassel Cokato, Two Star
  • Eden Valley Watkins, Two Star
  • Fertile-Beltrami, One Star
  • Forest Lake, Two Star
  • Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted, Three Star
  • Kerkhoven Murdock Sunburg, Three Star
  • Morris Area, Two Star
  • Plainview-Elgin-Millville, Two Star
  • Princeton, Two Star
  • Rockford High School, Three Star
  • Rockford Middle School, Three Star
  • Sibley East, Two Star
  • Sleepy Eye, Two Star
  • South Central AgriScience Academy, Two Star
  • Springfield, Two Star
  • Staples Motley, Two Star


2016 Agricultural Proficiency Awards Program

2016 National Agricultural Proficiency Awards were announced on Friday, Oct. 21 during the sixth general session at the 89th National FFA Convention & Expo. Awards were given in 47 categories with Minnesota claiming the top honors in five areas and having top four finalists in an additional seven areas.

National Proficiency Winner in Agricultural Mechanics Design and Fabrication—Entrepreneurship/Placement
Spencer Mitchell Wolter—Windom, Minnesota
Spencer Mitchell Wolter of the Windom FFA Chapter in Minnesota has always been fascinated by the idea of information and electricity traveling along simple wires. This interest has led him to work for a networking business in his area. His job has focused on researching and implementing new systems, in addition to troubleshooting old systems that aren’t working properly. Wolter is supported by his mother, Paula, and his FFA advisor, Darcy Dahna. This award is sponsored by Carry-On Trailer and Lincoln Electric.

National Proficiency Winner in Agricultural Mechanics Repair and Maintenance—Entrepreneurship
Alexander D. Warmka—United South Central, Minnesota
Alexander D. Warmka of the United South Central FFA Chapter in Wells, Minn., purchases antique tractors, repairing and restoring them to original condition for resale. He has worked on a 1600 and 1650 Olive, a 300 Farmall and a Dixon Lawnmower. Guided by his father and grandfather, he has learned to handle all repairs by himself. Warmka is supported by his parents, Tracy and Dean, and his FFA advisor, Dan Dylla. This award is sponsored by the Association of Equipment Manufacturers and Briggs and Stratton Corporation, Inc.

National Proficiency Winner in Dairy Production—Entrepreneurship
Sabrina L. Portner—Sleepy Eye, Minnesota
Sabrina L. Portner of the Sleepy Eye FFA Chapter in Minnesota raises and breeds her own dairy cattle. Receiving her first calf when she was 7, she currently owns a herd of 27 registered Brown Swiss cattle. She has used pedometers to increase heat observations and has conducted a milk quality research project with her herd that has allowed her to discover which mastitis organisms are affecting her cows. Portner is supported by her parents, Mary and Tom, and her FFA advisor, Mary Hoffman. This award is sponsored by New Holland.

National Proficiency Winner in Diversified Crop Production—Placement
Colin Drew Wegner—United South Central, Minnesota
Colin Drew Wegner of the United South Central FFA Chapter in Wells, Minn., works on his family farm, producing 3,000 acres of corn and 2,000 acres of soybeans. They also round bale 800 six-foot hay bales, selling them to local farmers. He started working on the farm when he was 8 years old, helping with cattle chores and riding in the combine with his grandfather. Now, Wegner operates all the equipment and is involved in all areas of production. He is supported by his parents, Shannon and Eric, and his FFA advisor, Dan Dylla. This award is sponsored by National Crop Insurance Services and Valent USA Corporation.

National Proficiency Winner in Fiber and/or Oil Crop Production—Entrepreneurship/Placement
Elizabeth Wilts—Kerkhoven Murdock Sunburg, Minnesota
Elizabeth Wilts of the Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunberg KMS FFA Chapter in Minnesota began her SAE in 2011 by renting 10 acres of land to grow a crop of soybeans. In the five years, her production has quadrupled, and she’s developed the skills to coordinate all aspects of the operation: financial planning, record keeping, machinery maintenance and more. Wilts utilizes no-till methods in her soybean production. She is supported by her parents, Gina and Harmon, and her FFA advisor, Christa Williamson. This award is sponsored by Bunge North America.

