South Dakota Women in Agriculture

PO Box 44 | Sturgis, SD | 57785

Our mission is to educate women who are making a difference in rural America. To accomplish this, we started an annual conference more than 15 years ago to help bring women together in an inviting, educational setting. We focus not only on agricultural topics, but also on providing networking opportunities and personal development. Women from South Dakota and surrounding states are invited to attend the conference.

                 We are

South Dakota Women in Ag

a group of ladies committed to bettering ourselves and the future of agriculture. We host a conference every fall for other like-minded women and we
invite you to come and join us.

If you are a woman involved in agriculture, hoping to be involved in agriculture or just want to learn more about farming and ranching, this is the place for you.

The women in our group make agriculture their home either as ranchers, farmers, agribusiness women, educators, or in a supporting role for the agriculture industry. We all come from different backgrounds - and live in different areas of the state - but we all have a deep passion for agriculture, and we're dedicated to advocating for the industry. Join us in this journey! Like us on Facebook and watch for our annual conference announcements.

 

Jenn Stomprud grew up on the beaches of Hawaii, spent time surrounded by the mountains in Montana and made her way to the prairie of western South Dakota. Since moving to the family ranch - near Maurine, SD - in 2007, Jenn, her husband and three children have had a steep learning curve.

 

With no agricultural background but a degree in education, Jenn knows the importance of continued learning. She has participated in programs such as Annie’s Project and BeefSD which have helped her establish some agricultural foundations and build relationships with others in the industry.

 

In her spare time, Jenn loves to travel, play guitar and design jewelry.
 

Jenn continues to be a hands-on learner and says the conferece presents a unique avenue to gain and share knowledge about agriculure; "I'm always looking for opportunities to learn, share and encourage others to do the same, which is just one reason I'm a part of South Dakota Women in Ag."

Liz grew up on cattle and wheat ranch east of Sturgis and after 9 years in Denver made Sturgis her home in 1993.   Liz was very active in 4-H and Jr. Leaders as well has the Immaculate Conception Catholic church in Bear Butte valley.  Liz excelled at sewing and Fashion Revue projects but most enjoyed the projects she and her brother Chris worked on together; crop judging, showing calves and raising chickens for eggs and meat.  4-H Rodeo and Horse shows are another favorite memory of family and neighbors enjoying warm summer days and the spirit of competition.  

   

Liz graduated from South Dakota State University with a major in Fashion Merchandising and a minor in Economics and accepted a management position in retail in Denver.   Deciding retail was not a long term career she began working the computer industry and earned an MBA degree with an emphasis on marketing.  At every opportunity Liz returned to the family ranch and helped with whatever was needed; calving, branding and haying usually made up her vacation plans.  When the opportunity presented itself to move home in 1993 she accepted wholeheartedly.  She began working in the cellular phone industry helping to build out the Rapid City and Northern Hills markets.  In 1997 she switched careers to finance and banking.  After 11 years at Farm Credit Services of America she before retiring temporarily to tend to family and take a well deserved break.  

Seven generations have been on the Grubl ranch east of Sturgis.  Currently Liz’s brother and his sons have taken over the place that was originally homesteaded by Leo’s grandfather.  Her two nephews, their wives and the 4 Greats, Klancey, Kaydence, Ryder and Little Leo are very active in the family operation as well.   Liz’s active participation in ag includes owning cattle, working cattle with family trying to keep up with her “Greats” and even cooking occasionally!   Liz also ‘keeps the books’ at Northern Hills Vet Clinic.

After attending a few of the Women in Ag conferences she became active in the organization and joined its’ board of directors in 2006.  This year Liz serves as secretary.  SD Women in Ag celebrates the strengths of women, encourages the camaraderie that gets us thru the hard times and teaches us topical subjects both Ag related and outside our usual purview.  This overnight conference is a great wrap-up the busy summer/fall season.  A chance to breathe, focus and look to the future. 

President: Jenn Stomprud

Secretary: Liz Grubl

Ann Mackaben is a familar face at the South Dakota Women in Ag conference. She's been an integral part of the organization and has served in numerous capacities. She is currently the treasurer.
 

Ann attended SDSU and later transfered to Western Dakota Technical Institute where she earned a business degree. She's held positions with federal agencies and with community banks - allowing her to work one-on-one with producers to help them reach their goals.

