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98th SDSU Little International



MARCH 26 & 27, 2021



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Table of Contents

98th Little International Program


97th Little International Scholarship Winners


Welcome to Little “I” 5-10

Livestock Judging Team 34-35

Past Little “I” Managers


The Little “I” That Never Was


Little “I” Advisors 11

Campus Changes Amidst COVID-19


97th Honored Agriculturalist: Donna Moenning


“The Show Must Go On’ for SDSU’s 98th Little International


98th Honored Agriculturalist: Kevin Vander Wal


Looking Back: Little “I” Managers Share Memories


Honored Agriculturalists and Homemakers Honor Roll


Jackrabbits Memorial Jackpot Show


Event Descriptions 18-21

Rodeo Team 47

Beef Division 22

CAFES Prexy Council 48

2020 CAFES Teacher of the Year

Little International Quiz 49


Swine Division 24

CAFES Clubs and Organizations


2020 Meats Judging Team 25

CAFES Marketing Director Brings Smiles to Program


Sheep Division | Lamb Lead

CAFES Overview 62-63


2021 Wool Judging Team 27

Pick the Winners 67

Dairy Division 28

98th Little “I” Staff 68-78

Dairy Products Judging Team 29

Little “I” Hardware Winners Over the Years


Goat Division 30

Third Annual Little “I” Photo Contest


CAFES Club of the Year: Block and Bridle

Pete Pritchett Memorial Award | Little “I” Media



Horse Division 32

Supporter Sponsorships 90

98th Little “I” Executive Committee

Jacob Rausch

Aaron Linke

Grady Gullickson Mikayla Sauber

Luke Groos

Nathan Linke

Brandon Berg

Logan Tesch

Dalton Howe

Abby Reiner

Leona Meyer

Sadie Vander Wal

Elle Moon

Cara Teigum


98th Little International Program Thursday March 25th

Saturday March 27th


7:30 a.m. Experienced Horse Showmanship, Prelims 8:05 a.m. Novice Horse Showmanship, Finals 8:40 a.m. Experienced Sheep Showmanship, Prelims 9:15 a.m. Novice Sheep Showmanship, Finals 9:50 a.m. Experienced Beef Showmanship, Prelims 10:25 a.m. Novice Beef Showmanship, Finals 11:00 a.m. Experienced Goat Showmanship, Prelims 11:30 a.m. Novice Goat Showmanship, Finals 12:00 p.m. Judges’ Luncheon 12:20 p.m. Sponsor Appreciation Reception 12:55 p.m. Experienced Swine Showmanship, Prelims 1:30 p.m. Novice Swine Showmanship, Finals 2:25 p.m. Experienced Dairy Showmanship, Prelims 2:40 p.m. Novice Dairy Showmanship, Finals 5:00 p.m. Opening Ceremonies 5:15 p.m. Beef Showmanship, Finals 5:40 p.m. Sheep Showmanship, Finals 6:05 p.m. Horse Showmanship, Finals 6:30 p.m. Goat Showmanship, Finals 6:55 p.m. Dairy Showmanship, Finals 7:25 p.m. Lamb Lead, Finals 7:50 p.m. Swine Showmanship, Finals 8:10 p.m. Club of the Year, Teacher of the Year Announcement 8:15 p.m. Honored Agriculturalist Recognition 8:25 p.m. Round Robin 9:10 p.m. Staff Recognition 9:15 p.m. Awards

5:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m. 6:20 p.m. 6:40 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 7:20 p.m. 7:40 p.m. 8:00 p.m.

Full Staff Meeting All Exhibitors Meeting Sheep Exhibitors in the Ring Beef Exhibitors in the Ring Horse Exhibitors in the Ring Goat Exhibitors in the Ring Dairy Exhibitors in the Ring Swine Exhibitors in the Ring

Friday March 26th 10:00 a.m. 10:35 a.m. 11:10 a.m. 11:30 a.m. 11:55 a.m. 12:20 p.m. 12:50 p.m. 1:15 p.m. 4:00 p.m. 4:15 p.m. 4:40 p.m. 5:10 p.m. 5:35 p.m. 5:55 p.m. 6:15 p.m. 6:45 p.m. 7:10 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 8:00 p.m. 8:25 p.m. 8:50 p.m.

Experienced Sheep Fitting, Prelims Novice Sheep Fitting, Prelims Experienced Horse Fitting, Prelims Novice Horse Fitting, Prelims Experienced Goat Fitting, Prelims Novice Goat Fitting, Prelims Experienced Dairy Fitting, Prelims Novice Dairy Fitting, Prelims Opening Ceremonies Novice Beef Fitting, Finals Experienced Beef Fitting, Finals Novice Sheep Fitting, Finals Sheep Fitting, Finals Novice Horse Fitting, Finals Horse Fitting, Finals Lamb Lead, Prelims Novice Goat Fitting, Finals Goat Fitting, Finals Novice Dairy Fitting, Finals Dairy Fitting, Finals Novice Swine Showmanship, Prelims

Catalog Team 4

Executive Committee Editor: Sadie Vander Wal Catalog Superintendent: Kira Gifford Catalog Committee: Jenna Belt, Danika Gordon, Marie Robbins Photography Superintendent: Gracie Nelson Photography Committee: Christine Moening, Samantha Schoenbauer Cover Designer: Tiffany Van Buren Contributing Writers: Nicole Hudson, Ariana Schumacher, Kylee Kohls

Welcome to Little “I” President Barry H. Dunn

Welcome to the 98th Little International exposition at South Dakota State University. A tradition since 1921, “Little I” is a premier SDSU event that I look forward to attending every year! This event consists of judging, showmanship and fitting livestock, as well as many other activities for the benefit of high school and college students. There are countless reasons why I love Little “I”, including the fact that over 150 of our students, from a multitude of majors, run and manage the event. These students are highly motivated and are involved on campus in multiple other ways. It is important to know the many opportunities students have to get involved, from leadership and management, to marketing, caring for livestock and fundraising, to communications and arena preparation, in order to make the Little International here at SDSU a success. Through Little “I”, students come together for two days to showcase and refine their skills for a lifetime of success in agriculture. The exposition has not been canceled since 1944-1945 when World War II was in full swing. Mindful of the pandemic and its broad implications for events this past year, we hope that this exposition will highlight the tasks ahead of us in agriculture and beyond – tasks that require the development of trust, responsibility, collaboration and hard work. Little “I” is the embodiment of these qualities, and South Dakota State University is proud to present this exposition in a safe and fun manner this year. Thanks for attending this great event, and I hope you enjoy your time at South Dakota State University.

Barry H. Dunn, South Dakota State University President

Dr. John Killefer It is my pleasure to celebrate the 98th Little International with you! For those that have attended a Little International, it is obvious the level of the partnership and collaboration that goes into making this event possible. I am very impressed with the enthusiasm and engagement of more than 150 students that continue a tradition that is recognized across the nation. Consistent with our land grant mission, our student leaders and participants are engaging in hands-on and virtual learning that is both meaningful to their time here at SDSU and will be impactful to their future careers. Along with the serious work and effort that has been put into Little International, I am looking forward to witnessing all of the fun and enjoyment our previous, current and future Jackrabbits will have throughout the event. This year’s theme is “The Show Must Go On,” and I am excited to experience all the fun times with you. I look forward to learning about the many experiences had by the leaders and participants of the 98th Little International and how this very special Little “I” will add to the rich history that truly has made this event a tradition. Learn a little, and in some cases a lot, make new friends and be part of this proud tradition at SDSU. Let the show begin! As always, Go Jacks!

Dr. John Killefer, South Dakota Corn Endowed Dean of the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences 5

Welcome to the 98th Little International! Jacob Rausch- 98th Little International Manager Greetings and welcome to Little “I”! Whether you are joining us in the Animal Science Arena or if you are watching the events online, we are so excited and grateful to share this weekend with you. It has been long awaited to hear the noise, witness the smiles and feel the excitement that happens out on the green chips in front of the iconic red barn! Last year ended abruptly for manager Collin VanderWal and the rest of the 97th staff. A year full of preparation only to watch it disappear two weeks before the event left us bittersweet. As difficult as it was, I am extremely proud of the hard work, dedication and virtue Collin displayed through it all. He carried on with his duties as Little “I” manager and did his best to pass the torch onto myself, assistant manager, Grady Gullickson, and the 98th staff as we approach the centennial celebration. A year ago, the Little “I” barn and the rest of the country became eerily silent. Many things changed in our world since we last met to celebrate the Little International events. Despite the changes, our staff has done an excellent job recovering from the canceled event in 2020 to pull this two-day exhibition together in a remarkable way! Our Little “I” staff is made of 130 unique and talented individuals – each with experience and knowledge that make our team incredible. Despite the unknowns, we never gave up hope for this historical event. As soon as we received approval and direction from the university, we went to work, aggressively planning an event with our new vision. To express the excitement and determination of our staff, we created our motto for the year - “The Show Must Go On”! Normally, 1,500 high school students compete and experience the best facilities SDSU has to offer. Unfortunately, we cannot host the FFA and 4-H competitions in-person this


year. They will be on virtual platforms, with hopes to reach an even larger number of FFA chapters. As always, the staff members have worked diligently to create challenging and beneficial contests to help students prepare for the State FFA Convention in April. Attendance for the collegiate livestock shows will be open to alumni, family members and faculty by ticket only. However, we are excited to announce multiple restaurants and businesses in the Brookings community will be livestreaming our event. Stay tuned - we will announce the specific locations where the events will be broadcasted. Many locations will offer deals and discounts on food and drink items if you mention us! This year, our club advisers have gone above and beyond expectations to help us prepare for this unique event. Lora Berg and Dr. Keith Underwood have spent many hours in late-night meetings, guiding us and offering their insights. Thank you! I also would like to thank the members of the COVID-19 Response Team at SDSU for helping us to create a fun, yet safe, environment to celebrate our event. I would also like to recognize our supporters. Thank you for supporting the future of agriculture and the mission of SDSU Little International. We could not offer these unique experiences and celebrate our agricultural heritage without your generosity. I believe the future of Little “I” is in as good of hands as ever. I am excited to see what Grady and the returning staff members can do next year with the full event on display. Grady has an incredible passion for agriculture and making the world a better place. He has expressed eagerness to learn all the “ins and outs” of Little “I”. I know that Grady, along with the executive team and the rest of the staff will do big things next year in preparation for the 100th Little “I”. We hope you enjoy the show this weekend and wish you safe travels home! Sincerely, Jacob Rausch 98th Little International Manager

“The Show Must Go On” Grady Gullickson - 98th Little International Assistant Manager Welcome to the 98th Little International!

years to come, we will still look back at those experiences and remember the fond memories that came with it.

What a year we have endured, but as we all know, The Show Must Go On! Our staff members and contestants are very excited to be a part of the memorable and long-lasting tradition of Little International at South Dakota State University. It is my honor to welcome you to the largest two-day, student-run livestock exposition in the country. This highly anticipated, annual event showcases collegiate and high school students from across the country on the green chips. The giant red barn is standing again signifying the countless hours that have been put in not only by this year’s staff but by all those who have been involved in Little International over the last 98 years.

This outstanding event is not possible without the generous support of our sponsors. Please check out the catalog where you will see these incredible individuals and sponsors listed and displayed through advertisements. These sponsors contribute to an experience that everyone looks forward to year after year. Thank you for your continued support of Little International.

“The Show Must Go On” is the perfect theme that exemplifies the passion and dedication that our staff is putting forth to hold this great event. Even with these uncertain times, we have been resilient to carry on the tradition of Little “I”. It has been an honor and humbling experience to be able to work alongside the hardest working and most determined people here at South Dakota State University. These talented leaders have the passion and drive to do great things and the future of the agriculture industry is in great hands. Our staff conquered tasks that have not been seen before, and I want to thank them for their adaptation throughout this whole process.


This year has consisted of ups and downs, but throughout this entire process there has been one leader that has rose to the occasion: Jacob Rausch. Since day one, Jacob has worked tirelessly to see the 98th Little International be held in the Animal Science Arena. He has jumped over every hurdle that was thrown his way with this unusual year. Jacob is someone that knows the importance of Little “I”, and when talking with him, he paints a clear picture of what Little International is all about. His relaxed yet determined personality created an atmosphere where nerves were replaced with drive and focus. Working alongside Jacob has been a sincere pleasure, and I look forward to seeing what he can accomplish for the agriculture industry in the years to come.

Grady Gullickson 98th Little International Assistant Manager

Little International is one of the best ways to grow yourself as a leader while being a part of something bigger than yourself. This organization is a great stepping stone for leaders to grow as individuals. The tremendous growth that happens from a newcomer freshman year to a seasoned veteran senior year is unmatched by any other organization. The growth that is made each year by staff members is incredible, and it does not stop there. The connections that we make with our time in Little International will be with us forever, and that network of people will always have our back. Even when our time is up with Little “I”, the legacy of it will remain with us. For


Little “I” Masters of Ceremonies

Greg Harder

Greg was born and raised in the southwest Minnesota town of Mountain Lake. He hails from a fifth generation diversified farming operation of crops and turkey production. His deep roots and decades of commitment and passion for agriculture, youth and the livestock industry are at the forefront of his daily mission. As he reflects on his time in the livestock industry, his favorite memory was to come to the SDSU livestock facility and participate in contests organized by mentor Dr. Dan Gee. Greg is a 1992 graduate of the University of Minnesota and was very active with Block and Bridle and the successful 1991 General Livestock Judging team coached by SDSU alumnus, Mr. Darrell Anderson. Since 1992, he has served as the volunteer alumni coach assisting Dr. JD Hawton and Mr. Kyle Rozeboom. Working with the students and turning their raw excitement into useful, well-rounded livestock knowledge was always the reward

for Greg. Greg has been a part of the fair industry his entire life with all avenues of involvement, including showing, judging, organizing, supervising and running shows and events. Greg’s main passion is helping the youth and their families. “To be a part of watching a young person and their families learn, grow and embrace the livestock industry makes me smile,” said Greg. Greg’s extended family are the kids and families he has worked with throughout the country. In his free time, Greg takes part in everything that relates to fairs, stock shows and watching his cows. If time permits, he plays a little golf and scoots around backroads on his motorcycle. Greg’s motto and wish for you – “Mentor a child, smile at your neighbors and tell the ones you love – I love ya!” “Y’all have an awesome day!”

Colin Geppert Colin Geppert is a 2018 graduate of South Dakota State University where he majored in agricultural science and minored in animal science, ag business and agronomy. Colin grew up on a 4th generation cow-calf operation in Kimball, South Dakota, where he and his sisters were heavily involved in 4-H. Showing cattle was Colin’s favorite thing to do while growing up as he and his family have exhibited many breed champions in South Dakota. Colin’s family also has an annual pasture sale in September every year where they sell steers and heifers throughout the country. After Colin graduated high school in 2014, he got heavily involved in organizations while at SDSU, starting as treasurer for Block & Bridle and Jackrabbits Memorial Jackpot Show, being a member of the SDSU Statesmen for four years and finally being on the 2015 wool judging team and 2017 livestock judging team. As Colin enjoyed all the organizations he was in, nothing could top being involved in Little International. Colin was on


staff for all four years, being the beef superintendent his senior year. Colin also exhibited while on staff, showing beef and swine where he was in the top five for showmanship for both species. One of the unique things Colin got to do while in Little International was sing the National Anthem his freshman and sophomore years. He was very humbled for the opportunity to use his talents to sing the most honorable song in the nation. As Colin’s passion for Little “I” has grown, he was not the first of his family to be involved in this great organization. His grandfather participated and won the beef division back in the 50s, and his numerous other relatives have won and participated on staff as well. After graduation, Colin’s passion for agriculture has kept him in Brookings, working for Millborn Seeds where he is a Forage and Cover Crop Field Specialist. Even though the pandemic wreaked havoc on a lot of events Colin and his wife Courtney got married in July with friends and family all around! Colin would like to wish all the exhibitors good luck and cherish the memories made at this year Little International!

2020-2021 CAFES Advocate: Lauralee Eaton 2020 became the year packed with postponed events, uncertainty and zero guarantees, including the cancelation of the 97th Little International. Months of hard work and met deadlines did not result in the succession of the event. Staff had already created test banks and exhibitors had begun training animals when spring semester proceeded online.

This year, the Little International staff chose “The Show Must Go On” as a theme. The 130 students on staff believe in the perseverance, strength and pride it takes to host an event of this magnitude during a pandemic. Within these next two days, alumni, college students, 4-H and FFA members and the supporting community will attend this beloved event – while it may look different this year, Little “I” has persevered. This near century-old tradition can withstand these tough times. Moving events online and social distancing guidelines have taught us how to become adaptable and determined to overcome present-day challenges. These green chips may be harder to smell through your mask, but we are certainly grateful to gather upon this South Dakota State tradition for the 98th time.

Little International serves as a time to advocate for the farmers and ranchers around the United States that dedicate each day to fuel the world’s food supply. Men and women in all aspects of agriculture continue to influence the minds of consumers. Little “I” allows students to exhibit livestock, test their knowledge and come together as a community on campus.

CAFES Prexy Council will continue to host campus-wide Ag Day with both virtual and in-person components this year as well on April 22. The Prexy executive team has decided to continue the “Ag Proud” theme again this year to highlight how the agriculture community rallied together over the past several months. This event would not be possible without the generous gifts of time, talent and treasures given by our staff, sponsors and supporters. I know this year may look different given our situation, but we can rally at the chance to celebrate in unity. Enjoy your time at the 98th Little International. No matter what role you play, “The Show Must Go On.” With a joyful smile & full heart, Lauralee Eaton 2020-2021 CAFES Advocate

Past Little “I” Manager Comments It is my honor to welcome you to the 98th Little International! Two years have passed since we have congregated in the arena, and I could not be prouder of the work Jacob and the 98th staff have dedicated to overcoming the stress and adversity of hosting one of South Dakota State’s best traditions. This year, stepping into the arena will have a much more special feel as we are reminded to cherish every moment possible.

While the event will look different this year, take time to thank a staff member for their work. Their dedication to find a way deserves recognition for giving us a reason to celebrate alumni and current students. So, if you see a staffer walking by or working the ring, give them a shoutout so they know how much we appreciate their passion for Little “I”. This past year has had some heartbreak for the agriculture industry. Every market dropped incredibly, making it even more difficult for a farmer or feeder to make a dollar. Luckily, the grain market bounced

back in December/January, and the cattle market rebounded a little as well in late January. So, this weekend, let us celebrate the small victories in the industry we all love! For those of you wondering why we decided to move right along to the 98th Little International, last year’s exec team agreed the staff deserved to be remembered in Little “I” history. Little “I” was two weeks away when we had to cancel, so the staff worked all year and never got to see their work come to fruition. The 97th Little International, the third ever that was canceled, will be the first of the three to still retain its place in the Little “I” record books. The other two events, canceled due to World War II in 1944 and 1945, do not show up in the catalog, and it is possible there was not even a staff put together those years. For those who did serve in World War II, thank you for your selfless service and sacrifice. Thank you for coming to the 98th Little International at SDSU! Good luck to the exhibitors as they take part in the greatest event held on campus! You are writing your name in the history books of SDSU as you show in front of the red barn and on the green chips. Have fun experiencing the 98th! Collin Vander Wal 97th Little International Manager


Welcome from SDSU Alumni Association Welcome to South Dakota State University and Little International! Little “I” is the largest student-run, two-day livestock exposition in the United States. Little “I” has become a cherished event here at SDSU and holds memories for thousands of our alumni, faculty, friends, and students. This year, too, memories will be made as the famous green wood chips are laid and iconic red barn is yet again raised in the Animal Science Arena. The crowds that pack the stands in support of this tremendous student event will find out what we mean when we say, “It is a great day to be a Jackrabbit!”

To the alumni who have returned again to celebrate this unique tradition, welcome home; it is great to have you back on campus! Congratulations to those involved in planning this event, for it is a cherished tradition on our campus. Once again, to all who have joined us, welcome and enjoy your time on campus. Sincerely, Erica DeBoer ’97, Chair, Board of Directors South Dakota State University Alumni Association

Past Little International Managers 1921 1929 1930 1931 1932 1933 1934 1935 1936 1937 1938 1939 1940 1941 1942 1943 1946 1947 1948 1949 1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959 1960 1961


L.C. Lippert; Sheridan, WY Arthur Cole; Salem OR Edwin Hanson; Hawarden, IA P. Ode Hegg; Sioux Falls, SD Clarence Stockland; Lincoln, NE Cliff Jenson, Killed in Action Wilbur Bryant; Canton, SD Leslie Johnson; Liberal, KS Lawrence DeHaan; Brookings, SD Duane Clark; Worthing, SD Ted Larson; Salem, OR Henry Lardy; Madison, WI Elmer Sanderson; Brookings, SD Al Face; Yuma, AZ Verlon Welch; St. Paul, MN Carl Ham; Rapid City, SD Donald Biggar; Brookings, SD J.W. McCarty; Brookings, SD Vince Kenneally; Raymond, SD Dwayne Kettering; Brentford, SD Herb Lippert; Timber Lake, SD Ray Weick; Yuma, AZ Mick Crandall; Selby, SD Gene Wheeler; Raymond, SD Keith Manfull; Gettysburg, SD George Cook; Clear Lake, SD Robert Duxburry; Wessington, SD Don Briedenbach; Newell, SD Merlin Van Walleghen; Letcher, SD Richard Peterson; Fedora, SD Marvin Olson; Madison, SD Tom Hansen; Brookings, SD

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Jim Anderson; Clear Lake, SD Gary TeStroete; Brookings, SD Marshall Nygard; Fairview, SD Steve Witt; Butler, SD Roger Tilberg; Ethan, SD Larry Nelson; White Lake, SD Haven Stuck; Brentford, SD Jim Danekas; Raymond, SD Denton Haber; Redfield, SD Tom Varilek; Geddes, SD Wayne Williamson; Aberdeen, SD Neal Person; Lake City, SD Tom Scott; Ashton, SD William Delaney; Lake Benton, MN Robert Noble; Riceville, IA Rocky Blare; Hammill, SD Randy Wirt; Parker, SD Randy Blare; Hammill, SD Monte Mason; Frankfort, SD Jeff Davis; Forestburg, SD Bruce Paterson; Lake Preston, SD Jeff Gruntmeir; Iroquois, SD Bruce Bot; Minneota, MN Brad Hennen; Minneota, MN Lyndon Hohwieler; Chester, SD Shannon Rausch; Hoven, SD Dorn Severtson; Canby, MN Tom Larson; Jackson, MN Dave Uttechet; Woonsocket, SD Guy Rusche; Bancroft, SD Ann Gunderson; Lake Park, IA Bryce Healy; Pukwana, SD

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Daniel Kohls; Litchfield, MN Brian Sharp; Bath, SD Michael Willard; Colton, SD Joel DeRouchey; Pukwana, SD David Grinde; Colton, SD Mark Johnson; Pipestone, MN Lora Kohls; Litchfield, MN Matt Gunderson; Mission Hill, SD Adam Wirt; Parker, SD Travis Hoffman; Rockham, SD Clint Gehrke; Luverne, MN Brian Fruechte; Pipestone, MN Crystal Mohrhauser; Hartford, SD Dustin Mohrhauser; Hartford, SD Crissa Zenk; Webster, SD Jared Sanderson; Lake Preston, SD Alissa Johnson; Luverne, MN Lee Sanderson; Lake Preston, SD Colton Buus; Lennox, SD Kalen Manthei; Sanborn, MN David Buseman; Canistota, SD John Weber; St. Paul, MN Adam Krause; Clear Lake, SD Dalen Zuidema; Blomkest, MN Kendrah Schafer; Goodhue, MN Tristin Fliehe; Tulare, SD Collin Vander Wal; Volga, SD Jacob Rausch; Hoven, SD

Little “I” Advisors

Keith Underwood & Lora Berg Little International would like to thank our faculty advisors for their time and guidance! Dr. Keith Underwood is an Associate Professor in the Department of Animal Science at South Dakota State University. He received his bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from Texas Tech and master’s and doctoral degrees in Animal and Veterinary Sciences from the University of Wyoming. Underwood joined the SDSU faculty in 2009. With a specialty in meat science, Dr. Underwood has taught various meat science classes at SDSU, including Intro to Meat Evaluation, Value Added Meat Products, Meat Safety and HACCP and Animal Growth and Development. Dr. Underwood has also been recognized for his efforts in meat science by being awarded Vance Publishing’s 40 under 40 in Agriculture, South Dakota Beef Industry Council’s Distinguished Service Award and the President’s Volunteer Service Award from Winrock International.

