More Proficiency Apps Needed

I’m attaching a breakdown of all the proficiency apps that were screened on Saturday during the Official Proficiency Screening.  The state awards 3 awards in each category.  In areas marked in Yellow, less than 3 apps were submitted.  We can submit apps in the low quota areas and I can hand carry them to judging on the 26th of February.  Any new applications that we complete cannot place above an application that was submitted prior to screening on February 10th.  There could still be some cash in it for some of you.  

Proficiency Award areas needed one or more applications:

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Dicamba – or no?

Read or view these two stories:

Part 1

Part 2 

On your blog – fill me in on what the big deal is. What is Dicamba? What are Dicamba Soybeans?  Why was the development of Dicamba beans necessary? Who produces it? Is there legislation regarding Dicamba in South Dakota?  Do you have any personal experience with Dicamba? Did your family or neighbor plant Dicamba Soybeans this year?  What’s your opinion on the matter?

Your post is due Friday, February 9, 2018 at 8:15 a.m.


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ELD – Good or Bad for Animal Agriculture

Read this article

You may have to do a bit of research to wrap your arms around this topic!

What piece of legislation is causing all the conflict? How long has this been going on? What are the benefits of Electronic Log Books (ELD)?  Disadvantages?  Do they need to be installed on all trucks?  When is the mandate date for installation and operation of ELDs? Are there different dates for differing industries?

In your response, list links for each piece of information that you talk about. For example, If I wrote about the request for public comment on “Hours of Service of Drivers of Commercial Motor Vehicles: Transportation of Agricultural Commodities”.  I would list the link to where I found the information immediately below the content.  Like this:

Your post is due Monday, February 5, 2018 at 8:15 a.m.




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Opportunities that Passed you by

Today – Keep working on Scholarship apps, Proficiency apps, updating your records in AET.

What things do you take for granted?  Do you just assume people will be there for you when you have not been there for them?  What “things” from “yesterday” do you wish you had back?  What opportunities passed you by – you missed the chance to do something cool, different, or new?  Have you had a falling out with a friend and things just aren’t the same anymore?  Are the things that are important to you today different from those that were priorities for you 12 months ago? What things about school will you miss this summer, or next year when you are graduated and off on your own in school, Basic Training, AIT or work? Do your parents provide you with things that you frequently forget to thank them for?  Have you worked in a group situation where your other group members allowed you to do more than your share of the work?  Did they appreciate what you did to help them achieve a good grade?  Conversely, have you been one of the bystanders that simply let someone else do the work and then step up to reap the reward?  Do you treat people the way you want to be treated?

Think about two people you need to say Thank you to.  We’ll be doing something with that next week.  Be ready to write your thoughts and appreciation for what that person or people did for you.

Lots to think about and react to today.  Your post is due Monday, January 22, 2018 at 8:15 a.m.


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I’m Overwhelmed!

I’ve seen a lot of your computer screens, and I’m generally amazed at the number of tabs may of you have open ALL. THE. TIME.  Life can easily be like that.  We’ve all had times when we’ve felt overwhelmed with a project or life itself.  Tell me about a time when you felt overwhelmed.  How did you react to the situation?  How did you work through the pile of responsibilities in front of you?  Did you ask others for help? Did you just give up? Have you watched your friends or family members deal with too much on their plate?  How did they handle the situation? Tell me all about it!

Your post is due Thursday, January 18, 2018 at 8:15 a.m.

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If I Won the Lottery…..

Seniors:  State Degrees – finish up!  If you need me to take a look at things send me a text or email.  I believe the following are done – just need to bring in signed applications -Tiffany, Hunter, Olivia, Mason, Elijah, Keith, Jacob, Branzon…….

Scholarship apps – finish those up as well – Only Kyra McMillin is done with her scholarship app.  A few of you have a state FFA scholarship to be working on as well!

If money fell from Heaven, and you had an EXTRA $1000 each month, what would change in your life?  What would you do with the money?  Invest it? Save for college or tech school? Are their special people that you’d share your new windfall with?  Are their organizations or charities that you would make a donation to?

