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 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."