Nomination deadline for 2023 Governor’s Ag Ambassador Award is … – Drgnews

JUNE 26, 2023:

The South Dakota Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources is pleased to announce additional speakers and tour locations for the 2023 Governor’s Agricultural Summit. The event spans two days, with Tuesday, July 18, 2023, dedicated to engaging presentations, followed by industry tours on Wednesday, July 19.

Each year, the Governor’s Ag Summit brings together industry leaders, producers, policymakers, and prospective farmers from South Dakota’s farming and ranching communities to share their experiences and develop personal connections. This year’s agenda will include an ag-economic market outlook, policy updates, a dairy sustainability panel, producer recognition, and multiple perspectives on the 2023 Farm Bill.

Program highlights include:

  • Josh Maxwell, Chairman Thompson’s Policy Director for the U.S. House Agriculture Committee participating virtually. His presentation will provide valuable insights into the inner workings of the Farm Bill.
  • A Dairy Sustainability Panel featuring a diverse range of perspectives from producers and experts in the field.
  • South Dakota economist, Elaine Kub, will delve into the financial dynamics directly impacting rural communities, including interest rates, inflation, and challenges within the global supply chain.
  • Todd Wilkinson, President of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, will share his insight and expertise, as well as highlighting the goals he aims to achieve at the national level.
  • Luke Lindberg from South Dakota Trade will discuss the state’s trade industry and the resources available to South Dakota’s agricultural community.
  • Recognition of the 2023 Governor’s Ag Ambassador Award recipient.
  • Lastly, on Wednesday, July 19 we will host tours at Lake Area Tech and Valley Queen Cheese, providing attendees with firsthand exposure to agricultural programs and industry operations.

The event is free, and attendance is open to all; however, pre-registration is required. To learn more, visit the Ag Summit website.

APRIL 7, 2023:

Today (April 7, 2023) is the deadline to submit nominations for the 2023 Governor’s Ag Ambassador Award to be presented during the South Dakota Governor’s Agricultural Summit being held in July (July 18-19, 2023) at Lake Area Technical College in Watertown.

The Award will be presented to an individual or organization making a positive contribution to South Dakota’s agricultural industry. Nomination forms can be found on the Ag Summit website.

Key achievements of the Governor’s Ag Ambassador award recipient:

  • Provides visionary leadership to South Dakota’s agricultural industry;
  • Champions growth and prosperity of the state’s number one industry;
  • Advocates for agriculture and the responsible stewardship of livestock and land;
  • Highlights the significance of South Dakota agriculture to our global food system; and,
  • Influences decision makers to develop and implement sound agricultural policies.

The agenda for this year’s Ag Summit, organized by the state Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources, includes an ag economic market outlook, policy updates, Farm Bill discussions and producer recognition. The event is free and attendance is open to all. Preregistration is required and may be completed using the Ag Summit website.

Information about the Ag Ambassador award and past winners can be found online at under the “Ag Summit” heading.

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