Roger Scheibe of Brookings has been named the 2018 Governor’s Ag Ambassador Award recipient. The recognition will take place Thursday, July 12, at the annual Governor’s Agricultural Summit in Rapid City.
Scheibe grew up on a dairy farm near Wolsey, South Dakota, and earned a B.S. in dairy science and manufacturing from South Dakota State University. He has worked as a dairy farmer, a dairy inspector, a director of dairy development programs for South Dakota and an agricultural lender for First Bank and Trust. From 2009 until his retirement in 2017, he served as Industry Relations Manager for the Midwest Dairy Association in South Dakota, as well as the Executive Director of the South Dakota Dairy Producers Association.
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 practices and responsible stewardship of livestock and land.
- Highlights the significance of South Dakota agriculture to our global food system.
- Influences decision makers to develop and implement sound agricultural policies.
“Whether assisting at a Breakfast on the Farm event or helping a family expand their farm to allow their child to come back home, Roger has been a great advocate for the dairy industry,” stated South Dakota deputy secretary of agriculture Kyle Holt. “His passion has helped to shape the future of the dairy industry and agriculture in South Dakota.”
Agriculture is a major contributor to South Dakota’s economy, generating $25.6 billion in annual economic activity and employing over 115,000 South Dakotans. The South Dakota Department of Agriculture's mission is to promote, protect and preserve South Dakota agriculture for today and tomorrow. Visit us online at sdda.sd.gov or find us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.