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 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
Lane LeBrun- Corteva
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
Don Greiner-First Bank & Trust
Chamber Staff Liaison
Emily Howell- Director of Membership & Marketing