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Governor Rounds inspires youth at SD FFA Convention

Amanda Nolz

Photo by Amanda NolzGovernor Michael Rounds shared his views on the state of the economy, the quality of life in South Dakota, and the importance of agriculture and education at the 2009 South Dakota State FFA Convention.

Blue corduroy jackets flooded the South Dakota State University (SDSU) campus on April 19-21, 2009 for the South Dakota State FFA Convention. High school students from across the state spent three days competing in contests after an entire school year of preparation. FFA is a youth organization dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. For many students, their years in FFA are ones they will never forget. And, with so many exciting events happening at convention, it can be a challenge to capture them all.

In his first appearance at the South Dakota convention, Governor Michael Rounds gave a motivational speech to the FFA delegation. As one of the highlights of the FFA convention, Rounds shared his views on the state of the economy, the quality of life in South Dakota and the importance of agriculture and education.

“South Dakota hasn’t been hurt by this economy as bad as other states across the nation,” said Rounds. “I think we can attribute this to our hard work ethic and diversity. There are over 150,000 people in South Dakota that are currently employed in the agriculture sector. As our state’s number one industry, agriculture is the backbone that holds us together, and production agriculture is key.”

FFA students celebrated their hard work ethic and diversity as the winners were announced for contests such as agribusiness, nursery landscape, range, dairy foods, horse judging, floriculture and of course, the coveted livestock judging honors. Winning this year’s livestock judging event, for the first time in history, was the Mitchell FFA Chapter. Team members consisted of Samantha Hanten, Kelsey Repenning, Weston Geppert and Austin Havlik. Repenning took champion individual honors, with Geppert taking reserve, respectively.

In addition, Rounds told students that South Dakota was a great place to live and raise a family. Because so many leave the state for higher paying jobs in big cities, Rounds presented some interesting statistics in his take-home message.

“South Dakota gets a bad rap as the state ranked at 50 for wages earned,” said Rounds. “However, what counts is how much money the person has left in their pockets after taxes. With our disposable income adjusted for the cost of living, South Dakota has climbed the rankings from 24 to 10th. Enjoy the quality of life here. Regardless of your interests, ask yourself how you can stay directly involved in agriculture.”

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Blue corduroy jackets flooded the South Dakota State University (SDSU) campus on April 19-21, 2009 for the South Dakota State FFA Convention. High school students from across the state spent three days competing in contests after an entire school year of preparation. FFA is a youth organization dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. For many students, their years in FFA are ones they will never forget. And, with so many exciting events happening at convention, it can be a challenge to capture them all.

In his first appearance at the South Dakota convention, Governor Michael Rounds gave a motivational speech to the FFA delegation. As one of the highlights of the FFA convention, Rounds shared his views on the state of the economy, the quality of life in South Dakota and the importance of agriculture and education.

“South Dakota hasn’t been hurt by this economy as bad as other states across the nation,” said Rounds. “I think we can attribute this to our hard work ethic and diversity. There are over 150,000 people in South Dakota that are currently employed in the agriculture sector. As our state’s number one industry, agriculture is the backbone that holds us together, and production agriculture is key.”

FFA students celebrated their hard work ethic and diversity as the winners were announced for contests such as agribusiness, nursery landscape, range, dairy foods, horse judging, floriculture and of course, the coveted livestock judging honors. Winning this year’s livestock judging event, for the first time in history, was the Mitchell FFA Chapter. Team members consisted of Samantha Hanten, Kelsey Repenning, Weston Geppert and Austin Havlik. Repenning took champion individual honors, with Geppert taking reserve, respectively.

In addition, Rounds told students that South Dakota was a great place to live and raise a family. Because so many leave the state for higher paying jobs in big cities, Rounds presented some interesting statistics in his take-home message.

“South Dakota gets a bad rap as the state ranked at 50 for wages earned,” said Rounds. “However, what counts is how much money the person has left in their pockets after taxes. With our disposable income adjusted for the cost of living, South Dakota has climbed the rankings from 24 to 10th. Enjoy the quality of life here. Regardless of your interests, ask yourself how you can stay directly involved in agriculture.”