MARSHALL — Southwest Minnesota State University hosted the 12th Annual Ag Bowl Scholarship Invitational, presented by Ralco Nutrition of Marshall, on Friday, February 3, 2023. Over 1,100 FFA students from across the state came to the campus of Southwest Minnesota State University for this year’s invitational. Congressman Brad Finstad and Congresswoman Michelle Fischbach were part of the opening program and visited with FFA students and advisors during their visit.

The Ag Bowl Scholarship Invitational brings FFA students to campus to compete in Career Development Events (CDEs) formatted to the Minnesota FFA-certified rules. The top FFA chapter receives $500, the second-place team $300 and a randomly-selected third team $200. Members of the winning team will also be awarded $500 in SMSU scholarship dollars, and each member on the second-place team will receive $250 in SMSU scholarship dollars. Individual CDE winners will receive SMSU scholarship dollars, too — $500 for first-place winners, and $250 for those finishing second.

This year’s winners include:

2023 SMSU Ag Bowl Scholarship Invitational Winning Chapters:

First Place: Maple River, $500 prize
Second Place: Redwood Valley, $300 prize
Drawing Winner: Eden Valley-Watkins, $200 prize

2023 Ag Bowl Scholarship Career Development Event (CDE) Results and SMSU Scholarships Awarded:

Ag Issues

1st Place: Buffalo, $500 scholarship

2nd Place: Glencoe – Silver Lake, $250 scholarship

Ag Sales

1st Place: Avery Larson, Buffalo, $500 scholarship

2nd Place: Ryan Mayville, Buffalo, $250 scholarship

Best Informed Greenhand

1st Place: Matthew Burns, Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop, $500 Scholarship

2nd Place: Rylee Benda, Jackson County Central, $250 Scholarship

Conduct of Chapter Meetings/Team

1st Place: ROCORI, $500 scholarship per individual

2nd Place: Howard Lake – Waverly – Winsted, $250 scholarship per individual

Creed Speaking

1st Place: Maelee Streufert, Glencoe – Silver Lake, $500 Scholarship

2nd Place: Alivia Fruechte, Pipestone, $250 Scholarship


1st Place: Rachel Tusa, Jackson County Central, $500 Scholarship

2nd Place: Lauren Dolezal, Redwood Valley, $250 Scholarship

Employment Skills

1st Place: Addison Schmidt, Redwood Valley, $500 Scholarship

2nd Place: Autumn Mackendanz, ROCORI, $250 Scholarship

Extemporaneous Public Speaking

1st Place: Lexi Gloege, LQPV, $500 Scholarship

2nd Place: Kylar Larson, Martin County West, $250 Scholarship

Farm Business Management

1st Place: Jessica Widmer, Sibley East, $500 Scholarship

2nd Place: Tobias Conover, Maple River, $250 Scholarship

Fish & Wildlife

1st Place: Lucy Phelps, Maple River, $500 Scholarship

2nd Place: Cooper Olson, St. James, $250 Scholarship


1st Place: Sophia Nelson, Murray County Central, $500 Scholarship

2nd Place: Jenna Boeke, Pipestone Area, $250 Scholarship


1st Place: Jack Frank, Redwood Valley, $500 Scholarship

2nd Place: Paige Wilson, Mountain Lake, $250 Scholarship

Meats (ID only)

1st Place: Aurora Winsel, Pipestone Area, $500 Scholarship

2nd Place: Izabella Klein, Sioux Center, $250 Scholarship

Milk Quality

1st Place: Brielle Brown, Maple River, $500 Scholarship

2nd Place: Maleah Loch, Kimball, $250 Scholarship

Parliamentary Procedure/Team

1st Place: Howard Lake – Waverly – Winsted: $500 scholarship per individual

2nd Place: ROCORI, $250 scholarship per individual

Prepared Public Speaking

1st Place: Chloe Olivier, Pipestone Area, $500 Scholarship

2nd Place: Miriana Eiden, Buffalo, $250 Scholarship

Companion Animal Science

1st Place: Joshua Price, Morris Area, $500 Scholarship

2nd Place: Taryn Helling, St. James Area, $250 Scholarship


1st Place: Colton Carter, Westbrook – Walnut Grove, $500 Scholarship

2nd Place: Isaac Lendt, Sleepy Eye, $250 Scholarship


For complete team and individual results visit: