Dakotafest announce the Woman Farmer/Rancher of the Year

MITCHELL, S.D.(DRGNews)- A woman from the Humboldt area has been chosen as the 2023 Dakotafest Woman Farmer/Rancher of the Year.

Nikki Prosch with SDSU Extension made the announcement about Kelsey Geraets (jerr-its) during a forum yesterday (Aug. 17, 2023) at the annual farm show near Mitchell.

The other finalists this year were:

  • Pam Geppert, Kimball area
  • Calli Williams, Letcher area
  • Judi Larson, Artesian area
  • Julie Walloch, Lesterville area

Geraets is active in the agriculture community holding a seat on the Beef Industry Council Board, president of the SD Cattlemen’s Auxiliary and helping out with the local FFA chapter. She is also the first female to serve on the South Dakota Corn Growers Association board.

Last year’s Dakotafest Woman Farmer/Rancher of the Year winner was Harrold area cattle producer VeaBea Thomas.