South Dakota Ag Ambassador nominations sought |

South Dakota Ag Ambassador nominations sought

PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) is seeking nominations for the 2014 South Dakota Governor’s Ag Ambassador Award.

Nominees should be those who have continually worked to promote agriculture in South Dakota.

Key achievements of the Ag Ambassador:

• Provides visionary leadership to South Dakota’s agricultural industry.

• Champions growth and prosperity of the state’s number one industry.

• Advocates for modern agricultural practices and responsible stewardship of livestock and land; and highlights the significance of South Dakota agriculture to our global food system.

• Influences decision makers to develop and implement sound agricultural policies.

Nominations are due to SDDA by April 21 and the form can be found at

The award will be presented during the fifth annual Governor’s Agricultural Summit in Deadwood on June 27.

The 2013 Governor’s Ag Ambassador was Mike Held of Huron. Held was given the award based on his contributions to South Dakota’s agricultural industry, including a 36-year career at South Dakota Farm Bureau Federation as their chief executive officer.

Agriculture is South Dakota’s No. 1 industry, generating over $21 billion in annual economic activity and employing more than 122,000 South Dakotans. The South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s mission is to promote, protect, preserve and improve this industry for today and tomorrow. Visit us online at or find us on Facebook and Twitter. F