Register for the Governor’s Ag Development Summit

Posted: 5/18/2012


For Immediate Release: May 17, 2012
Media Contact: Lucas Lentsch, 605-773-5436

 PIERRE, S.D. – “South Dakota Agriculture Means Business” is the theme for the 2012 Governor’s Ag Development Summit in Pierre.

To register for the June 27 summit, visit, or call the South Dakota Department of Agriculture at 773-5436. The summit is open to anyone interested in how agriculture impacts South Dakota’s economy. There is no cost to attend.

The Summit will engage participants in a thoughtful conversation on the business of South Dakota agriculture. As our state’s No. 1 industry continues to grow, the Summit will explore how to expand agricultural business – from increasing international trade and exports, to further developing the state’s livestock industry.

The morning keynote speaker will be John Phipps, host of the U.S. Farm Report, followed by a panel discussion on Exporting and International Trade.

Gov. Dennis Daugaard will present the 2012 Ag Ambassador award during lunch.

The afternoon will continue with a panel discussion on Livestock Development, followed by an afternoon keynote speech on Succession Planning by Gary Sipiorski of VitaPlus.

The Governor’s Ag Development Summit is made possible with support from Avera Health, Bayer Crop Science, CHS, Dacotah Bank, Farm Credit Services of America, First Dakota National Bank, Pfizer Animal Health, Pioneer, and Sanford Health.

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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