Lora (Duxbury) Berg is the Director of Marketing and Communications for the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences at South Dakota State University. She is an SDSU alumnus, having received her bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Journalism in 1988 and master’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communications in 1998. In addition to being a co-advisor for Little “I”, Lora serves as advisor to the SDSU Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow Club and Sigma Alpha sorority. She met her husband, Dan, when he helped her fit her sheep for Lamb Lead for the 1985 Little “I”. He impressed his future wife by earning the high-point freshman trophy and they’ve been together ever since. The couple has two sons, Ethan and Evan.

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97th Honored Agriculturalist: Donna Moenning

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A storyteller of life and agriculture, Donna (Schmidt) Moenning serves as an elite advocate for the agriculture industry bringing her energy, grace and passion wherever she goes. The recipient of the 97th Little International Honored Agriculturalist award serves the agriculture community by telling stories, building trust and finding common ground wherever life and

After receiving the 1983 National Association of Farm Broadcaster’s (NAFB) scholarship, she transferred to South Dakota State University to complete her final two years of college. Moenning filled her spare time as a student giving the weekly “Ray’s Western Wear Rodeo Report” and announcing at Little International. (She was sure to come back and announce even after she graduated for a few years too!) After receiving her bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Journalism from SDSU in 1984, she used her voice on-air as a farm broadcaster at KXRB in Sioux Falls for two years. Moenning quickly connected to South Dakota agriculture and those connections lead to a job for the National Live Stock and Meat Board in Chicago where she worked for livestock farmers and ranchers across the nation. Her efforts included the early “Beef. It’s what’s for dinner” campaign, where she worked with news media and influencers including Julia Child, Emeril Lagasse and Nolan Ryan. Moenning was named Outstanding Alumnus by the SDSU Journalism Department in 1995. The same year, she returned to a farm in Minnesota to marry Mark and start a family. She would be quick to tell you her best achievements are her kids – Mary, Samuel and Martha. But the achievement list is much longer. Moenning was called back to radio in Rochester, Minnesota where she continued to promote agriculture on-air for KROC and Y105. Then in 2004 she went to work for dairy farmers at the Midwest Dairy Association, first as Director of Industry Relations and then as the Vice President of Integrated Communications. Her communication initiatives focused on promoting dairy farmers and their commitment to on farm practices. This included engagement with the SDSU Dairy and Food Science Department as well as dairy farm families.


Today, she continues to broaden her plate in food and agriculture, using her voice to engage in communication and trust building efforts with The Center for Food Integrity, a client of Look East, a food and agriculture agency. “I hope to accomplish half of the things my mother has,” says her daughter, Mary. “She’s seen a lot of change throughout her years in the agriculture industry. She’s always stayed involved, continues to ask questions, and seek new insight.” Grace, grit, compassion and service – Moenning lives with faith in the future and consistently invests in those around her and the next generation. From leading youth programs at church to coaching FFA members for speaking contests, she lives to leave a legacy.

A forever fan of the blue and gold, Army mom, and an avid quilter – Moenning says, “Every little piece of our lives eventually gets woven together. Sometimes it gets messy and doesn’t look pretty. But like a quilt, when you flip to the underside – it’s pure beauty.” “Someday, I hope to be as strong, bold and wise as my Momma Donna,” says Mary. “I am so proud of all she’s done for agriculture and will continue to do.” By Kylee Kohls

98th Honored Agriculturalist: Kevin Vander Wal No one lives and breathes Jackrabbit yellow and blue quite like the 98th Little International Honored Agriculturalist, Kevin Vander Wal. After graduating from South Dakota State University with a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science in 1988, Vander Wal became the assistant manager of the SDSU Beef Unit in 1989 before transitioning to the manager role in 1990. Thirtyone years later, Vander Wal still serves as the manager of what is now known as the Cow/Calf Education and Research Facility (CCERF). Growing up on a cattle feedlot and crops operation, 4-H initially developed his interest in pursuing a career in cow/calf management. Throughout college, Vander Wal was also active in Block and Bridle, the livestock judging team and Little “I” before graduating and starting his career at the CCERF. Vander Wal’s involvement in the beef industry does not stop with his work at SDSU. Along with his wife, Kari, and sons, Dallis, Collin and Lane, Vander Wal maintains a registered herd of Shorthorn and Shorthorn Plus cattle near Volga, South Dakota. His commitment to the Shorthorn breed is further evidenced by his activities within the American and South Dakota Shorthorn Associations. In 2015, he and his wife were awarded the American Shorthorn Association Builder of the Breed award for their efforts in both raising quality Shorthorn cattle and serving as advisers for the South Dakota Junior Shorthorn Association. Little “I” has consistently been a family tradition for Vander Wal. While attending SDSU, he exhibited in Little “I” for three years with Kari beating him in beef fitting during their final year. Sons Dallis and Collin were also active in the event, with Dallis winning overall showmanship in 2017 and Collin serving as the 97th manager. Furthermore, Vander Wal’s parents, Ed and Gina, were named the Honored Agriculturalists in 2008, and his brother Dave received the Pete Pritchett Award in 1994. Every year, Vander Wal ensures the beef division at Little “I” runs smoothly. From hosting exhibitors at the CCERF to selecting trainable heifers and bulls for the event, Vander Wal lends a helping hand wherever he can. For his efforts, exhibitors at the 96th Little “I” unanimously voted him as the Beef Hardest Worker Award recipient. During his time at the CCERF, one of the biggest milestones Vander Wal has played an active role in has included the construction of the new, state-of-the-art facility in 2016. Drawing up one of the very first blueprints of the building himself, Vander Wal, along with several faculty members, industry professionals

and SDSU alumni, brought the vision for a new facility to fruition. Vander Wal finds one of the most enjoyable aspects of his job to include helping connect students to real-world applications of their classroom experiences through programs such as the annual, student-run bull sale. His tireless commitment to the success of not only the bull sale, but of the entire 160-head Angus and SimAngus herd is proven through his long hours and dedication to the long-standing reputation of the herd’s genetics. Sports have always played a big role in Vander Wal’s family. From T-ball in the pre-school days to present-day college football for Lane and coaching high school basketball for Collin, Vander Wal has always been enamored with good coaches. While not a sports coach himself, Vander Wal has always considered himself a “cattle coach” for his student employees. He sees a parallel between his employee team and any college sports team; the roster changes a little every year and there are wins and some losses, with the losses making his team better. Vander Wal also believes in how coaches prepare their athletes for life more so than the game, which he reflects in his coaching of student employees. Over the years, Vander Wal has been a coach to numerous student employees, noting that any student who signs up to deal with crabby cows on -20° nights while in college are a special kind of people. “Kevin is an individual that cares so genuinely about the education and success of his employees,” said Jaycen Timm, a three-year CCERF student employee. “He sets the example of how we should strive to be as good people and is the boss that shows that you’re appreciated, making you want to work ten times harder. He is the most influential and positive role model I’ve had here at SDSU.” From the SDSU herd to his own, Vander Wal is known for much more than his impact on the South Dakota beef industry. His commitment to SDSU and student education proves a testament to the real influence of an agriculturalist. By Sadie Vander Wal



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2021 Kevin Vander Wal, Volga 2020 Donna Moenning, Hayfield, MN 2019 David Stenberg, Colman 2018 Leon Wrage, Brookings 2017 Mike and Betty Brink, Redfield 2016 Gary Haiwick, Highmore 2015 Dr. Kelly Bruns, North Platte, NE 2014 Gilbert and Rosemar Mohrhauser Family, Hartford 2013 Steve and Arloine Goodfellow, Bruce 2012 Duane and Colleen Blare Family, Winner 2011 Dr. Lowell Slyter, Brookings 2010 Fred and Joan DeRouchey Family, Mitchell 2009 Sharon Odegaard Family, Lake Preston 2008 Edward and Gina VanderWal family, Volga 2007 Leonard and Violet Wulf, Morris, MN 2006 Dr. Roger Hunsley, Omaha, NE 2005 Darrell Anderson, Sherburn, MN 2004 John and Delina Nagel, Avon 2003 Denny Everson, Yankton 2002 Dr. Fred Cholik, Brookings 2001 Jim Woster, Sioux Falls 2000 Dr. Dan Gee, Brookings 1999 Dr. William Costello, Brookings 1998 W.C. McCone, Redfield 1997 Chester Gullikson, Bath 1996 Walter Schaefer, Sioux Falls 1995 Howard Hillman, Canova 1994 Darwin G. Britzman, Sioux Falls 1993 Robert Duxbury, Wessington 1992 Vern Fritz, Sioux Falls 1991 Leonard Fawcett, Ree Heights 1990 Walter Bones, Parker Mrs. Barbara Law, Yankton 1989 Gordon Brockmueller, Freeman 1988 Russell Wirt, Parker Mrs. Eleanor Krokosh, Ipswich 1987 Mark Keffeler, Sturgis Mrs. Lucille Ronke, Watertown 1986 John W. Curry, Elk Point Mrs. Margie Esmay, Murdo

1985 Martin Jorgensen, Winner Mrs. Gene Christie, Brookings 1984 Carl Ham, Pennington County Mrs. Ethel Christiansen, Yankton 1983 Forrest (Shorty) Ireland, Belvidere Mrs. Kay Snyder, Piedmont 1982 Bernard Beastrom, Pierre Mrs. Emily Jennings, Spearfish 1981 Gordon Quinn, Timber Lake Mrs. Chrys Daniel, Wentworth 1980 Pat Gant, Geddes Mrs. Florine Glaus, Chamberlain 1979 Ervin Dobberstein, Baltic Mrs. Mildred Acheson, Chester 1978 Warren Wright, Brandon Mrs. Grace Sanderson, Aurora 1977 Wendell Leafstedt, Alcester Mrs. Dorothy Littau, Winner 1976 John Glaus, Chamberlain Mrs. Anna Mae Tesch, Watertown 1975 Dr. H.M. Briggs, Brookings Mrs. Alvida Sorenson, Brookings 1974 Clarence Hillman, Canova Mrs. Alyce Kettering, Mellette 1973 Rodney Larson, Fruitdale Mrs. Clarence Levins, Brandt 1972 Walter Taylor, Pennington County Mrs. Martin Muchow, Sioux Falls 1971 Don Jorgensen, Ideal Mrs. William Kirsch, White River 1970 L.L. Zeller, Vermillion Mrs. Laurence Stuck, Mellette 1969 Clark J. Lamport, Britton Mrs. Lillian Tornberg, Beresford 1968 Leonard Dailey, Jefferson Mrs. Lillian Dahl, Clear Lake 1967 John Gauger, Clear Lake Mrs. Edith May Garrett, Pierre 1966 Harry Blair, Sturgis Mrs. Robert Knickrehm, Verdon


Pete Ginsbach, Dell Rapids Mrs. Warren Wright, Brandon 1964 Allen Sperry, Bath Mrs. Joe Biever, Oelrichs 1963 Harry Gustafson, Brandt Mrs. Marvin Twombley, Vale 1962 Jay Welch, Mitchell Mrs. Howard Hansen, Pierre 1961 Walter Feind, Hazel Mrs. Adolf Larson, Bath 1960 Hugh Faulkner, Faulkton Mrs. Charles Newcomb, Rowena 1959 Nick Fox, Watertown Mrs. Orville Blocker, Webster 1958 Justin Mortvedt, Dell Rapids Mrs. Charles Reid, Nisland 1957 Fred G. Hoscher, Faulkton Mrs. Alvin Kausuke, Milbank 1956 Ted Larson, Pierre Mrs. Percy Copeland, Kennebec 1955 Emil Rezac, Tabor Mrs. Earl Lambert, Fedora 1954 Art Thelin, Sioux Falls Mrs. R.H. Gardner, Madison 1953 Jim Magness, Miller Mrs. Cyrus Heifner, Rosholt 1952 A.B. Taylor, Pierre Mrs. Louisa Sale, Montrose 1951 Ernest Ham, Piedmont Mrs. Bernice Smiley, Mt. Vernon 1950 Sam Bober, Newell Mrs. George Becker, Onida 1949 Wilbur Bryant, Canton 1948 Enos Blair, Sturgis Mrs. Lorenz Lippert, Crow Agency, MT 1947 Henry N. Dyvig, Humboldt 1946 John Hartman, Humboldt 1945 No show -World War II 1944 No show -World War II 1943 C.B. Newcomb, Madison 1942 Thad Oviatt, Huron 1941 Albert Hill, Alexandria 1940 Charles S. Blackman, Watertown 1939 H.G. Skinner (In memory of), Brookings




Events Beef:

Show day prep for beef cattle usually starts with an early morning of washing the calf, blowing it dry and putting different types of sprays and oils into the hair to give it as much volume as possible. During the show, Little “I” exhibitors show their beef cattle in two different divisions; bulls and heifers. They have usually spent many hours practicing leading and setting up their project in the time before Little “I”. Exhibitors are given roughly a month to get their animal ready for the show. Things like breaking the animal to lead, washing and clipping are all things that the exhibitors will accomplish before they walk in the ring with their bull or heifer. Their hard work and dedication is evident as many people spend months getting an animal ready to be shown. The exhibitors encounter many different experiences during their time showing for Little “I”. They usually are braving the cold during the early part of the month to halter break their animal followed by time spent clipping and fitting for show day making their project look the best it can. They then get to take the time and wash the animal after the show to ensure they have all oils and adhesives out of the hair.


The swine exhibitors have been working hard to train the hogs that they drew this year for the past two and a half weeks leading up to Little International. The hogs are shown individually in two categories, novice or experienced, and the exhibitors drive their hogs around the arena using different handheld tools, such as a show stick or cane to give the judge an adequate look at every angle of the animal. Although there is no minimum requirement of time that needs to be spent with the hogs, exhibitors are required to work with them at least one time prior to Little “I”. Being that hogs are not shown by holding onto them with a halter, exhibitors must work diligently to train their animal to react to the show stick in a certain manner that will best benefit the exhibitor and the animal’s performance in front of the judge. The exhibitors’ goal during this show is to present the animal that they drew to the judge to the best of that individual’s ability, Though there is no “fitting” required for hogs as compared to other species that are a part of Little International, the swine exhibitors do use various products to make their hog’s body shine and attract the judge while they are in the ring presenting their hog, in addition to clipping and washing.



During the last two weeks, the sheep contestants have been hard at work preparing their ewes for the Little “I” show. There are two sections of the sheep contest - fitting and showmanship. During the fitting contest, exhibitors must fit their ewe with only hand clippers. They must “block” their ewe’s wool and make her look smooth and refined. “Blocking” is essentially squaring the wool and providing a flat level top for the animal. A good fit job usually takes several weeks to complete. The second portion of the contest is showmanship. Contestants only have two weeks to halter break their ewes and make them show ready. During showmanship you must make sure your ewe is squared with her legs and feet spaced appropriately without a halter. The ewes are provided by the SDSU Sheep Unit. The SDSU Hampshire flock was established in 1898, making it the oldest purebred Hampshire sheep flock in the United States. Additionally, the flock was given the Hampshire Heritage award by the American Hampshire Sheep Association in 2012 for having a continual registry for the past 100+ years! These ewes are currently bred and will lamb in the spring. It is important that these ewes are kept in a low stress environment; therefore exhibitors are only in charge of halter breaking and fitting their lamb. The sheep unit’s manager and employees feed, water and bed down the ewes as well as monitor their health.

Lamb Lead:

During the event, competitors are responsible for a personal interview, garment and blanket construction, sheep fitting, general appearance and poise. Before the show, competitors are responsible for working with the animal, washing and fitting of the animal. Along with garment and blanket construction for the lamb lead competition, Lamb Lead participants are responsible for writing a narrative that will be read during the evening of lamb lead and representing their club during Little International.


Showing dairy requires the exhibitor to lead the animal on a halter around the arena at a proper and slow pace to allow the judge to see all of the animal’s virtues. The exhibitor is to always keep an eye on the animal and the judge and be ready to set the animal up within a moment’s notice. Exhibitors want to hold the head up, keep the back as straight as possible and move at a distance where the animal’s rear foot lands on top of where the front foot previously was. Prior to the show, exhibitors are responsible for halter breaking their animal, which can take anywhere from a few days to a couple weeks. Once the animal is comfortable walking with a halter,

exhibitors get into the minor and critical movements such as feet placement and responding to the judge’s position in the ring. The exhibitor must also wash and remove any manure from the animals coat prior to clipping the animal. Dairy is the opposite of beef, with shorter, clipped hair being optimal because it portrays the animal’s sharpness and angularity. Clipping the topline can be one of the more difficult tasks because it such a critical detail to maintain a straight back while standing still and on the move. Before the show, exhibitors will set their animal’s topline by applying adhesives to the hair across the back to make them stay standing up. They also will fluff and make the tail hair puff outward as possible. Many exhibitors will take a baby wipe and clean the inside of their animal’s ears for showmanship as well as spray a shine across the animal’s sides to make her look sleek. After the show, exhibitors must wash the animal to remove any shine or adhesive applied.


The goat exhibitors have been working hard over the past two weeks getting their Goats ready for the Little “I” competition. The exhibitors have spent the last two weeks teaching their goats to walk with a chain along with teaching them to brace to prepare for the showmanship competition. This can be a challenge as the goats often times don’t want to cooperate so exhibitors have to problem solve to find the best routine for them. For the fitting contest, the exhibitors need to clip the body and train the leg hair to be fitted. Before doing so, they must wash the goat and blow them dry using a blower to make sure the hair is clean. At the conclusion of the contest the exhibitors must wash out the adhesives and the oils.


For both the fitting and showmanship classes, the horses are shown “in hand”, or led around the arena. The fitting class is judged based on how well groomed the horse is. Criteria include cleanliness and clipping. The showmanship class is judged on how well the competitor can maneuver the horse through a pattern, grooming and how both the horse and handler exhibit themselves. Before the show, the competitor has three weeks to work with their horse and improve on different maneuvers, such as walking or trotting when signaled, backing straight and pivoting. They are also responsible for grooming, clipping and bathing their horses. The contestants are in charge of working and exercising their horse, as well as cleaning their horse’s stalls, making sure that their horses have water when they are kept inside, daily grooming, clipping, bathing and general last minute touchups before walking into the show ring.

*Exhibitor lists are subject to change.

Ag Product Sales:

Collegiate contestants in Ag Product Sales will be provided an example product and product information along with customer profiles to prepare for the contest. Contestants will then develop a product brochure and presentation that will be evaluated by judges in addition to their answers to questions based on their product knowledge.


In the Agronomy judging contest, participants will identify grains, forages and weeds by seed or plant parts. They also must evaluate the quality of grain seeds. There is an agronomy knowledge exam that focuses on the basic principles of crop production, management practices, and plant biology.

Antique Tractor Show:

The Antique Tractor Show is a community-involved event to connect younger generations with the traditional ways of agriculture by showcasing classic antique tractors and demonstrating the continuous progression of agriculture.

Dairy Cattle Judging:

The Dairy Cattle Judging Contest at Little International is a competitive event for high school and collegiate students that focuses on the evaluation and management of dairy cattle. This contest provides an opportunity for students with an interest in the dairy industry to gain practical experience in the visual appraisal of dairy cattle, as well as evaluation and management decision making based on pedigree information and sire information.

Dairy Products:

This is a high point competition that is only for collegiate

participation. Dairy products is a team event. They participate in person to manufacture the ice cream and give them the opportunity to design a signature flavor from white ice cream mix provided by the Davis Dairy Plant. Teams must provide their own flavorings, additional ingredients and must follow plant guidelines for food safety and COVID-19.

Farm Business Management:

The Farm Business Management contest helps students learn business skills and apply economic principles to agricultural businesses. Participants demonstrate their ability to analyze agricultural business management information, apply economic principles and concepts of business management, and evaluate business management decisions with a written exam.


Events Floriculture:

Milk Quality and Products:

Horse Judging:

Natural Resources:

The Floriculture event includes a 50-question general knowledge exam, a floral arrangement to cost estimate and a plant ID test. This contest will be open to FFA members and any collegiate members who want to participate

The Little International Horse Judging contest consists of three placing classes, two sets of questions and a 25-question multiple choice exam that is worth 50 points. The Horse Judging contest is designed to test a contestant’s ability to judge all categories of horses, to remember details about the horses in the class to correctly answer a set of questions and to test a contestant’s horse knowledge.

Livestock Judging:

The livestock judging contest will consist of visually judging classes of beef, sheep, swine and goats. The judging contest will be virtually judging analyzing the livestock, as well as answering questions regarding the classes.

