On-line registration is closed. Please contact Dani Hanson at 605.773.2036 or by email at Danielle.Hanson@state.sd.us to register for the Summit.
July 9 & 10, 2015
The Lodge at Deadwood
Deadwood, SD

The Governor's Agricultural Summit will be LIVE on SDPB - 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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If you have questions regarding registration, please contact Dani Hanson at 605.773.2036.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Printable Version

8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.


Foyer Area

10:15 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Black Hills Ag Tour - This tour will highlight the following special services and businesses:

  • Wildland Fire Demonstration
  • Belle Fourche Irrigation District tour
  • Spearfish Forest Products sawmill tour
  • Crow Peak Brewery tour and sampling

Meet in conference center lobby at 10:15 a.m. Bus will depart promptly at 10:30 a.m. Box lunch will be provided on the bus.

5:00 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.

Secretary’s Reception

Hors d'oeuvres and cash bar

Pine Crest A & B

Friday, July 10, 2015

7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.

Registration, Breakfast Buffet, and Networking

Foyer Area / Pine
Crest A & B

8:15 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Welcome and the State of Agriculture Address

Secretary Lucas Lentsch

Agriculture is South Dakota’s biggest industry—and Secretary Lentsch will feature the state’s achievements and success stories in this opening “State of Agriculture” address.

Pine Crest C & D

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Session 1: Political, Scientific and Social Challenges in Agriculture Today

Alex Bjork, World Wildlife Fund

Brian Klippenstein, Protect the Harvest

From the debate surrounding use of GMOs, to questions about appropriate animal care practices, to the discussion of agricultural sustainability, there continues to be extensive public dialogue on agricultural issues. Panelists will provide national and global perspectives on these issues and describe opportunities for agricultural industry participation in these critical societal discussions.

Pine Crest C & D

10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Networking Break

Foyer Area

10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Session 2 – Trade Opportunities for South Dakota Agriculture

Dr. Dermot Hayes, Iowa State University

Director Greg Ibach, Nebraska Department of Agriculture

Senator John Thune, U.S. Senate

International trade has an incredible impact on the agricultural economy of our state. In 2013, South Dakota exported almost $1.6 billion worth of goods to countries around the world. Currently, the U.S. is negotiating two substantial trade agreements with many top trading partners around the world. Speakers will discuss critical policy issues in the negotiations, explain market and economic impacts of the agreements, and describe market access opportunities for South Dakota producers and businesses.

Pine Crest C & D

11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Governor’s Ag Ambassador Award Luncheon

Governor Dennis Daugaard

Pine Crest A & B

1:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

Session 3 - Opportunities for South Dakota Producers

Moderated by Denny Everson

Joshua Kitzan, JHK Sheep representing Kitzan Sheep

Jeff and Jolene Stewart, Stewart’s Aronia Acres LLC

Jon and Breezy Millar, Millar Angus

Brad Nussbaum and Brittany Nussbaum, Cottonwood Ridge Dairy

South Dakota’s farms and ranches are as varied as the producers themselves. This diverse producer panel will highlight their unique operations as long-time agricultural lender Denny Everson leads the panel through a discussion of creating business success with experimental crops, risk diversification, multi-generational operations, and other management decisions.

Pine Crest C & D

2:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

Networking Break

Foyer Area

3:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Session 4 – What’s Ahead for South Dakota Agriculture?

Dr. Steve Meyer, Paragon Economics, Inc.

Dr. Brent Gloy, Purdue University

The last twelve months have brought significant change to agricultural markets—but what does the future hold and what can producers do to stay in the black? This closing session will provide producers with pertinent information about the market outlook for a variety of crop and livestock markets as well as specific considerations for important financial management decisions.

Pine Crest C & D

Closing remarks by Secretary Lentsch

The 2015 Governor’s Agriculture Summit will be held at The Lodge at Deadwood. Below is the hotel information for you to make your reservations.

The Lodge at Deadwood is currently full. Additional rooms are available at:
Cadillac Jack's Gaming Resort
360 Main Street
Deadwood, SD 57732

Springhill Suites
322 Main Street
Deadwood SD, 57732

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. The rate will be honored until the reserved rooms are filled or June 9, 2015, whichever comes first.