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Eminent Farmers/Ranchers & Homemakers Honorees

The Eminent Farmer & Homemaker program began in 1927 by South Dakota State College, now South Dakota State University. The purpose was to recognize and to express appreciation to outstanding farmers/ranchers and homemakers in South Dakota; these people are the outstanding leaders in rural South Dakota.

This program has been continuous since 1927 with the exception of 1942, 1943, and 1945. In 2011, the name was changed to Eminent Farmer/Rancher & Homemaker. The program is sponsored by the South Dakota State University College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences and the College of Education & Human Sciences.

YearNameAwardCounty
Al MironEminent Farmer/Rancher Minnehaha
Hugh IngallsEminent Farmer/Rancher Meade
Janet HurlbertEminent Homemaker Clark
Rose SteeEminent Homemaker Brookings
Helen SweeterEminent Homemaker Lincoln
Ida SlocumEminent Homemaker Brookings
Rebecca "Becky" WalthEminent Farmer/Rancher Walworth
Gary DuffyEminent Farmer/Rancher Kingsbury
Arlene WesselEminent Homemaker Beadle
Gary SharpEminent Farmer/Rancher Brown
Michael RandallEminent Farmer/Rancher Minnehaha
Clarice MegardEminent Homemaker Minnehaha
Marlys Vander WalEminent Homemaker Brookings
Marvin PostEminent Farmer/Rancher Brookings
Michael JandreauEminent Farmer/Rancher Lyman
Marjorie KleinjanEminent Homemaker Kingsbury
Gail BrockEminent Homemaker Beadle
Lewis BainbridgeEminent Farmer/Rancher Davison
Phyllis NiemannEminent Homemaker Deuel
Jim BurgEminent Farmer/Rancher Jerauld
Arnold WienkEminent Farmer/Rancher Kingsbury
Becky ConverseEminent Homemaker Kingsbury
Vernon RauschEminent Farmer/Rancher Potter
Donna RobbennoltEminent Homemaker Potter
Phyllis SternquistEminent Homemaker Clay
Edward BlairEminent Farmer Meade
Merlin Van WalleghenEminent Farmer Sanborn
Barbara TelkampEminent Homemaker Brookings
Larry GabrielEminent Farmer Haakon
Ron AlversonEminent Farmer Lake
Mildred "Millie" GrossEminent Homemaker Lake
Rae Jean GeeEminent Homemaker Brookings
Adele Sudlow Eminent Homemaker Brookings
John GrossEminent Farmer Lake
Beverly BurnhamEminent Homemaker Tripp
Myron WilliamsEminent Farmer Pennington
Rita BarnettEminent Homemaker Brookings
Jan RasmussenEminent Homemaker Mellette
David StenbergEminent Farmer Moody
Hugh BarnettEminent Farmer Brookings
Bart Blum Eminent Farmer Lyman
Donna SharpEminent Homemaker Brown
Clark MoecklyEminent Farmer Marshall
Aletha ProutyEminent Homemaker Hamlin
Richard ChristensenEminent Farmer Kingsbury
Ann Seely Eminent Homemaker Minnehaha
Beverly ZebroskiEminent Homemaker Sully
Robert FosterEminent Farmer Brookings
Gene HudsonEminent Homemaker Midland
Betty KnutsenEminent Homemaker Brookings
Gerald Moe Eminent Farmer Kingsbury
Paul SymensEminent Farmer Marshall
Laird LarsonEminent Farmer Clark
Geneva M. FosterEminent Homemaker Brookings
Carol E. Komes OedekovenEminent Homemaker Vale
Robert DuxburyEminent Farmer Hand
Pat BlumEminent Farmer Lyman
James Suhr Eminent Farmer Brookings
Dorothy GillEminent Homemaker Day
Benita Lakness Eminent Homemaker Hamlin
Marilyn DobeshEminent Homemaker Butte
T. Loren ChristiansonEminent Farmer Deuel
Beverly WrightEminent Homemaker Spink
Clair LambertEminent Farmer Miner
Pat AdrianEminent Farmer Mellette
Alec VedveiEminent Farmer Kingsbury
Janice SchelskeEminent Homemaker Lyman
Marlys ChristensenEminent Homemaker Kingsbury
Neil R. PattersonDistinguished Engineer
Darrell BishopEminent Farmer/Rancher Custer
Agnes PanekEminent Homemaker Lawrence