Machinery Sales:

The machinery sales competition allows students to step into the role of a machinery sales professional. It is split in three divisions: large tractor, skid loader class, and farm vehicle sales. Each division requires executing salesmanship, knowledge of the machinery and basic principles of its operation. In addition, ability as a salesman to project confidence and competent salesmanship will be scored. The machinery will be provided for each contestant virtually.

Meat Judging:

Students participating in this hour and a half long contest work through six different placing classes with 20 questions related to different meat objectives, along with identifying 20 different retail cuts.

Meat Products:

This team event consists of producing a final product of sausage from 10 pounds of meat and a basic SDSU Meat Lab Sausage recipe. A panel of judges will judge the sausage, and the final products will be auctioned off on Saturday night.


In the Milk Quality & Products competition, contestants classify defects in milk, identify different varieties of cheese and evaluate samples of dairy products for fat content. In addition, competitors take a two-part exam over dairy production and marketing.

The Natural Resources contest consists of a multiple-choice exam, a problem-solving activity and identification of specimens from six different categories: insects, waterfowl and upland game birds, other birds, mammals, fish, hardwood trees and shrubs and softwood trees and shrubs. The goal of the contest is to foster student interest and promote environmental awareness.

Nursery Landscape:

The Nursery and Landscape event tests student’s skills in maintaining landscape plants and related products. They also have to evaluate equipment, serviced, and performing landscape design.

Poultry Judging:

In the Poultry Judging contest students will evaluate and grade ready to cook carcasses, parts of chickens and turkeys, eggs, and further processed poultry products. They identify poultry parts, and complete a written exam on poultry production and management.

Range Plant Identification:

The Little International range plant identification contest is a contest designed to test both high school and collegiate students on their identification skills of over 100 grasses, shrubs, and trees found on U.S. prairie ecosystems. This contest asks for students to remember various characteristics of the plants such as life span, growth season, origin, habitat use, and palatability for various animal species. The purpose of this contest is to strengthen the understanding of prairie ecosystems and learn of the various plant species that cohabit U.S. prairies.

Seed and Forage Crop Show:

The Seed and Forage Crop Show allows individuals to bring crop seeds and forages to be judged. Judges will evaluate the characteristics and quality of the samples and place them accordingly.

Veterinary Science:

The SDSU Little International Vet Science competition consists of two parts: an ID portion and two written exams. The ID portion tests FFA members’ knowledge on a variety of animal breeds, parasites and equipment. The exam portions include a vet science general knowledge exam and a math practicum.

Wool Judging:

During the wool judging contest, collegiate contestants rank 2-4 classes of 4 fleeces based on fineness, length and yield. Contestants will have a grading rail of 6 fleeces where they must determine the grade of fineness, length, yield and purity of each fleece.

High Point Club Award

The High Point Club Award is in its eighth year. It is a competition for organizations in the College of Agriculture, Food, and Environmental Sciences of South Dakota State University. Clubs will arrange teams to compete in contests in Little “I” and gain points toward the High Point Club title. This year’s High Point Club contests include: Wool Judging, Machinery Sales, Meat Products, Dairy Products, Club Basket, Lamb Lead, Ag Product Sales, Seed and Forage Show.

96th Little International Winners High Point Freshman: Nathan Linke High Point Upperclassman: Maggie Post Round Robin Champion: Jeremiah Johnson Reserve Champion Round Robin: Cole Jackson High Point Club: Sigma Alpha Sorority


Beef Division Matt Johnson Beef Show Judge

Beef Show Contestants

Matt Johnson, originally from Maurice, Iowa, now lives at Garretson, South Dakota, with his wife, Melissa, and their two children, Harper (4) and Sawyer (1). He currently works in factory sales at M.H. EBY, Inc. located in Worthing, South Dakota. Matt, along with his parents, brother and wife, operate MPJ Cattle Company, a progressive cow/ calf operation with the goals of raising elite females for seedstock production and show steers for junior show exhibits. As a freshman at SDSU, Matt competed in the Little “I” beef division but was unfortunately unable to show during his sophomore and junior years as he was gone judging on the meats and livestock judging teams. Showing again his senior year, Matt was named champion swine showman. Some of Matt’s greatest memories at SDSU were made participating in Little International and bonding with fellow students. Without a doubt, Matt believes SDSU Little “I” is one of the elite student-run events to be held on any college campus nationwide.

Novice - Heifers

Leah DiPippo - Mitchell, SD Jaylynn Frandrup - Hastings, MN Connor Domonoske - Waterville, MN Courtney Sellner - Sleepy Eye, MN Jessica Scheer - Annandale, MN Elise Johnson - Seward, NE Riley Donkers - Faribault, MN Angie Arensdorf - Asbury, IA Tyler Schmitt- Jordan, MN Derrek Russenberger - Tremont, MN Karmen Sperr - Donnelly, MN Cailey Banik - Canton, SD

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Beef Show Contestants Experienced - Bulls Cole Christian - Sioux Falls, SD Sarah Kroeger - Lennox, SD Ally Haake - Lewiston, MN Johannah Nielsen - Russell, MN Wyatt Sevigney - Valleyford, WA Jake Thompson - Maple Park, IL Jacob Hanson - Bryan, TX Abbi Wegner -Wolbach, NE Mataya Geppert - Fort Pierre, SD Eric Sundall - Ruthven, IA Samantha Richert - Springfield, MN Samuel Keating - Winterset, IA


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2020 CAFES Teacher of the Year “I have never met a teacher as dedicated to the success of their students as Dr. Grubbs,” said Sam Pinchart, Alpha Gamma Rho nominator. “His ability to relate to students, willingness to go above and beyond, and dedication to student success makes him the perfect candidate for teacher of the year.” Grubbs is known for his constant support of students not only academically, but personally and professionally as well. Grubbs open-door policy allows him the ability to foster personal relationships with each of his students. He is deeply committed to the success of each of his students both inside and outside of the classroom. “Dr. Grubbs has worked hard to establish a reputation for excellence in the classroom at this early stage in his career,” shared Joe Cassady, Animal Science Department Head. “I am pleased that our students have recognized his work.” CAFES teacher Peter Kovacs, Assistant Professor in the Department of Agronomy, Horticulture and Plant Science, was also a finalist for this honor. By Nicole Hudson

Kyle Grubbs has been selected for the 2020 Teacher of the Year Award in the South Dakota State University College of Agriculture Food and Environmental Sciences. Each year, clubs and organizations within CAFES have the opportunity to nominate a professor they feel has gone above and beyond in their duties as an educator. Two finalists are chosen and then voted on by CAFES students. Grubbs, Assistant Professor in the Department of Animal Science, teaches Introduction to Meat Science and the Advanced Meat Science courses. Those who nominated him for this honor noted that Grubbs is dedicated to ensuring his students understand and retain the information he presents in his courses. He provides students with relevant information about the meat industry throughout his courses and has the ability to relate content to the everyday life of his students. Many individuals noted they have taken up a meat science minor because of the impact that Grubbs has had on their learning experience. He leads by example, constantly displaying his passion for the meat industry.


Swine Division Show sponsored by: Pipestone Reid Wildung Swine Show Judge Reid Wildung from Nassau, Minnesota, is a 1999 graduate of SDSU with a degree in Ag Science. He also was involved in Alpha Gamma Rho, Block and Bridle and Alpha Phi and was the Swine Superintendent for Little “I”. Reid and his wife, Shelly, also an SDSU graduate, operate a 50+ head show sow operation, Wildung Showpigs, and partnership of BRW Purebreds. They raise crossbreds, Hamps, Yorks, Durocs and Spots, with an annual show pig sale in April. Reid and Shelly also operate 1500 acres of corn and beans. In Reid’s spare time, he enjoys hunting, fishing and attending all of his kids’ sporting and school events, livestock shows and jackpots! Tenley (16), Jaxson (14), Kenzie (13) and Oakley (4) enjoy showing hogs and sheep in Minnesota 4-H. Reid looks forward to county and state fairs where he can visit with customers and friends near and far.

Swine Show Contestants Novice

Madison Kovarna - Hinton, IA Clayton Sorum - Canton, SD Henry Schultz - Faribault, MN Karly Schaunaman - Aberdeen, SD Megan Leyda - Sioux Falls, SD Ashilyn Hulstein - Melvin, IA Heidi Bolduan - Caledonia, MN Jackson Vander Windt - Le Mars, IA Alexis Hundley - Sioux City, IA Karina Walvatne - Battle Lake, MN Kelsie Ehrenberg - Ortonville, MN Morgan Kohl - Watertown, SD Masie Voigt - Grand Meadow, MN Eric Sundall - Ruthven, IA Kayla Weinzierl - Winsted, MN Ally Johnson - Centerville, SD Anna Poull - Port Washington, WI David Hassing - Springfield, SD

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Swine Show Contestants Experienced

Gentrie Vatthauer - Wheaton, MN Logan Frigaard - Dalton, MN Courtney Pohlen - Gilbert, IA Camden Schroeder - Remsen, IA Johannah Nielsen - Russell, MN Justin Bleeker - Hull, IA Brinn Begalka - Estelline, SD Makayla Nelson - Arlington, SD Allison Nielsen - Kennard, NE Jeffrey Paulson - Clark, SD Ariann VanBockern - Canton, SD Jessica Kott - Platte, SD Alicia Vander Wal - Volga, SD Kaleb Koerselman - Le Mars, IA Ryan Franz - Windom, MN Zoey Schentzel - Farmington, MN

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2020 Meats Judging Team

Team members Hannah Berg, Leona Meyer, Jadee Mattheis and Emma Beach at Nebraska Beef.

Meat judging has been a part of South Dakota State University for years. If you walk up and down the halls of the Animal Science Complex, you can see pictures of past teams dating back to the 1960s and 70s. It allows students from all over the state, country and even the world to put a similar love for the agriculture industry to the test and compete against one another. However, it is not only about competing and trying to win. Meat judging allows students who have never had exposure to this side of animal agriculture or someone who wants to grow in their knowledge, the opportunity to be exposed to a hands-on form of learning in the meat science industry. You are able to travel to all parts of the country and see different operations, as well as expand your network with students from other universities and professionals in industry who can become vital resources in the future.

The 2020 judging season began with the first contest of the year at the National Western where the team placed 6th Overall, highlighted by Sarah Fast placing 4th and Jadee Mattheis tying for 5th in Pork Judging. The next contest was the Iowa State University Meat Judging Contest where the team again placed 6th Overall. The team was led by an impressive performance by Jadee Mattheis where she tied for 9th in Beef Judging, 5th in Total Placings, 1st in Processed Meats Judging and was named the 7th High Individual Overall. Then we all know what happened come March and the remaining spring contests were canceled. When we returned in the fall, we were ready to get back to work! The fall season brought new opportunities, including the potential for virtual contests such as the Virtual South Plains Invitational. The team finished 6th Overall, which included Rebecca Thon placing 3rd individually and the team placing 3rd in Beef Grading, as well as a 3rd in Reasons. Finally, we returned to in-person contests and finished out our season as we made trips to the American Royal and High Plains Invitational where the team placed 5th Overall in both contests. The 2020 judging season was anything but normal; however, if you ask any one of the team members, I guarantee they will tell you they had an absolute blast. Not only were they able to compete and apply all the skills they had learned, but they made friendships and relationships that will last a lifetime. As I look forward to the upcoming 2021 judging season, it is hard not to be optimistic. With a great group of bright, competitive students competing on the team, the sky’s the limit. With hours to be spent in various plants and universities practicing and many days spent in the van driving all over the country, the team’s knowledge, friendships and overall competitiveness will only grow stronger. Hopefully, when I sit down to write this article next year, there will be many accomplishments and lasting memories to talk about! By Trevor DeHaan, SDSU Meats Judging Coach


Sheep Division Alison Knutson Lamb Lead Judge

Jeremy Geske Sheep Show Judge

Alison Knutson is a 2020 Ag Education graduate of SDSU. She and her family raise Suffolk and Rambouillet by Centerville, South Dakota. She has shown sheep throughout her life at a state and national level, along with being involved in many leadership roles within the sheep associations. Alison is also currently the agriculture teacher and FFA advisor at Brandon Valley High School.

Lamb Lead Contestants Sarah Kroeger - Lennox, SD Sigma Alpha Justin Taylor - Arlington, WI FarmHouse Nate Rehder - Comstock, MN Alpha Gamma Rho Hattie Seten - Sioux Falls, SD Student Senate Association Danielle Houghtaling - Doland, SD Block and Bridle Isaac Berg - Pipestone, MN Swine Club Zoey Schentzel - Farmington, MN Collegiate Farm Bureau Ashley Holst - Kellogg, MN Dairy Club Ariann VanBockern - Canton, SD FFA Alumni/Ag Ed Club Ben Connor - Winfred, SD Hobo Day Committee


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Jeremy Geske is a Suffolk breeder from New Prague, Minnesota. He sells breeding stock to purebred and commercial flocks across the country, and his flock is enrolled in the National Sheep Improvement Program. Jeremy serves as President of the United Suffolk Sheep Association, and several other sheep industry leadership roles. Jeremy judges sheep, meat goat and other livestock shows in MN, SD, ND, WI and IA. Jeremy works as Director of the Institute for Regenerative Resources and AgriSciences at Minnesota State University Mankato. Jeremy has a B.S. in Animal Science from North Dakota State University and a M.S. in Animal Science & Industry from Kansas State University. He has two kids who show sheep and poultry.

Sheep Contestants


Katelin Deneke - Wessington Springs, SD Amanda Drews - Camarillo, CA Riley Donkers - Faribault, MN Ty Schoelerman - Spencer, IA Brooke Hendrickx - New York Mills, MN Danielle Houghtaling - Doland, SD Zoey Schentzel - Farmington, MN Nate Rehder - Comstock, MN Justin Taylor - Arlington, WI Sarah Kroeger - Lennox, SD Hannah Streich - Manetta, MN


Heather Fischer - Valley City, ND Hannah Horchem - Tremont, IL Shanda Lambert - Wayne, NE Parker Aase - Owatonna, MN Emma Beach - Ponca, NE Ally Johnson - Centerville, SD Ariann VanBockern - Canton, SD

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2021 Wool Judging Team The team was coached by Jennifer Hurlbert, 2020 Wool Judging Team member, and Dr. Rosie Nold, animal science professor, with assistance from SDSU wool judging alumnae Brooke Hendrickx and Morgan Busack. “I am extremely proud of our students’ performance in the wool judging contests,” said Rosie Nold. “Winning our ‘home state’ contest (BHSS) was a tremendous honor and indicative of the time and effort these students put into preparing.”

2021 Wool Judging Team members include, from left to right: Lindsey VanderWal, Samantha Thyen, Hadley Stiefvater, Emily Nold and Isaac Berg.

The South Dakota State University Wool Judging Team won high overall team at the first Black Hills Stock Show Collegiate Wool Judging Contest held on Feb. 5. The team also placed first in placings and reasons, second in grading and third in the value-based divisions. The team consisted of Emily Nold, animal science and agricultural leadership student from Brookings, South Dakota, Samantha Thyen, animal science student from Waverly, South Dakota, Lindsey VanderWal, agricultural education student from Bruce, South Dakota, Isaac Berg, animal science student from Pipestone, Minnesota and Hadley Stiefvater, animal science and agricultural leadership student from Salem, South Dakota.

A wool judging contest consists of six placing classes of breed and commercial fleeces, three sets of reasons and a grading rail of 15 fleeces. Fleeces are graded for spinning count, staple length, yield of clean wool, purity and character. Breed classes may include Merino, Rambouillet, Targhee, Columbia or Corriedale classes and are judged on genetic qualities of quantity and quality of wool produced. Commercial classes are ranked based on the overall value of the fleece based on its weight, length and cleanliness. In addition to competing, the team had the opportunity to tour the University of Wyoming Sheep Research and Extension facilities during their travels. They also visited Center of the Nation Wool in Belle Fourche, South Dakota, with a guided tour from CEO Larry Prager. “Wool judging has been an unforgettable experience that has helped me develop skills in critical thinking and helped boost my confidence in professionally explaining to people how I evaluated products with differing compositions,” said Emily Nold.

Notable individual highlights from the BHSS contest included: - Nold: high individual overall, high individual in grading, second high individual in placings, second high individual in reasons - Thyen: fourth high individual overall, fifth high individual in placings - VanderWal: high individual in placings, third high individual in reasons - Berg: fifth high individual in grading Prior to the BHSS contest, the team competed at the 7220 Collegiate Wool Judging Contest hosted by the University of Wyoming in Laramie, Wyoming, on Jan. 14-15. The team placed third in the value-based division, tied for fourth in reasons and placed ninth overall. VanderWal received fourth high individual in the value-based division.


Dairy Division Heather Thyen Dairy Show Judge Heather Thyen, along with her husband Russ and daughter Elizabeth, own and operate Empty-Pockets Holsteins in central Minnesota. There they raise Holstein, Red & White Holsteins, Milking Shorthorns and Elizabeth’s Brown Swiss heifers, along with a few Simmental and Red Angus beef cattle. Heather has enjoyed showing dairy cattle at the local, state and national levels. Some highlights have been showing the Milking Shorthorn Sr. Champion at World Dairy Expo and watching her daughter show the 2nd place Milking Shorthorn Senior Yearling in 2017. Another highlight has been watching the youth she has brought along to World Dairy Expo grow. Since they started 24 years ago exhibiting, Heather and Russ have given youth the opportunity to come along with their own cattle or just to help. She also enjoys coaching 4-H dairy judging and dairy bowl teams and FFA dairy judging teams. Heather is currently employed with Valley Ag Software where she is a Software Support Technician for Dairy Comp. She enjoys working with the dairies writing Breeding and Vaccination programs to help simplify their busy schedules. In her spare time, she enjoys scrapbooking and crafts.

Dairy Show Contestants Experienced

Anna Karels - Norwood Young America, MN Owen Scheffler - Zumbrota, MN Taylor Jerde - Northfield, MN Joella Chamberlain - Hastings, MN Morgan Wingert - Harmony, MN Carter Espinoza - Kasson, MN Rebecka Hoffman - Bridgewater, SD Margaret Molitor - St. Cloud, MN Bodie Bice - Waseca, MN Ashley Holst - Kellogg, MN Ella Bauer - Hayfield, MN Daniel Williamson - Spicer, MN

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Dairy Products Judging Team

Due to COVID-19, the national dairy products judging contest was canceled. The 2020 team included, from left to right, coach Dr. Lloyd Metzger, Jordan Zemlicka, Sydnie Peters, Elizabeth Schwartzhoff, Margaret Socha, Khalid Alsaleem (graduate student) and assistant coach Ahmed Hammam.


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Goat Division Nick Pitlick Goat Show Judge Nick grew up in Jordan, Minnesota, as the oldest of two siblings. Developing a passion for the boer goat industry started at a young age for Nick due to his involvement in 4-H. Currently, he makes all the breeding and marketing decisions for Pitlick Boer Goats, which is a family-ran operation. He and his family have had the pleasure of raising livestock that have seen success at state fairs and major stock shows! During his undergraduate years at the University of Minnesota, Nick was a part of the successful 2018 Livestock Judging Team where they finished within the top 10 at Denver, Houston and Kansas City. Although a full-time veterinary student, Nick enjoys traveling the country judging goat shows and educating the next generation of livestock enthusiasts.

Goat Show Contestants Experienced

Whitney Ten Napel - Ireton, IA Danika Gordon - Whitewood, SD Hannah Braaten - Glenwood, MN Tessa Pederson - Garretson, SD Adam Bierstedt -Pipestone, MN Lauralee Eaton - Pine Island, MN Morgan Kohl - Watertown, SD Hannah Streich - Manetta, MN Daniel Williamson - Spicer, MN Craig Santema - Milaca, MN

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Goat Show Contestants Novice

Kallista Roers - Alexandria, MN Abbey Hoffman - Benson, MN Chloe Lien - Spicer, MN Hannah Surat - Kimball, SD Jacob Sievers - Wolsey, SD Kayla Weinzierl - Winsted, MN Catherine Bechen - Letcher, SD Emily Nold - Rutland, SD Lindsey Vander Wal - Volga, SD Hannah Neil - Northfield, MN Emily Matejka -Sherburn, MN Hannah Klinefelter - St. Cloud, MN Anna Poull - Port Washington, WI Tessa Herman - Barnesville, MN Calissa Lubben - Edgerton, MN Kate Eastlund - Bloomington, MN Wendy Blickensderfer - Rapid City, SD Noel Kusek - Yankton, SD Brooke Hendrickx - New York Mills, MN

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2020 CAFES Club of the Year Block & Bridle

The College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences has named South Dakota State University’s Block and Bridle chapter the 2020 CAFES Club of the Year. Each year, the CAFES Prexy Council selects one club that has gone above and beyond to provide members with a meaningful experience throughout the school year. Block and Bridle’s objective is to provide its members with a more complete understanding of the field of animal science. The club provides members an opportunity grow their passion for agriculture and learn how to be an agricultural advocate. Block and Bridle had 150 members this year spanning twelve different majors. Members are encouraged to become involved in leadership roles starting their freshman year and are continually encouraged to pursue leadership roles throughout their time in the club. This past year Block and Bridle made an effort to increase the number in attendance at club meetings. They were able to increase the average attendance by over sixty members per meeting. Block and Bridle strives to provide new opportunities to its members every year. This year several club meetings included guest speakers and other networking opportunities. The club made it a priority to provide offcampus experiences for Block and Bridle members as well. Several club members went on a tour of 605 Sires as well as on a trip to the Black Hills Stock Show. Members also helped facilitate the Jackrabbits Memorial Jackpot Show as they do every year.

“With all of the events Block and Bridle is participating in, the club feels like it is in a better place than ever,” said Brooke Hendrickx, 2019-2020 Block and Bridle President. “We plan on continuing to grow and get more involved in outside activities.” By Nicole Hudson

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Horse Division Jean Hommel-Kessler Horse Show Judge Jean grew up in Webster, South Dakota, on a livestock/dairy farm and was raised with a passion for horses. Both 4-H and FFA cultivated an interest in judging and showing livestock and horses throughout her youth. Jean trained professionally primarily in the Quarter Horse and Appaloosa breeds at several farms in the United States and Germany. Managing horse shows at the South Dakota State Fair re-ignited her love of judging horses. She currently holds cards for eight breed associations, reaching the milestone of 25 years with some of these associations. Jean also enjoys managing shows and volunteering with the South Dakota 4-H horse show committee. Judging takes up most of her “spare time” from her job with Premier Bankcard. Jean also helps her husband with their commercial cow/calf operation. They have around 35 mares plus stallions on the ranch at any given time. They emphasize working, reining and cow horse bloodlines with a fondness for Dun and Buckskin color. They also hold a production sale every October with 20 or so foals sold from their ranch breeding program, reaching their 22nd sale anniversary. Jean looks forward to returning to the Little International this year and wishes the best of luck to all exhibitors!


