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.
July 11 & 12, 2018
Best Western Ramkota
Rapid City, SD

The Governor’s Agriculture Summit will be LIVE on SDPB, starting at 1:45pm July 11th and again at 8am July 12th - 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 (60 seats remaining)

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For more information on the 2018 Governor’s Agriculture Summit, please click here

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


Wednesday, July 11:

8:00am - 7:00pm - Registration

8:00am - 1:30pm - Ag Tour: 777 Bison Ranch, Hermosa SD
Meet in conference center lobby at 8:00am. Bus will depart promptly at 8:10am. Lunch is provided

1:30pm - 1:45pm - Break

1:45pm - 2:00pm - Welcome: Interim Secretary Dr. Dustin Oedekoven

2:00pm - 3:30pm - Session 1: Challenges and Opportunities in the Current Agricultural Economy

  • Dr. Matt Roberts, Founder at Kernmantle Group
  • David Widmar, Agricultual Economic Insights

3:30pm - 3:45pm - Networking Break

3:45pm - 5:00pm - Session 2: Agricultural Successes in Local Communities

  • Bryan Sanderson, Business Development Director SDDA- Moderator
  • Chef Scott Brinker, Rapid City Regional
  • Gwen Kitzan, Kitzan Family Farms
  • Amy Pravecek, Zoetis Territory Business Manager and President of SD Women in Ag

5:00pm - 7:00pm - Reception

Thursday, July 12:

7:00am - 12:00pm - Registration

7:00am - 8:00am - Breakfast

  • 8:00am - 9:30am - Session 3: Forestry in the Black Hills
  • Greg Josten, South Dakota State Forester, –Moderator
  • Corissa Busse, Western SD Conservation Manager for The Nature Conservancy
  • Mark Van Every, Supervisor, Black Hills National Forester
  • Ben Wudtke, Executive Director of Black Hills Forest Resource Association

9:30am - 10:00am - Networking Break

10:00am - 11:45am - Panel 2: Pollinators in South Dakota

  • Governor Dennis Daugaard- Moderator
  • Matt Morlock, Acting Director, Pheasants Forever South Dakota Regional Office
  • Jerry Schmitz, Vermillion Farmer
  • Jeff Zimprich, State Conservationist, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

11:45am - 12:00pm - Break

12:00pm - 1:30pm - Governor’s Ag Ambassador Luncheon

The 2018 Governor’s Agriculture Summit will be held at the Best Western Ramkota in Rapid City. Below is the hotel information for you to make your reservations.

Best Western Ramkota Hotel
2111 N LaCrosse St
Rapid City, SD, 57701
Best Western Ramkota Hotel

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.