Ag Ambassador Award | South Dakota Department of Agriculture

Governor's Ag Ambassador Award


Governor Dennis Daugaard 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. This Ag Ambassador will be recognized at a special award luncheon during the Governor's Agricultural Summit on July 13 in Aberdeen.


2018 Ag Ambassador Award Nomination Form


2017 Governor’s Ag Ambassador Recipient

Lake Area Technical Institute Receives 2017 Governor’s Ag Ambassador Award


PIERRE, S.D.- Lake Area Technical Institute (LATI) of Watertown has been named the 2017 Governor’s Ag Ambassador Award recipient. The recognition will take place Thursday, July 13, at the annual Governor’s Agricultural Summit in Aberdeen.


Founded in 1965 LATI, was the first technical school in South Dakota. Currently, LATI has 29 programs with over 2,000 students and over 20,000 graduates. LATI’s Agriculture Program is one of the top programs on its campus with over 300 students enrolled. Over the past decade, LATI’s Agriculture Program has added Commodity Merchandising, Precision Technology and Environmental Technology to its curriculum. Along with the added curriculum, LATI also constructed the 70,000 square foot facility Agriculture and Environment Center which provides program options such as Ranch Management, Equine Management, Swine Management, Ag Aviation and General Agriculture.


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 agricultural and responsible stewardship of livestock and land; and highlights the significance of South Dakota agriculture to our global food system.

*Influences decision makers to develop and implement sound agricultural policies.

Previous Ag Ambassador Award Recipients

2016- Michelle Rook Click here to view recipient's award presentation video

2015- Dr. Bob Thaler Click here to view recipient's award presentation video

2014- Brad Greenway, Click here to view recipient's award presentation video

2013- Mike Held, Click here to view the recipient's award presentation video.

2012- Jim Woster

2011- Dr. Dan Gee