• Ag Relations

  • Mission Statement

    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.
    • The 2021 application period is currently closed

    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. 

    • Grant Application due September 15th!
    • Click here to view the Ag Teacher Resource grant application.



    Committee Activities

    The 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. 
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  • 2021 Committee Members

    Charlie Stephenson – Chair
    Dacotah Bank
    Daleena VanKooten – Co-Chair
    VanKooten Ag Services & Cotton-Tied Boutique

    Dennis Harstad—Prairie AquaTech

    Lane LeBrun- Corteva

    Brad McManus-SDSU-Plant

    Carolyn Knutson -Brookings2Broadway

    John Killefer—SDSU 

    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

    David Gullickson -- Farmers Implement & Irrigation / Kubota

    Nicolas Passone -- SDSU College of Ag, Food, & Environmental Sciences

    Jeff Jacobson  -- StateWide Insurance

    Lane LeBrun -- Corteva / Pioneer Hi-Bred International

    Bo McCloud -- Northwestern Mutual - Bo McCloud

    Chamber Board Liason

    Don Greiner-First Bank & Trust


    Chamber Staff Liaison

    Emily Howell- Director of Membership & Marketing

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