Horse Show Contestants Experienced Cheyenne Hulstein - Chandler, MN Virginia Klecker - Jefferson, WI Elizabeth Risacher - Wright, MN Kristy Cullinan - Glendive, MT Jenna Belt - Sioux Center, IA Amanda Kelling - Pine Island, MN Kyerra Carter - Starbuck, MN Jill Nachtigal - Little Rock, IA Grace Kock - Lennox, SD Jaycen Timm - Hooper, NE Jessica Kott - Platte, SD Emily Nold - Rutland, SD

Novice Charlie Marshall - Brookings, SD Elizabeth Ross - Milford, NE Victoria Bailey - Brandon, SD Melissa Balvin - Fort Payne, AL Branigan Steichen - Sibley, IA Angie Arensdorf - Asbury, IA Brittany Whitam - Farmington, MN Nicole Matter - Burnsville, MN Sophia Linnemann - St. Marys, GA Ashley Beitelspacher - Le Mars, IA Rebecca Marshall - Brookings, SD Cailey Banik - Canton, SD

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97th Little International Scholarship Winners Each year, Little International awards three scholarships to high school seniors who have demonstrated an interest and excitement for agriculture throughout their high school careers. Interested applicants submit an application to the current manager, and finalists are then identified and interviewed at that year’s Little International. Winners are announced on Saturday night of Little “I”. The 97th Little International scholarship winners included Emily Nold, Emmett Bickett and Hadley Stiefvater. Nold received a $750 scholarship. The current SDSU freshman is from Rutland, South Dakota and is studying animal science and agricultural leadership with minors in agricultural business and entrepreneurial studies. On campus, Nold participates in Block and Bridle, Wool Judging, Jackrabbits Memorial Committee and Little International staff. Nold chose to attend SDSU because she knew the challenging courses, well-rounded faculty and high standards of research would enable her to achieve success. Bickett received the $500 scholarship. He is currently a freshman at South Dakota State pursuing majors in animal science and agricultural business. The Worthington,

Minnesota, native is currently involved in Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity, Little International staff and Jackrabbits Memorial Committee. He chose to come to SDSU because of the unmatched agricultural heritage and his desire to continue the legacy of SDSU graduates in his family. Stiefvater, a Salem, South Dakota, native received a $500 scholarship. She is studying agricultural leadership and animal science at SDSU. The freshman is also pursuing a minor in agricultural business and an agriculture and environmental law certificate. Stiefvater is also a Little International staff member and a member of the Jackrabbits Memorial Executive Committee. At SDSU, she is also involved in Hall Government, Block and Bridle and the Wool Judging team. In the future, Stiefvater hopes to become a registered veterinary nurse in a fast-paced veterinary hospital. The strong agriculture roots and proximity to home made SDSU the right choice for her. Scholarship award winners for the 98th Little International will be announced during this year’s event. By Marie Robbins

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Livestock Judging Team A note from coach Brady Jensen: What a year 2020 has been! For the SDSU Livestock Judging Team, it has been an unprecedented year in so many ways. For starters, the 2020 team started out with a bang at the National Western Stock Show in Denver followed by winning top honors at the Iowa Beef Expo and Sioux Empire Livestock Show contest. The team was en route to Houston, Texas, to cap off a memorable spring when all of our worlds were turned upside down and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo was canceled. As we headed back home and the days started to pass, our group was beginning to get nervous whether or not we would get to step foot back into a contest. Over the summer, our on-campus summer livestock judging camps were canceled and were transitioned to an online format. Moving online made us nervous, but it should not

have. The response was tremendous, as we had over 100 youth log in from three countries and over 15 states. The online camp was three weeks long and allowed youth to have one-on-one coaching and instruction from the SDSU team and myself in reasons. Fast forward a few weeks later, and the group was allowed to return to campus to begin their fall semester. At this point, we had put together an in-depth COVID protocol to ensure the safety of our students and those we encountered during our travels, and the administration was in full support of us representing SDSU at contests. You will read below about the many accolades the 2020 team brought back to Brookings, but more importantly, I believe the young people that are graduating from our program are the best and the brightest, which gives me confidence the ag industry is in great hands.

The SDSU Livestock Judging Team placed third overall at the National Collegiate Livestock Judging Contest. Pictured (left to right): Brady Jensen (coach), Tyler Bush, Simon Liggett, Tommy Norman, Matthew Chaney, Brooke Skoglund, Lexi Wetzel, Brittany Morgan.


Tyler Bush, an animal science student from Britton, South Dakota, won high individual overall and high individual in reasons at the National Collegiate Livestock Judging Contest.

Not only has the Livestock Judging team placed well all around in competition, but a member of its’ team placed as a High Individual at the National Contest. Tyler Bush, an animal science student, won the National Collegiate Livestock Judging Contest held at the North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville, Kentucky.

Bush is only the third individual in SDSU history to win the national contest. Results are as follows: North American International Livestock Exposition The National Contest: Louisville, Kentucky 3rd High Team Overall 1st High Team Sheep and Goats 5th High Team Cattle 5th High Team Reasons Individual Results: Tyler Bush - High Individual Overall, High Individual Reasons, 3rd High Individual Sheep and Goats, 4th High Individual Hogs, 8th High Individual Cattle Matthew Chaney - 1st High Individual Sheep and Goats, 14th Overall Tommy Norman - 23rd Overall Brooke Skoglund - 38th Overall Simon Liggett - 40th Overall American Royal: Kansas City, Missouri 5th High Team Sheep 5th High Team Hogs 7th High Team Cattle

6th High Team Reasons 6th High Team Overall Individual Results: Matthew Chaney – 14th Sheep and Goats, 15th Reasons Simon Liggett - 12th Hogs Tommy Norman- 13th Hogs, 19th Cattle, 15th Overall Tyler Bush - 14th Reasons Fall Upgrade: Grand Island, Nebraska (AKSARBEN Replacement) 3rd High Team Overall 3rd High Sheep 2nd High Goats 4th High Beef 4th High Hogs 4th High Reasons Individual Results: Brooke Skoglund - 8th Reasons Tyler Bush - 9th Goats Brittany Morgan - tied for 8th Hogs Flint Hills Mid-American Classic 6th High Team Overall 10th High Team Hogs 7th High Team Reasons 5th High Team Sheep and Goats 8th High Team Beef Individual Results: Matthew Chaney- 4th Sheep, 11th Overall Tyler Bush - 9th Reasons World Beef Expo: Milwaukee, Wisconsin Tyler Bush - High Individual Overall Simon Liggett - 11th Overall The National: Des Moines, Iowa (The National Barrow Show Replacement) 5th High Team Overall 4th High Team Placings 6th High Team Reasons Individual Results: Tyler Bush - 3rd High Individual Reasons Simon Liggett - 9th High Individual Overall


The Little “I” that Never Was: The many changes caused by the global coronavirus pandemic in 2020 also affected SDSU’s Little International tradition. As a result of campus closing down in March 2020, the 97th annual event had to be canceled. In spite of that disappointment, members of the 2020 Executive Committee seniors could find silver linings and still have great memories from their involvement with this event. “Before leaving for spring break in 2020, I don’t think anyone imagined never returning to in-person class for the rest of the semester, so to get the news that us seniors wouldn’t be returning to campus to finish our final semester, plus the news that the 97th Little International was canceled was heartbreaking, to say the least,” said Megan Muller. Muller was involved with Little “I” during all four years of her time on campus. She served as the Assistant Livestock Coordinator, an Advertising and Publicity Assistant and was a member of the Executive Committee for two years. Currently, Muller is working as a loan officer at F&M Bank in Wayne, Nebraska. Little “I” gives SDSU students the opportunity to lay a foundation of valuable skills that they continue to use once they graduate. Justin Ringkob served on the Executive Committee for the 97th Little International and believes it left a positive impact on his life. “Little International was one of the organizations that really gave me a chance to step outside the box,” Ringkob said. “I gained practical experience in organizing and putting on an event like this and understanding all the groundwork and preparation that goes into it. Running for Little “I” manager was another experience that I will treasure for many years.” Currently, Ringkob resides in Freeman, South Dakota, and is working at 605 Sires while staying involved with his family operation, Par Five Cattle Company. So much hard work goes on behind the scenes to put on Little “I”, and the staff had been working hard to put on another successful event before it was canceled. While it was heartbreaking to learn the news that the 97th Little “I” would be canceled, those of the senior class chose to make the most of the situation. Executive committee member Addison Magill was involved with holding scholarship interviews virtually, and the executive committee also interviewed candidates for the 99th Little “I” Manager. Staff members were glad that they were able to still do a few of the things they typically do with the event.


Magill is currently working at Farmers Implement & Irrigation in Brookings and Watertown, South Dakota. The 97th Little International executive committee has decided to meet up during the 98th Little International and are excited to get back to the red barn and the green chips. “I plan to attend the 2021 Little International and I can’t wait to see the staff ’s hard work pay off,” said Magill. “My advice to college students would be to take advantage of as many of the opportunities Little “I” and SDSU has to offer. Time spent investing in your future, making memories and pursuing your passion is never wasted.” Senior members of the Executive Committee included Collin Vander Wal, Jonathan Linke, Emily Keiser, Addison Magill, Carter Vander Wal, Justin Ringkob and Megan Muller. By Danika Gordon

Global Pandemic Forces Campus Closure 97th Little International Executive Committee

Members of the 97th Little International Executive Committee: Back left: Aaron Linke, Luke Groos, Carter Vander Wal, Brandon Berg, Justin Ringkob Middle left: Mikayla Sauber, Megan Muller, Abby Reiner, Emily Keiser Front left: Addison Magill - Secretary, Jacob Rausch - Assistant Manager, Collin Vander Wal- Manager, Jonathan Linke - Treasurer

A note from 97th Little International Manager, Collin Vander Wal:

Early in March, I wasn’t thinking about the possibility of Little “I” getting canceled, let alone the entire semester moving online. It all came kind of fast and furious, and luckily I had contacts who gave me ideas to take action. I met with administrators to discuss what Little “I” would look like this year. We discussed the possibility of postponing it to late April but concluded that students and faculty didn’t need more stress that close to final exams. Canceling Little “I” was something I never thought I would live to see, yet it happened the year I was serving as manager. I officially made the call to cancel the event, but I was still devastated. It hurt more because I knew I would be letting down so many people who look forward to making that trip to Brookings every year. I missed many aspects of Little “I” – I missed being able to sit on the stage and see the past, present and future generations of Little “I” packing

the stands. I still remember being a spectator as a 10-yearold kid loving every moment of this tradition. I missed the memories that were supposed to be made, as I know we had a lot in store for that year. It will always be difficult knowing that 2020 will leave the only memory of canceling Little “I”. I was looking forward to being able to speak on behalf of the staff and speaking about our theme ‘Let the Good Times Show.’ Lastly, I was mostly looking forward to cherishing another great Little International with some of the greatest people I know, especially enjoying it with students on the executive team. I had no clue what to expect when I originally was elected for this position. Little “I” changed my life and blessed me with the most stressful, yet joyful two years of my life. It was my mission this year to make everybody in the arena have as much fun as I do. I know Little “I” is in good hands for the next two years with new students leading this historic tradition.


Campus Changes Amidst COVID-19 First spring break was extended, then it was extended again, and then students, staff and faculty received the news that there would not be a return to SDSU for in-class instruction for the remainder of the 2020 spring semester. The 97th Little International was canceled along with many other campus events. When classes resumed in the fall, there were many changes to day-to-day activities. Classes were shifted to hybrid or online instruction, classrooms received plexiglass shields to separate students from faculty and received significantly reduced room capacity guidelines, masks had to be worn inside at all times and many students had very few in-person classes held on campus.

“It’s been hard, but I am very blessed and thankful as well; I still get to work and serve some of the best students on campus,” Christensen said. As a campus organization that puts on a large event, Little “I” has also been working through these guidelines and changes to plan for the 98th Little International. Fortunately for the Little “I” staff, the executive committee has worked hard though these changes and has prepared the staff for the necessary changes for the 98th event.

However, with all the new changes and guidelines, the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences still saw the positive side and found ways to continue club meetings and traditions despite the challenges. One of the steps to continuing club meetings and events included receiving approval from the JacksRBack committee. JacksRBack was formed to make plans and new guidelines to ensure students could return to campus instruction for the fall semester if deemed safe. The committee continues to adapt guidelines and make changes to the semester as information becomes available about the spread of COVID-19. Prexy Council, a student-run governing body of CAFES clubs and organizations shifted their meetings to Zoom with their biggest adjustment including planning events following the university guidelines for safe events.

One of the three meeting rooms used for 2020-2021 Little “I” meetings.

While staff meetings were held in person, the 130 staff members could not meet in one classroom due to reduced room capacities on campus. Instead, the staff split between three rooms in the Rotunda. All three rooms were connected via Zoom, allowing for quarantined members to tune in as well. Just like any other event, class or club meeting, all members are expected to wear face coverings and socially distance themselves from other staff members. One new addition to the Little “I” team this year included the safety officer committee. This position previously had been an unofficial part of the equipment superintendent’s duties in years but was developed into a formal position this year to help make sure Little “I” followed all guidelines put in place by the JacksRBack Committee.

98th Little International Manager, Jacob Rausch, leading the first full staff meeting of the fall semester.

Mary Christensen, coordinator of agricultural leadership, education, communication and science and Prexy Council adviser notes the challenges that they have faced.


Kendrick Bickett, a junior from Worthington, Minnesota, was staffed as this year’s safety officer superintendent. “[The position] is an extremely fluid position with the roles constantly changing!” Bickett said. Bickett has two assistants to help with the his duties, Emmett

Another Little “I” meeting room, connected to the other two rooms via Zoom.

Bickett and Wyatt Garten. The committee’s duties include connecting with the Little “I” executive committee to develop and enforce the COVID-19 protocols, communicating the organization’s working effort to follow guidelines to the JacksRBack committee, approving and updating each committee’s safety protocols and enforcing protocols to ensure events run smoothly during the 98th Little International.

any other, staff is excited to get back on the green chips another year. By Kira Gifford

Each Little “I” committee putting on a contest or event has to fill out a safety protocol form, including information regrading how contests and shows will enforce and follow the COVID-19 guidelines to ensure the safety of participants. Working through these changes has been difficult, but the Little “I” staff has been working hard on following guidelines and keeping the safety of its members and participants a top priority when planning the 98th Little International. After working with the JacksRBack Committee, Little International decided to host all of its FFA contests online this year. Even though this is not what Little “I” had hoped for, it still allows students to be able to compete and practice their skills in a way that is safe for both them and SDSU. The 98th Little International staff and all its participants look forward to hosting in-person FFA events again next year at the 99th Little “I” pending the status of campus guidelines in 2022. Meanwhile, the staff is excited to continue the nearly 100-year tradition by hosting collegiate showing, fitting and high point contests at the 98th Little International. While this year is unlike


‘The Show Must Go On’ for SDSU’s 98th Little International BROOKINGS, S.D. (KELO)– The green chips, red barn and white fence are all iconic pieces that play a role in keeping the SDSU Little International tradition alive. Little “I” is the largest student-run livestock exposition in the country and is celebrating it’s 98th year, with this year’s theme being ‘The Show Must Go On’.

involved, but also an spectators who might be engaged in this event,” Killefer said.

Little “I” student leadership has been planning the 2021 event since last spring, but did not receive approval from the university to host it until Jan. 27, said Jacob Rausch, Manager of the 98th Little “I”.

Students will have to follow CDC guidelines by wear masks, having smaller numbers of people together at a given time and being socially distanced, Killefer said. The size of the event has also been decreased this year by limiting the spectators who can be in attendance.

After having last year’s event canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic, students are excited to be back in the Little “I” show ring.

Little “I” student leadership had to develop a plan and present it to SDSU’s COVID response team to gain approval to have the event, Killefer said.

“We are very excited to now turn the corner with our approval and start making more plans for the event,” Rausch said.

However, the event will be livestreamed so that those who cannot be in the arena can still be a part of the event. The FFA competitions that are associated with Little “I” and are typically on the SDSU campus have been moved to an online platform.

The Little “I” livestock drawing was held on Wednesday night and now they have over 150 exhibitors who will start working with their livestock in preparation for the event, Rausch said. These exhibitors will participate in both the showmanship and fitting events.

“We normally would have up to about 2,000 high school students who would attend this event and they come from all over the region,” Killefer said. “We just can’t have folks from all these different places coming here and being able to do that safely.”

However, this year’s event will look a little different, Dr. John Killefer, Dean of the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences said.

Coming back to the arena stronger than ever

“Because of the pandemic, we really have to be very thoughtful about the safety of not only our students who are

However, since the event was canceled, he wasn’t able to gain the full assistant manager experience and training before being promoted to this year’s manager.

Rausch was the assistant manager for the 2020 Little “I”.

Rausch does feel prepared for the position though, thanks to guidance from last year’s manager Collin VanderWal. “Serving under him as the assistant manager last year, I got to witness all the hours and the work and the behind the scenes that he did to prepare for the event,” Rausch said. “To be two weeks away and have it canceled was definitely a let down for him, but I know Collin has help me out a ton and the rest of the staff get ready for this year.” Rausch said that with VanderWal’s support over the past months, as well as having a great executive team, he is confident that they will have a successful Little “I”.


This year there are 133 Little “I” student staff members, each playing their own separate roll to make Little “I” happen, Rausch said. Grady Gullickson, this year’s Assistant Manager, said his favorite part about Little “I” is the people involved. “We have some of the best leaders on campus and it’s just a blessing to be able to work with them and see what we can accomplish,” Gullickson said. “It takes a heck of a crew to put this on and the people that Jacob and I get to work with are incredible. We learn so much from them and I hope they learn just as much from us.” Gullickson said it is amazing to see the personal growth that happens in Little “I” members from their freshman to senior years with the organization. Generations coming together to celebrate agriculture

Gullickson also is honored to be carrying on his family traditions by being involved in Little “I”. “For me it goes back to my family doing it,” said Gullickson. “Both my parents and a lot of my family members participated and were on staff when they were at the university.” Preparing for the centennial celebration With the 100th Little “I” anniversary being just two years away, Little “I” staff have already begun preparing for the festivities. Rausch says that while they were waiting for approval on this year’s event, they focused some of their attention and energy on planning and fundraising for the 100th year celebration.

Little “I” is one of the biggest campus events at SDSU, especially for the agricultural students. It is not only important for current students, but it also brings a lot of potential students to campus as well as provides alumni with a reason to come back, Rausch said. The event also draws in family members and distinguished guests to the arena. “I didn’t have the opportunity to come as a high schooler, but seeing the impact that Little International does have on the high schoolers that do come here and participate… it’s just great to see and give them the exposure of coming to SDSU,” said Gullickson. Gullickson said it is also great to see the impact that Little “I” has on the college students. “They get to show livestock that they may have never had the opportunity to do before, or participate in events that most kids wouldn’t have the chance to while growing up and I think that’s what makes Little “I” special,” Gullickson said. Keeping the tradition alive For Rausch, becoming Little “I” manager meant following in his father Shannon’s footsteps. Shannon was the Little “I” manager in 1987. “Growing up and listening to my dad tell stories about back when he was manager during his days at SDSU, it has always intrigued me and so as soon as I got to SDSU I was excited to join and get more involved,” Rausch said. “So now to follow in his footsteps and become a leader and a servant of the Little “I” organization has been very fulfilling for me… long live Little “I”.”

“It’s hard to say for sure right now what that is going to look like,” Rausch said, “We are defiantly putting as many things into place as we can to set that celebration up for success.” They hoping to have some extra funds on hand to truly celebrate that event like it needs to be celebrated, Rausch said. They hope to bring back as many past managers as possible, as well as alumni and family members. Rausch said they are unsure if they will need to use a larger facility, such as the Swiftel Center for the event, but they are going to make it as big of a celebration as they possibly can. By Ariana Schumacher KELOLAND.COM Original News Article posted on February 4, 2021 Original: https://www.keloland.com/keloland-com-original/ the-show-must-go-on-for-sdsus-98th-little-international/


Looking Back: Little “I” Managers Share Memories “There was an evident energy with the Little ‘I’ staff and livestock competitors as the March event approached. My favorite memories include the anticipation of livestock drawing night, dyeing of the signature green and yellow chips, a blue sea of FFA jackets and the spotlight, dramas and thrills of announcing the 80th Little International overall awards in 2003,” reminisces Dr. Travis Hoffman, the 80th Little “I” Manager.

wife judging swine showmanship a few years ago. Dr. Travis Hoffman

For many, Little International has become an annual tradition to celebrate the agriculture industry. Let’s take a look down memory lane at where some of the past Little “I” managers are today and the impact Little “I” left on their life. Mark Johnson

Mark Johnson of Centerville, South Dakota served as the Little “I” Manager in 1999 for the 75th Little “I”. Johnson was drawn to Little International because he wanted to get to know fellow students that had an interest in agriculture and to help develop his professional skills.

“The year I was manager was full of unexpected events and new challenges,” remembers Johnson. “The old red barn used as a Johnson’s assistant manager backdrop, that is now permanently photograph in the 1998 Little mounted in the arena, actually broke “I” catalog in three pieces as we raised it that week, so we worked almost around the clock the next couple of days to get it fixed.” Johnson believes that Little International is a large asset for SDSU because it exposes many future students to campus. “I equate Little ‘I’ to a homecoming football game,” Johnson said. “It is a great way to bring future students to come to campusgreat organization for SDSU students as participants and staffand fun for parents and alumni to get back for to see what’s new at campus and catch up with each other.” Post-graduation, Johnson was employed with Genex and Cargill before being hired by Producers Livestock as a cattle marketing agent where he has been since 2004. Him and his wife, Jeanne, raise Hereford and Angus cattle along with their two sons, Trevor and Tate. Johnson and his family have attended Little “I” several times since Johnson served as the manager to meet back up with old friends and take their boys to the contests, in addition to his


Hoffman’s manager photograph in the 2003 Little “I” catalog

For Dr. Travis Hoffman, being involved with Little “I” was a personal expectation. Hoffman started on staff as a freshman and was diligent in the pursuit of claiming High Point Freshman and High Point Upperclassman. “I subsequently shifted my focus to the leadership position and am forever thankful for the opportunity to pursue that passion in my undergraduate program,” said Hoffman.

