Jeff Lakner is the recipient of the 2021 South Dakota Governor’s Ag Ambassador award. Lakner raises crops and livestock on his farm near Wessington, South Dakota. He also serves on multiple cooperative boards, including the former South Dakota Wheat Growers and now, the Land O’Lakes Board of Directors. Lakner is proud of his work in helping build rural communities through local cooperatives. “If there’s a strong presence of a grain or agronomy company in a small town, that in itself is economic development. I’m proudest of keeping our farm economy as vibrant as we can. We’d be in a lot worse shape if we didn’t have the presence of co-ops.” Lakner was recognized during a banquet on Friday at the end of the South Dakota Governor’s Ag Summit in Sioux Falls.
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