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.


2017 Governor's Ag Ambassador nonimation form


2016 Governor’s Ag Ambassador Recipient

Michelle Rook is no stranger to agriculture growing up on a dairy and crop farm in eastern South Dakota. She graduated from South Dakota State University (SDSU) with a bachelor’s degree in dairy manufacturing and agricultural journalism. She also has a master’s degree in journalism and mass communications from SDSU and earned her broadcast meteorology degree from Mississippi State University.

As a farm director at WNAX, she leads a team that constantly tops the nation in farm audience ratings. Her reporting has taken her across the nation and globe to places such as Washington D.C., China, Brazil, Germany, Mexico and Central America.

In addition to her duties with WNAX, Rook reports for nationally syndicated television shows AgDay and U.S. Farm Report. Michelle has also served as a meteorologist and owns a video production company.  She produces commercials, videos and the Heartland Consumer Reports.

Michelle adds the 2016 Governor’s Ag Ambassador Award to a long list of awards including National Association of Farm Broadcasting’s (NAFB) Farm Broadcaster of the Year in 2008 and NAFB’s Doan Award for Excellence in Ag Reporting in 2015.

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