The skills that Hoffman gained serving as the executive manager of the 80th Little “I” in 2003 laid the foundation for his professional career. “The opportunity to serve as manager taught me teamwork, accountability and communication skills,” remarks Hoffman. “More generally, I believe that this student-led organization provides positive experiences and the chance to build a prestigious event.” Upon graduating from SDSU with a bachelor’s degree in animal science, Hoffman completed his master’s and Ph.D. degrees at Colorado State University. There, he oversaw the Colorado Beef Quality Assurance program. Additionally, he got to fulfill a lifetime goal of his by being the SDSU 2015-2016 meat sciences instructor. Currently, Hoffman and his wife, Meagan, reside in Fargo, North Dakota, where Hoffman is employed as the NDSU/UM Extension Sheep Specialist for North Dakota and Minnesota. Shannon and Jacob Rausch As a freshman, Shannon Rausch offered to help set up for Little “I”, and his journey with the organization began. While Shannon enjoyed participating in Little International throughout his high school career, he was excited to be on staff and give back to the organization. Shannon went on to serve as the manager for the 64th Little “I” in 1987. Now, 34 years later, Shannon’s son, Jacob, has followed in his

father’s footsteps and is currently serving as the 98th Little “I” manager.

And, while Jacob enjoys following his father’s footsteps, Shannon is proud of his son and all that he has given to this organization.

“Little ‘I’ has certainly become a family tradition as three of my siblings have also served as staff members,” Jacob said. “It is certainly an honor to serve in the manager position like my dad. I have always enjoyed listening to my dad’s stories about his involvement during his time at SDSU. It is a unique opportunity to follow in my dad’s footsteps as the Little ‘I’ manager, but I am sure my goal for the 98th Little ‘I’ is the same as his goal was for the 64th Little ‘I’ - to work diligently to carry on the tradition of this prestigious event so that it can be enjoyed for many decades to come!”

“I am excited and grateful for the life skills that Jacob has had a chance to learn,” Shannon said. “I am pleased for the opportunity for our family to try to contribute to the future of our ag industry.” Currently, Shannon and his wife, Sue, work as a Hereford seedstock supplier. Jacob will graduate from SDSU this May with a bachelor’s degree in animal science with minors in ag business and ag marketing. Immediately after graduation, Jacob will begin working full-time with Dakotaland Feeds as a feed consultant in eastern South Dakota. Amidst the everchanging uncertainties that we have been faced with during this past year, the Little International staff has worked hard to put this event together, even if it looks a little different. While we are not able to open the doors to the large crowd of alumni, parents and spectators that traditionally pack the arena and bring excitement to the event, the Little “I” staff is grateful for the opportunity to host this event for SDSU students.

The Rausch family

While Little International comes and goes each year with a different theme, staff list and competition winners, Jacob believes three things remain constant - the friendships, the experiences and the education. He finds it very fulfilling to witness the personal connections, friendships and the sense of community that is built through Little “I”.

“Each year, the dedicated staff keeps making Little ‘I’ better, and best of luck to the 2021 staff and participants,” concludes Hoffman. By Danika Gordon

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Jackrabbits Memorial Jackpot Show

Jackrabbits Memorial has become one of the largest studentrun cattle jackpot shows in the region. Held March 5-7, 2021, at the W.H. Lyon Fairgrounds in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, the show committee, made entirely of SDSU students, was able to continue honoring the lives of those the show memorializes despite the challenges of COVID-19. Jackrabbits Memorial, a long-standing SDSU tradition, is held every year in honor of Brent Beitelspacher, DJ Fischer, Logan Rau, Nick Reimann and Lisa Johnson, who all lost their lives back in 2014. The SDSU Block & Bridle club and Alpha Gamma Rho (AGR) fraternity put on this show to help the families of the honored individuals to continue shining their lights within the industry that they all loved so much. This show is not only a way for Block & Bridle and AGR members to honor these individuals and their families, but it also allows these college students a chance to give back to an industry that has helped shape them all into who they are today. Each year, each family presents a scholarship in memory of their honored family member. Since the beginning of this show, over $15,000 in scholarships have been awarded to students. This show has been and continues to be a huge success! It would not be possible without all of the support and


dedication from the hardworking students and the businesses and families that sponsor it every year. For more information, visit https://www.jackrabbitmemorial. com/ or @JackrabbitMemorialJackpotShow on Facebook. By Jenna Belt

SDSU Rodeo Team

The SDSU Rodeo team had a quick but successful 2020 fall season. After three double rodeos in October, both the men’s and women’s teams are currently ranked second going into the spring season. The fall rodeos were held in North Platte, Nebraska, Ft. Dodge, Iowa, and Dickinson, North Dakota. Practices, rodeos and travel were much different with COVID-19 protocols in place. This year there are 48 traveling rodeo team members from Colorado, Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, Nebraska, Oregon, South Dakota, Washington and Wisconsin. They represent 14 different majors across campus. SDSU competes in the Great Plains Region that includes North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin and Nebraska. The National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association is made up of 11 different regions in the US. The spring 2021 rodeos are tentatively scheduled to include BHS Yellow Jacket Stampede on April 16- 17, University of Lincoln Rodeo on April 23-24 and ISU Cyclone Stampede April 30- May 1. Although the Spring 2020 rodeos and the College National Finals were canceled, SDSU Rodeo qualified eight team members to compete nationally in Casper, Wyoming, last June.

College National Finals qualifiers included the following: Jacey Hupp – Goat Tying Tori Jacobs – Goat Tying Shelby Spanel – Goat Tying Allison Pauley – Barrel Racing Scott Halverson – Tie Down Colton Struxness – Steer Wrestling Reed Arneson – Saddle Bronc Riding Chaysen Boldt - Team Roping. In the past 11 years, SDSU Rodeo has now qualified 103 team members to the college national finals. The SDSU Rodeo team is hoping for a complete spring season and a College National Finals Rodeo to represent SDSU again this June! Rodeo team apparel can now be found online at Jackrabbit Central under Apparel/Rodeo Apparel. Information and updates on the rodeo team can be found at sdstate.edu/rodeo or SDSU Rodeo on Facebook. National and regional SDSU team standings can be found at collegerodeo.com under Great Plains Region. Thank you for the support, and Go Jacks!


CAFES Prexy Council Prexy Council connects clubs and organizations to the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences. Comprised of clubs and organizations of CAFES, Prexy Council serves as the liaison between CAFES leadership and the student body. Each organization within CAFES can elect individuals from their group to serve as their representative to Prexy Council. This representative is the voice of their group at Prexy Council meetings and reports the information back to their club or organization about ongoing events in CAFES.

“This event, entirely put on and paid for by Prexy Council, has become a staple for the college and is one of the biggest recruiting events for clubs every year,” said Teigum and Eaton. Even with COVID-19 protocols in place, Prexy Council was able to host a socially distanced Ice Cream Social last fall. This event played a crucial role in club recruitment this year.

Along with the club representatives, there are five executive members and an adviser. The adviser position is currently filled by Dr. Mary Christensen, coordinator of agricultural leadership, education, communication and science. Cara Teigum currently serves as president, Ally Ringeisen as vice president, the secretary/treasurer position is filled by Sadie VanderWal, the CAFES Advocate is served by Lauralee Eaton and the Ag Day chair is filled by Abby Mueller. 2020 Ice Cream Social

Additionally, the council puts on campus-wide Ag Day, a ten-year tradition at SDSU sparked to spread agricultural literacy across campus. While the 2020 celebration took a virtual format, the event still reached a large audience on social media. This year, the council plans to put on virtual and in-person components of the event on April 22.

2020 Prexy Council Executive Team members include (L to R): Teigum, Eaton, Vander Wal, Ringeisen and Mueller

Monthly meetings with all representatives and executive members ensure the flow of accurate information. Prexy Council provides a supportive system for organizations to share information about upcoming events. Additionally, Prexy Councils enables collaboration between CAFES clubs and organizations for large scale ideas. Prexy Council hosts and plans the CAFES Ice Cream Social. This recruitment event helps new students find ways to get involved with CAFES. Each fall, the Ice Cream Social celebrates the return of students to campus. CAFES clubs and organizations can set up a booth to recruit and inform new and returning students about the opportunities available through their group.


This year, the council initiated a fundraising campaign to establish an endowment to sustain Prexy Council, support clubs and organizations and promote agriculture through events and programs such as Ag Day. The generous support of donors will ensure the future of events such as campus-wide Ag Day for years to come. Throughout the year, Prexy Council has continued to support the organizations involved with CAFES. As a central location for communication, Prexy Council has been able to provide resources, support and answer questions and guide clubs and organizations through the process of the COVID-19 guidelines. By Marie Robbins

Little International Quiz 1. What year was Little “I” started at SDSU? a. 1920 b. 1921 c. 1922 2. The very first Little “I” was held in the Agricultural Heritage Museum. a. True b. False 3. Who was the first known Beef Cattle Fitting and Showmanship Champion? a. Myron Gauger b. Keith Swanson c. Ray Lein

8. Little “I” has been held in three different locations on the SDSU Campus. a. True b. False 9. How many Little “I” committees are there? a. 52 b. 39 c. 44 10. What was the 95th Little “I” slogan? a. Live to Leave a Legacy b. Green Chips, Gold Standards c. Beyond the Barn Answers:

1) B 2) A 3) C 4) B 5) A 6) B 7) C 8) A 9) C 10) B

Are you a first timer here at SDSU Little International? Or an active supporter of this student-run livestock show? Or a proud Little “I” alumnus? Either way, take this quiz to see if you know all there is to know about Little “I”!

4. What year was the Pete Pritchett Memorial Award


a. 1988 b. 1989 c. 1979

5. Who was the 50th Little “I” Manager? a. Randy Blare b. Tom Varilek c. Denton Haber 6. How many students are on the Little “I” Staff? a. 150 b. 130 c. 110 7. Who is the 98th Little “I” Manager? a. Collin VanderWal b. Grady Gullickson c. Jacob Rausch


CAFES Clubs and Organizations Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow (ACT):

SDSU ACT is a chapter of the National Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow and builds relationships among agricultural communication professionals and college students and faculty in order to help develop and strengthen students through professional growth opportunities and educational programs. The group’s approximately 30 members learn more about journalism, photography, videography, graphic design, social media, communications and marketing, in addition to how communication can benefit the agriculture industry. Meetings include hands-on workshops that allow members to develop content for use in their portfolios, industry professionals sharing their expertise, and other club business items. This chapter participates in Hobo Day festivities and campus Ag Day, helps the CAFES marketing and communications department with promotional material, is a member of CAFES Prexy Council and volunteers at the community Harvest Table.

Agriculture Future of America (AFA):

Agriculture Future of America (AFA) is a nonprofit organization that serves to develop the next generation of leaders, specifically, students pursing degrees in agriculture. AFA promotes professionalism, intellectualism, entrepreneurialism and experiential opportunities. This is accomplished by focusing programming on the six core competencies identified by AFA; relationship development, cultural EQ, systems thinking, interpersonal IQ, collaboration, and career management. Each year, SDSU students are thrilled to participate in Leaders conference, sending around 50 delegates to the event. As well as representing SDSU and CAFES at each of the five industry-focused Leader Institutes.


FFA Alumni/Ag Ed Club:

FFA Alumni/Ag Ed club enhances the collegiate experience by creating premier leaders, enabling personal growth, and ensuring career success through agriculture education. This group focuses on giving back to the National FFA Organization in a variety of ways, one of which includes its Jackrabbit Invite Leadership Development Event hosted for high school FFA members each fall. Its approximately 90 members also participate in the Agricultural Education Road Show, SDSU Ag Day, National FFA Convention, South Dakota FFA Convention, community service projects in the Brookings community and other professional development projects.

Agronomy and Conservation Club:

The SDSU Agronomy and Conservation Club is a group of students interested in crop science and agricultural production practices. The group meets with local industry leaders to discuss new agricultural topics, cuttingedge technologies, and potential internship and career opportunities. The club also works to schedule tours at various businesses in the agriculture industry. In addition,

CAFES Clubs and Organizations club members participate within the Brookings community and across campus by participating in the Hobo Day Parade, Adopt-A-Highway project and being involved with activities in the Agronomy, Horticulture and Plant Science Department.

Environmental Sciences. Membership is by invitation only, making it an esteemed honor to be qualified to join. With 38 current active members, the group’s goal is to keep its membership connected with industry professionals by inviting leaders in agriculture to speak at meetings. Through events, members promote agriculture around campus and within the Brookings community. Some community involvement activities have included projects with the local food pantry, hosting events with the Brookings County Youth Mentoring Program, cleaning Frost Area, putting together care packages for soldiers, and creating cards for nursing home residents and healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Alpha Gamma Rho (AGR):

Alpha Gamma Rho is a prominent fraternity at South Dakota State University with a primary purpose to “Make Better Men.” AGR strives to provide their members with the skills and knowledge they will need to become the next generation of agriculturalists and leaders. In doing so, they emphasize the importance of brotherhood and fellowship by providing their members with lifelong friendships within the fraternity and professional networking across the nation with other AGR members and alumni. With 45 members, AGR is an active organization on campus as a part of the College of Agriculture, Food, and Environmental Sciences and is an active member in the community through acts of community service and the annual pancake feed in support of the Blue Jackets, Bright Futures program, which provides FFA members with their own blue corduroy jackets.

Student Subunit of the American Fisheries Society:

The American Fisheries Society (AFS) is the world’s oldest and largest organization dedicated to advancing and conserving fisheries resources. The SDSU Student Subunit of AFS is one of over 85 student subunits located at universities across North and South America. The mission of the SDSU Student Subunit is to enhance professional development of undergraduate and graduate students as they pursue careers in fisheries science. Members of the student subunit interact with professionals from a variety of organizations as they gain knowledge, skills and hands-on experience in fisheries and aquatic resource management. The subunit welcomes all students interested in aquatic resources and provides opportunities to participate in professional meetings, public outreach, and social events at the local, state and national level.

Alpha Zeta:

Alpha Zeta is an honorary, professional society for students and industry professionals in the agriculture and natural resources fields. The fraternity recognizes both male and female students in the top two-fifths of the student body enrolled in the College of Agriculture, Food and

*Pictures without face coverings were taken prior to Fall 2020 and the COVID-19 pandemic


CAFES Clubs and Organizations ABE/AST/PRAG Club:

The ABE/AST/PRAG club joins together three different majors to connect students with industry leaders and develop professional networking skills. These three majors include Ag and Biosystems Engineering, Agriculture Systems Technology and Precision Agriculture. The club’s largest event has included an industry inspection trip where the club travels around the Midwest touring companies within the industry. Teaching students about the opportunities in their major and connecting them with other students and employers stands as the club’s ultimate goal.

service projects members can look forward to participating in are Highway Clean-up, Relay for Life, Natural Tie and Little International.

Collegiate 4-H:

Block & Bridle:

Block & Bridle is part of the National Block and Bridle and functions on three basic objectives; promote a higher scholastic standard, enhance professionalism of student members, and strive to bring about a close relationship among all students pursuing some phase of animal science as a profession. This club provides students the opportunity to connect with other students who are interested in animal agriculture, no matter the major or livestock species. This club participates in the Harvest Table, SDSU Ag Day and Jackrabbits Memorial calf show.

Collegiate 4-H is an extension of the national 4-H organization. Students who were active in 4-H at the state or national level will love being involved at the collegiate level. Meet others who share the same passion towards 4-H as you do! Collegiate 4-H stays busy with running the South Dakota State Fair Snack Stand, National Convention, National Western Roundup, making tie blankets for hospitals and cards for veterans.

Collegiate Farm Bureau:

SDSU Collegiate Farm Bureau is an affiliate of the South Dakota Farm Bureau. This organization is a great opportunity for SDSU students from agricultural backgrounds or majoring in agriculture-related fields to gain leadership skills and network with agriculture professionals. Club members have the opportunity to participate in state Farm Bureau conferences, county meetings, Young Farmers and Ranchers conferences and discussion meets.

Country Swing Dancing Club: Ceres:

Ceres Women’s Fraternity provides variety of leadership opportunities, beneficial educational programs, provides sisterly connections and has a meaningful purpose. The ladies within this organization come from a range of backgrounds and are striving for degrees within a variety of disciplines making this chapter diverse. This diversity creates a foundation for numerous connections among fellow sisters and allows women to find their purpose. Some events and


The Country Swing Dancing Club creates a community at SDSU for students to come together and enjoy the art of country swing dancing. The group hosts dances throughout the year in addition to practices on campus where students can learn and practice their swing dancing skills.

Dairy Club:

SDSU Dairy Club offers opportunities to students with a passion for the dairy community. Some events the club participates in is the World Dairy Expo and Midwest Division American Dairy Science Association- Student Affiliate

CAFES Clubs and Organizations (ADSA-SAD). The club hosts a Dairy Camp each summer for 50 kids ages 8-18 from the surrounding states where youth can learn how to clip, wash and show their own animal. The Dairy Club funds their experiences through a cheese box fundraiser every year. This club is open to all majors and anyone interested in the dairy community.

from a variety of professions with internship and future career opportunities available, students are given the tools and advice to develop leadership and work skills. Students in the organization will not only benefit from these experiences but also from various workshops facilitated to improve professionalism including LinkedIn etiquette, professional headshots, and business cards.

Food Science Club:


FarmHouse Fraternity is dedicated to the building of men and promotes the growth and welfare of members through a four-fold focus of intellectual, social/moral, spiritual and physical development. The organization is also proud of its strong tradition of community service throughout Brookings and surrounding areas, including assisting with installing and removing docks on Lake Campbell, helping move Brookings residents, mowing lawns for community members, helping alumni brand cattle, and one of its largest events, Totally Baldacious, a fundraiser benefiting the family of a local child fighting a battle against cancer, in addition to raising money for the Leukemia Lymphoma Society, the fraternity’s national philanthropy partner.

The Food Science club is a student-led organization for any student interested in food. The club aims to provide its members with ongoing professional development by creating a community of students, university faculty, and other professionals in the food science industry. The club is passionate about promoting food science through events and service projects within SDSU and the Brookings community. Throughout the year the club participates in a variety of activities including social, professional, fundraising, and service activities. The club is committed to making the world a better place through something everyone loves - food!

Horse Club:

FIRE (Finance, Insurance and Real Estate) Club:

The purpose of the SDSU Horse Club is to engage its members within the South Dakota equine industry and to help increase students’ knowledge of horses. The club hosts a variety of speakers, including farriers, veterinarians and barn mangers. Other activities the club hosts and participates in include its annual petting zoo and food drive, fall trail rides and the Hobo Day parade. With 36 current members, Horse club welcomes all experience levels and strives to educate, make connections and have fun!

FIRE club provides SDSU students with an opportunity to expand their knowledge in the areas of finance, insurance and real estate while gaining professionalism in the industry. Open to any major, students are given many opportunities to network with different companies with a partnership with industry professionals from across the state. With speakers




"To make better men, and through them a broader and better agriculture."

Good luck Little "I" participants!

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CAFES Clubs and Organizations Horticulture and Urban Agriculture Club:

The Horticulture and Urban Agriculture club brings students in contact with the variety of aspects of the horticulture industry. The club has also taken teams to the Mid-America Collegiate Horticultural Society (MACHS) contest, where the group placed fourth last year. Members in this club can also look forward to participating in Hobo Week traditions and the annual Trick or Trees held at McCrory Gardens.

Investment Club:

Investment club is a club within the Ness School of Management and Economics and is open to any major. With approximately 50 club members, the group brings in a variety of business industry leaders such as financial advisors and analysts, ag bankers, and more to talk about their careers, give advice, and answer any questions club members have. The club also hosts a trading competition through the Interactive Brokers platform. Participants have the chance to win a cash prize based on the success of their portfolio. Investment club is a great way for students to learn more about how investments work and career choices that might interest them.

competition alongside 30+ other chapters from across North America.

Natural Resource Law Enforcement Club:

The Natural Resources Law Enforcement club focuses on networking, professional development, resume building, and hands-on training pertaining to natural resources law enforcement. During meetings, the club brings in speakers to discuss current NRLE topics and answer student’s questions.

Pre-Vet Club:

Any students interested in a career in veterinary medicine will have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience applicable to their future career while socializing with other Pre-Vet students. One of the goals of the Pre-Vet club is to support students through their time at SDSU and through the vet school application process. With approximately 40 club members, the club serves as way members can ask questions of upperclassmen as they are applying to vet school, form study groups as they take classes together and network with other students and faculty for research, international travel and work experience. Pre-Vet club members participate in events and service projects including monthly meetings, wet lab experiences with Dell Rapids Vet Clinic, trips to regional vet schools, hosting booths at campus Ag Day and the CAFES ice cream social, hosting a necropsy night in collaboration with SDSU Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences staff and general preparation for the vet school application process.

National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA):

National Agri-Marketing Association, also known as NAMA, is a professional growth and networking opportunity for students to collaborate with other likeminded and passionate students. This club develops and delivers innovative ideas to the agriculture industry though a wide variety of real-world, hands-on experiences. Members of NAMA develop a comprehensive marketing plan and presentation about an agricultural product which provides a solution to a challenge facing agriculture. This presentation is used in competing in an annual marketing


CAFES Clubs and Organizations Quarter Scale Tractor Club:

The Quarter Scale Tractor Club is an engineering-based club that touches on all aspects of the manufacturing process. The team is not just made up of engineers, as there are many different aspects of the competition besides engineering. Events this club and members participate in are the National Quarter Scale Competition, Tractor Pulls, Durability Courses, and Design Judging.

Sigma Alpha Sorority:

Sigma Alpha is a professional agricultural sorority that promotes scholarship, leadership, service and fellowship among its members. In the past year, the SDSU chapter, composed of 40 members, created virtual and distance learning lesson plans about agriculture for schools surrounding the Brookings area as a part of its national philanthropy, Ag in the Classroom. Other club events and activities include cleaning roadside ditches, serving food at Harvest Table, hosting the annual Blue Jackets, Bright Futures Pancake Feed with Alpha Gamma Rho, and hosting other professional development and sisterhood events for its members.

Range Club:

Range Club seeks to promote interest in range management by educating others while enhancing the social and professional skills of members through club activities. As the South Dakota Student Chapter of the Society for Range Management, the club welcomes students studying or interested in the field of range management.

Rodeo Club:

The SDSU Rodeo Club plays a vital role in the success of the SDSU Rodeo Team. Club members are involved in rodeo practices, the Hobo Day Parade, rodeo stock chores, fundraisers, including the Buckles and Bling fundraiser, and the production of the Jackrabbit Stampede Rodeo.

