SD FFA 81st State Convention April 19-21 |

SD FFA 81st State Convention April 19-21

SD FFA photoThe 2008-09 SD FFA Officer Team, back row, left to right: President Brian Gottlob, Salem; State Vice President Shad Christman, Lemmon; State Secretary Wyatt DeJong, Kennebec. Front row, left to right: State Sentinel Maria Skoglund, Canova; State Reporter Josh Johnson, Harrisburg; State Treasurer Shane Gross, Tulare.

“It’s My Life, It’s Now or Never” will be the theme of the 81st annual SD State FFA Convention April 19-21, on the SDSU campus in Brookings.

Approximately 2,000 FFA members, FFA chapter advisors and guests are expected to participate in the convention activities.

State agricultural education Career Development events will be held in livestock judging, agronomy, dairy foods, agricultural mechanics, agricultural business management, agricultural sales, meat evaluation and technology, horse evaluation, landscape/nursery, natural resources, floriculture, food science and technology, and dairy cattle judging.

The convention sessions will be conducted by the State President, Brian Gottlob of Salem; State Vice President, Shad Christman of Lemmon; State Secretary Wyatt DeJong of Kennebec; State Treasurer, Shane Gross of Tulare; State Reporter, Josh Johnson of Harrisburg; and State Sentinel, Maria Skoglund of Canova.

Sunday evening individuals and chapters will be recognized for outstanding proficiency in agricultural job placement and entrepreneurship, and service to agricultural education.

The highest degree of membership (State FFA Degree) in the South Dakota FFA will be conferred upon 238 members Monday evening in Frost Arena and the South Dakota Star Farmer and Stars in Agribusiness, Ag Placement, Agri Science, and Star Greenhand will be recognized.

The Career Development Event winners who will advance to nationals will be announced Tuesday morning at the final session.

The installation of the 2009-2010 State FFA Officers will be the culmination of the convention, Tuesday at noon.

For more information, contact Marie Jaacks at 605-688-4380 or

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