• January 2020

Celebrating Agriculture

Each year the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce Agri-Business Division recognizes a Farm Family of the Year and an Agri-Business Citizen(s) of the Year.

A subcommittee of the Agri-Business Division nominates deserving families and agri-business citizens to be considered for the award and the voting members of the Agri-Business Council choose the winners.

The 2020 Farm Family of the Year is the Eggers Family of Renner, South Dakota. Brian Gilbert is the Agri-Business Citizen of the Year. Both the Eggers Family and Gilbert will be recognized at the Mayor's Round-Up & Sale of Champions at the Sioux Empire Livestock Show and at the Agri-Business Division Awards Banquet in the spring. The Farm Family also shares their expertise by sitting on the Chamber's Agri-Business Division Council for a year.

Click here for the 2019 Agri-Business Citizen of the Year
Click here for the 2019 Farm Family of the Year

2020 Sioux Empire Livestock Show

The Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce Sioux Empire Livestock Show is an annual celebration of the importance of agriculture in the region. Beginning in 1954, each January, agricultural producers and members of the Sioux Falls area business community gather to participate in a variety of events, from livestock shows and sales, to junior and collegiate judging competitions and a trade show.

As a $25.6 billion industry in South Dakota, agriculture directly impacts the Sioux Falls area economy. The success of the Livestock Show is directly related to the efforts of area businesses, individuals and producers who devote their time and talents to the event. The Sioux Empire Livestock Show has an estimated economic impact of $3 million.

The Sioux Empire Livestock Show is hailed as one of the largest feeder steer shows in the region. The show features the best regional market livestock shows and sales and plenty of commercial exhibits.

The $12,000 Supreme Row competition is sponsored by the Tri-State Neighbor (gold), Wells Fargo Bank (silver) and Campell's (bronze). Six breeds of cattle compete for the $12,000 Supreme Row purse. This competition is for purebred cattle. The purse is split between the buyer and the consignor of the animal that places at the top in this best of all breeds award of both the bulls and heifers.

The Show's purpose remains the same as when it began in 1954: to strengthen the ties between the urban and agricultural communities, support livestock producers and exhibitors, provide educational programs and exhibits, and promote the importance of agriculture in our region.

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