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Welcome from Governor Noem

I am excited to welcome you to the 2022 Governor's Agricultural Summit in Brookings this year. Agriculture is the lifeblood of the South Dakota economy. The Ag Summit brings producers and industry leaders together to discuss ongoing struggles and new innovations. This past year, producers faced many challenges, from supply chain disruptions and low cattle prices to drought. The annual Ag Summit is the perfect forum for our community to come together and discuss solutions to these critical issues so we can keep our Ag economy going strong.

Keynote and Featured Speakers

Chris Koch

Renowned Motivational Speaker
"If I Can..."

Chris Koch doesn’t let limitations or obstacles stand in his way. Despite being born without arms and legs, Koch grew up like any other small-town kid — playing road hockey, causing mischief at school, and helping out on his family farm. Neither he or his family treated his disability like a tragedy, and instead used it to fuel his dreams. Today, Koch is a motivational speaker who inspires his audiences to continually challenge themselves and build the life they dream of.

Born in Lethbridge, Alberta, Koch was raised in the small farming and ranching community of Nanton, Alberta. Early on, he learned that he would not be raised with pity or sympathy. Sure, he had to do things a little differently and some tasks took him a little longer to complete than others, but he was determined to be just like the rest and was always treated just like the rest. After all, he still had a good head on his shoulders and with that, anything is possible.

Koch loves sharing his story and spreading his message of, “If I Can…” An avid traveler, marathoner, and farmer, his presentation reflects his full life. Simply put, Koch says, if I can do what I’ve done so far in my life, what’s stopping others from doing the same?

Greg Ibach

Secretary-in-Residence at the University of Nebraska Lincoln

Greg Ibach is the Under Secretary-in-Residence at the University of Nebraska Lincoln’s Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources. During the Trump Administration, Mr. Ibach served as the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs. Prior to joining USDA, Mr. Ibach led Nebraska’s Department of Agriculture for 13 years, making him the longest serving director in the organization’s history.

The farm bill, which primarily affects the USDA, is passed roughly every five years, and has a tremendous impact on farmers and ranchers across the country. The current farm bill will expire in 2023 and discussions are already underway to plan for the next one. Most expect conservation and climate programs to be heavily emphasized in the next farm bill and many worry an emphasis on new, climate related efforts will ignore proven conservation practices already in place. In South Dakota, many farmers and ranchers currently use sustainable practices on their land, such as rotational grazing, no-till farming, buffer strips, or cover crops. Mr. Ibach will explain how producers who incorporate new and existing conservation practices in their operations could be recognized and rewarded for their efforts by the next farm bill. He will also discuss reimagining federal conservation programs and how producers can use outcome driven data to enhance their operation while protecting and preserving our environment and natural resources.

Hunter Roberts

Secretary of Department of Agriculture & Natural Resources

Hunter Roberts currently serves South Dakota as the Cabinet Secretary of the Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources. In August 2019, he began leading the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in its mission to protect public health and the environment. One year later, Governor Noem announced her plans to merge the Departments of Agriculture and Environment and Natural Resources into the Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources (DANR) and tapped Hunter to lead the merger and the new department. Now operating as a single agency, DANR’s mission is to protect and preserve agriculture, environment, and natural resources through effective regulatory services, natural resource conservation, and financial and technical assistance.

He began his career in public service with the Governor's Office of Economic Development in 2007 as the Assistant State Energy Director. Soon after, he transitioned to the Energy Policy Director where he led the state's efforts to promote business development in power generation, energy production, and clean energy manufacturing until the end of 2014.

Hunter then went on to serve as a policy advisor to Governor Dennis Daugaard where he worked on issues related to transportation, agriculture, energy, environment, land management, and outdoor resources. Most recently, Hunter served as the deputy secretary and director of labor and management at the Department of Labor and Regulation.

Through service, communication, collaboration, and hard work, Hunter strives to lead by example and truly believes in the power of a “can-do” attitude.

Hunter holds a master's degree in business administration and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of South Dakota.

A South Dakota native, Hunter resides in Pierre with his wife and two children. He is a 5th generation South Dakota farmer and rancher, who owns and operates a diversified grain and cow-calf farm and ranch southeast of Ft. Pierre with his family.

Amanda Radke

Speaker and Master of Ceremonies

Amanda Radke is a fifth-generation rancher from Mitchell, SD. She advocates for producers and believes everyone should have access to safe, affordable, and nutritious food. Radke is an alumna of SDSU, with a degree in Agricultural Education, Communication & Leadership. Radke has dedicated her career to serving as a voice for the nation’s farmers and ranchers, tackling hot industry issues on social media. She is a former National FFA Extemporaneous Speaking Champion, National Beef Ambassador, and an author of seven agriculturally themed children’s books.

In Radke’s presentation, “How Agriculture Can Lead a Nation Through Challenging Times”, she will challenge the audience to look for new business opportunities and find innovative ways to add value to their operation.

