Darian Roghair, of Okaton, S.D., was named the 2018 South Dakota Young Gun of Ag.
Darian Roghair, of Okaton, S.D., was named the 2018 South Dakota Young Gun of Ag.

The South Dakota Women in Agriculture’s 2018 rural women’s conference wrapped up for its sixteenth year in Deadwood after an exciting two days at The Lodge at Deadwood. A near record crowd attended to learn about current agricultural topics including updates on the Farm Bill, developing a personal brand, and basics in livestock handling. Conference goers also enjoyed hands-on activities, shopping locally owned vendor booths, and networking.
Two women were honored with the South Dakota Women in Ag awards during the evening program on Oct. 11. Kris Rausch, of Gettysburg was named the 2018 South Dakota Ag Woman of the Year – an award presented to a woman from South Dakota who is making her living in agriculture and sharing her love of the industry with future generations. Kris and her husband Bob farm along with their sons and families. Kris is involved in the day-to-day operations of their multi-generational farm through all seasons. She has also been involved in many agricultural organizations from South Dakota Extension and South Dakota Farm Bureau, to Medicine Rock Cattlewomen and the South Dakota Soil Health Coalition. And she continues to learn and share her knowledge of agriculture with others.
Darian Roghair, of Okaton, S.D., was named the 2018 South Dakota Young Gun of Ag – an award that recognizes a young woman, 25 years or younger, who is embracing the agriculture industry and is encouraging others by example to consider a career in the industry. Darian ranches with her family – parents Brad and Shawna, and five younger sisters. She is involved in the family’s registered Black Angus and Red Angus operation and helps out at other ranches in the area. Darian enjoys selecting replacement heifers and sale bulls each year and promotes them online. She learned to artificially inseminate and ultrasound cattle and is building a business because of these skills.   
During the final session of the conference, attendees had the opportunity to meet the very talented “Buckaroogirl” Adrian Brannan – a singer, songwriter, author, and ‘troubadour for the buckaroo way of life’. Brannan gave a heartfelt presentation that highlighted issues facing women in the agriculture community today, offering insight and inspiration for every age in attendance. Then she gave a short concert showcasing some of her more popular songs.
Women who are involved in the agriculture industry across the region, or those who just want to know more about agriculture, are invited to attend the annual conference. The 2019 dates are set for Oct. 10-11 at The Lodge, at Deadwood. Details will be posted on the South Dakota Women in Ag Facebook page and online at www.SouthDakotaWomeninAg.com.