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Eminent Leaders in Agriculture, Family and Community Honorees

About the Program

The Eminent Leaders in Agriculture, Family, and Community program began in 1927 with the recognition of two Eminent Farmers by South Dakota State College, now South Dakota State University. The following year, the program was expanded to with the addition of two Eminent Homemaker honorees. In the early years, the Eminent Farmer and Homemaker awards were much like honorary degrees. In the 1950s, the purpose of the program was clarified and the awards were designated as a very high honor, uniquely different from honorary degrees.

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 and Homemaker. In 2018, the full name of the award program was changed to Eminent Leaders in Agriculture, Family and Community. The program is sponsored by the South Dakota State University Colleges of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences and Education and Human Sciences.

Award/Title Recipients are organized by the year
Neil BienEminent Leader in Agriculture, Family, and Community Marshall
Kim VannemannEminent Leader in Agriculture, Family, and Community Tripp
Bryan JorgensenEminent Leader in Agriculture, Family, and Community Tripp
Delores HendersonEminent Leader in Agriculture, Family, and Community Lincoln
Walt Bones IIIEminent Leader in Agriculture, Family, and Community Turner
Lawrence Vander WalEminent Leader in Agriculture, Family, and Community Brookings
Ree ReichEminent Leader in Agriculture, Family, and Community Butte
Laron KrauseEminent Leader in Agriculture, Family, and Community Deuel
Ludwig HohmEminent Leader in Agriculture, Family, and Community Beadle
Ann VostadEminent Leader in Agriculture, Family, and Community Brookings
Donna AdrianEminent Leader in Agriculture, Family, and Community Stanley
Gary CammackEminent Leader in Agriculture, Family, and Community Meade
Mary BjerkeEminent Homemaker Brookings
Susan VanderWal Eminent Homemaker Brookings
Doug HansonEminent Farmer/Rancher Union
Orrin KorthEminent Farmer Codington
Gwenn ValleryEminent Homemaker Butte
John MoesEminent Farmer/Rancher Codington
June L. JamesEminent Homemaker Codington
Tom VarilekEminent Farmer/Rancher Charles Mix
Hugh IngallsEminent Farmer/Rancher Meade
Janet HurlbertEminent Homemaker Clark
Rose SteeEminent Homemaker Brookings
Al MironEminent Farmer/Rancher Minnehaha
Helen SweeterEminent Homemaker Lincoln
Ida SlocumEminent Homemaker Brookings
Rebecca "Becky" WalthEminent Farmer/Rancher Walworth
Gary DuffyEminent Farmer/Rancher Kingsbury
Gary SharpEminent Farmer/Rancher Brown
Michael RandallEminent Farmer/Rancher Minnehaha
Clarice MegardEminent Homemaker Minnehaha
Arlene WesselEminent Homemaker Beadle
Marjorie KleinjanEminent Homemaker Kingsbury
Marlys Vander WalEminent Homemaker Brookings
Marvin PostEminent Farmer/Rancher Brookings
Michael JandreauEminent Farmer/Rancher Lyman
Phyllis NiemannEminent Homemaker Deuel
Jim BurgEminent Farmer/Rancher Jerauld
Gail BrockEminent Homemaker Beadle
Lewis BainbridgeEminent Farmer/Rancher Davison
Vernon RauschEminent Farmer/Rancher Potter
