S.D. Dept. of Ag reorganizes Division of Agricultural Development

Farm Forum

PIERRE – In an effort to better support and promote the state’s agriculture industry, the South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s (SDDA) Division of Agricultural Development has assigned representatives to specific regions in South Dakota.

“In working with Secretary Lentsch’s vision to streamline SDDA’s efforts and increase efficiencies, we are excited to be taking this new approach to best serve South Dakota’s agriculture community,” said Paul Kostboth, director of Agricultural Development.

In the past, agricultural development specialists have worked throughout the state. Agricultural Development’s new representatives will now focus on specific regions of the state, serving as a resource for all local agriculture related efforts.

“This regional focus will give the Division of Agricultural Development a better way to be a consistent local resource,” said Kostboth.

Representatives will be reaching out to the counties, towns, townships, economic development groups and producers in their regions over the coming weeks and months.

“Agriculture is the only industry that is consistently investing in rural South Dakota,” said Kostboth. “We want to work closely with local leaders, supporting their efforts to pursue those investment opportunities that are so vital to the ongoing success of their communities.”

A map and contact information for the appropriate regional representatives can be found at the following link:

For more information regarding this re-organization, contact Paul Kostboth at 605.773.6503 or e-mail