About The Chamber Ag Committee

 

The Chamber Ag Committee is a group of hard-working volunteers, dedicated to promoting the agriculture industry in the Watertown area.

In addition to organizing the Farm Show, the Chamber Ag Committee organizes, supports, and participates in many other events throughout the year. Some of these include the Adopt the First Grade Program, 4-H BBQ, and Farm-Business Appreciation Banquet. 

The Adopt the First Program, which takes place in May of each year, gives Watertown’s first graders the invaluable opportunity to visit local producers to experience an interactive morning on the farm. In August, the Ag Committee serves the 4-H BBQ during the Codington County 4-H Achievement Days. The grand finale is the annual Farm-Business Appreciation Banquet in November. Tickets are purchased by local businesses and given to area farmers, in appreciation for their patronage throughout the year.

At the banquet, the committee awards three scholarships in the amount of $1,000 each to students who have been actively involved in the Watertown Winter Farm Show, 4-H, and the ag industry, and who are currently enrolled in a post-secondary educational institution. This year, Jenna Dockter of Milbank received the Fred Morris Memorial Scholarship. Jenna is currently seeking a degree in nursing at Lake Area Technical Institute. The eleventh annual LATI Scholarship recipient was Jason Thyen of Waverly, who is currently studying ag production at Lake Area Technical Institute. The third annual Gene and Mary Lois Reichling Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Brett Knutson of Clear Lake. Brett is currently studying ag production at Lake Area Technical Institute. Jenna, Jason, and Brett were chosen for their outstanding history of scholastic achievement, extracurricular endeavors, and involvement in the Farm Show, 4-H, and other ag-related activities. The Ag Committee is delighted to be able to award these scholarships. Congratulations to them all!

The Chamber Ag Committee is dedicated to its mission statement: To serve the Watertown area through the promotion of agriculture. Our programs teach young people that agriculture is a vital part of our day-to-day lives. The Ag Committee also strives to provide new opportunities and programs to inform our community about the importance of agriculture.

To contact the Chamber Ag Committee, please call the Watertown Area Chamber of Commerce at (605) 886-5814 or email coc@watertownsd.com.