All twelve finalists were interviewed by a delegation of judges prior to the announcement of the winners. The seven Minnesota finalists were:  Agricultural Communications Entrepreneurship/Placement – Harley Braun of Sleepy Eye; Agricultural Education Entrepreneurship/Placement – Abbey Weninger of Howard Lake Waverly Winsted; Agricultural Processing Entrepreneurship/Placement – Nathaniel Peterson of Eden Valley Watkins, Agricultural Sales Entrepreneurship - Ladimir Benes of United South Central, Poultry Production Entrepreneurship/Placement - Mariah Hubert of North Branch, Specialty Animal Production Entrepreneurship/Placement – Cassie Rogotzke of Wabasso, and Swine Production Placement – Derek Krieger of Kerkhoven Murdock Sunburg.


2016 Career Development Participant
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Staples Motely FFA earns Gold Rank at the
National FFA Agricultural Communications Career Development Event
INDIANAPOLIS- Winners of the National FFA Agricultural Communications Career Development Event (CDE) were announced Friday at the annual awards banquet. The event was held in conjunction with the 89th National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis. Mr. Dennis Rudat of Michigan Farm Bureau served as superintendent of the event.

The top ten individuals and the national winning team members received cash awards to recognize their success in the event. Katie Benson of Staples Motley earned second place and a cash award. The cash awards and the agricultural communications event are sponsored by the National FFA Foundation and the National FFA Organization.  Molly Lindgren earned a silver ranking and Rebekka Paskewitz earned a bronze ranking with the team ranking gold overall.

The National FFA Agricultural Communications CDE is a competitive event that tests students' skills in all areas of the agricultural communications field and evaluates how well they can apply classroom knowledge to real-life situations. Participants attend a simulated news conference and use the information gathered to complete individual practicums in writing, electronic media and design. Prior to the event, students compile media plans related to innovative agricultural practices, management techniques and marketing tools. Each team then creates a 15-minute presentation based on their proposal. Members also compete in an editing exercise and a general communications quiz.

The Agricultural Issues Forum team from the Dassel Cokato FFA chapter earned a silver rank with team members Natalia Marttinen, Nolan Marttinen, Mya Henrickson, Katie Hendrickson and Erynn Amundson.

The Agricultural Technology and Mechanical Systems team from the Willmar FFA chapter earned a silver rank with team members John Folz and Scott Folz earning gold rankings individually and Ryan Hennes and Marcus Peterson earning silver rankings.

The Agricultural Sales team from the Morris Area FFA chapter earned a silver rank with Cassidy Fehr earning a gold ranking, Briar Peterson and Koral Tolifson earning silver ranking and Taylor Staples earning a bronze ranking individually.
 
Jackson County Central FFA earns Gold Rank at the
National FFA Agronomy Career Development Event
INDIANAPOLIS- Winners of the National FFA Agronomy Career Development Event (CDE) were announced Friday at the annual awards banquet. The event was held in conjunction with the 89th National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis. Dr. Richard Taylor from the University of Delaware served as superintendent of the event.

The top ten individuals and the national winning team members received cash awards to recognize their success in the event. Sarah Holmberg of the Jackson County Central FFA Chapter earned ninth place and a cash award. The cash awards and the agronomy event are sponsored by Bayer. All team members earned a gold rank as a team and individually.

The National FFA Agronomy CDE is a competitive event that allows students to apply classroom knowledge to real-life situations. Participants' knowledge of agronomic sciences was tested through several levels of competition including developing solutions for problematic scenarios; identification of seeds, insects, soil and crops, and other management practices.