SDSU Pheasants Forever Chapter:

The SDSU Pheasants Forever chapter gives students the opportunity to become involved in an organization that is aimed toward the future. All backgrounds are welcome to explore the world of conservation and hunting, while making lifelong professional relationships with other Conservation Partners and club members. The SDSU chapter is just getting off the ground and encourages students to continue helping them grow a strong foundation for the club’s prosperity.


Swine Club:

Swine Club provides students a great way to network with industry professionals through meetings and events. The group invites several different speakers throughout the year to provide members with professional development and student internships/career opportunities. The club also takes field trips to area swine operations and other businesses in the industry. Activities swine club also participates in include Harvest Table, Pork Classic, BCYMP Halloween Bash and Ag Day at the Pavilion and on campus.

CAFES Clubs and Organizations Wildlife and Fisheries Conservation Club

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CAFES Marketing Director Brings Smiles to Program At the end of a long corridor in Berg Agricultural Hall sits an office and a desk. Inside are shelves overrun with binders labeled “Promotional Material,” “Events,” “Academic Programs and Departments” and dozens of pamphlets promoting programs like SDSU Extension and the university’s research facilities and diagnostic labs.

An opportunity to work with “National Hog Farmer” magazine came next, and she eventually took the position of managing editor and created the first electronic newsletter for the company.

A whiteboard on the wall keeps track of a whole list of things to get done, and it’s accompanied by sticky notes and pads of to-do lists sitting on the desk – along with a copy of “The Associated Press Style Book.”

She was a one-woman department when she started. The CAFES marketing and communication efforts had been under the supervision of the University Marketing and Communications office, but faculty and staff members advocated for CAFES to build its marketing and communication team, and that’s when Berg got hired.

Sitting behind the desk keeping track of it all is Lora Berg, the director of marketing and communications for the College of Agriculture, Food & Environmental Sciences (CAFES). Students popping in are likely to get a smile from Berg, a question about how their day is going and, if they are really lucky, an invitation to swing by the SDSU Dairy Bar to grab some ice cream. Berg has been in her position since January 2015, and almost six years later she still finds herself fulfilled and excited to come to work every day. “Not much I don’t like about my current position. There isn’t much to complain about . . . and it’s a Monday, isn’t that crazy!” Berg said. Berg graduated from SDSU in 1988 with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural journalism, then returned for a master’s degree in journalism and mass communication in 1990. Her first job out of college was writing newsletters for the National Livestock and Meat Board in Chicago. This company used checkoff dollars for beef, pork, lamb and veal to conduct research and then marketed that information to different areas of the industry through newsletters and a magazine. After working for the National Livestock and Meat Board, Berg was hired as the communications director for the Nebraska Beef Industry Development Board, where she would write press releases and newsletters and help direct media tours.


When she was urged to apply for her current position on campus 25 years after graduating with her master’s degree, she was thrilled. “It sounded like a fun time to jump in and start developing communication and marketing content for the college,” Berg said in explaining what motivated her to take the job.

Berg’s day-to-day work varies, but some projects stay the same, like overseeing the marketing and communication for the South Dakota Agriculture Experiment Station and SDSU Extension, creating promotional content, social media content, press releases and student recruitment content for all of the academic programs in CAFES, managing the publication of “Growing South Dakota,” organizing student recruitment content for all of the academic programs in CAFES, managing the publication of “Growing South Dakota,” organizing student photoshoots and helping the dean with press releases and communication sent out from that office. After working for a couple of years on her own, Berg got help, hiring Sydney Meyer in 2018 and Andrea Schubloom in 2019. Meyer, the marketing and communication coordinator, enjoys working with Berg because Berg brings energy to whatever project she does. “She is a strategic thinker and is able to come up with out-of-thebox ideas for campaigns and marketing ideas,” Meyer said. “It has been great to learn from her and learn how she thinks.” Additionally, during non-COVID-19 years, the CAFES marketing and communication staff hires about 10 students to help with projects. Berg tries to assign them to positions based on their interests or what they want to gain from the experience.

“On her team, my possibilities are endless, and my ideas are never shut down,” said Christine Moening, an agriculture communications major from Elko New Market, Minnesota. “They trust me and confide in my ability to succeed and learn.” Moening said working with Berg and her team is one of the best things that has happened to her in college. When Berg is not working in the office, she is often volunteering as an adviser for three clubs and organizations at SDSU. She is an adviser for Little International (Little I), Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow (ACT) and the Sigma Alpha Sorority. When Berg started at SDSU, she didn’t have much of a chance to meet the students sitting there in her small office, so she would look at the CAFES monthly calendar and go to club meetings to meet students and figure out what the clubs were doing on campus. “If I didn’t volunteer as a club adviser, I would never get the chance to work with students and learn who I am creating content for,” Berg said. “I enjoy getting to work with and meet new students.”

“I’m never scared to go to her with crazy ideas because she either really likes them or her ideas are even crazier,” Greiner said with a laugh. Through ACT, Greiner said she has come to know Berg and now frequently asks her to proofread cover letters, help her with her resume and share advice. Berg’s advice to anyone in college or entering the workforce is to take advantage of any opportunity that comes your way. She urges students to always live with the mentality that someone has to get the job or award, so why can’t it be you? “You can tell that Lora is someone who thoroughly enjoys her job and is passionate about what she does,” Greiner said. “That is what helps me and many other students believe in their futures.” By Kira Gifford Published: The Collegian November 4th, 2020

Samantha Greiner, the president of ACT, said Berg is the best adviser because she makes new members feel welcome, attends all club and officer meetings and never makes students feel like they are an inconvenience.


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College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences Overview The College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences (CAFES) houses six different academic departments and two academic units. The college’s 1,750 students span over 20 different majors and multiple minor and certificate programs. The departments that make up CAFES include the Departments of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, Agronomy, Horticulture and Plant Science, Animal Science, Dairy and Food Science, Natural Resource Management and Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences. The Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering focuses on identifying and improving the world’s food production systems and available natural resources through engineering, precision and technology. Undergraduate programs in this department include agricultural and biosystems engineering, precision agriculture and agricultural systems technology. Students can further their education and networking by joining the Quarter Scale Tractor Team and/or the ABE/AST/PRAG Club. Students in the Department of Agronomy, Horticulture and Plant Science have opportunities that span a range of careers such as agronomy, crop production, entomology, genetics, genomics, horticulture, local food production, plant breeding, plant pathology, precision agriculture, pest management, soil science and weed science. This department offers three majors, including agronomy, horticulture and precision agriculture, a shared major with the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, in addition to numerous minors. Clubs housed in this department include


the Agronomy and Conservation Club and the Horticulture and Urban Agriculture Club. Students also can further their skills by participating on the crops or soil judging teams. The Department of Animal Science offers students a multidisciplinary approach toward production efficiency, product enhancements and natural resource management as they relate to animal science. Graduates with an animal science degree are well prepared for their future careers through hands-on experiences in the classroom, on field trips, and at SDSU’s five on-site livestock units. With its sole major, the department offers three different specializations, including food animal health, industry and science. Clubs located in the department include Block and Bridle, Horse Club, Little International and Swine Club. Students can also join the livestock, meats or wool judging teams. The Department of Dairy and Food Science is the founding department of the Dakota Agricultural College and has been an industry-leading program in the United States for more than a century. With 100% job placement and three-degree programs in dairy production, dairy manufacturing and food science, and Food Safety Minor students face promising careers immediately following graduation. Facilities available to students include the Alfred Dairy Science Hall, Davis Dairy Plant, the SDSU Dairy Bar and the Dairy Research and Training Facility. The department also houses Dairy Club and Food Science Club. The mission of the Department of Natural Resource Management is to advocate for the management and study of a remarkable and diverse array of animals and plants. Undergraduate students can pursue degrees in conservation planning and park management with the option of specializing in park administration and management, ecology and environmental science with the option of specializing in rangeland ecology and management, natural resource law enforcement or wildlife and fisheries sciences. Students can get involved in this department through the National Resource Law Enforcement Club and/or the Wildlife and Fisheries Club. Graduates of the Department of Natural Resource Management often pursue careers as conservation officers, ecologists, environmental educators, habitat managers, park rangers and wildlife and fisheries biologists.

The Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences strives to protect and improve the health of animals, the viability of the South Dakota livestock industry and the welfare of society through high quality diagnostic, research, Extension and teaching activities. The department prepares undergraduate students for veterinary school through its preveterinary medicine curriculum. Starting in fall 2021 SDSU, in partnership with the University of Minnesota, will offer a collaborative Professional Program in Veterinary Medicine leading to a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree. Students must first complete all their pre-veterinary requirements before applying to the professional program. Once accepted, these students complete their first two years of veterinary medical education at SDSU before finishing their final two years at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine. The Agricultural Business and Economics academic unit is unique because it combines management and economics with a solid technical knowledge in production agriculture and skills in problem solving. Students work with professors and advisors in the Ness School of Management and Economics to develop their business knowledge in addition to taking a variety of agriculture courses in CAFES. The Agricultural Leadership, Education, Communication and Science academic unit provides students a multidisciplinary program with a strong foundation in agricultural sciences. Within the unit lies two core majors with different specializations. The agricultural education, communication and leadership degree program offers specializations in education, communication, and leadership. The communication specialization focuses on the importance of communication through journalism, industry promotion and marketing that students can use to pursue careers into public relations, advertising, marketing and more. The education specialization allows students to complete a professional education curriculum that leads to a secondary teaching certificate with a specialization in agriculture. With a leadership specialization, students receive training in leadership skills development and are prepared for careers of service in agricultural organizations, government and businesses. Students also have the option to pursue either a bachelor’s or an associate degree in agricultural science at SDSU. This flexible program allows students to select a two or four-year track and receive a well-rounded education in a variety of agricultural disciplines. For more information related to CAFES, visit sdstate.edu/ cafes.

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98th Little International Staff

Manager - Jacob Rausch, a senior from Hoven, SD, is the son of Shannon and Sue Rausch. Jacob is currently pursuing majors in Animal Science and Ag Science and minors in Ag Business and Ag Marketing. Outside of Little “I”, he is involved with the SDSU Livestock Judging team, Jacks for Life and the Newman Center and enjoys hunting and working on the family farm.

Asst. Manager - Grady Gullickson is the son of Jason and Gail Gullickson of Flandreau, SD. The junior majoring in Animal Science and Ag Science has been involved in CAFES Ambassadors, Collegiate Farm Bureau and the SDSU Wool Judging team and was the Sheep Superintendent at the 97th Little “I”. Grady also raises Quarter horses, Southdown sheep, Boer goats and Homing pigeons.

Secretary - Mikayla Sauber, a senior Ag Leadership major from Motley, MN, is the daughter of Bill and Cindy Sauber. Mikayla has minors in Ag Business, Marketing and Leadership and Management of Nonprofit Organizations. She is involved in Sigma Alpha, Alpha Zeta and CAFES Ambassadors and also enjoys raising Brittany Spaniels, hunting, fishing and baking.

Treasurer - Brandon Berg, a senior Animal Science major with a minor in Meat Science, is the son of Daryl and Mary Berg of Henderson, MN. Brandon has previously served on Little “I” staff and enjoyed showing a hog for the first time his freshman year. Back home, he grew up showing cattle and sheep.

Asst. Secretary - Logan Tesch is the son of Jeremy and Lisa Tesch of Henderson, MN. He is a junior majoring in Ag Business and Animal Science with a minor in Ag Marketing. Logan is the current president of FarmHouse Fraternity and the SDSU Swine club. With two years of previous Little “I” staff experience, Logan is also involved in SDSU National Agri-Marketing Association.

Asst. Treasurer - Dalton Howe, of Redfield, SD, is the son of Lance and Shirley Howe. Dalton is a junior majoring in Agronomy with a minor in Ag Business. On campus, he is involved in Alpha Zeta, Agronomy & Conservation club, Crops Judging and is a CAFES Ambassador. Dalton has previously served on Little “I” staff and showed a pig for the first time his freshman year of college.

Exec Member - Abby Reiner, a senior Animal Science and Ag Communication student from Hutchinson, MN, is the daughter of Brent Reiner and Marne Martin. Abby has shown a pig at Little “I” and has been the Livestock Coordinator for the past three years. On campus, Abby is also involved with Sigma Alpha sorority and Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow.

Exec Member - Aaron Linke is the son of Henry and Paula Linke of Woonsocket, SD. He is a senior double majoring in Agronomy and Animal Science with minors in Ag Business and Ag Marketing. Aaron is active on campus as the Collegiate Farm Bureau Treasurer and on the state convention stage crew for South Dakota FFA. He also received High Point Freshman at the 95th Little “I”.

Exec Member - Luke Groos is a senior majoring in Ag Science. He is the son of Sean and Linda Groos of Howard Lake, MN. On campus, Luke is involved in Alpha Gamma Rho.

Exec Member - Nathan Linke is the son of Henry and Paula Linke of Woonsocket, SD. He is a junior majoring in Mechanical Engineering. Nathan was named the 96th Little “I” High Point Freshman, in addition to showing a bull and competing in multiple contests. He is also actively involved with Collegiate Farm Bureau on campus.

Exec Member - Leona Meyer, a junior majoring in Ag Science and Animal Science with minors in Meat Science, Food Safety and Microbiology, is the daughter of John and Debra Meyer of Fredonia, WI. On campus, Leona is a CAFES Ambassador, plays clarinet in the Pride of the Dakotas Marching Band and is a returning member of the Meat Science Quiz Bowl team.

Exec Member - Sadie Vander Wal, the daughter of Jeff and Beth Vander Wal of Brentford, SD, is a junior majoring in Animal Science and Ag Communication. Sadie is involved in Sigma Alpha sorority, Prexy Council, AFA, Alpha Zeta, 2021 SDSU Meat Judging team, Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow and the Honors College and is a CAFES and Animal Science Ambassador on campus.


98th Little International Staff

Exec Member - Elle Moon, a senior majoring in Animal Science (Pre-Vet) with minors in Chemistry, Biology, Animal Health and Range Management, is the daughter of Andy and Lisa Moon of Creighton, SD. Elle has been the Range and Scoring and Tabulations assistant with Little “I”, and she is involved with CAFES Ambassadors, Collegiate Farm Bureau and Sigma Alpha sorority.

Exec Member - Cara Teigum is a junior majoring in Ag Leadership with minors in Animal Science, Ag Business and Leadership and Management of Nonprofit Organizations. She is the daughter of Thor and Natalie Teigum of Madelia, MN. On campus, she is involved with Sigma Alpha sorority, CAFES Prexy Council, AFA, Students’ Association, Alpha Zeta and CAFES Ambassadors.

Safety Officer Superintendent Kendrick Bickett is a junior Ag Business major with minors in Ag Marketing and Animal Science. He is the son of Tim and Stacy Bickett of Worthington, MN. Kendrick is involved in Alpha Gamma Rho where he serves as the Vice Noble Ruler of Planning. He has also shown swine and beef and competed in general livestock in high school.

Asst. Safety Officer Wyatt Garten is the son of Joel Garten and Denise Karlen-Garten of Owatonna, MN. He is a sophomore Ag Education major with a minor in Ag Business. Wyatt is a member of Alpha Gamma Rho.

Asst. Safety Officer - Emmett Bickett, a freshman Animal Science and Ag Business major, is the son of Tim and Stacy Bickett of Worthington, MN. Emmett has participated in the Little “I” meats judging contest for four years. Additionally, he has shown cattle, swine and sheep, been a member of 4-H and enjoys being around animals.

Livestock Transport Coordinator - Emily Rogers is the daughter of Lisa and Elroy Rogers of Marshall, MN, and is a senior majoring in Dairy Production with an Animal Science minor. In the past, she has shown dairy cattle, sheep and competed in lamb lead at Little “I”. Emily is also involved in SDSU Dairy club and Ceres Women’s Fraternity.

Livestock Transport Coordinator - Daniel Fuoss is a junior majoring in Ag Science with minors in Animal Science, Agronomy and Ag Business. He is the son of Mark and Jen Fuoss of Armour, SD. Fuoss is a member of the Swine club on campus and has many hobbies, including hunting, running and woodworking.

Livestock Transport Coordinator - Dylan Brandt, of Clear Lake, SD, is a freshman majoring in Ag Business with an Animal Science minor. He is the son of Paul and Lisa Brandt and is involved with Swine club and Alpha Gamma Rho.

Beef Superintendent Hannah Neil is a junior Ag Leadership major with minors in Animal Science and Human Development and Family Studies. She is the daughter of Steve and Keely Neil of Northfield, MN. She is involved in Sigma Alpha sorority, Block and Bridle and Dairy club on campus.

Asst. Beef - Kaleb Koerselman is a freshman Ag Systems Technology major. He is the son of Keith and Kristin Koerselman of Le Mars, IA. Kaleb has shown livestock through FFA and is also involved in 4-H.

Asst. Beef - Tessa Pederson, a freshman Animal Science major, is from Garretson, SD. She is the daughter of Mark and Jennifer Pederson and Jana and Kipp Julson. Tessa competed in Little “I” contests through FFA in high school and shows cattle, sheep and goats in 4-H, FFA, jackpot and national breed association shows. She is also a Block and Bridle member and is on the SDSU Rodeo Team.

Dairy Superintendent - Morgan Kohl, of Watertown, SD, is a junior majoring in Agronomy and Animal Science (Pre-Vet) with an Ag Business minor. She is the daughter of Mike and Marcy Kohl and is actively involved in many organizations on campus, including Block and Bridle, Pre-Vet club, Dairy club and the Dairy Cattle Judging Team.


98th Little International Staff

Asst. Dairy - AnnaMarie Sachs, of Eyota, MN, is the daughter of Charlie and Carrie Sachs. She is a junior double majoring in Ag Education and Animal Science. AnnaMarie has been on Little “I” staff the past two years and is involved with Dairy club and the FFA Alumni/Ag Ed club on campus.

Asst. Dairy - Bethany Rennich is a junior majoring in Dairy Production with a minor in Animal Science. She is the daughter of Darrel and Denise Rennich of Bruce, SD. Bethany grew up showing dairy cattle and is involved in the Dairy club and the Dairy Cattle Judging team on campus.

Asst. Goat - Henry Shultz is a senior majoring in Ag Science with minors in Animal Science and Ag Business. The son of Jeff and Kathryn Schultz is from Faribault, MN. Growing up, he showed cattle, sheep and goats in 4-H and FFA. Henry is involved in Alpha Gamma Rho and has shown both a goat and sheep at Little “I”.

Asst. Goat - Branigan Horse Superintendent Steichen, of Sibley, IA, is - Ethan Klaseus is the a freshman majoring in son of Chris and Barb Animal Science. Branigan Klaseus from Saint is the daughter of Michael Peter, MN. He is a junior and Julie Steichen. On double majoring in campus, she is involved Precision Agriculture and in Horse club, Swine club, Ag Systems Technology. Pre-Vet club and FFA Alumni/Ag Ed club. Ethan has served as Horse assistant superintendent for the past two years on Little “I” staff. He is currently involved with Horse club, Collegiate 4-H and the AST/ PRAG/ABE club on campus.

Asst. Horse - Kayla Smeenk is the daughter of Ryon and Sharon Smeenk of Harrisburg, SD. She is a junior majoring in Animal Science (Industry) with minors in Equine Studies and Ag Business. Kayla is on the State 4-H Horse Show Advisory Council and shows horses in both western and English events in the summer. She is currently a Biology 101 tutor on campus.

Sheep Superintendent - Whitney Ten Napel is the daughter of Dan and Michelle Ten Napel of Ireton, IA. She is a junior Dairy Manufacturing major with minors in Ag Business, Food Safety and Meat Science. Clubs Whitney is involved in are Dairy club, where she serves as cheese box co-chair and Block and Bridle. She also is the Jackrabbits Memorial Treasurer.

Swine Superintendent - Emily Walton, the daughter of Shawn and Tricia Walton of Hinton, IA, is a junior majoring in Animal Science (Pre-Vet) and minoring in Biology and Animal Health. She is involved with Pre-Vet club, Block and Bridle, Jackrabbits Memorial and State-A-Thon and is an SDSU Admissions Ambassador and an undergraduate research assistant at the SDSU Swine Unit.

Asst. Swine - Brooke Asst. Swine - Kallista DeRouchey is a senior Roers is the daughter of majoring in Animal Royce and Janelle Roers Science with minors of Alexandria, MN. She in Ag Business and Ag is a freshman double Marketing. She is the majoring in Animal daughter of Mike and Science and Ag Business Nina DeRouchey of with minors in Meat Hoven, SD. Brooke is a member of Collegiate Science and Ag Marketing. Roers is involved Farm Bureau, Block and Bridle and with Swine club and Block and Bridle on Jackrabbits Memorial. campus.


Goat Superintendent Kaylee Athey is a junior from Graceville, MN. The daughter of Wade and Vicki Athey is majoring in Human Biology with a minor in Chemistry. On campus, Kaylee is involved in Golden Key Honor society, State-a-thon and Collegiate 4-H. She grew up showing goats, dairy, beef and swine and previously showed a hog at Little “I”.

Asst. Sheep - Abbey Hoffman is a junior Animal Science and Ag Science major with minors in Ag Business, Meat Science and Animal Health. She is the daughter of Tom and Sara Hoffman of Benson, MN. She is involved in Sigma Alpha sorority, Collegiate Farm Bureau and Block and Bridle on campus. She competed in Lamb Lead her freshman year at Little “I”.

98th Little International Staff

Lamb Lead Superintendent Taylor McMartin is a sophomore majoring in Ag Communication. Taylor is the daughter of Jackie McMartin of Hartford, SD. On campus, she is also involved in Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow.

Asst. Lamb Lead - Emily Nold is the daughter of Rosie and Jerry Nold of Rutland, SD. The freshman is pursuing majors in Animal Science and Ag Leadership and minors in Ag Business and Entrepreneurial Studies. Emily is currently involved in Block and Bridle and grew up raising and showing Southdown sheep in 4-H and FFA.

Asst. Judging Coordinator - Nichole Lowe is from Sibley, IA, and is the daughter of Matthew and Michelle Lowe. She is a junior majoring in Ag Education and a minor in Ag Business. Nichole is involved with FFA Alumni/Ag Ed club and intramural volleyball and wallyball. This is her third year on Little “I” staff.

Asst. Judging Coordinator - Josephine Jenson is a freshman majoring in Animal Science and has minors in Ranch Management and Ag Business. Josephine’s parents are Andy and Lisa Jenson of Welch, MN. She showed beef, sheep and swine and has competed at the local, state and national levels for general livestock judging in both 4-H and FFA.

