BATH, SD – The South Dakota FFA Foundation is proud to announce the recipients of four $100 scholarships for students placing first in one of the four South Dakota Regional Land Evaluation Competitions this fall.
The scholarships are designed to encourage and reward students’ accomplishments in the field of land & soil management. Scholarships are made possible by a contribution to the South Dakota FFA Foundation from the South Dakota Soil Health Coalition. “The South Dakota Soil Health Coalition (SDSHC) is proud to partner with South Dakota FFA in helping students understand the benefits of soil health – decreased erosion and improved water infiltration, microbial activity, and fertility,” said Levi Neuharth, Chairman of the SDSHC. “The land evaluation contests offer the perfect opportunity to learn about the effects of different management practices. We believe the future of agriculture depends on the next generation, and the SDSHC works closely with educators in a variety of ways to help students understand soil health concepts and the importance of sustainable land management.”
2022 scholarship recipients are: Layne Palmer Kadoka; Nick Tollefson, Hitchcock-Tulare; Kasen Jansenn, DeSmet; and Kaylee Klinkhammer, McCook Central.
The SD FFA Land Judging contest, hosted by the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service, SDSU Extension, SD conservation districts and the US Forest Service, is designed to emphasize the importance of soils and their limitations. Students evaluate soil texture, depth, past erosion, slope, and stoniness, estimate permeability and surface runoff, list the limiting properties, and determine the land capability class. They interpret their measurements to make intelligent land management practices, for both agricultural and urban uses. Many of the properties important for agricultural uses are also relevant for urban/rural uses, such as building, sewage systems, and lagoons. Students gain knowledge that will make them better agriculturalists, homeowners, and construction workers.