Statement of Purpose: To establish better agriculture/business relations, thus enhancing the image and economy of business in Mitchell. To recognize and educate local businesses the impact of agriculture on the Mitchell economy.


Meetings: Meets the 1st Friday of each month at 7:30 am at Marlin's Family Restaurant.


Ag Committee:

  • Ag in the Classroom. Ag-in-the-Classroom is offered to 4th graders from Mitchell and area schools. This event is held at the Davison County 4-H Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall, where students learn about farm animals such as, dairy, beef, horses, sheep, and pigs. In addition to the animals, they also learn about the soil, crops and the importance of safety around electricity and farm machinery.

  • Dakotafest takes place the third week of August at the Schlaffman Farm in Mitchell, SD. As the premiere agricultural event in South Dakota, Dakotafest provides both exhibitors and attendees with all their farming and ranching needs over the course of the three-day show. The event is produced by Cygnus Expositions and hosts over 500 local and leading exhibitors in the agriculture industry on more than 1.2 million square feet of land! Dakotafest is the largest farm show in the South Dakota region and brings dynamic segments and entertaining events, which are sure to entice and excite both exhibitors and attendees.

  • DakotaFest Women’s Brunch. The DakotaFest Women’s Brunch, an event held in conjunction with DakotaFest, gives women the opportunity to get together with friends and relax with some motivational entertainment. Last year over 400 women were in attendance!

  • Coffee Days. Coffee Days provides complimentary coffee and cookies to all of the area farmer's and cattle buyers in attendance at the Wednesday and Thursday sales at Mitchell Livestock.

Chair: Ken Schlimgen


George Breidenbach

Linda Bannwarth

Jack Davis

Roger DeRouchey

Craig Dodds

Derek Fahey

Harold Gieser

Ray Gosmire

Janelle Guericke    

Will Haugen

Wade Horstman

Dave Huber          

Dave Jorgenson

Sara Jorgensen

Heather Larson

Jim Krantz

Rick Kriese

Terry Krome

Brian Maas

Bill Maddocks

Dennis Martin

Milt Nelson

Megan Nielson

Loren Noess  

Jayson Plamp

Lori Repenning

Kenny Sherin

Nathan Sparks




Staff Contact
For more information about the Ag-Business Committee or to join, please contact Rebecca at rebecca@mitchellchamber.com or call the Chamber at 996.5567.