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Governor’s Ag Ambassador Nominations Sought

South Dakota Department of Agriculture

News Release




For Immediate Release: January 25, 2016

Media Contact: Jody Heemstra 605.773.4073




Governor’s Ag Ambassador Nominations Sought


PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) is seeking nominations for the 2016 South Dakota Governor’s Ag Ambassador Award.


Jodi Bechard, SDDA projects coordinator, says nominees should be those who have continually worked to promote agriculture in South Dakota. (Click here for Bechard audio cut.)


Key achievements of the Ag Ambassador:


  • 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.
  • Influences decision makers to develop and implement sound agricultural policies.

Nominations are due to SDDA by Feb. 29, 2016. The form can be found at http://sdda.sd.gov under the “Happening Now” section by clicking “2016 Governor’s Ag Ambassador Nominations.”


The award will be presented during the sixth annual Governor’s Agricultural Summit in Brookings on June 2.


The 2015 Governor’s Ag Ambassador was Dr. Bob Thaler of Brookings. Dr. Thaler has been a professor and South Dakota State University (SDSU) Extension Swine Specialist for 26 years. Dr. Thaler has also taught multiple classes at SDSU helping prepare future farmers and ranchers. He has been recognized as the Ag-Bio College’s Teacher of the Year twice.


Agriculture is a major contributor to South Dakota’s economy, generating $25.6 billion in annual economic activity and employing over 115,000 South Dakotans. The South Dakota Department of Agriculture's mission is to promote, protect, preserve and improve this industry for today and tomorrow. Visit us online at http://sdda.sd.gov or find us on Facebook and Twitter.