Walt Bones Named 2022 Governor’s Ag Ambassador

Walt Bones

Walt Bones 2022 SD Governor’s Ag Ambassador. Photo courtesy of DANR

PIERRE S.D. – Walt Bones of Chancellor has been named the 2022 Governor’s Ag Ambassador Award recipient. On Wednesday, June 22, he will be recognized as part of the annual Governor’s Agricultural Summit in Brookings.

Bones is a fourth-generation producer and long-time advocate for the industry. He and his family operate a diversified crop, livestock, and commercial agribusiness on the family farm near Parker. Bones actively advocates for agriculture on the national, regional, and local levels and regularly hosts tours featuring his diverse operation, conservation efforts, and promotion of the agriculture lifestyle. In addition, Bones has served on multiple boards and committees including Governor Daugaard’s Ag Advisory Board, SD Corn Growers Board, Avera Foundation Board, SD Cattleman’s Association Board, and served as the South Dakota Secretary of Agriculture from 2011-2013. Bones is active in Junior Achievement and SD Ag in the Classroom, always looking for ways to impact the next generation of farmers and ranchers. His experience as a producer and dedicated service to these diverse organizations make him an asset to South Dakota’s agriculture industry.

“Walt is passionate about agriculture and is a true leader in the industry,” said Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources (DANR) secretary Hunter Roberts. “He has dedicated much of his life to protecting and enhancing the future of agriculture in South Dakota and deserves to be recognized as the 2022 Governor’s Ag Ambassador.”

The 2022 Ag Summit is hosted by the South Dakota Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources and is being held on the South Dakota State University campus on June 22 and 23. The event is free, and attendance is open to all, however, pre-registration is required.

Past Governor’s Ag Ambassador recipients include Jeff Lakner, Paul Casper, Roger Scheibe, Lake Area Tech, Michelle Rook, Dr. Bob Thaler, Brad Greenway, Mike Held, Jim Woster, and Dr. Dan Gee.

Ag Ambassadors are chosen on the following criteria: providing visionary leadership to the South Dakota ag industry, serve as a champion of the state’s agricultural growth and prosperity, advocate for the responsible stewardship of livestock and land, highlight the significance of the state of South Dakota and influence decision makers to develop and implement sound agricultural policies.

For more information on or to preregister for the Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources Ag Summit, visit their website.

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