Ag Ambassador Nominations Sought

Posted: 2/3/2012


For Immediate
February 2, 2012

Media Contact: Lucas Lentsch or
Sarah Jorgensen, 605-773-5436


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

Nominees should be those who have continually worked to promote agriculture in South Dakota.  The individual or organization nominated must possess:

  • Strong ties to agriculture in South Dakota
  • Leadership skills in agriculture
  • An emphasis on education through campaigns or programs, and
  • Focus on proactive agriculture policies and practices

Nominations are due to SDDA by April 1 and can be found at The award will be presented during the Governor’s Ag Development Summit in Pierre on June 27.

The 2011 Governor’s Ag Ambassador was Dr. Dan Gee, who had a 30-year career at South Dakota State University as a professor and coach of the livestock judging
team. He later became executive director of the South Dakota Ag and Rural
Leadership Program.

Agriculture is South Dakota's No. 1 industry, generating nearly $21 billion in annual
economic activity and employing more than 80,000 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 or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.



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