• Ag Relations

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  • 2022 Committee Members

    Daleena Van Kooten – Chair
    Van Kooten Ag Services
    Dave Gatzke – Co-Chair
    Farm Credit Services

    Bo McCloud - Northwestern Mutual

    Carolyn Knutson - B2B Dance Performance

    Charlie Stephenson - Dacotah Bank

    Dennis Harstad - Prairie Aquatech

    Ellen Schlechter - Hurley & Associates

    Gena Hult - Corteva

    Jeff Jacobson - Statewide Insurance

    Lane Lebrun - Corteva

    Susan Robbins - First Bank & Trust

    Dave Gullickson - Farmers Implement

    Nate Moe - Summit Contracting


    Chamber Board Liason

    Don Greiner-First Bank & Trust


    Chamber Staff Liaison

    Emily Howell- Director of Membership & Marketing

  • 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 a $1,000 scholarship to (1) high school student and (1) post-secondary student pursuing careers in agriculture.  

    As of Dec 1. 2021, the 2022 Ag Scholarship is officially open!

    Please find the complete scholarship application packet linked here and below.

    The application deadline is April 15, 2022. All submissions should include:

    • Applicant information page

    • Applicant Narrative

    • School Official Certification (for high school seniors) or Post-Secondary applicant info.

    Applications can be mailed to:

    Brookings Area Chamber of Commerce

    Ag Relations Committee

    1321 6th St.

    Brookings, SD 57006

    Or emailed to info@brookingschamber.org



    • The Ag Relations committee meets on the first Friday of every month. 
    • 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. 
    • Ag Scholarships Each year the committee awards a $1,000 scholarship to (1) high school student and (1) post-secondary student pursuing careers in agriculture.  
    • 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. 
    • Ag Appreciation Banquet - The committee organizes an annual appreciation banquet for ag producers and guests. 
    • As well as funding for ag-related programming throughout the year