Let’s think a little bigger now.  What if you won the Power Ball or some other obscenely large lottery prize of untold millions of dollars.  If you had all this extra money, and could donate some to a group or organization, what strings would you tie to it?  For instance, I’ve always said that if I won the lottery a portion of my winnings would go to West Central to guarantee that there would always be an Ag Ed and FFA Program here.  The funds would help students travel to Washington Leadership Conference, National Convention, CDEs, Chapter Exchanges, etc.  I would also donate towards an indoor sports complex for our students.  What would you do if you won the lottery? Would you quit your job? Move somewhere different?  Travel more?  I’m torn on if I’d quit my job or not.  I love what I do, so, I think I might miss you all a bit.  I for sure would not miss worrying about how we’re going to pay for things and struggling to come up with fundraisers all the time!

Your post is due Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at 8:15 a.m.

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3 Good Things That Happened this Year

We’re nearing the end of the year. A time when a lot of people reflect on the year as it closes and plan for big things in the coming new year.  What are three good things that happened to you this year?  How have those things changed your life or your way of thinking?  What are three things that happened in your life that were disappointments this year?  How did those things change your thinking, behavior, or attitude?  What did you learn from all of these experiences this year?

Your post is due Thursday, December 14, 2017 at 8:15 a.m.

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Arctic Apples

What are Arctic Apples?

Visit this site

Then, read this article.

Finally, read this article.

Visit the FAQ section of the Arctic Apple website, choose 8 of their FAQ’s and write about them on your blog. What are your concerns about the Arctic Apple? What things do you think consumers are worried about with regard to the Arctic Apple? How long does it take to get a crop of Arctic Apples?  Are there companies that are not wiling to add the Arctic Apple to their store shelves or restaurant menus? Are there alternative products to the Arctic Apple?  If so, tell me about it or them. What other Biotech foods are facing resistance in the marketplace? What are your thoughts? Is there room in the marketplace for GM crops and foods? Why or Why not.

Your post is due Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at 8:15 a.m.

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The Power of Words

Gabe, Zach, Lindsey – how are you coming on Leadership CDE Prep?

For today, take a look at this video:


On your blog, react to what you saw.  How have words made a difference in your life?  Is there a time when a different set of words could have changed everything much like the new words in the video.  They basically said the same thing, but in a different way.  We use words everyday to communicate a host of different ideas, emotions, and information.  How could you choose your words more carefully to convey your meaning in a better way?

Your post is due Monday, October 30, 2017 at 8:15 a.m.


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Addiction Comes in all Forms

Gabe -the Ag Comm script needs to be finished by the end of the week.  Taylor has been working on it some.

Zach – Memorize your Ag Issues part.  Continue to research the school lunch program – specifically things that relate to your viewpoint.

Lindsey – you have Parli Pro to memorize and tests to work through.

Ashley and Connor – keep working on blog posts.  – Connor – don’t be a nuisance to those around you!

Make sure you are keeping up with the expectations for this class.  If in doubt, see them here.


For today, I’ve seen lots of stories lately about Cell Phone Addiction.  I witness it every block in my classroom.  Check out these four signs that you may have a problem:

  1. Do you panic when you’ve misplaced your phone?
  2. Are you on your phone during social situations or in the presence of family?
  3. Do you carry your smartphone everywhere, even to the bathroom?
  4. Do you go to sleep and wake up looking at your phone?

Watch the following video: (with earphones please)

On your blog – react to what you saw and heard. Do you exhibit signs of a cell phone addiction? What’s your plan for changing that habit?  If you’re not one of those addicted to their phones, tell me about your experiences with friends or family who are.  It always amazes me when my husband and I are out for dinner and the groups around us are all on their phones.  Seems they’d rather be with who ever they are texting than the people they are with.  It makes me wonder why they’re not with the person or people on the phone instead of the folks they’re with?  Does your family or your group of friends have any rules regarding cell phone use at meal time?  Tell me all about it.

Your post is due Thursday, October 26, 2017 at 8:15 a.m.

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