Milk Quality Asst. Milk Quality and and Products Products - Courtney Superintendent - Tucker Sellner is the daughter of Joseph “TJ” Bigge is Gary and Rebecca Sellner a junior Ag Education of Sleepy Eye, MN. She is major. He is the son of a junior Animal Science Deb and Darren Bigge major and is involved in of Parkston, SD. On Swine club and enjoys campus, TJ is part of the FFA Alumni/Ag Ed cooking and being with animals. club, Collegiate Farm Bureau, and Collegiate 4-H.

Dairy Judging Superintendent Johannah Nielsen, of Russell, MN, is a junior majoring in Dairy Production and Animal Science (Pre-Vet). She is the daughter of Bruce and Roxanne Nielsen. Johannah is involved in Dairy club, Sigma Alpha, Block & Bridle and Pre-Vet club, has been on Little “I” staff the past two years and was the champion dairy showman at the 96th Little “I”.

Asst. Dairy Judging Asst. Dairy Judging Dylan Frey, the son of - Taylor Jerde, of Mike and Sara Frey of Northfield, MN, is a Claremont, SD, is a junior junior majoring in Dairy Ag Business major with Production with minors minors in Accounting, in Ag Business and Banking & Finance Animal Science. She is and Ag Marketing. On the daughter of Sarah campus, he is involved with the Dairy Cattle Hallcock and Michael Jerde. On campus, Judging team, AFA, Investment club, and is Taylor is involved in Block and Bridle and the FIRE club treasurer. Dairy club.

Horse Judging Superintendent - Sarah Vos is majoring in Animal Science with majors in Equine Studies and Animal Health. The senior is the daughter of Wade and Dallas Vos of Caputa, SD. On campus Sarah is an active member of the SDSU Rodeo Team, Honors College and mortar board and is a CAFES Ambassador.

Asst. Horse Judging Asst. Horse Judging Grace Kock is an Animal Cheyenne Hulstein, of Science freshman from Chandler, MN, is the Lennox, SD. Grace is daughter of Jeff and the daughter of Kim and Lorna Hulstein. She is Larry Kock. At SDSU she a freshman majoring in is involved in Horse club, Animal Science with a Pre-Vet club and Oasis minor in Equine Studies. and enjoys hiking and horseback riding in At SDSU she is also involved in Horse club. her spare time. Cheyenne grew up showing horses, beef cattle and sheep and enjoys trail riding, hunting and riding four-wheeler.


98th Little International Staff Livestock Judging Superintendent Regan Davis is a senior majoring in Animal Science and Ag Science. She is the daughter of Todd and Sara Davis of Balaton, MN. Regan was active in 4-H and FFA where she showed dairy cattle, goats and pigs.

Asst. Livestock Judging - Collin Fiedler is the son of Rich and Beth Fiedler of Selby, SD. He is a junior majoring in Ag Business. Collin likes to help out on his family farm along with participating in year-round activities like hunting and fishing. In high school, Collin participated in the FFA Livestock Judging contest.

Asst. Livestock Judging - Cody Gifford, a freshman majoring in Precision Agriculture and Ag Systems Technology, is the son of Brandon and Kristy Gifford of Arco, MN. Cody has participated in the Little “I” Livestock Judging contest since he was in 7th grade. On campus, he is a member of Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity.

Meats Judging Superintendent Hannah Berg is a junior Dairy Manufacturing major with minors in Food Safety and Meat Science. She is the daughter of Philip and Laurel Berg of Pipestone, MN. In addition to winning the 96th Little “I” Lamb Lead contest, she is involved in Dairy club, Food Science club and Cru and was on the 2020 SDSU Meat Judging Team.

Asst. Meats Judging - Jasmine Witty, a sophomore Ag Education major with a minor in Animal Science, is the daughter of Jason and Jessica Witty of Saint Peter, MN. She competed in the Little “I” Meat judging contest through FFA during her junior and senior years of high school. Jasmine was also the meats judging assistant for Little “I” last year.

Asst. Meats Judging - Rebecca Thon is a junior Ag Education major with a minor in Animal Science. She is the daughter of Daris and Melissa Thon of New Richmond, WI. Rebecca showed a dairy heifer at the 96th Little “I”, in addition to showing dairy calves when she was younger. Rebecca is also involved with FFA Alumni/Ag Ed club and Cru and was on the 2020 SDSU Meats Judging Team.

Wool Judging Superintendent Ryeleigh Laib, of Mercer, ND, is a sophomore Animal Science and Ag Business major. She is the daughter of Sheldon and Anita Laib. Ryeleigh grew up showing cattle and meat goats and is now active in Sigma Alpha sorority and Block and Bridle, as well as working at the Dairy Research Farm and Training Unit.

Asst. Wool Judging - Jack Donnelly, of Farmington, MN, is the son of Cathy and Dave Donnelly. He is a freshman majoring in Ag Systems Technology with minors in Ag Business and Precision Ag. Jack grew up showing cattle through 4-H and is excited to be on Little “I” staff this year!

Dairy Products Superintendent - Ethan Johnson is a senior from Windom, MN. The son of Dean and Elizabeth Johnson is majoring in Dairy Manufacturing. Ethan has previously served on Little “I” staff and is also active in Dairy club, FarmHouse Fraternity, Totally Baldacious and the Newman Center and is a South Dakota Dairy Ambassador.

Asst. Dairy Products - Madison Dahna is a sophomore from Bingham Lake, MN. The daughter of Todd and Darcy Dahna is majoring in Dairy Manufacturing. At the 97th Little “I”, she was the Floriculture Assistant Superintendent. Madison was an active member of 4-H and FFA where she showed sheep and swine.

Meat Products Superintendent - Emma Beach, a junior from Ponca, NE, is majoring in Animal Science with a Meat Science minor. She is the daughter of Brian and Candice Hansen and Chris and Jaclyn Beach. Emma is a member of Sigma Alpha sorority and the SDSU Meat Judging Team. During her freshman year, she showed a pig at Little “I”.

Asst. Meat Products - Taygen Knippling is a senior majoring in Animal Science with a minor in Meat Science. Taygen’s parents are Rocky and Donna Knippling of Chamberlain, SD. Previously, Taygen has been both the assistant and superintendent for Wool Judging at Little “I”.


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Ag Product Sales Superintendent Clayton Sorum is the son of Janet and Clifford Sorum of Canton, SD. He is a senior Ag Education major with minors in Ag Business and Ag Marketing. Clayton is involved in Student Radio KSDJ 90.7, Collegiate Farm Bureau, South Dakota FFA and FFA Alumni/Ag Ed club.

Asst. Ag Product Sales - Zoey Schentzel, a freshman Ag Communication major with minors in Animal Science, Entrepreneurial Studies and Studio Art, is the daughter of Ken and Malissa Schentzel of Farmington, MN. Zoey is a member of Collegiate Farm Bureau, Dairy club, Swine club, Block and Bridle, Ag Communicators of Tomorrow, and FFA Alumni/Ag Ed club.

Machinery Sales Superintendent - Cole Christian is a junior Ag Economics major with minors in Ag Marketing, Ag Business and Land Valuation & Rural Real Estate. He is the son of Dave and Julie Christian of Sioux Falls, SD. On campus, Cole is involved in FarmHouse Fraternity, Investment club, Applied Economics Quiz Bowl, State-A-Thon and College Republicans.

Asst. Machinery Sales Agronomy Asst. Agronomy - Leah Isaac Berg is a freshman Superintendent - Aubrey DiPippo is the daughter Animal Science major. He Weishaar, a junior of David and Sheila is the son of Philip and majoring in Agronomy DiPippo of Mitchell, SD. Laurel Berg of Pipestone, with minors in Precision The junior is majoring in MN. On campus, Isaac Ag, Pest Management Animal Science and has is involved in Swine club and Soil Science, is minors in Ag Marketing and competed in Little “I” the daughter of Shawn and Ag Business. On for FFA during high school. and Sarah Weishaar of Lemmon, SD. On campus, Leah is involved with the Rock campus, she is involved in Agronomy and Climbing club and Oasis. Conservation club, Alpha Zeta and FFA Alumni/Ag Ed club and is on the Crops Judging team. Farm Business Management Superintendent Catherine Bechen is the daughter of John and Gayle Bechen of Letcher, SD. She is a junior majoring in Animal Science. On campus, Catherine is involved with Swine club and State-A-Thon.

Asst. Farm Business Management - Alicia Vander Wal, the daughter of Kelly and Vickie Vander Wal of Volga, SD, is majoring in Ag Education and Ag Business with an Animal Science minor. Alicia is involved with the FFA Alumni/Ag Ed club, is a TeachAg Ambassador and was on the 97th Little “I” staff. She also showed cattle and pigs in 4-H and FFA.

Floriculture Superintendent - Abby Moon is the daughter of Andy and Lisa Moon of Creighton, SD, and is a freshman Nursing major. On campus, Abby is involved in the Adopt a Grandparent club, Collegiate Farm Bureau and Nurses Christian Fellowship. She also assists in teaching church school at the St. Thomas More Catholic Church.

Asst. Floriculture - Megan Linke is a freshman Ag Leadership & Community and Public Health major with minors in Health Science and Ag Business. She is the daughter of Henry and Paula Linke of Woonsocket, SD. Megan is involved in NHS, Student Council, FFA, 4-H, Farmers Union, Farm Bureau and open class livestock shows.

Natural Resources Superintendent - Taylor Peck is a junior majoring in Ag Education. Her parents are Matt and Bonnie Peck of Hutchinson, MN. Taylor grew up showing dairy goats through 4-H and FFA and is now part of the FFA Alumni/Ag Ed club and Country Swing Dancing club and is president of the Wildlife and Fisheries Conservation club.

Asst. Natural Resources - Spencer Lutz, of Bruce, SD, is a freshman majoring in Mechanical Engineering with minors in Math and Economics. Lutz is the son of Rob and Pennie Lutz. He is involved with Alpha Gamma Rho on campus.


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Nursery Landscape Asst. Nursery Landscape Range Superintendent Superintendent - - Julia Thaden is a - Miguel Mena, a junior Dustin Kohn is a freshman majoring in Ag majoring in Agronomy freshman from Cherokee, Education with a minor with minors in Soil IA. The son of Gerard and in Horticulture. Julia is Science and Spanish, is Donna Kohn is majoring the daughter of Scott from Harlan, IA, and his in Ag Leadership and and Kristen Thaden of parents are Miguel and Horticulture. Dustin was Wilmar, MN. At SDSU, Maria Artemisa Mena. involved in 4-H and FFA where he showed she is involved in Horticulture club and FFA Miguel is a member of Alpha Gamma Rho, cattle and sheep. At SDSU, he is involved in Alumni/Ag Ed club. Latin American Student Association and FFA Alumni/Ag Ed club and Horticulture Range club. and Urban Agriculture club. Asst. Range - Shelby Isensee is a sophomore majoring in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences and has a minor in Rangeland Ecology and Management. She is the daughter of Lanny and Kathy Isensee of Chatfield, MN. Shelby is involved with the SDSU Shooting Sports club and currently serves as Vice President of the Wildlife and Fisheries Conservation club.

Vet Science Superintendent Allyson Johnson is a junior Ag Education major with minors in Ag Business and Horticulture. She is the daughter of Todd and Shawn Johnson of Centerville, SD. She is involved in FFA Alumni/Ag Ed club and LeadState.

Asst. Vet Science Madison Thieman is a sophomore Animal Science major. She is the daughter of Craig and Karey Thieman of Winner, SD. She is involved in 4-H, PreVet club, her family ranch and the Animal Disease & Research Diagnostic Lab.

Advertising and Publicity Superintendent - Tiffany Van Buren is a junior double majoring in Dairy Production and Ag Communication with minors in Social Media, Ag Marketing and Animal Science. She is the daughter of Rich and Wanda Van Buren of Waupun, WI. On campus, she is involved in Sigma Alpha sorority and Dairy Challenge, in addition to being the Dairy Digest Editor.

Asst. Advertising and Publicity - Ariana Schumacher, of Pierre, SD, is a senior studying Ag Communication and Journalism with a minor in Animal Science. She is the daughter of Marvin and Melanie Schumacher. Ariana is an active member of the Journalism club and Oasis ministry. Last year, she served on Little “I” staff as the media and website assistant superintendent.

Asst. Advertising and Publicity - Karmen Sperr is a freshman majoring in Ag Leadership with a minor in Animal Science. Her parents are Lori and Duane Sperr of Donnelly, MN. She is an active member of Sigma Alpha sorority, Collegiate Farm Bureau, Honors College Student Organization and Swine club.

Advocacy Superintendent - Haley Ringkob is a junior majoring in Elementary Education with minors in Dance and Psychology. Haley is from Lake City, SD, and is the daughter of Chuck and Jennifer Ringkob. She is an EHS Ambassador, a member of Chi Omega sorority and is an SDSU Support Desk Technician. Haley enjoys raising and showing Maine-Anjou cattle with her family.

Asst. Advocacy - Shelby Ruland, of Wall, SD, is a sophomore majoring in Political Science and Ag Leadership. Shelby is the daughter of Shaun and Michelle Ruland. At SDSU, she is active in Sigma Alpha sorority, the Honors College and Collegiate Farm Bureau. Shelby is also a past South Dakota FFA state officer.

Asst. Advocacy Adrienne Lipinski, a freshman Ag Communication major with minors in Advertising, Marketing, and Social Media, is the daughter of Randy and Joyce Lipinski of Eden Valley, MN. At SDSU, Adrienne is involved with Swine club, Public Relations Student Society of America, Ag Communicators of Tomorrow and Pierson Hall Government.


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Alumni Relations Superintendent David Hassing, the son of Pete Hassing and Lois Snethen, is from Springfield, SD. He is a junior majoring in Ag Business with minors in Banking and Finance and Land Valuation & Rural Real Estate. David is involved in Alpha Gamma Rho, Omicron Delta Epsilon Honors Fraternity and FIRE club. He was active in 4-H, FFA and Junior Angus. Antique Tractor Show Superintendent - Sam Greiner is a junior Ag Communication major with minors in Social Media and Advertising. She is the daughter of Greg and Dona Greiner of Donnelly, MN. On campus, she is involved in Ag Communicators of Tomorrow and was the Little “I” Antique Tractor Show Superintendent last year.

Asst. Alumni Relations - Mary Dybedahl is a senior majoring in Ag Leadership with a minor in Communication. She is from Colton, SD, and is the daughter of Craig and Bonnie Dybedahl. Mary is involved on the Hobo Day Committee and Chi Omega sorority, was previously the Little “I” Milk Quality Superintendent and Advocacy Assistant and is the South Dakota FFA Extemporaneous Speaking CDE chair.

FFA and golfing.

Asst. Antique Tractor Show - Logan Frigaard is the son of Tina and Greg Frigaard of Dalton, MN. He is a freshman Animal Science major. His other hobbies include showing swine in both 4-H and

Asst. Alumni Relations - Karina Walvatne is a junior majoring in Ag Communication and has minors in Social Media, Communication Studies and Advertising. She is the daughter of Wayne and Becky Walvatne of Battle Lake, MN. On campus, Karina is involved with Sigma Alpha sorority, Collegiate Farm Bureau, Alpha Zeta and Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow. Awards Superintendent - Sarah Kroeger, of Lennox, SD, is the daughter of Kim and Paula Kroeger. She is a junior majoring in Ag Leadership. Sarah is involved in Sigma Alpha sorority and Food Science club.

Asst. Awards - Kayla Weinzierl, of Winsted, MN, is a junior double majoring in Animal Science and Ag Science with minors in Ag Business and Ranch Management. She is the daughter of Kevin and Kim Weinzierl. Some of her hobbies include showing cattle, flying, skiing and snowmobiling. On campus, she is involved with Block and Bridle and Jackrabbits Memorial.

Booth and Banquet Asst. Booth and Superintendent Banquet - Agusta Samantha Thyen is a Grams, of Hector, MN, sophomore from Waverly, is the daughter of Pat and SD. The daughter of Cindy Grams. She is a Jim and Penny Thyen is sophomore majoring in studying Animal Science Animal Science and has with a minor in Animal an Equine Studies minor. Health. Samantha is involved in Ceres Agusta works at the SDSU Dairy Unit and Women’s Fraternity, is a member of the enjoys nature and road trips in her spare SDSU Wool Judging team and works at the time. SDSU Swine Unit. In 4-H and FFA she has shown dairy, beef and swine.

Asst. Booth and Banquet - Brook Geiken, an Animal Science freshman, is from Lennox, SD. She is the daughter of Dan and Missy Geiken. Brook has competed in past Little “I” competitions as an FFA member and enjoys showing market lambs, reading and drawing.

Catalog Superintendent - Kira Gifford is the daughter of Brandon and Kristy Gifford of Arco, MN. She is majoring in Ag Communication and has minors in Ag Business, Social Media and Graphic Design. On campus, Kira is involved with SDSU Admissions as an ambassador, is a Community Assistant in the residential halls and is a member of Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow.

Asst. Catalog - Marie Robbins is a junior majoring in Ag Business with a minor in Land Valuation & Rural Real Estate. She is the daughter of Dan and Susan Robbins of Elkton, SD. At SDSU, Marie is 2021 Hobo Day Grand Pooba, serves as an SDSU Admissions Ambassador and is a member of the Public Relations Student Society of America.


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Asst. Catalog - Danika Gordon is the daughter of Bruce and Kindra Gordon of Whitewood, SD. She is a freshman majoring in Ag Business with minors in Marketing and Human Resources. Danika grew up involved with 4-H and FFA and is now involved in Brock & Bridle, Collegiate Farm Bureau and FIRE club on campus. Asst. Entertainment Hannah Crownover is a junior Animal Science major with a minor in Equine Studies. She is the daughter of Donna and Tyler Crownover of Unadilla, NE. Hannah is involved in Horse club, Pre-Vet club and Swing Dancing club. She also shows swine through 4-H, FFA and Little “I”.

Gamma Rho.

Equipment Superintendent - Bryce Evje, of Shevlin, MN, is the son of Dan and Val Evje. He is a senior majoring in Ag Systems Technology. On campus, he is a member of Alpha

Asst. Equipment - Evan Wittry, of Sioux Falls, SD, is a sophomore majoring in Precision Ag. On campus, he is a member of Alpha Gamma Rho.


Asst. Catalog - Jenna Belt is the daughter of Garret and LeAnn Englin of Orange City, IA. She is a sophomore majoring Ag Communication with minors in Animal Science and Marketing. Jenna is currently involved on campus with Ag Communicators of Tomorrow, Block & Bridle and Jackrabbits Memorial. Growing up, Jenna showed cattle, sheep, pigs and horses.

Entertainment Superintendent Courtney Pohlen is a senior Animal Science major with a minor in Meat Science. She is the daughter of Angie and Nathan Pohlen of Gilbert, IA. On campus, she is the National Agri-Marketing Association secretary and is a member of Swine club. She showed a bull and horse in the 96th Little “I”, and has also shown horses and pigs.

Equipment Superintendent - Peter Rausch, of Hoven, SD, is the son of Shannon and Sue Rausch. He is a second year student majoring in Ag Science. In high school, Peter was

Equipment Superintendent - Trevor Frost is a sophomore majoring in Agronomy. He is the son of Travis and Kaylin Frost of Redfield, SD. Trevor is an active member of Alpha Gamma Rho and the Agronomy club on campus.

Asst. Equipment - Colin Brass is a sophomore majoring in Ag Systems Technology. He is the son of Mike and Amy Brass of Rochester, MN. Colin is a member of Alpha Gamma Rho on campus.

Asst. Equipment Derrek Russenberger is a junior majoring in Precision Ag with minors in Agronomy and Ag Business. He is the son of Duane and Wendi Russenberger of Trimont, MN, and is a member of Alpha Gamma Rho on campus.

Asst. Equipment - Nate Rehder is the son of Jay and Jennifer Rehder of Comstock, MN. He is currently a sophomore majoring in Animal Science with a minor in Ag Business. On campus, he is involved with Block & Bridle and Alpha Gamma Rho.

Asst. Equipment - Ryan Peterson, a sophomore Ag Systems Technology major, is the son of Russ and Pam Peterson of Grove City, MN. Ryan is a member of Alpha Gamma Rho on campus.

involved in FFA.

98th Little International Staff Asst. Equipment - Regan Heine, of Vermillion, SD, is the son of Todd and Kelly Heine. He is a sophomore majoring in Precision Ag. On campus, Regan is a member of Alpha Gamma Rho.

Asst. Equipment - Jacob Weber is a sophomore from Sauk Rapids, MN, and is the son of Steve and Jill Weber. He is majoring in Precision Ag with an Agronomy minor. Jacob is a member of the AST/ABE/PRAG club and Alpha campus. Gamma Rho fraternity on campus.

Asst. Equipment - Alex Louwagie is a sophomore from Redwood Falls, MN. The son of Lewis and Tammy Louwagie is an Ag Education major. Alex is a member of Alpha Gamma Rho on

Asst. Equipment Michael Donnay, of Kimball, MN, is a sophomore majoring in Dairy Production and Dairy Manufacturing. He is the son of Brad and Leanne Donnay. On campus, Michael is a member of Alpha Gamma Rho. .

Fundraising Superintendent Hannah Braaten, a sophomore from Glenwood, MN, is the daughter of Tracy and John Fadness and Brent Braaten. She is studying Animal Science and Ag Leadership with minors in Agronomy and Ag Business. Hannah has previously served on Little “I” staff is currently a member of the SDSU Swing Dancing club and Alpha Zeta.

Asst. Fundraising - Bryn Tvedt is a junior from Sinai, SD. The daughter of Dan and Katie Tvedt is studying Animal Science with minors in Animal Health and Ag Business. Bryn enjoys riding horses, playing volleyball and working on her family’s livestock and grain farm.

Asst. Fundraising Lindsey Vander Wal, a freshman Ag Education major with an Animal Science minor, is from Bruce, SD. Lindsey is the daughter of Dean and Polly Vander Wal. She is currently active in Sigma Alpha sorority, FFA Alumni/Ag Ed club, Block & Bridle and the SDSU Wool Judging team. Lindsey also enjoys showing Simmental cattle.

Sponsorships/ Mailings/Addresses Superintendent - Calissa Lubben is the daughter of Cal and Char Lubben of Edgerton, MN. She is a senior Dairy Production and Ag Science major with minors in Animal Science and Ag Business. On campus, she is involved in Dairy club, Dairy Camp, Dairy Challenge, Sigma Alpha and Alpha Zeta. In her free time she enjoys woodworking and hiking.

Asst. Sponsorships/ Mailings/Addresses Hadley Stiefvater is a freshman Ag Leadership and Animal Science major. She is the daughter of Dr. Mike and Carie Stiefvater of Salem, SD. On campus she is involved in Block & Bridle, Jackrabbits Memorial Executive Committee, Ben Reifel/Hyde Hall Government, Little “I”, Oasis and the SDSU Wool Judging Team.