Donna RobbennoltEminent Homemaker Potter
Arnold WienkEminent Farmer/Rancher Kingsbury
Becky ConverseEminent Homemaker Kingsbury
Merlin Van WalleghenEminent Farmer Sanborn
Barbara TelkampEminent Homemaker Brookings
Phyllis SternquistEminent Homemaker Clay
Edward BlairEminent Farmer Meade
Mildred "Millie" GrossEminent Homemaker Lake
Rae Jean GeeEminent Homemaker Brookings
Larry GabrielEminent Farmer Haakon
Ron AlversonEminent Farmer Lake
Myron WilliamsEminent Farmer Pennington
Adele Sudlow Eminent Homemaker Brookings
John GrossEminent Farmer Lake
Beverly BurnhamEminent Homemaker Tripp
David StenbergEminent Farmer Moody
Hugh BarnettEminent Farmer Brookings
Rita BarnettEminent Homemaker Brookings
Jan RasmussenEminent Homemaker Mellette
Donna SharpEminent Homemaker Brown
Clark MoecklyEminent Farmer Marshall
Aletha ProutyEminent Homemaker Hamlin
Bart Blum Eminent Farmer Lyman
Beverly ZebroskiEminent Homemaker Sully
Robert FosterEminent Farmer Brookings
Richard ChristensenEminent Farmer Kingsbury
Ann Seely Eminent Homemaker Minnehaha
Paul SymensEminent Farmer Marshall
Gene HudsonEminent Homemaker Midland
Betty KnutsenEminent Homemaker Brookings
Gerald Moe Eminent Farmer Kingsbury
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
Beverly WrightEminent Homemaker Spink
Clair LambertEminent Farmer Miner
Marilyn DobeshEminent Homemaker Butte
T. Loren ChristiansonEminent Farmer Deuel
Alec VedveiEminent Farmer Kingsbury
Janice SchelskeEminent Homemaker Lyman
Marlys ChristensenEminent Homemaker Kingsbury
Pat AdrianEminent Farmer Mellette
Edith BartelsEminent Homemaker Potter
Barbara HalbersmaEminent Homemaker Brookings
Dennis HardyEminent Farmer Lincoln
Judy JensenEminent Farmer Brookings
Jeannette ParkerEminent Homemaker Potter
Roland A. ChicoineEminent Farmer Union
Odeen RasmussenEminent Farmer Mellette
Darleen DuffyEminent Homemaker Kingsbury
Darrell BishopEminent Farmer Custer
Arthur RahmEminent Farmer Spink
Carletta KilianEminent Homemaker Potter
Marcia HeinjeEminent Homemaker Roberts
Wallace JohnsonEminent Farmer Hand
Joanne BieberEminent Homemaker Walworth
Gale EricksonEminent Farmer Yankton
Wanda M. SmithEminent Homemaker Beadle
David H. BogueEminent Farmer Union
Virginia M. Vander WalEminent Homemaker Brookings
Marvin L. HaagEminent Farmer Potter
Nellie M. WilluweitEminent Homemaker Pennington
Mary A. DeurmierEminent Homemaker Charles Mix
Mervin OgrenEminent Farmer Marshall
Esther KrutzfeldtEminent Homemaker Beadle
John L. LueckeEminent Farmer Deuel
Donald FieberEminent Farmer Deuel
Ardeth KocourekEminent Homemaker Bennett
Dorthy NothdurftEminent Homemaker Lincoln
Merwyn WalterEminent Farmer Miner
Shirley KrauseEminent Homemaker Deuel
Robert G. HoffmanEminent Farmer Faulk
Harold T. HurlbertEminent Farmer Clark
Georgia JensenEminent Homemaker Lawrence
Bernice CuppyEminent Homemaker Faulk
William C. SchuetteEminent Farmer Hyde
Virginia AndersonEminent Homemaker Fall River
John GlausEminent Farmer Brule
Arlen BerwaldEminent Farmer Deuel
John SchwabEminent Farmer Day
Carol SchubeckEminent Homemaker Union
Lorraine ReavesEminent Homemaker Moody
Doris HeineEminent Homemaker Clay
