Rapid City Chamber of Commerce

 Agriculture & Natural Resource Committee


Committee Chair: Michelle Minnerath, Ketel Thorstenson
Staff Liaison: Rachel Day


To increase economic activity and mutual understanding between Rapid City and its rural neighbors, and address natural resources issues.

 Meeting Information

All meetings are the first Wednesday of the month from 11:45am - 1:00pm at the West River Electric Association

If you would like to attend a meeting, please email Rachel Day at day@rapidcitychamber.com

 Annual Events

Beef Bust and Ag Scholarships(January/February)
Ag on the Square (September)
Western Junior Livestock (October)
Ag Appreciation Banquet (December)


The 2020 scholarship application is now available! If you have questions about this scholarship, you may email Rachel at Day@RapidCityChamber.com.
Please note: This year we are awarding two $2000 scholarships. You must live within a 150 mile radius of Rapid City to be eligible. 

The 2019 Scholarship Recipients were: Kaitlyn Fosheim of Midland; Ethan Geraets of Humboldt; Blake Olson of Chancellor and Jaicee Williams of Wall.

  Aggie & Ag Producer Nominations

Annually, the Chamber selects these awards to honor individuals who have made large contributions to agriculture in western South Dakota. 

Click on either link below to print a nomination form.

The Ag & Natural Resources Committee of the Rapid City Chamber of Commerce is not currently accepting nominations for the 2019 Ag Producer and Aggie of the Year. If you have someone you want to nominate for future years, please feel free to complete one of the applications below. 

Ag Producer of the Year Nomination Form (pdf)

Aggie of the Year Nomination Form (pdf)

 Aggie of the Year & Ag Producer of the Year 

                  Congratulations to the 2019 award winners!

                   2019 Aggie of the Year - Silvia Christen

        2019 Ag Producer of the Year - Slovek Ranch                                  

   2019 Ag Advocate Award - Central States Fair

Committee Members

Michelle Minnerath*
Bruce Anderson
Bill Baker
Bob Baker
Casey Barrett
Mike Bekaert
Alan Bishop
Deb Black
Amanda Blair
Elliot Bloom
Dale Boydston
Karen Boydston
Dick Bray
Ann Brentlinger
Jack Butler
Kristi Cammack
Mary Ellen Cammack
Silvia Christen
Jerry Cope
Lori Cope
Kirk Cordes
Kevin Dietz
Mark DiSanto
Bobbie Jo Donovan
Don Dubej
Jason Eddy
Dennis Eliason
Cory Ferguson
Connie Fischer
Travis Haan
Jim Haar
Austin Hale

     * Chair of Committee

Mark Haugen
Don Hausle
Krista Hofer
Kyle Holt
Wanda Irwin
Ron Jeffries
David Jenner
David Johnson
Bill Keck
John Kerstiens
Lavern Koch
Sue Koch
David Koupal
Terri Labrie
Cynthia Lanham
Tyrel Larson
Jake Lewis
David Lindblom
Monte Lucas
Jeff Marlette
Kari Matlick
Jackie Maude
Codi Mills
John Mitchell
Ron Mitzel
Twila Morris
Kwinn Neff
Tim Nold

Jiggs O’Connell
Matthew Odden
Dan Oedekoven
David Ollila
Erdean Olson
Mark Papousek
Bob Paulson
Scott Phillips
Amy Pravecek
Quentin Riggins
Hilary Risner
Tanner Schilder
Vicki Schilling
Peggy Schlechter
Dave Semerad
Vic Simmons
Deanna Smith
Haven Stuck
Tiffani Robertson
Jim Thompson
Tyler Trevillyan
Tom Troxel
Dan Warren
Don Weller
Stephen Wesolick
Mary Williams
Ben Wudtke

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Chamber Events

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Community Events

June 6

2020 Rapid City Polar Plunge

When:  9:00am / Black Hills Harley-Davidson

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June 20

Wild Deadwood Reads Book Fair

When:  10:00am / Deadwood Mountain Grand, Deadwood, SD

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June 26

Living Proof Live

When:  5:30pm / Civic Center

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