Youth Achievements


First Year Senior Achievement:
Awards half payment to attend state camp for the following year.

Second Year Senior Achievement:
Awards a two-day educational legislative trip to Pierre to watch and learn about the legilative process as well as the history of South Dakota's capital city.

Click here for the 2017 Legislative Trip Form

Third Year Senior Achievement:
This award combines both fun and education on a bus trip to Minneapolis, MN. Participants tour regional cooperative facilities and learn about a number of non-agriculture cooperatives, such as REI (Recreation Equipment Cooperative) and food store cooperatives. While in the Twin cities, they visit a variety of other Minneapolis/St. Paul points of interest.

Click here for the 2017 Minneapolis 3 Year Trip Form

Fourth Year Senior Achievement:
This award gives a senior youth the opportunity to attend the National Farmers Union All-States Leadership Camp in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. All-States Leadership Camp gathers the dedicated "cream of the crop" in the Farmers Union youth program from all across the nation, for leadership, growth and development. Hands-on training and encouragement are taught here, to the future leaders of our organizations, schools, churches and communities.

Click here for the 2017 All States Form  

Fifth Year Senior Achievement:
The highest honor bestowed upon young people within the Farmers Union is that of "Torchbearer". These individuals are honored at the state convention and are eligible to represent South Dakota at the National Farmers Union Convention the following year.


Pictured here with the S.D. Farmers Union Education Director, Rachel Haigh-Blume, the 2017 Torchbearers include; (back row) Skylar Cox, Frederick; Dalton Gerlach, Stickney; Brenna Johnson, Groton; Jim Brocket, Shadehill; Karly Schaunaman, Aberdeen; Jennifer Hanson, Britton; (front row) Samuel Schumacher, Mt. Vernon; Joseph Nugteren, Canistota; Marissa Holinka, Watertown; Hannah Sumption, Frederick; Haley Keizer, Plankinton; and Gabriella Weidenbach, Canistota 

Not Pictured: Jackie Nuss, Tripp; Taylin Montague, New Underwood; and Rowdy Thompson, New Underwood