Creed Speaking competitor, Martha Moenning of the Triton FFA Chapter, earned a bronze ranking.
South Central Agri Science Academy FFA Chapter earns Gold Rank at the
National FFA Dairy Cattle Evaluation and Management Career Development Event
INDIANAPOLIS- Winners of the National FFA Dairy Cattle Evaluation and Management Career Development Event (CDE) were announced Friday at the annual awards luncheon. The event was held in conjunction with the 89th National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis. Mr. Ron Tilford from Ohio served as superintendent of the event.

The top ten individuals and the national winning team members received cash awards to recognize their success in the event. Matthias Annexstad earned ninth place and a cash award. The cash awards and the dairy cattle evaluation and management event are sponsored by Allflex USA Inc. Allflex USA and Allflex /SCR Dairy are proud to have the opportunity to sponsor the Dairy Cattle Evaluation and Management. We take pride in the development of our future generation. Matthias, Emily Annexstad, and Nick Seitzer earned a gold rank individually and Leif Annexstad earned a silver.  The team earned fifth place and a gold rank.

The National FFA Dairy Cattle Evaluation and Management CDE is a competitive event that tests the student's ability to select and manage quality dairy cattle. Event components include six classes of dairy cattle, herd record evaluation and dairy management team activity. Each team competed at local and state levels to earn the privilege of representing their home state at the National FFA Convention & Expo.

Dairy Cattle Handler, Ben Donnay of the Glencoe Silver Lake FFA Chapter, earned a silver ranking.

The Environmental and Natural Resources team from Grand Rapids earned a silver ranking with team members Austin Tatter, Carlee Wersal, Shasta Egdorf, and Max Olson.

Extemporaneous Public Speaking competitor, Miranda Felton of Cannon Falls, earned a silver ranking.
Mountain Lake FFA Chapter earns Gold Rank at the
National FFA Farm Business Management Career Development Event
INDIANAPOLIS- Winners of the National FFA Farm Business Management Career Development Event (CDE) were announced Friday at the annual awards banquet. The event was held in conjunction with the 89th National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis. Dr. Lon Moeller with South Dakota State University served as superintendent of this year's event.

The top ten individuals and the national winning team received cash awards to recognize their success in the event. Jareya Harder earned seventh place individually and a gold rank with a cash award. The cash awards and the farm business management event are sponsored by John Deere. Andrew Fast, Sam Grev and Michael Watkins earned a silver ranking individually and the team earned a gold ranking overall.

"Feeding a world of more than 9.7 billion people by the year 2050 is not a task that we can face alone. We look forward to continuing our 73-year partnership with FFA and exploring innovative new ways to feed, clothe, and shelter the world,” said Amy Allen, Manager, National Corporate Contributions, John Deere.

The National FFA Farm Business Management CDE is designed to test the ability of students to apply economic principles and concepts in analyzing farm and ranch business management decisions. Participants respond to questions concerning economic principles in farm business management as well as a problem-solving analysis section. Each team in the event has competed with other chapters in their state for the privilege of participating in the national event.
Howard Lake Waverly Winsted FFA Chapter earns Second Place at the
National FFA Floriculture Career Development Event
INDIANAPOLIS- Winners of the National FFA Floriculture Career Development Event (CDE) were announced Friday at the annual awards banquet. The National FFA Floriculture CDE was held in conjunction with the 89th National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis. Ms. Melissa Riley from Georgia served as superintendent of this year's event.

The top ten individuals and the national winning team members received cash awards to recognize their success in the event. Amanda Olson earned second place and Keith Lent earned fourth place and earned cash awards. Amanda, Keith, Jenna Benson and Savanna Weber all earned gold rankings as an individual and the team placed second. The cash awards and the floriculture event are sponsored by Ball Horticultural Company and Bayer.

In the National FFA Floriculture CDE, FFA members test their knowledge and skills in the production and retailing of flowers, plants and foliage. Participants must complete a general knowledge exam on the floriculture industry, identify plant materials, demonstrate problem solving and decision-making skills, employment and customer service skills, technical floral skills and the ability to work as a team. Teams competed at the local and state levels to earn the privilege of representing their home state at the National FFA Convention & Expo.

