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.
The 2020 Ag Ambassador will be recognized at a special award luncheon during the Governor's Agricultural Summit on July 17th and 18th in Sioux Falls.
Paul Casper Receives 2019 Governor's Ag
PIERRE, S.D.- Governor Kristi Noem today named Paul Casper of Lake Preston as the 2019 Governor’s Ag Ambassador Award recipient. He will be recognized at the annual Governor’s Agricultural Summit in Sioux Falls on July 11.
"Paul Casper embodies hard work, honesty, and humility, said Governor Noem. "Paul’s visionary leadership has increased processing opportunities for farmers and communities across South Dakota. He is one of our state’s strongest agricultural ambassadors, and I'm proud to recognize him with this well-deserved award."
Paul has worked diligently and optimistically to advance agriculture in our state," said Secretary of Agriculture Kim Vanneman. “He has dedicated much of his life to finding solutions that will improve life for South Dakota’s producers, as well as others across our state, nation, and world.”
Casper grew up on his family farm in Lake Preston, SD, where he farms today with his son, Drew. Over the years, Casper has been a key player in South Dakota’s soybean industry. He was one of the driving forces behind the creation of the South Dakota Soybean Processors Cooperative, the first soybean processing cooperative in South Dakota. He also served as the president of the South Dakota Soybean Association and lobbied both the South Dakota legislature and the U.S. Congress on behalf of agriculture. Casper has worked diligently to help protect South Dakota’s natural resources, including serving on the River Basin Natural Resource District Oversight Advisory Task Force.
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
2019 - Paul Casper
2018 - Roger Scheibe
2017 - Lake Area Tech
2016 - Michelle Rook
2015 - Dr. Bob Thaler
2014 - Brad Greenway
2013 - Mike Held
2012- Jim Woster
2011- Dr. Dan Gee