Harold AndersonEminent Farmer Hyde
Jeanne BachandEminent Homemaker Meade
Robert W. SharpEminent Farmer Brown
Agnes PanekEminent Homemaker Lawrence
William DanielEminent Farmer Lake
Erna PutnamEminent Homemaker Douglas
Gordon BrockmuellerEminent Farmer Hutchinson
Redella RunnerEminent Homemaker Bennett
James E. BrookingEminent Farmer Sully
Chrys DanielEminent Homemaker Lake
Ernest C. OlsonEminent Farmer Hamlin
Mary HomelvigEminent Homemaker Fall River
Selmer J. AndersonEminent Farmer Deuel
John E. "Matt" SuttonEminent Farmer Sully
Mary Ellen MurphyEminent Homemaker Pennington
Wendell LeafstedtEminent Farmer Union
Charlotte SeasEminent Homemaker Brookings
Wilbert BlumhardtEminent Farmer Edmunds
Emily JenningsEminent Homemaker Lawrence
Janice SnyderEminent Homemaker Meade
John W. SmithEminent Farmer McCook
Martin JorgensenEminent Farmer Tripp
Mildred AchesonEminent Homemaker Lake
Hilbert BogueEminent Farmer Lincoln
Orville K. PetersonEminent Farmer Hyde
Florine GlausEminent Homemaker Brule
Ruth E. NelsonEminent Homemaker Roberts
Oriska StroscheinEminent Homemaker Deuel
Ralph H. HansmeierEminent Farmer Day
Louise LaBayEminent Homemaker Spink
Walter H. SchwankeEminent Farmer Codington
Roland LeonhardtEminent Farmer Kingsbury
Albina ShindelbowerEminent Homemaker Hutchinson
Ingebert G. FauskeEminent Farmer Jackson
Vera FullerEminent Homemaker Ziebach
Elizabeth NaughtonEminent Homemaker Hyde
Earl AchesonEminent Farmer Lake
Paul E. BrownEminent Farmer Brookings
Viola SchuhEminent Homemaker Corson
Henry KnochenmusEminent Farmer Minnehaha
Leslie ZellerEminent Farmer Clay
Camille LandekilEminent Homemaker Moody
Laura KirschEminent Homemaker Mellette
Eugene StrainEminent Farmer Mellette
Martha KettlerEminent Homemaker Marshall
Hazel CowanEminent Homemaker Day
Roy HouckEminent Farmer Hughes
Elden (Delila) TompkinsEminent Homemaker Hyde
Richard DalyEminent Farmer Brown
Robert (Gladyce) HammerEminent Homemaker Moody
Willard BensonEminent Farmer Fall River
Leonard E. DaileyEminent Farmer Union
Vernon GoodroadEminent Farmer Deuel
Martin (Fayola) MuchowEminent Homemaker Minnehaha
Emmett (Delonde) HealyEminent Homemaker Brule
Peter H. GinsbachEminent Farmer Minnehaha
Francis (Anne) FellerEminent Homemaker Miner
William P. RauschEminent Farmer Potter
Earl EikmeierEminent Farmer Moody
Joe (Violet) BieverEminent Homemaker Fall River
Elvin E. MitchellEminent Farmer Lawrence
Delos (Genevieve) MeliusEminent Homemaker Faulk
Adele DavisEminent Homemaker Brookings
Wilbert I. SymensEminent Farmer Marshall
Vene C. EitemillerEminent Farmer Charles Mix
Selma WoodsEminent Homemaker Aurora
Harry WittEminent Farmer Hamlin
Harry (Selma) MartensEminent Homemaker Beadle
John E. SuttonEminent Farmer Sully
Ethel MilesEminent Homemaker Gregory
John E. ElsingEminent Farmer Spink
Evelyn PetikEminent Homemaker Corson
Chris (Amy) K. LarsonEminent Homemaker Butte
Warren L. WrightEminent Farmer Minnehaha
Roy NormanEminent Farmer Stanley
Arthur W. (Gyda) KellerEminent Homemaker Potter
Albert C. HauffeEminent Farmer McPherson
Pauline HagemanEminent Homemaker Fall River
T. Floyd DurlandEminent Farmer Moody
Lawrence IngallsEminent Farmer Meade
