Promote the Agriculture Industry. Help recognize area agriculture producers for the strong foundation they provide the area's economy. Support public policies that will strengthen the agricultural production economy.Ag Scholarship - Each year the committee awards $1000 scholarships to students pursuing careers in agriculture.
- Click here to view the High School scholarship application.
- Click here to view the Higher Education scholarship application.
2021 Scholarship Applications are due March 15th, 2021.
Ag Teacher Resource Grant- Each year the committee awards $500 to an agricultural education teacher seeking to add value to their student's classroom experiences.
- Click here to view the Ag Teacher Resource grant application.
2021 Grant Applications are due August 15th, 2021.
**Update** 2021 Application deadline has been extended to August 29th!
Committee ActivitiesThe Ag Relations committee meets on the first Friday of every month.Ag Appreciation Banquet - The committee organizes an annual appreciation banquet for ag producers and guests.Feed the Farmer- An initiative during spring planting and fall harvest where the committee hand delivers lunches to farmers directly in the field during their busiest times to show appreciation as well as support for the communities they provide for.
2021 Committee MembersCharlie Stephenson – Chair
Daleena VanKooten – Co-Chair
VanKooten Ag Services & Cotton-Tied Boutique
Dennis Harstad—Prairie AquaTech
Carolyn Knutson -Brookings2Broadway
Erich Olson—Thrivent Financial
Paul O’Neil — Dacotah Bank
Susan Robbins-- First Bank & Trust
Paul Johnson-- SDSU
David Gatzke – Farm Credit
Dave Gullickson—Farmers Implement
Roger Rhody – Retired
Shane Swedlund – Raven Industries
Ellen Schlechter – Hurley & Associates
Gena Hult-- Corteva
Chamber Board Liason
First Bank & Trust
Chamber Staff Liaison