On-line registration is closed. Please contact Kea Warne at 605.773.2036 or by email at Kea.Warne@state.sd.us to register for the Summit.
June 26 & 27, 2014
The Lodge at Deadwood
Deadwood, SD

The purpose of the Governor's Agricultural Summit is to bring together leaders in business, finance, education, government and production agriculture to demonstrate agriculture's comparative advantages and discuss ways to harness the industry's potential for economic development.

The Summit is open to anyone who is interested in the ways agriculture impacts South Dakota. There is no cost to attend.

This event is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required.
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     Limited Seating - First 50 Registrants (50 seats remaining)

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For more information on the 2014 Governor’s Agriculture Summit, please click here

If you have questions regarding registration, please contact Kea Warne at 605.773.5425.


Thursday, June 26, 2014

8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.



Foyer Area

11:00 – 4:30 p.m.

Black Hills Ag Tour - This tour will highlight the following special projects of the SD Department of Agriculture:

·         Wildland Fire Demonstration

·         Mountain Pine Beetle Identify, Marking, & Treatment Demonstration

·         Belle Joli Wine Tour – Wine Tasting and Champagne Production Demonstration

Meet in hotel lobby at 10:45 a.m.  Bus will depart promptly at 11:00 a.m.  Box lunch will be provided on the bus.

5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Secretary’s Reception

Hors d'oeuvres and cash bar

Pine Crest B



Friday, June 27, 2014

7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.

Registration, Breakfast Buffet, and Networking

Foyer Area / Pine Crest B

8:15 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.


Welcome and the State of Agriculture Address

Secretary Lucas Lentsch


Agriculture is South Dakota’s biggest industry—and Secretary Lentsch will feature the state’s achievements and success stories in this opening “State of Agriculture” address.

Pine Crest C & D

9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.


Session 1:  Farm Bill Update: What Choices Will You Make?

Michael Scuse, Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services, U.S. Department of Agriculture


Implementation of the Agricultural Act of 2014 is well underway, but producers still have enrollment options to consider in commodity programs, conservation services, and other programs. Under Secretary Scuse will review key features of the new farm bill and highlight provisions that will assist South Dakota farmers and ranchers.

Pine Crest C & D

9:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

Networking Break

Foyer Area

10:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.



Session 2 – Keys to Agricultural Development: Roads, Rails, and Rivers

Senator Mike Vehle, Chairman, South Dakota Senate Transportation Committee

Mike Steenhoek, Executive Director, Soy Transportation Coalition

Jim Schmidt, Commissioner for Lincoln County


South Dakota’s agricultural industry relies heavily on a robust and functioning transportation infrastructure. Panelists will lead a conversation about strategic local, state and federal investments for intermodal transportation—a key component of continued successful agricultural economic development.

Pine Crest C & D

11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.


Governor’s Ag Ambassador Award Luncheon

Governor Dennis Daugaard

Pine Crest B

1:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.



Session 3  - Environmental and Regulatory Issues Forum

Jeff Zimprich, State Conservationist for Natural Resources Conservation Service

Michael Formica, Chief Environmental Counsel at National Pork Producers Council

Mike Naig, Deputy Secretary, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship


Farmers and ranchers face an increasing burden of environmental and regulatory issues—including water quality, climate change, dust, water availability, and wildlife management just to name a few. This discussion will include a briefing on significant federal rulemaking initiatives and precedent-setting lawsuits that impact production agriculture. Tools and resources which can aid producers’ regulatory compliance and preparedness will be highlighted, and panelists will share strategies for voluntary, state-driven stewardship programs.

Pine Crest C & D

2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Networking Break

Foyer Area

3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.


Session 4 – What’s Ahead for South Dakota Agriculture?

Brent Gloy, Professor of Agricultural Economics, Purdue University

John Blanchfield, Senior Vice President of American Bankers Association


Recent years have been largely prosperous for the ag industry—but what does the future hold?  Savvy agriculturists will pursue opportunities in global trade, value added products, and growing consumer trends…but what risks will they face? From world political incidents to federal tax reform to farmland value trends and more, this closing session will cover a breadth of issues and questions that will shape the future of agriculture.

Closing remarks by Secretary Lentsch

Pine Crest C & D

The 2014 Governor’s Agriculture Summit will be held at The Lodge at Deadwood. Below is the hotel information for you to make your reservations.

The Lodge at Deadwood
100 Pine Crest
Deadwood, SD 57732


Governor’s Agriculture Summit rate at The Lodge at Deadwood: $139.00 plus tax per night.

In order to receive the Summit group rate you must identify that you are with the Governor’s Ag Summit at the time you make your reservation. This room rate will be available for June 25, 26, and 27. The block of rooms has been released but the conference group rate will still be honored if there are rooms available.