Mortimer (Catherine) CliffordEminent Homemaker Shannon
Chester (Myrl) MoeEminent Homemaker Hanson
John GaugerEminent Farmer Deuel
Margaret MastellarEminent Homemaker Walworth
George MillarEminent Homemaker Bennett
Merle HansonEminent Farmer Lincoln
Merritt FennerEminent Farmer Beadle
Harry BlairEminent Farmer Meade
Edith GuindonEminent Homemaker Aurora
Ida Marie BentleyEminent Homemaker Day
Cather ClantonEminent Homemaker Harding
Lloyd JonesEminent Homemaker Hand
Lyman G. MerryEminent Farmer Minnehaha
Allen SperryEminent Farmer Brown
Henry RippEminent Farmer Hutchinson
George (Stella) MaloneEminent Homemaker Shannon
Martin Jorgensen, Sr.Eminent Farmer Tripp
Everett (Cecelia) BaxterEminent Homemaker Hamlin
Allan WilsonEminent Homemaker Brown
Dorothy RiceEminent Homemaker Bennett
Fred HolscherEminent Farmer Faulk
Carl AndersonEminent Farmer Ziebach
Anton BierschbachEminent Homemaker Day
L. W. (Mike) HerronEminent Homemaker Potter
Ray BarnettEminent Farmer Brookings
Enos BlairEminent Farmer Meade
Albert KeffelerEminent Farmer Meade
Otto LaueEminent Homemaker Meade
Percy J. WallaceEminent Farmer Marshall
Matthew EvansEminent Homemaker Edmunds
Henry F HansmeierEminent Farmer Day
Louis J. BrooksEminent Farmer Bennett
Earl L. ArneEminent Homemaker Clark
Garrett C. ReynoldEminent Homemaker Sully
Frank SwopeEminent Farmer Faulk
Otto G. MeyerEminent Farmer Harding
Esther M. EvansEminent Homemaker Spink
Leonard GaffinEminent Homemaker Lincoln
Clifford RushEminent Farmer Hand
George HodgsonEminent Homemaker Jerauld
Ivan L. BarkleyEminent Farmer Fall River
Esther GrossEminent Homemaker Lake
H. P. GallagherEminent Homemaker Pennington
Everlett FletcherEminent Farmer Clark
Henry PreheimEminent Farmer Turner
Will J. KratochvilEminent Homemaker Union
George LarsonEminent Homemaker Kingsbury
Edward J. BaileyEminent Farmer Gregory
O. V. OlsonEminent Homemaker Beadle
Henry N. DybvigEminent Farmer Minnehaha
Bert TupperEminent Homemaker Miner
Charles AhrensEminent Farmer Charles Mix
Charles WietingEminent Homemaker Spink
Frank CundillEminent Farmer Dewey
Ernest B. HamEminent Farmer Meade
William P. Hinckley Sr.Eminent Homemaker Potter
John WiersmaEminent Homemaker Brookings
E. G. SandersonEminent Farmer Brookings
Joseph SchenkEminent Homemaker Lawrence
Smith RobbinsEminent Farmer Codington
Arthur SherburneEminent Homemaker Deuel
Walter C. TaylorEminent Farmer Gregory
A. J. SchuelkeEminent Homemaker Brown
William RamesEminent Farmer Hutchinson
J. Rees DillonEminent Homemaker Perkins
Raymond JohnsonEminent Farmer Pennington
Joseph SuteraEminent Homemaker Bon Homme
Grace FairchildEminent Homemaker Haakon
Sampson C. ThomasEminent Farmer Bon Homme
Alfred J. LienEminent Farmer Charles Mix
T. A. JacksonEminent Farmer Fall River
Frank McHughEminent Farmer Brown
Arthur JusticeEminent Homemaker Brookings
George SissonEminent Homemaker Butte
Joseph J. CurryEminent Farmer Union
Arthur C. KelseyEminent Farmer Miner
Walter W. EicholtzEminent Homemaker Spink
Mary (Peter) MoeEminent Homemaker Roberts
Henry HertelEminent Farmer Sully
Helen (R.P.) JohnsonEminent Homemaker Pennington
Harald N OpdahlEminent Farmer Hamlin
