- First Year Senior Achievement:
- Awards half payment to attend state camp for the following year.
- Second Year Senior Achievement:
- Awards a three-day educational legislative trip to Pierre to watch and learn about the legislative process as well as the history of South Dakota's capital city.
- Third Year Senior Achievement:
- This award combines both fun and education on a bus trip to Minneapolis, MN. Participants tour regional cooperative facilities and learn about a number of non-agriculture cooperatives, such as REI (Recreation Equipment Cooperative) and food store cooperatives. While in the Twin cities, they visit a variety of other Minneapolis/St. Paul points of interest.
- Fourth Year Senior Achievement:
- This award gives a senior youth the opportunity to attend the National Farmers Union All-States Leadership Camp in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. All-States Leadership Camp gathers the dedicated "cream of the crop" in the Farmers Union youth program from all across the nation, for leadership, growth and development. Hands-on training and encouragement are taught here, to the future leaders of our organizations, schools, churches and communities.
- Fifth Year Senior Achievement:
- The highest honor bestowed upon young people within the Farmers Union is that of "Torchbearer". These individuals are honored at the state convention and are eligible to represent South Dakota at the National Farmers Union Convention the following year.
At the 2015 Convention Banquet, the Torchbearers honored during the Torchbearer Ceremony were Tess Heidenreich, Faulkton; Courtney Edgar, Orient; Jeana Nuss, Tripp; Brandi Enright, Union Center; Shannon Meyer, Wimot; Jordyn Temple, Clark; Dowain Kerner, Gregory; Dylan Hyronimus, Worthing; Jesse Carlson, Seneca; Windsor Barry, Carter; and Kaden Kummer, Parkston.
2015-2016 National Youth Advisory Council
2015-2016 NYAC Alexandra Grace Farber, Kiana Brockel & Jesse Carlson videos from National Farmers Union Convention
Left to right is Doug Sombke SDFU President, Jesse Carlson, NYAC Kiana Brockel, NYAC Alexandra Grace Farber, NYAC and Melissa Miller Education Coordinator for National Farmers Union, For more on the 2015-2016 NYACClick here
2015-2016 Junior Advisory Council
From left to right: Jeana Nuss, Tripp; .Windsor Barry, Carter; Kylee DeBoer, Tripp; Jesse Carlson, Seneca; Tess Heidenreich, Faulkton; and Kaden Kummer, Parkston
In the spirit of developing leaders for the future, a six member Junior Advisory Council is selected by the youth and education Council to serve as leaders, role models and representatives in planning and conducting State Camp. In addition to coordinating, implementing and directing State Camp these individuals participate in a number of leadership development opportunities throughout the year. They are involved in activities such as serving as a page at the state convention, helping with Farmers Union events across South Dakota, and assisting the State Education Director with promotion of education programs.
2016 Senior Advisory Council
Each year there is an opportunity for leadership advancement for two young people who are selected from eligible Torchbearers to serve as youth representatives to the Education Council. These individuals provide input to the Education Department on behalf of Farmers Union youth. Senior Advisory Council members attend Education Council meetings, County Councilors, serve as advisors for the Junior Advisory Council, assist at State Camp, State Convention and with promotion of education programs.
2016 Senior Advisory Council Member Ashton Reedy from Philip, SD
2016 Senior Advisory Council Member Kiana Brockel from Shadehill, SD