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.

Congratulations to our 2018 award recipients!

2018 South Dakota Ag Woman of the Year
Kris Rausch, Gettysburg, SD  {left}

2018 South Dakota Young Gun of Ag
Darian Roghair, Okaton, SD  {right}

Kris Rausch, of Gettysburg was named the 2018 South Dakota Ag Woman of the Year – an award presented to a woman from South Dakota who is making her living in agriculture and sharing her love of the industry with future generations. Kris and her husband Bob farm along with their sons and families. Kris is involved in the day-to-day operations of their multi-generational farm through all seasons. She has also been involved in many agricultural organizations from South Dakota Extension and South Dakota Farm Bureau, to Medicine Rock Cattlewomen and the South Dakota Soil Health Coalition. And she continues to learn and share her knowledge of agriculture with others.
 

Darian Roghair, of Okaton, SD, was named the 2018 South Dakota Young Gun of Ag – an award that recognizes a young woman, 25 years or younger, who is embracing the agriculture industry and is encouraging others by example to consider a career in the industry. Darian ranches with her family – parents Brad and Shawna, and five younger sisters. She is involved in the family’s registered Black Angus and Red Angus operation and helps out at other ranches in the area. Darian enjoys selecting replacement heifers and sale bulls each year and promotes them online. She learned to artificially inseminate and ultrasound cattle and is building a business because of these skills.  
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Thank you award sponsors!
Cross Five Cattle Coolers  - Ryan & Keri Casteel

•Bertolotto Real Estate & Auction, Inc - Bob Bertolotto

•Mackaben Ranches - Ronny & Ann Mackaben

•First Interstate Bank - Sturgis Branch