On-line registration is closed. Please contact Jodi Bechard at 605.773.5711 or by email at Jodi.Bechard@state.sd.us to register for the Summit.
June 1 & 2, 2016
The Swiftel Center
Brookings, SD

The Governor's Agricultural Summit will be LIVE on SDPB, starting at 8am - June 2nd - Watch Below!

The purpose of the Governor's Agricultural Summit is to bring together leaders in business, finance, education, government and production agriculture to demonstrate agriculture's comparative advantages and discuss ways to harness the industry's potential for economic development.

The Summit is open to anyone who is interested in the ways agriculture impacts South Dakota. There is no cost to attend.

This event is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required.
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     Limited Seating - First 50 Registrants (-20 seats remaining)

You will receive a registration confirmation by email.  

For more information on the 2016 Governor’s Agriculture Summit, please click here

If you have questions regarding registration, please contact Jodi Bechard at 605.773.5711.

Wednesday June 1, 2016 Ag Tour

10:00 am Bus Departs Swiftel Center  
11:00 am Cottonwood Ridge Dairy, Garretson  
12:15 pm Lunch at Cottonwood Ridge Dairy  
2:15 pm SDSU E-Trade Classroom  
2:45 pm SDSU Dairy Bar  
3:45 pm Schade Winery & Vineyard  
5:00 pm Return to Swiftel for Reception  

Thursday, June 2, 2016

7:00 am - 8:00 am



8:00 am - 8:30 am



8:30 am - 10:00 am

Policy Panel

  • Sara Wyant, Agri-Pulse
  • Lynn Tjeerdsma, Senator Thune’s Office
  • Val Dolcini, FSA


10:00 am - 10:30 am



10:30 am - 11:30 am

Keynote Speaker

  • Bill Northey, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture

11:30 am - 1:15 pm

Governor’s Ag Ambassador Award Luncheon

1:15 pm - 2:45 pm

Weather Panel

  • Dr. Darren Clabo, SD School of Mines and Technology
  • Dr. Dennis Todey, South Dakota State University
  • Eric Snodgrass, University of Illinois

2:45 pm - 3:45 pm

Producer Panel (Conservation)

  • Jeff Zimprich Moderating
  • Mark Rilling, Pierre
  • John Moes, Watertown
  • Louie Nigg, Peever

The 2016 Governor’s Agriculture Summit will be held at the Swiftel Center in Brookings. Below is the hotel information for you to make your reservations.

My Place-Brookings
711 32nd Ave
Brookings, SD 57006

Holiday Inn Express & Suites
3020 LeFevre Drive
Brookings SD, 57006

Hampton Inn & Suites
3017 LeFevre Drive
Brookings, SD 57006

Fairfield Inn & Suites
3000 LeFerve Drive
Brookings, SD 57006

In order to receive the Summit group rate you must identify that you are with the Governor’s Ag Summit at the time you make your reservation.