Brent Gloy

Agricultural Economic Insights

Coming out of 2020 things started to turn up for agriculture. Indeed, 2021 will go down as one of the most profitable years most agricultural producers have seen. Now cost structure is rising rapidly and great uncertainty looms everywhere in the macro and ag economies. Dr. Gloy will help participants make sense of this uncertainty and sort through the noise as you develop your business strategies for 2022 and beyond. Dr. Gloy is an ag economics professor turned farmer who will bring his practical and understandable economic perspectives to this session that will help you position your business financial success.

Learning Outcomes:

Participants will be able to:

  • Understand the supply and demand factors shaping agricultural markets

  • Understand the financial condition of the U.S. farm sector

  • Describe frameworks that streamline decision making in an uncertain environment

Dr. Brent Gloy is an agricultural economist specializing in agricultural finance and agribusiness management. The majority of his research has focused on issues related to the supply and demand for credit and farmland values. His research has been quoted and referenced in media ranging from the farm press, to the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, the Economist, Bloomberg, Reuters, USA Today, and Barron’s, among others. Brent founded and served as the first Director of Purdue’s Center for Commercial Agriculture. Dr. Gloy’s current writings can be found on his website Agricultural Economic Insights, www.ageconomists.com

Dr. Gloy has held tenured faculty positions in agricultural economics at Purdue University and Cornell University. He is currently operating his family farming operation in Southwest Nebraska. Brent received his masters and doctorate degrees in agricultural economics from Purdue University and his undergraduate degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Angus R. Kelly

National Corn Growers Association

Angus R. Kelly will discuss the anticompetitive practices affecting South Dakota producers and share insights on how farmers and ranchers can fight against these practices to ensure their operation stays viable.

Angus was born in rural South Carolina to a preacher and a teacher, and spent his summers working in cotton and corn fields eventually taking him to N.C. State University to study Agribusiness, History and French. Upon graduation, his heart led him to agricultural development with the U.S. Peace Corps in West Africa. Following his service, Angus joined the government and regulatory affairs team at the National Cotton Council in Washington, D.C. Later recruited by an agrochemical and seed company, he spent a dozen years with Syngenta first as a lobbyist and then in leadership roles from the European Union to Hawaii to Switzerland where he managed corporate affairs for Africa and the Middle East. Over the years Angus continued his education at Stanford, the Graduate Institute of Geneva, and INSEAD France. With ink in his blood, he’s collaborated on stories ranging from Reuters, Jeune Afrique, The Wall Street Journal, Inside U.S. Trade to The Times of London. Today, Angus and his family live in Washington, D.C. where he manages the National Corn Growers Association trade portfolio.

Day 1 Keynotes, Speakers,
& Ag Ambassador Award

Our keynote speaker, Chris Koch will share his story of being born without arms or legs and pursuing his dream of becoming a farmer and rancher. In the afternoon, Greg Ibach, Under Secretary-in-Residence at the University of Nebraska Lincoln’s Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources will discuss reimagining federal conservation programs and how they play a part in the next farm bill. Also to be included will be an ag-economic market outlook, policy updates, and producer recognition.

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Day 2 Farm Tour – Thursday, June 23

Join us on Thursday, June 23, 2022 for bus tours that highlight innovations in South Dakota’s agriculture industry. Participants will visit the robotic milking facility at the Orland Ridge Dairy near Madison, SD. Other stops include South Dakota State research facilities including the Swine Education and Research Facility and the Animal Disease and Research Diagnostic Laboratory.

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2022 Governor’s Agricultural Summit

2022 South Dakota Governor's Ag Summit will be held June 22-23, 2022 on the campus of South Dakota State University.

HOTEL ROOM BLOCKS (available until 5/22/2022):
Mention "Governor's Ag Summit" when reserving
Hampton Inn $119+tax, (605) 697-5232
My Place $119+tax, (605) 696-3150
Super 8 $89+tax, (605) 692-6920

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  • Farm Tour Agenda
  • Registration, Vendors and Donations Opens
  • Kick-off Conference
  • Event
  • Event
  • Event
  • Break, Refreshments, Networking, Headshots, Donations
  • Event
  • Governor Kristi Noem Speaks, Q&A
  • Conference Ends

Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) Training SDSU Extension Pre-Event

SDSU Extension will host a Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) Training on Tuesday, June 21 from 5-6:30 p.m. at South Dakota State University. Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) is a one-hour training that teaches three simple steps that anyone can learn to save a life from suicide. Additional information and registration for the event can be found here:

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2022 Ag Ambassador Award

Walt Bones- On Wednesday, June 22nd, Governor Noem will recognize Walt Bones as the 2022 Governor’s Ag Ambassador

Governor Kristi Noem is pleased to recognize an individual or organization that has made a positive contribution to South Dakota's agricultural industry.

South Dakotans have long valued servant leadership, hard work, honesty, humility, and respect for others. This award recognizes a South Dakota citizen who embodies these qualities.

Submit your nomination for the Governor's Ag Ambassador Award below.
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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 agriculture and the responsible stewardship of livestock and land.
  • Highlights the significance of South Dakota
  • Influences decision makers to develop and implement sound agricultural policies.

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