Ag agents to gather in SD for 100th annual meeting |

Ag agents to gather in SD for 100th annual meeting

BROOKINGS, S.D. – The National Association of County Agricultural Agents (NACAA) will celebrate 100 years of professional development and recognition at its Annual Meeting and Professional Improvement Conference (AM-PIC) July 12 – 16, 2015 at the Sioux Falls Convention Center.

“Our centennial annual meeting will focus on looking at ways that agricultural extension and the land grant university system can continue to be that catalyst for change in rural America,” said NACAA President, Mike Hogan.

NACAA will commemorate its 100-year milestone with a birthday cake celebration July 12, allowing each state the opportunity to decorate its own cake. Representatives from 43 states will be present for the opening day.

South Dakota Secretary of Agriculture Lucas Lentsch will give opening remarks Sunday evening to kick off the 2015 AM-PIC. The conference will also feature performances throughout the week from the Brulé music group, the South Dakota 4-H Performing Arts Troupe, Dustin Evans and capstone speaker Manny Scott.

Hogan believes a major highlight of the conference will be the centennial keynote address delivered by influential university presidents Dr. E. Gordon Gee of West Virginia and Waded Cruzado of Montana State.

“The keynote speakers will look at how extension has made a difference in rural America in the first 100 years and look to the future at how extension is viable to the modern Land Grant University in the United States,” Hogan said.

As a venue for educational development, the AM-PIC will feature special seminars on unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) use, ag economics and climate impacts on agriculture. Extension professionals will also have the opportunity to present applied research and extension programming efforts to their peers via 122 posters and 118 presentations. An annual awards banquet will recognize the achievements of extension personnel from across the nation.

The AM-PIC will wrap up its 100th meeting with a day devoted to professional improvement tours throughout the Midwest on July 16. Tours will showcase modern agricultural operations and conservation practices as well as South Dakota culture.

For more details about the conference, visit NACAA’s 2015 AM-PIC website at or contact Laura Edwards at for more information.

–SDSU Extension