Bath, SD (October 3, 2022) - To its owner, the FFA jacket is a physical reminder of the personal accomplishments achieved through the organization - a symbol of commitment and dedication for all who wear the corduroy. This fall, the SD FFA Foundation celebrated 15 years of the Blue Jacket Program and awarded its 3000th FFA jacket to a member. In October, 404 South Dakota FFA members from 81 chapters, will receive their own FFA jackets - carrying forward that long-standing tradition of pride, dignity and honor. Jackets were sponsored by various individuals through the SD FFA Foundation program, welcoming new members into the fabric of FFA.  FFA members filled out the Blue Jackets Bright Futures FFA Jacket Program application, answering short essay questions about their FFA experience and goals, competing to earn their own FFA jacket instead of purchasing one.  2022 Harrisburg recipients are:



Arianna Lindsay

Sharon Smeenk

Hannah Frye

Sharon Smeenk

Logan Evans

Alpha Gamma Rho

Evan klemme


Pryce Selig

Paul Fixen

Cooper Rilling

Twin Cities Region Northland Ford Dealers

Briley Rilling

Dacotah Bank

Mason Kieffer

Olsen Custom Farms, LLC

Christopher Moore


Kaydance Horsley

Riverview, LLP

Adam Eidsness

Christensen Farms

Ianna Brandt

Farm Credit Services of America

Leia Rombough

Farm Credit Services of America

Khloe Johnsen

RDO Equipment Co.

Hannah Larsen


Katelyn Clow

Butler Machinery Company    

When students join the FFA, they typically purchase or borrow jackets to compete in the many Career Development Events offered through FFA.  The jacket is their team "uniform" to be worn at all official FFA events.  The blue corduroy FFA jacket has been the status symbol of the national FFA organization since 1933, when delegates to the national convention voted to make the jacket part of the organization's official attire, thus creating the long-standing tradition.

Individuals and businesses interested in sponsoring an FFA jacket for a SD FFA member should contact Gerri Ann Eide, SD FFA Foundation Executive Director at 605-765-4865 or gerri@sdffafoundation.org.  Sponsorships are $80 per jacket.

The SD FFA Foundation is proud to support Agricultural Education and the FFA's mission to make a difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.   For more information about the South Dakota FFA Foundation and South Dakota's FFA programs, visit www.sdffafoundation.org or like us on facebook.