Windom FFA are the Winners of the
National FFA Food Science and Technology Career Development Event
INDIANAPOLIS- Winners of the National FFA Food Science and Technology Career Development Event (CDE) were announced Friday at the annual awards banquet. The event was held in conjunction with the 89th National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis. Dr. Lori Moore from Texas A&M University served as superintendent of this year's event.

The top ten individuals and the national winning team members received cash awards to recognize their success in the event. The cash awards and the food science and technology event are sponsored by Kerry Taste and Nutrition and U.S. Poultry & Egg Association.

The National FFA Food Science and Technology CDE is designed to test a student's basic knowledge of food science as well as the student's ability to apply this knowledge to practical situations. Each team participates in a timed team product development project, and each individual participates in practicums involving food sensory evaluation and food safety and sanitation as well as a written exam.

This event, held at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis, is one of many educational activities at the National FFA Convention & Expo in which FFA members apply classroom knowledge to real-life situations. The National FFA Organization National Event Winners - Food Science and Technology 2016 Top Placing Team receiving 1st Place is Minnesota’s team of Eliza Ford, Dakota Scott, Natalie Resch, and Lindsay Muller, all of Windom FFA.  Dakota Scott placed seventh individually and all team members earned an  

The Forestry team from Grand Rapids earned a silver ranking with team members Emily Hegrenes earning gold individually and Dylan Blay, Alexis Peasley and Rudy Winckler earning silver rankings individually.

Grand Rapids FFA Chapter earns Gold Rank at the
National FFA Horse Evaluation Career Development Event
INDIANAPOLIS- Winners of the National FFA Horse Evaluation Career Development Event (CDE) were announced Friday at the annual awards banquet. The event was held in conjunction with the 89th National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis. Ms. McKenzie Nygren with Northeastern Oklahoma A & M College served as superintendent of the national event.

The Grand Rapids team earned a gold rank with team members Tara Schultz and Jessica Stauffer earning a gold rank individually and Ashley Kortekaas and Eleora DeMuth earning silver.

The National FFA Horse Evaluation CDE is a competitive event that tests students' ability to select and evaluate horses. Event components include eight selection classes consisting of four halter classes and four performance classes. Students also give four sets of oral reasons with two sets coming from each evaluation class. Teams also work together to complete practical activities and a team presentation. Each team competed at local and state levels for the privilege of representing their state at the National FFA Convention & Expo.

Job Interview competitor, Ana Dunlavey of Jackson County Central, earned a silver ranking.
 
Jackson County Central FFA Chapter earns Gold Rank at the
National FFA Livestock Evaluation Career Development Event
INDIANAPOLIS- Winners of the National FFA Livestock Evaluation Career Development Event (CDE) were announced on Friday at the annual awards banquet. The event was held in conjunction with the 89th National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis. Dr. John Rayfield with Texas Tech University served as superintendent of the event.

The Jackson County Central team earned a gold rank with team members Jon Handzus and Josh Ulbricht earning a gold rank individually and Carter Johnson and Ethan Varilek earning silver.

The National FFA Livestock CDE is a competitive event that tests the student's ability to select and evaluate livestock. Event components include eight evaluation classes of beef, sheep, swine, and goats; oral placement reasons on four classes; and a written exam on livestock production. A team activity, utilizing reproductive and marketing information, demonstrates the teams¶livestock selection ability. Each team in the event competed at local and state levels for the privilege of representing their state at the National FFA Convention & Expo.

The Marketing Plan team from the Grand Rapids FFA Chapter earned bronze with team members Ashley Palmer, Amanda Kuechle, and Julie Anderson.

Pipestone FFA Chapter earns Eighth Place at the
National FFA Meats Evaluation and Technology Career Development Event
INDIANAPOLIS- Winners of the National FFA Meats Evaluation and Technology Career Development Event (CDE) were announced Friday at the annual awards banquet. The event was held in conjunction with the 89th National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis, Ind. Dr. Benjy Mikel of Kentucky served as superintendent of this year's event.

