Yankton High School has never had an agriculture program or an FFA Chapter. This offering is now a reality because of a $6,000 donation from the South Dakota Farm Bureau Centennial Community Initiative.


“The addition of two new ag classes in this recent school year, got our students wanting more. They now wanted to start an FFA Chapter,” said Yankton Principal Jennifer Johnke. “Yankton county is one of the few counties who have seen an increase in the number of farms over the years. Many of our students come from agricultural backgrounds and have an interest in pursuing a future in agriculture. We felt this was the perfect fit!” 

The new program was made possible thanks to a $5,000 donation from the South Dakota Farm Bureau Centennial Community Initiative, combined with a $1,000 donation from the Yankton County Farm Bureau.


The SDFB Centennial Community Initiative is a grant program for community projects that serve a need in a community, make a difference, have high visibility and reflect Farm Bureau’s mission and vision. SDFB invested $100,000 in local communities for community improvement projects during its centennial year in 2017.


The project in Yankton, as well as other projects that took place during the SDFB Centennial Year will be recognized at the SDFB Centennial Convention, November 17-18, 2017 at the Sioux Falls Convention Center.  To learn more about the Centennial Convention visit  www.sdfbf.org.