South Dakota Governor's Ag Summit to address industry's issues, showcase innovation

Dominik Dausch
Farm Forum
The 2022 Governor's Agricultural Summit will be held at the Oscar Larson Performing Arts Center on the campus of South Dakota State University June 22-23.

Between supply chain issues, the Russian-Ukraine War driving up food prices and a three-year drought that's keeping some producers from capitalizing on the market to abate high input costs, farmers and ranchers will have plenty to discuss during the 2022 Governor's Agricultural Summit being held at South Dakota State University in Brookings next week.

The summit, which is being hosted by the Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources, plans to bring South Dakota's ag leaders and lawmakers together to network and discuss solutions to some of the most pressing issues in agriculture.

Starting June 22 at SDSU's Oscar Larson Performing Arts Center, the event will feature multiple speakers; featured speaker Greg Ibach will explain how new and existing conservation practices will play a part in the 2023 Farm Bill, while keynote speaker Chris Koch, a farmer and rancher born without arms or legs, will share his story of perseverance and the hard work that led to his success as a producer.

Other speakers scheduled throughout the day include:

  • Zach Ducheneaux, USDA Farm Service Agency Administrator, provides a Farm Service Agency update
  • Dr. Brent Gloy on agricultural economic insights
  • Angus R. Kelly with the National Corn Growers Association on anticompetitive practices in agriculture affecting South Dakota producers
  • Amanda Radke, South Dakota author, speaker and fifth-generation rancher on how agriculture can lead the U.S. through challenging times

Gov. Kristi Noem is also listed on the agenda, where she will give a policy update before recognizing and handing this year's Governor's Ag Ambassador Award to Walt Bones of Chancellor.

Hunter Roberts, Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources secretary

DANR Secretary Hunter Roberts told Farm Forum Tuesday this year's line-up is meant to appeal to people across the industry with inspirational presentations and thought-provoking conversations on the issues at hand.

"I really feel we have an excellent line-up this year," Roberts said. "My hope is through events like this we can showcase the industry, talk about our successes and challenges, and learn how we can work together to build our state’s No. 1 industry."

Walt Bones, 2022 Governor's Ag Ambassador Award recipient.

"Personally, I am excited to be part of Walt Bone’s recognition as the 2022 Ag Ambassador – Walt has been a great advocate for South Dakota’s ag industry, and this recognition is well deserved," he added.

Day two of the ag summit will continue with tours of innovative farms and agriculture research facilities in the area. Attendees will get a firsthand look at Orland Ridge Dairy's robotic milking facility before splitting into two groups and taking alternating tours of the Swine Education and Research Facility and the Animal Disease and Research Diagnostic Lab at SDSU.

Registration for the ag summit is free and open to all.

Dominik Dausch is the agriculture and environment reporter for the Argus Leader and editor of Farm Forum. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook @DomDNP and send news tips to ddausch@gannett.com.