The Pipestone team earned a gold rank with team member Hannah Berg, Mitchell Bobendrier, and Karla Nelson earning a gold rank individually and Carter Colemer earning silver.

The National FFA Meats Technology and Evaluation CDE is a competitive event that tests students' skills and competencies in evaluating and identifying meat carcasses and products. Event components include a general knowledge exam; beef carcass evaluation; identification of wholesale and retail cuts of beef, lamb, and pork; quality and yield grading of beef carcasses; a team meat merchandising event; and solving of a meat formulation problem. Each team has competed on the local and state levels to earn the privilege of representing their state at the National FFA Convention & Expo.

The Milk Quality and Products team from the Dassel Cokato chapter earned silver with team member Lydia Meredith earning gold individually and Eric Meredith, Mistin Petersen and Jack Zeidler earning silver.
 
Martin County West FFA Chapter earns Fourth Place at the
National FFA Nursery/Landscape Career Development Event
INDIANAPOLIS- Winners of the National FFA Nursery/Landscape Career Development Event (CDE) were announced Friday at the annual awards banquet. The event was held in conjunction with the 89th National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis. Mrs. Roberta Crabtree with Purdue University served as superintendent of this year's event.

The top ten individuals and the national winning team members received cash awards to recognize their success in the event. Martin County West’s team earned fourth place and a gold ranking. Jordan Stahl earned seventh place and a cash award. The cash awards and the event are sponsored by Kubota Tractor Corporation and STIHL Inc. Stahl, Abby Bachenberg, and Emily Ziemer earned gold ranks individually with Sarah Kluver earning silver.

The National FFA Nursery/Landscape CDE is a competitive event in which FFA members test their knowledge and skills in nursery practices and landscaping. Participants must complete a general knowledge exam testing horticultural principles including plant anatomy, production, marketing, turf, landscape design and maintenance. Each participant must also complete practicums involving a landscape estimating, plant propagation or potting, identification of plants, disorders and equipment. Each team competed on local and state levels to earn the privilege of representing their state at the National FFA Convention & Expo.

Howard Lake Waverly Winsted FFA Chapter earns Gold Rank at the
National FFA Parliamentary Procedure Career Development Event
INDIANAPOLIS- Winners of the National FFA Parliamentary Procedure Career Development Event (CDE) were announced on Friday at the annual awards banquet. The event was held in conjunction with the 89th National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis. Dr. Daniel Foster with Penn State University served as superintendent of this year's event.

The team from Howard Lake Waverly Winsted earned a gold rank with team members Madeline Weninger, Gariell Bayerl, Naomi Hinojos, Kaitlyn Decker, Kylee Sherod and Lauren Painschab.  All team members also earned the distinction of being certified as Accredited Parliamentarians with high scores on the written exam.  

The National FFA Parliamentary Procedure CDE tests students' ability to effectively communicate ideas during a meeting. Components included a general knowledge exam of parliamentary law, a 10 minute demonstration of parliamentary procedure, oral questions, written minutes of the demonstration as well as a team problem solving activity. Each team competed on local and state levels to earn the privilege of representing their state at the National FFA Convention & Expo.

The Poultry team from the Martin County West chapter earned silver with team member Maggie Bachenburg earning gold individually, Lucas Potthoff and Joyce Ziemann earning silver, and Cora Olson earning bronze.

Prepared Public Speaking competitor, Maggie Socha of the Buffalo FFA chapter, earned a silver rank.

The Veterinary Science team from the Mountain Lake FFA chapter earned a bronze rank with team members Rebekah Klassen and Bailey Leaman earning silver individually and Liana Blomgren and Kalley Rempel earning bronze.


