South Dakota: National ag politics expert Wes Jamison to speak on SDSU campus March 25 |

South Dakota: National ag politics expert Wes Jamison to speak on SDSU campus March 25

BROOKINGS, SD – Wes Jamison, a nationally-recognized expert in agricultural politics and public relations, will speak at South Dakota State University on March 25.

Jamison is a professor at Palm Beach Atlantic University in Florida, and he will present a keynote speech entitled “The Morality of Food Production.” The event takes place from noon-2 p.m. at the SDSU Performing Arts Center in Brookings. In addition, Jamison will visit with other groups and classes while on campus.

Jamison will discuss the intense conflict in U.S. animal agriculture regarding the proper role and treatment of animals. Most analysis of these issues involves physiological, behavioral and economical impacts, yet some say the issue simply can be boiled down to what is determined “socially and politically acceptable by two competing worldviews.”

Jamison’s seminar will cover information on the conflicting views regarding the consumptive use of livestock, the tactics of the Humane Society of the United States, and a completely new concept that explains the need of animal agricultural producers to share the stories about their work with the public.

Extension Swine Specialist Bob Thaler, who helped organize the Jamison event, said the professor’s visit gives many South Dakotans an opportunity to gain insight from an expert.

“While we’re excited to have Dr. Jamison speak on campus, we invite any and all interested parties to come and take part in the event,” Thaler said. “Animal agriculture impacts every aspect of business and life in South Dakota, and the March 25 event is a great opportunity to gain perspective on the challenges animal agricultural producers now face.”

The SDSU Pre-Veterinary Club and the SDSU Swine Club have collaborated to organize the Jamison presentation. The National Pork Producers Council is a co-sponsor of the program.

For more information about the event, e-mail student organizer Ethan Spronk at, or call Extension Swine Specialist Bob Thaler at 605-688-5435 or SDSU Animal and Range Science Assistant Professor Chris Hostetler at 605-688-5011.

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