Jim Woster has been selected as the 2019 Agri-Business Citizen of the Year.
Jim Woster has been selected as the 2019 Agri-Business Citizen of the Year.

The Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce has named the Steve and Debra Schmeichel family as the 2019 Farm Family of the Year and Jim Woster as the 2019 Agri-Business Citizen of the Year.

Steve and Debra Schmeichel raise livestock and grow corn and soybeans on their farm west of Hurley, South Dakota. Steve Schmeichel also works with his son and daughter as partners in S&S Ag Supply LLC, which sells wood pellet grills, heaters, Exmark lawnmowers and precision ag equipment.

Jim Woster is retired from the Sioux Falls Stockyards and remains active in the ag industry. He works with the South Dakota State University College of Agriculture, Food & Environmental Sciences and with Avera Health. Woster was instrumental in the creation of the Stockyards Ag Experience, which opened in 2017 at Falls Park. This is the second time Woster has received the honor of Agri-Business Citizen of the Year; the first was in 1987.

The Chamber’s Agri-Business Division sponsors the Farm Family of the Year and Agri-Business Citizen of the Year awards in recognition of the importance of agriculture to our region and state. 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 Division Advisory Council select the winners.

Both the Schmeichels and Woster will be recognized at the Mayor’s Round-Up & Sale of Champions on Jan. 25. The event is part of the 66th Annual Sioux Empire Livestock Show, which takes place Jan. 22-26. The Farm Family also shares their expertise by sitting on the Chamber’s Agri-Business Division Advisory Council for the year.