VALLEY CITY, N.D. – The 2019 North Dakota State Crop Show honoree is Allen Giese, a long-time agricultural education instructor in Wahpeton and the coordinator of youth judging activities at the State Crop Show. The State Crop Show is one of the programs at the annual North Dakota Winter Show.
Giese started his teaching career at Wahpeton High School in 1982 and retired from the position of ag education instructor in 2014. During his time there, over 300 students achieved their State FFA Degree and over 70 students were honored with their American FFA Degree. Over 30 FFA students in the Wahpeton Chapter also earned the prestigious award of State Star Finalist in N.D. FFA contests, with one being named Star Farmer of America Finalist.
Within the State Crop Show, Giese was the FFA Crop Show superintendent for over 10 years and during that time was in charge of receiving crop samples for entry and preparing them for judging. He also coordinated the judging and awarding ribbons to the FFA samples, along with organizing those samples for display.
He’s been a strong ambassador and advocate for the State Crop Show and has encouraged fellow FFA instructors and students to exhibit samples in the crop show.
Over his career, he has been recognized in a number of areas. Some of those include the involvement of the Wahpeton FFA Chapter in the North Dakota Winter Show Sweepstakes Award, which they won from 1997 to 2006. From 1997 to 1999, he conducted a Russian Student Exchange Program, where students went on a 30-day agricultural mission trip through the Rural Enterprise Adaption Program In 2002, the Wahpeton Ag Education department received “Program of the Year” and the FFA Chapter was recognized as a Model of Innovation Chapter in Community Development and received a second-place finish in the nation.
Giese personally was recognized as Agri-Science Teacher of the Year in 1993, Outstanding Secondary Agriculture Teacher in 1998 and the next year received the NDACTE Teacher of the Year award. In 2003, he received the Honorary American FFA Degree, along with Outstanding Program for the NDAAE, the Milken Educator Award in 2004 and the Outstanding Secondary Program in 2005.
He has been active in many community projects as well, including the Bagg Bonanza Farm Historical Preservation Society and as a director of the Red River Sportsman Club. He is still active as an instructor for the Hunter Education program and has judged many places such as the Wilkin County Fair, Red River Valley Fair and for 4-H Achievement Days. He’s been involved in a mentoring program in Richland County, mentoring youth who may be at risk or have a single parent.
Born in 1959 in Appleton, Minn., he grew up on a diversified crop and livestock farm. He received a bachelor’s in Agricultural Education in 1982 from North Dakota State University and in 1989 received a master’s in Education, also from NDSU. Since his retirement in 2014 he keeps busy with many hobbies that include hunting, fishing, gardening and volunteering for various programs in his community. He currently lives in Wahpeton with his wife, Patricia.
Giese will be honored on March 5 at 5 p.m., during the Valley City Chamber Ag Social in the South Exhibit Building at the Winter Show complex.