South Dakota State University Colleges of Agriculture and Biological Sciences and Education and Human Sciences will recognize four individuals with the Eminent Famer/Rancher and Eminent Homemaker Honor This year.
They are Gary Sharp of Brown County and Michael Randall of Minnehaha County (who will receive the honor posthumously. He died in August after a long battle with cancer). The 2014 Eminent Homemakers honored are Arlene Wessel of Beadle County and Clarice Megard of Minnehaha County.
Established in 1927, the Eminent Farmer/Rancher and Eminent Homemaker awards recognize individuals for their contributions of leadership and service to the community on the local, state and national level. Each year SDSU selects four individuals to honor based on confidential nominations from across the state. The nominations are reviewed by a committee of SDSU faculty members, administrators and Extension personnel and are approved by the Deans of the Colleges of Agriculture and Biological Sciences and Education and Human Sciences.
The honorees photos join the more than 300 portraits of Eminent Farmers/Ranchers and Homemakers which are displayed in the "Hall of Fame" portrait gallery located in Berg Agricultural Hall on the campus of South Dakota State University.
They will be honored at a banquet Sept 19 at 5:30 p.m. at the McCrory Gardens Education and Visitor Center, Brookings. Tickets are $25 and are available from the Office of the SDSU Extension Associate Director, Ag Hall 154, SDSU Brookings, S.D., 57007 or by calling, 605-688-4792.