2019 SDWIA Rural Women’s Conference
"Living the Ag Life with a focus on wellness for the people, animals, land and agricultural industry."

It is sure to be a great time of networking, rejuvenation and learning. There is always time to shop vendors, visith with friends and do a fun, creative project!

Keynote: Katie Dilse: Better Together
We fall. We get up. And everyone wants to move forward. Life is constantly teaching us what works,
what doesn’t, and what matters in the end. In life, its who we are. Not, what we aren’t. Our industry, our
businesses, and our homes open doors to establish connections that make two lives greater. Every day. You
can see opportunity. It may not be exactly how you envision. But trust. The process. You are on an adventure.
And, we are Better Together.

Gary Sides from Zoetis: Animal Health

Terryn Drieling- (2018 Advocate of the Year): Unconventional Advocacy- Engaging Folks on (and off) Social

We’ve all been told for years that we need to be telling our stories-stories of agriculture. And there’s
no doubt we should, but where it gets a little fuzzy is in the how. In her presentation, Terryn will share what
she’s learned in her five years of blogging, how using social media can help reach a broader audience, and the
things we can do every day both on and offline to build genuine, lasting relationships with folks who have a
real interest in how food is raised.

Kent Vlieger- USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service
Area Resource Soil Scientist
There are 5 principles to achieving a healthy soil – 1) Minimize soil disturbance (no-till), 2) Keep the soil
covered at all times, 3) Increase plant diversity (crop rotation + diverse cover crop mixes), 4) Keep a living root
in the soil as long as possible, 5) Incorporate livestock into cropping systems.

Amanda Blair: Industry News- Cell Based Meat

Secretary of Agriculture Kim Vanneman

Christina Early from Avera: Wellness and Cancer screening

Financial Panel: Financial Stability
Mike Jonhson from First Interstate Bank
Ron Adams from Farm Services Agency
Karen Simmons from Simons & Silver CPA, PC

Kassandra Cross from Gunderson, Palmer, Nelson and Ashmore

FFA Girls from Wall

Prouty Pottery is facilitating a Creative Learning Activity this year.  You may select from a variety of projects at 2 price points.  Once you have completed your masterpiece it will be whisked away to Rapid City to be fired and returned to the SDWIA registration desk before the conference ends on Friday.


Please select from the following and indicate your choice on the registration form:

$25 Sushi Server, Rice Bowl, Coupe Plate or Bistro Mug

$35 Yukon Bowl, Ying/Yang Server, 10 ½” Square Plate or 3 Section Serving Dish


The sewing project is an easy to sew multi-textural purse. A variety of kits and sizes will be available to choose from.  Join us for a fun sewing session. 

Guidance, supplies and sewing machines will be provided!!  And if you prefer to use your own sewing machine - bring it along!


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.