Ann and husband Ronny split their time between ranches in Broadus, MT and New Underwood, SD where they are raising cattle, and sharing their love of agriculture with their grandchildren.


During the annual conference, Ann will be found at the registration desk - one of her favorite tasks at the event. She says,  "I love working with people. Seeing familiar faces and meeting new friends at the conference each year are highlights for me." 

Treasurer: Ann Mackaben

Amy Pravecek grew up in Hill City.  She lives near Alva, WY with her husband Ben, son Paxton. Her daughter Payton is a student at South Dakota State University (SDSU).
 

Amy graduated from SDSU. She is a Territory Business Manager for Zoetis – where she enjoys working with producers and ag businesses in western South Dakota and eastern Wyoming.

 

Amy is a well-known ag advocate and a strong supporter and mentor for local FFA and 4-H programs. She enjoys being involved in different ag organizations. In 2016, she graduated from class VIII of South Dakota Ag and Rural Leadership and is an active alumni member.


Amy joined the SDWIA board in 2013, and is currently serving as president. Her favorite aspect of the annual conference is the comradery of ag women of all ages, from all over the state. Amy encourages anyone to attend the conference saying, “It is a fantastic time to socialize, learn and re-fuel your tank with other like-minded, inspirational women.”

 

Past President: Amy Pravecek

Ellen
Reddick

Ellen Reddick had a unique start when she was born in a car enroute to the  Pierre hospital. She grew up in Caputa, graduated from Rapid City Central in 1972 and South Dakota State University in 1977. Today, Ellen runs her ranch near St. Onge where she and her late husband, Duane, made their home in 1983.

 

With degrees in animal and crop science and minors in range management and botany, Ellen has worked in all aspects of agriculture for both state and federal agencies. She was the first female district conservationist in South Dakota for the Soil Conservation Service - known now as the Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Ellen serves as a board member for several conservation organizations in the Black Hills area. She plays an important role on the SDWIA board as she oversees the "Pay-it-Forward" project.


About the conference, she says,"My favorite aspect of Women in Ag is that we empower our women to be agricultural advocates and provide them with the opportunity to network."

Ida Marie Snorteland

Ida Marie Snorteland grew up on a farm that was homesteaded by her great-grandparents, northwest of Vermillion, SD. She earned a degree from the University of South Dakota and was immediately employed as a home economics agent with South Dakota State University (known as South Dakota State College at that time). In 2002, Ida Marie retired from her position as an Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences with an emphasis on Family Resource Management and Foods and Nutrition.
 

During her tenure with SDSU, Ida Marie lived or worked in sixteen counties in South Dakota - from  from Clay County, in the southeast, to Harding County in the northwest. Since 1985, Ida Marie and her husband have called Spearfish home.

She enjoys  quilting, sewing, Make it With Wool, traveling and taking cruises. She's passionate about health care and works with Medicare education and the Affordable Care Act to help people understand a difficult subject.


Ida Marie has been involved with South Dakota Women in Ag from the very early days. During the conference, she shares her knowledge about important topics we all deal with. "My main emphasis has been to help families with communications and estate planning. South Dakota Women in Ag has been very important in my life; from the time we started the first Women in Ag during the late-1980’s to the current time."

 

Robyn
Goddard

Laurie
Tangen

Robyn Goddard and her husband ranch on a fourth generation cow/calf and yearling operation near Prairie City, SD. Robyn is originally from Hazard, NE where she grew up raising and showing livestock. She is a full-time at home Ranch Wife who loves working outside, taking photographs of ranch life, doing crafty projects and reading.

Between the Boston Terrier house dog and Border Collie cow dog there is hardly a dull moment on the ranch. 

 

During the annual conference, Robyn can be found behind the lens of her camera - capturing images (see the photo gallery) of women listening, learning and laughing.

 

Laurie Tangen is a Brookings County farm wife and retired SDSU Extension Educator. She's served on the SDWIA board for more than ten years. She's also served as a 4H leader for 19 years.

 

Laurie brings a very creative touch to the board and the conference. During the creative learning sessions, she can be found in the sewing room with a fun project for novice and experienced seamstresses alike.

Laurie enjoyes sewing and teaching youth to sew. She loves spending time with her grandchildren and traveling.

Laurie looks forward to the annual conference each year and says,
"I enjoy meeting people with the same background and seeing familiar faces each year."