Asst. Sponsorships/ Mailings/Addresses Superintendent - Grace Phinney is a sophomore Animal Science (Pre-Vet) major. She is the daughter of Brian and Ranae Phinney of Mitchell, SD. Grace is involved in Pre-Vet Club as a Prexy Council Representative, LeadState, Alpha Zeta and 4-H. She is also a Necropsy Assistant at the Animal Disease Research and Diagnostic Laboratory on campus.

Media/Website Superintendent - Karly Schaunaman is a junior pursuing a major in Business Economics and minors in Ag Business, Ag Marketing and Social Media. Karly is originally from Aberdeen, SD, and her parents are Kirk and Kim Schaunaman. On campus, she is an active member of Sigma Alpha Sorority, Jackrabbits Memorial and Block & Bridle.

Photography Superintendent - Gracie Nelson is the daughter of Becky and Doug Nelson of McCook Lake, SD. She is a senior Journalism major with a Communications minor. Gracie has been involved in the Photography committee with Little “I” for the last four years and has been a member of the Journalism club for the last two years.


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Asst. Photography Christine Moening is the daughter of Sherry and Mike Moening of Lakeville, MN. She is a junior Ag Communication major with minors in Ag Business and Ag Marketing. Christine is involved in Little “I”, Ag Communicators of Tomorrow and the Pius XII Newman Center. She also enjoys hunting, riding horses, and anything cattle related.

Asst. Photography Samantha Schoenbauer is a sophomore Ag Communication major with minors in Ag Business, Ag Marketing and Social Media. She is the daughter of Eric and Robynne Schoenbauer of Hamburg, MN. Samantha showed beef and dairy through 4-H and FFA. She is involved in Ag Communicators of Tomorrow, Dairy club, Dairy Digest Committee and Sigma Alpha.

Scoring and Tabulations Superintendent Michelle Dykstra is a sophomore majoring in Ag Education. She is the daughter of Russ and Andrea Mileham of Brookings, SD. Michelle is involved with FFA Alumni/Ag Ed club and has experience in the Ag Sales and Veterinary Science FFA CDEs.

Asst. Scoring and Asst. Scoring and Tabulations - Makayla Tabulations - Ashley DeDeyne is the daughter Maus is the daughter of of Brad and Kathy Darrel and Lisa Maus of DeDeyne of De Smet, SD. Freeport, MN. She is a She is a senior majoring senior majoring in Dairy in Ag Business with a Production and Dairy minor in Accounting. Manufacturing with a Makayla is a member of Alpha Zeta, minor in Food Safety. On campus, Ashley is Economics club, FFA Alumni/Ag Ed club involved with Sigma Alpha, Dairy club and and Omicron Delta Epsilon. the Newman Center.

Asst. Scoring and Tabulations Trenna Jeppesen is a junior majoring in Ag Leadership with minors in Ag Business, Management, and Leadership & Management of Nonprofit Organizations. Trenna is from Morgan, MN, and her parents are Ben and Kristel Jeppesen. Trenna is an AFA delegate and is involved with FFA Alumni club.

Silent Auction Superintendent Anna Dagel is a senior Animal Science (PreVet) major with a minor in Chemistry. She is the daughter of Scott and Karla Dagel of Watertown, SD. Growing up, she was involved in 4-H and showed sheep. On campus, Anna is involved in Pre-Vet club. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends or being outdoors.

Poultry Superintendent - McKenzie Cselovszki is an Animal Science senior from Sleepy Eye, MN. She is the daughter of John and Becky Cselovszki. McKenzie is involved with Collegiate 4-H, Horse club and many intramural sports. She has previously shown livestock at Little “I” enjoys showing horses and goats and being outdoors.

Asst. Poultry - Lauralee Eaton is a junior studying Ag Education with a minor in Agronomy. She is the daughter of Mike and Kristen Eaton of Pine Island, MN. Lauralee is currently involved in Sigma Alpha sorority, Ag Communicators of Tomorrow, Prexy Council and FFA Alumni/ Ag Ed Club and is a CAFES Ambassador and SDSU Teach AG Ambassador.


Asst. Silent Auction Jaylynn Frandrup is a freshman Ag Business major with a minor in Equine Studies. Jaylynn is the daughter of Jay and Janet Frandrup of Hastings, MN. Her hobbies include tractor pulling, soccer, snowmobiling, horseback riding (Dressage) and FFA. On campus, she is involved in Horse club, Block & Bridle and FFA Alumni/ Ag Ed club.

Thank you to the following businesses for donating the use of equipment for this year’s Little International!

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Little “I” Hardware Winners Over the Years Little International Contestants work hard throughout the season prior to the big show grooming their animals and honoring their showmanship skills to win one of the grand champion awards. We apologize for the incompleteness of this list. If you know any names of the past winners who are not listed, please let us know. 2020

Canceled due to COVID-19 pandemic and campus closure


Grand Champion Showmanship, Jeremiah Johnson Reserve Champion Showmanship, Cole Jackson High Point Upperclassman, Maggie Post High Point Freshman, Nathan Linke


Grand Champion Showmanship, Tyler Myers Reserve Champion Showmanship, Adam Bierstedt High Point Upperclassman, Andy Socha High Point Freshman, Aaron Linke


Grand Champion Showmanship, Dallis VanderWal Reserve Champion Showmanship, Lacey Schmitz High Point Upperclassman, Brady Wulf High Point Freshman, Kalyn Naatz


Grand Champion Showmanship, Brand Weidert Reserve Champion Showmanship, Tyler Jensen High Point Upperclassman, Kaley Nolz High Point Freshman, Amy Beckstrand


Grand Champion Showmanship, Andrew Berg Reserve Champion Showmanship, Kaitlyn Kline High Point Upperclassman, Tyler Jensen High Point Freshman, Andrew Berg


Grand Champion Showmanship, Jacob Englin Reserve Champion Showmanship, Calli Pritchard High Point Upperclassman, Lane Peterson High Point Freshman, Kendra Davis


Grand Champion Showmanship, Tim Anderson Reserve Champion Showmanship, Matt Purfeerst High Point Upperclassman, Tim Anderson High Point Freshman, Adam Krause



Grand Champion Showmanship, Jason May Reserve Champion Showmanship, Ashley Beer High Point Upperclassman, Jay Wolff High Point Freshman, John Weber


Grand Champion Showmanship, Kyle Sommers Reserve Champion Showmanship, Sara Sample High Point Upperclassman, Brett Tostensen High Point Freshman, D.J. Buseman


Grand Champion Showmanship, Lauren Wheeting Reserve Champion Showmanship, Kyle Sommers High Point Upperclassman, Trent Kubik High Point Freshman, Kalen Manthei


Grand Champion Showmanship, Caleb Englin Reserve Champion Showmanship, Colton Buus High Point Upperclassman, Caleb Englin High Point Freshman, Trent Kubik


Grand Champion Showmanship, Tyler Fruechte Reserve Champion Showmanship, Caleb Englin High Point Upperclassman, Amanda Nolz High Point Freshman, Tyler Fruechte


Grand Champion Showmanship, Justin Fruechte Reserve Champion Showmanship, Caleb Englin High Point Upperclassman, Arne Harstad High Point Freshman, Amanda Nolz


Grand Champion Showmanship, Katie Wirt Reserve Champion Showmanship, Joe Donnelly High Point Upperclassman, Keith Larson High Point Freshman, Melissa Goetz


Grand Champion Showmanship, Steven Muller Reserve Champion Showmanship, Katie Wirt High Point Upperclassman, Nicole Potter High Point Freshman, Keith Larsen


Grand Champion Showmanship, Lindsey Reister Reserve Champion Showmanship, Justin Fruechte High Point Upperclassman, Travis Reith High Point Freshman, Justin Fruechte











Grand Champion Showmanship, Adam Wirt Reserve Champion Showmanship, Stacy Insley High Point Upperclassman, Aaron Insley High Point Freshman, Pam Hanson

Grand Champion Showmanship, Todd Franz Reserve Champion Showmanship, Michael Stiefvater High Point Upperclassman, Kenny Thiesen High Point Freshman, Chuck Ringkob



Grand Champion Showmanship, Jeanne Johnke Reserve Champion Showmanship, Curtis Alexander High Point Upperclassman, Stephen Thiesen High Point Freshman, Tim Vanderham

Grand Champion Showmanship, Meg Benda Reserve Champion Showmanship, Joey Effling High Point Upperclassman, Jon Rentschler High Point Freshman, Nicole Sittner



Grand Champion Showmanship, Stacy Franz Reserve Champion Showmanship, Dan Nelson High Point Upperclassman, Heather Bruner High Point Freshman, Aaron Insley

Grand Champion Showmanship, Kevin Hoff Reserve Champion Showmanship, Joey Effling High Point Upperclassman, Kevin Hoff High Point Freshman, David Schriever



Grand Champion Showmanship, Chris Effling Reserve Champion Showmanship, Stacy Insley High Point Upperclassman, Chris Effling High Point Freshman, Matt Bruner

Grand Champion Showmanship, Darrel Rennick Reserve Champion Showmanship, Duane Wulf High Point Upperclassman, Cathy Wolles High Point Freshman, Brad Hillman



Grand Champion Showmanship, Ben Olsen Reserve Champion Showmanship, Ted Norling High Point Upperclassman, Brian Fruetche High Point Freshman, Jared Knock Grand Champion Showmanship, Sarah Wirt Reserve Champion Showmanship, Kyle Caskey High Point Upperclassman, Erik Risa High Point Freshman, Kyle Caskey Grand Champion Showmanship, Jeff DeRouchey Reserve Champion Showmanship, Mike Schmidt High Point Upperclassman, Travis Hoffman High Point Freshman, Clint Gherke Grand Champion Showmanship, Janna Johnke Reserve Champion Showmanship, Stephen Thiesen High Point Upperclassman, Pam Hanson High Point Freshman, Travis Hoffman

Grand Champion Showmanship, Carie Dressen Reserve Champion Showmanship, Joel DeRouchey High Point Upperclassman, Erin Pettigrew High Point Freshman, Mark Beitelspacher

Grand Champion Showmanship, Jon DeRouchey Reserve Champion Showmanship, Kristi Wager High Point Upperclassman, Reid Holverson High Point Freshman, Joel DeRouchey Grand Champion Showmanship, Sarah Muller Reserve Champion Showmanship, Karen Rentschler High Point Upperclassman, James Murphy High Point Freshman, Ryan Wagner Grand Champion Showmanship, Darcy Franz Reserve Champion Showmanship, Rod Geppert High Point Upperclassman, Bob Scanlan High Point Freshman—Reid Holverson Grand Champion Showmanship, Dan Kohls Reserve Champion Showmanship, Don Sutera High Point Upperclassman, Brian Thiesen High Point Freshman, Kristy Strasburg

Grand Champion Showmanship, Alan Eikmeier Reserve Champion Showmanship, John Buchholz High Point Upperclassman, Roland Van Der Werff High Point Freshman, Ann Marie Rice


Little “I” Hardware Winners Continued... 1985

Grand Champion Showmanship, Bret Healy Reserve Champion Showmanship, Jeff DeVries High Point Upperclassman, Barry Bruner High Point Freshman, Dan Berg


Grand Champion Showmanship, Deb Stade Reserve Champion Showmanship, Paul Rentschler High Point Upperclassman, Bed Stade High Point Freshman, Brenda Pankonin


Grand Champion Showmanship, Mark Leddy Reserve Champion Showmanship, Mike Stade High Point Upperclassman, Jackie Benson High Point Freshman, Mike Stade


Grand Champion Showmanship, Dan Rentschler Reserve Champion Showmanship, Matt Waller High Point Upperclassman, Dan Rentschler High Point Freshman, Greg Harder


Grand Champion Showmanship, Lynette Jauert Reserve Champion Showmanship, Bret Oekle High Point Upperclassman, Lynette Jauert High Point Freshman, Paul Rentschler


Grand Champion Showmanship, Dave Sweeney Reserve Champion Showmanship, Warren Drews High Point Upperclassman, Dave Sweeney High Point Freshman, Wayne Rickard


Grand Champion Showmanship, Dan Lewis Reserve Champion Showmanship, Calvin Kramer High Point Upperclassman, Dan Lewis High Point Freshman, Roger Leitheiser


Grand Champion Showmanship, Steve Pomerenke


Grand Champion Showmanship, Dave Wilson Reserve Champion Showmanship, Randy Wirt


Grand Champion Showmanship, Mike Sweeney Reserve Champion Showmanship, Gary Schwartz



Grand Champion Showmanship, Miles DeJong High Point Upperclassman, Berry Krueger High Point Freshman, Terry Beastrom


Grand Champion Showmanship, Dale Werning Reserve Champion Showmanship, Mike Brink High Point Upperclassman, Dale Werning High Point Freshman, Miles DeJong


Grand Champion Showmanship, Terry Jaschke Reserve Champion Showmanship, Dale Werning High Point Upperclassman, Tom Scott High Point Freshman, Mark Varilek


Grand Champion Showmanship, Kathy Norman Reserve Champion Showmanship, Reid Merrill


Grand Champion Showmanship, Eldon Wilson Reserve Champion Showmanship, Dave Steen


Grand Champion Showmanship, Ron Stee Reserve Champion Showmanship, Dan Leo High Point Upperclassman, Steven Tofteland High Point Freshman, Reid Merrill


Grand Champion Showmanship, Larry Miller Reserve Champion Showmanship, Daryl Goodroad High Point Upperclassman, Gary Bruns High Point Freshman, Larry Miller


Grand Champion Showmanship, Larry Miller Reserve Champion Showmanship, Gary Bruns High Point Upperclassman, Jerry Ketterling High Point Freshman, Bill Bruns


Grand Champion Showmanship, Frank Schwartz Reserve Champion Showmanship, Lee Leiferman


Grand Champion Showmanship, Robert Osborne


Grand Champion Showmanship, Rich VanZee Reserve Champion Showmanship, Robert Johnson


Grand Champion Showmanship, James Bush Reserve Champion Showmanship, Richard VanZee


Grand Champion Showmanship, Larry Ridinger Reserve Champion Showmanship, Howard Hillman Reserve Champion Showmanship, Walt Wosje



Dairy, Max Oviat Beef, David Craford Horse, Carl Ryther Swine, Gerhardt Schaal


Kenneth Lounsbery

Grand Champion Showmanship, Gary TeStroete Reserve Champion Showmanship, Larry Wright




Grand Champion Showmanship, Jerry Fitzgerald Reserve Champion Showmanship, Larry Munger

Dairy, Kenneth Gross

Grand Champion Showmanship, Roger Hunsley Reserve Champion Showmanship, Marion Fitzgerald

Dairy, George Leidheiser Beef, Robert Dailey (Fitting and Showmanship Champion) Horse, Milton Trask (Showmanship Champion and Freshman Plaque Winner) Swine, Ray Larson Sheep, Lyle Johnson




Grand Champion Showmanship, Jim Leafsteadt Reserve Champion Showmanship, Jack Duxbury


Grand Champion Showmanship, Clark Anderton Reserve Champion Showmanship, Lloyd Hardy


Grand Champion Showmanship, Chuck Claussen


Grand Champion Showmanship, Glen Eikmeier Reserve Champion Showmanship, Bob Christensen


Grand Champion Showmanship, Darwin Stolte


Grand Champion Showmanship, Richard Petterson

Dairy, Lloyd Shinnick Beef, Vernon Welch Horse, Merrill Gunderson (Best Aggie Award) Swine, Gerald Pietz (School of Agriculture boy) Sheep, Robert Dailey (Best Freshman)


Dairy, Milford Vrooman Beef, Clark W. McCone Horse, Rayburn Butrum Swine, Stanley Gilman Sheep, Harlan Olson


Horse, Keith Swanson Sheep, Doyle Barton


Beef Cattle Fitting and Showmanship Champion, Ray Lein


Grand Champion Showmanship, Lowell Eikmeier Grand Champion Showmanship, John Gibson


Grand Champion Showmanship, Lowell Eikmeier Grand Champion Showmanship, John Gross


Dairy, Reuben Peterson Beef, Myron Gauger Horse, Helen Altfillisch


Third Annual Little “I” Photo Contest Little International is excited to share the results of the Third Annual Little “I” Photo Contest!

Open to all SDSU students, entries were required to be the original work of the student taken within the past year.

Categories included animals, landscapes and events. All entries remained anonymous during judging and winners were chosen by a judge appointed by the 98th Little International Photography Committee. Photo submissions were judged on artistic expression, creativity, originality and image quality.

Three categories were selected, and students were allowed to submit up to two photos per category.

Thank you to all students who participated in this year’s photo contest!

Grand Prize Winner Damia Siebenahler “Slack”

Thank you to all participants! Entries can also be found on our social media! 84

Category Winner - Landscapes Samantha Anderson

“The Golden Hue of Corn Harvest”

Landscapes Category

2nd Place - Karina Walvatne “A Peaceful Morning”

3rd Place - Damia Siebenahler “Tame and Wild”


Category - Animals

2nd Place - Courtney Pohlen “Afternoon Feeding”

Category Winner Karley Litterick “Feeding Time”


3rd Place - Damia Siebenahler “Magical”

Category Winner - Events Damia Siebenahler “Slack”

Animals Category

2nd Place - Brooke Opdahl “Coming in Hot”

3rd Place - Damia Siebenahler “In the Night”


At PIC, we know there are many paths to profitability. But the best one begins with trust and a handshake. We’re working to build good relationships by asking questions, sharing knowledge and listening to your feedback—so we can succeed together.

Tel: 1-800-325-3398 Email: PIC.info@genusplc.com




Pete Pritchett Memorial Award The Pete Pritchett Memorial Award was established to recognize the outstanding accomplishments of Little International Staff Members. Pete was the livestock coordinator in 1988 and was tragically killed in an auto accident that summer. This award was started the following year to keep Pete’s memory alive, and to recognize individual staff members for their dedication, just as Pete exemplified while he participated on the Little “I” staff. Recipients of this award are nominated and voted on by the entire staff, which makes this award all the more special for those who receive it. This year’s award was sponsored by Compeer Financial. Past winners include: 1989 Sean Groos, Colman, SD 1990 Shane Odegaard, Lake Preston, SD 1991 Leland Olsen, Arlington, SD 1992 Kurt Netzke, Lamberton, MN 1993 Jeff Rabey, Akron, IA 1994 Dave VanderWal, Volga, SD 1995 Mike Fischbach, Mansfield, SD 1996 David Grinde, Colton, SD

1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020

Darin Zuehlke, Britton, SD Chad Hastad, Madison, MN Matt Gunderson, Mission Hill, SD Aaron Singrey, Hazel, SD John Blachford, Lake Preston, SD Philip Schmidt, Alden, MN Wendy Mohrhauser, Hartford, SD Jeff Paul, Swea City, IA Kyle Caskey, Pipestone, MN Eric Gjerde, Hazel, SD Ben Hollingshead, Ogden, IA Scott VanderPoel, Pipestone, MN Blake Harms, Dell Rapids, SD Amanda Fehrman, Lake Benton, MN Greg Lalemen, Currie, MN Trent Kubik, Hamill, SD Cody Rehder, Suterland, IA Austin Mann, Crofton, NE Joe Gathje, Richmond, MN Emma Christenson, Milbank, SD Devin Jacobs, Newcastle, NE Lisa Smith, Kimball, SD Madison Hokanson, Goodhue, MN Addison Magill, Verona, ND

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Supporter Sponsorships The Little “I” supporter sponsorship program continues to grow with the support of corporate donations. These funds help finance Little International activities such as awards, scholarships and other expenses incurred from organizing and running Little “I”. We want to give these sponsors a sincere THANK YOU for their generous donations for the 98th Little International:

Elite ($2,000+)

Pipestone Systems FarmHouse Fraternity

FFA and 4-H Judging Contests ($2,000)

SDSU College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences

Platinum ($1,000)

Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity South Dakota Wheat

Gold ($750)

DeSmet Farm Mutual Insurance Rausch Herefords LLC CHS First Bank and Trust

Silver ($500)

South Dakota Soybean Checkoff Compeer Financial South Dakota Agribusiness Association Lage Club Calves Farm Credit Services of America Rush River Ranch Thyen Farms 605 Sires Jackrabbits Memorial Dakotah Bank Millborn Seeds Magill Farms SDSU Bull Sale Zoetis

Bronze ($250)

Foundation Livestock Service SoDak Labs Inc, Farmers Implement & Irrigation Richland State Bank Form-A-Feed, Inc. Paulsen Marketing Cattle Business Weekly Channel Seeds New Fashion Pork VanderWal Simmentals Muller Farms


Wright Stock Farm Animal Medical Care Christensen Farms Questad Seeds Western Dakota Buffalo Ridge Concrete Inc. Sudenga Industries, Inc. Gullickson Family Livestock Salem Veterinary Service A Bar K Trailer Sales Ludens Inc. Bonanza Bean Vern’s MFG VanderWal Cattle Donkers Farms


Volga Ag Center - Honored Agriculturalist Riverview, LLP - Honored Agriculturalist Justin & Crissa Fruechte - Overall Awards President Barry and Jane Dunn - Round Robin Awards Healy Ranch - Manager Award The Krause Kooking Show - Assistant Manager Award Double W Ranch - Assistant Manager Award Rosie Nold - Pete Pritchett Award Beef Bucks - Beef Hardest Worker Lake View Veterinary Services - Horse Hardest Worker Schwartz Farms - Swine Hardest Worker PIC - Swine Hardest Worker Sioux Nation Ag Center - Swine Hardest Worker Collin VanderWal - Beef Hardest Worker Groth Family - Sheep Hardest Worker

Friends of Little “I”

Lance and Shirley Howe Dan and Susan Robbins Susan VanderWal Western Vet Clinic Big Stone A.I. Inc. Lanny and Kathy Isensee Three Corners Agency, Inc. Crownover Farms Tesch Farms Brad & Kathy Sanderson Doug & Becky Nelson Minnesota Pork Board Brandon Kinney Tristin Fliehe & Abbey Weninger South Dakota Shorthorn Association Busack Farms Dave & Betty Ringeisen Sorum Farms Kirk and Kim Schaunaman Minnigan Hills Farm Sauber Family

Founded in 1942 as a veterinary clinic, PIPESTONE has stayed true to its mission of Helping Farmers Today Create the Farms of Tomorrow. PIPESTONE is helping farmers through expertise and resources in health, management, nutrition, research, marketing and business services.







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