Hannah (Lemke) SchlomerEminent Homemaker Walworth
S. C. MernaughEminent Homemaker Sanborn
Mary Alice (Van) LudwigEminent Homemaker Sully
J. F. McLoughlinEminent Farmer Davison
Edward C. SlocumEminent Farmer Campbell
Louisa F. RehfeldEminent Homemaker Brown
John MelandEminent Farmer Roberts
Augusta (Fred) DittmanEminent Homemaker Hyde
Henry AbildEminent Farmer Clay
H. E. BaxterEminent Farmer Hamlin
Clara Mae (H. M.) RogersEminent Homemaker Codington
John A. ColeEminent Farmer Bon Homme
Mary E. NoldEminent Homemaker Turner
Grant W. MorsmanEminent Farmer Butte
Anna Lou (G. W.) MossingEminent Homemaker Lawrence
Frericka LarsonEminent Homemaker Day
John DaviesEminent Farmer Edmunds
Anna (Thomas H.) HicksEminent Homemaker Roberts
W. F. WyattEminent Farmer Fall River
L. T. LarsenEminent Homemaker Perkins
William M. DavisEminent Farmer Beadle
William M. NaessigEminent Farmer Day
J. E. BoydEminent Homemaker Lake
Andrew T. BrakkeEminent Farmer Lyman
Ella (Peter P.) ValleryEminent Homemaker Butte
Frank AgnewEminent Farmer Kingsbury
Mary E. KotrbaEminent Homemaker Davison
Anna (H. J.) RehorstEminent Homemaker Butte
Lawrence D. TestEminent Farmer Davison
Thomas KeehnEminent Farmer Turner
Marie (W. O.) TorvikEminent Homemaker Roberts
August MaassEminent Farmer Butte
Christina LaceyEminent Homemaker Minnehaha
Annie ThoresonEminent Homemaker Minnehaha
Leona (Henry L.) RebbeEminent Homemaker Lawrence
Joseph RezacEminent Farmer Yankton
Olynphious S. ThompsonEminent Farmer Minnehaha
Lisle (R. L.) CheneyEminent Homemaker Haakon
Carrie (Ed) StittEminent Homemaker Spink
Paul C. MurphyEminent Farmer Pennington
Leona Van MetreEminent Homemaker McCook
Henry J. BriscoeEminent Farmer Potter
Elsie (E. W.) LaisyEminent Homemaker Harding
Albert R. FryerEminent Farmer Beadle
H. C. HalvorsonEminent Farmer Brookings
William A. RuppelEminent Homemaker Beadle
John R. MichaelsEminent Farmer Codington
Edward BogueEminent Farmer Lincoln
Addie SloatEminent Homemaker Potter
R. M. CrowderEminent Farmer Union
Louis L. MeehanEminent Homemaker Lake
Augustina M. BucherEminent Homemaker Hand
T. E. HayesEminent Farmer Perkins
L. B. CrollEminent Homemaker Brookings
Jacob B. SeversonEminent Farmer Minnehaha
Chlora Delpha StrandEminent Homemaker Brown
Titus C. WenzEminent Farmer Brown
William DaileyEminent Farmer/Rancher Moody
Emma HawkesEminent Homemaker Douglas
Robert L. CheneyEminent Farmer Haakon
Charles RasmussenEminent Homemaker Brown
George ErnstEminent Homemaker Brown
Thornton M. BabcockEminent Farmer Codington
Albert HillEminent Farmer Hanson
Clara Jane JohnsonEminent Homemaker Lawrence
Carrie H. DavisEminent Homemaker Spink
Jorgen J. BoeEminent Farmer Pennington
Lillian RennerEminent Homemaker Minnehaha
John T. BelkEminent Farmer Codington
Inga DickersonEminent Homemaker Turner
Willis H. DavisEminent Farmer Spink
Percy R. CrothersEminent Farmer Brookings
Marith Nelsen BoeEminent Homemaker Lyman
Dave SourEminent Farmer Hamlin
Martin SorensonEminent Homemaker Yankton
John RobertsonEminent Farmer Fall River
Oline O'BanionEminent Homemaker Lincoln
A. J. WimpleEminent Farmer Lincoln
John M. DownerEminent Farmer Turner