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Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce
Names New Agri-Business Division Manager

SIOUX FALLS— The Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce announces that Holly Behrens has been hired as the new Agri-Business Division Manager. She succeeds Cindy Christensen, who will retire in late summer after 16 years of service.

The Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce is one of the strongest, most vibrant chambers of commerce in the U.S. with more than 2,200 members. The Agri-Business Division Manager leads the Chamber’s programming related to the regional agriculture economy, a major economic driver in Sioux Falls. Those activities include outreach to local agriculture education programs and institutions, as well as organizing the annual Sioux Empire Farm Show. The Sioux Empire Farm Show, which recently celebrated 64 years of operation, brings more than 30,000 visitors to Sioux Falls each year, with an estimated economic impact of $3 million.

“We are so excited to welcome Holly to the team. Her passion and enthusiasm, combined with an extensive background in animal agriculture made her a great fit for this role,” said Phil DeGroot, Ag Banking Team Leader with The First National Bank in Sioux Falls, Chair of the Agri-Business Committee and Co-Chair of the 2018 Sioux Empire Farm Show. “The Agri-Business Division has developed strong programs during the past 30 years, with the help of a highly dedicated volunteer base. Under Holly’s leadership, we want to focus more on agricultural education programing, as well as attract more agriculture related events to Sioux Falls.”

Behrens comes to the Chamber from Houston, Texas where she was the Auctions Coordinator in the Agricultural Competitions & Exhibits Division of the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science from Texas A&M University and Master of International Agriculture degree from Oklahoma State University. Behrens has extensive experience in animal agriculture and competitions. She was raised on a cattle farm in south Texas and has served on the National Champion TAMU Livestock Judging team.

Behrens will assume her new role on August 14, 2017.

   

 
 
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