Honored Adults for their Service

The National FFA Organization relies on the support of exceptional teachers, individuals and companies to provide life-changing experiences for its members. Each year, at the national FFA convention, we honor those who have made outstanding contributions to FFA with VIP award or Honorary American FFA Degree.  Individuals who have provided exceptional service to agriculture, agricultural education, or FFA are eligible for the Honorary American FFA Degree.  Nominations were sent to the individual’s State FFA Association for approval. State staff forwards all approved nominations to the National FFA Organization.


Honorary Degree

Paul Aarsvold of Plainview Elgin Millville, Representative Rod Hamilton of Mountain Lake, Jeannette Lund of Dawson Boyd, Michael Thofson of Lake Crystal Wellcome Memorial, at Harmon Wilts of Kerkhoven.


VIP

William Nelson, CHS of Inver Grove Heights


Agri Science Fair Competition

The National FFA AgriScience Fair is a competition for FFA members who are interested in the science and technology of agriculture. To qualify for the national AgriScience fair students must: Conduct a scientific research project pertaining to the agriculture and food science industries and present their findings to a panel of judges with a display and a report and submit their full written report and application to the National FFA Organization postmarked by July 15.  Minnesota FFA members interviewed by a panel of judges:

Animal Systems - Division I: Catherine Pelner of the Academy for Sciences and Agriculture as a National Finalist, Division II: Benjamin Freking of Jackson County Central as a National Finalist, Division IV: Derek Krieger and Halle Walsh of Kerkhoven Murdock Sunburg as a National Finalist.

Environmental Services and Natural Resource Systems – Division I: Daniel Williamson of Atwater Cosmos Grove City earning third place, Division II: Wendy Buaman of Kerkhoven Murdock Sunburg, Division IV: Andre DeCampos Salles and Alaina Grzeskowiak of the Academy for Sciences and Agriculture as a National Finalist.

Food Products and Processing – Division I: Isabella Forliti of the Academy for Sciences and Agriculture earning second place, Division III: Lauren Krieger and Halie Nichols of Kerkhoven Murdock Sunburg as a National Finalist.

Plant Systems – Division I: Abigail Stumpner of the Academy for Sciences and Agriculture as a National Finalist.

Power, Structural and Technical Systems – Division I: Darrin Williamson of Atwater Cosmos Grove City as a National Finalist.

Social Systems – Division I: Ruby Sonnek of the Academy for Sciences and Agriculture as a National Finalist; Division III: Katie Krieger and Alexis Swanson of Kerkhoven Murdock Sunburg, Division IV: Skyller Schmidt and Nicole Lilleberg of Atwater Cosmos Grove City.


Students to perform at National FFA Convention

Band: Morgan Hanson of Perham, Laura Johnson of Cannon Falls, Michael Kanne of Medford, Brian Sterriker of Staples Motley, and Sydney Warner of Kenyon Wanamingo were selected to play in the National FFA Band. The student submitted an audition tape and was one of the FFA members selected to help bring full instrumental balance to the band.  The band performed several times at the 89th National FFA Convention, adding excitement and motivation to the sessions through their music. National FFA Band members are chosen from a pool of more than 225 applications.

Chorus: Max Duncan of West Central Area, Zara Wirkus of Buffalo, Ruben Fentanez and David Hall of Mountain Lake, Adam Kroll of Pierz, and Valerie Sauder of Pine Island were selected to sing in the National FFA Chorus.  The students submitted an audition tape and were six of about 90 young people selected nationwide to be members of the prestigious group.  The choir performed several times at the 89th National FFA Convention, adding excitement and motivation to the sessions through their music.  National FFA Chorus members are nominated by their state associations and are chosen from a pool of more than 250 applications.  The young musicians arrived in Indianapolis three days before convention begins to rehearse.

Talent: Blake Bissell, Andre DeCampos Salles and Isabella Forliti of the Academy for Sciences and Agriculture and Emily Stemper of Foley brought their talents to Indianapolis to marvel audiences with their musical and vocal skills.  They performed at various locations during the convention.

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