Pork producer Brad Greenway of Mitchell, S.D., recently was awarded the 2014 South Dakota Ag Ambassador Award for making a positive contribution to South Dakota’s agricultural industry. Gov. Dennis Daugaard presented the award at the annual Governor’s Agricultural Summit in Deadwood, S.D., on June 27.
Greenway, who is vice president of the National Pork Board, owns a wean-to-finish operation that markets 6,400 hogs annually. He also raises corn, soybeans, wheat and alfalfa on 1,700 acres.
“Brad has dedicated many years to advocating for South Dakota agriculture,” said Gov. Dennis Daugaard. “He has a passion for this industry and exemplifies all the key achievements of Ag Ambassador.”
Glenn Muller, executive director of the South Dakota Pork Producers Council agreed, saying, “Brad brings a level of respect for agricultural producers and their production practices to the local, state, national and international communities through his participation in Operation Main Street (OMS), involvement in organizations and assuming a leadership role in those organizations.”
Nationally, Greenway is serving his second three-year term on the National Pork Board. He also serves as an OMS and OMS 2.0 presenter, a former chair of the Pork Checkoff's Demand Enhancement Committee. He has served on the Checkoff’s Nominating and Resolutions Committees, as well as the Plan of Work Budget Task Force. Greenway was a member of the 2003 Pork Leadership Academy.
At the state level, Greenway most recently served as president and on the executive committee of the South Dakota Pork Producers Council. He received the South Dakota Master Pork Producer award in 2009.
Locally, he has been a member of the Davison County Pork Council since 1985 and has held several officer positions. He also is a member of the South Dakota Corn Growers Association, the South Dakota Soybean Association, the South Dakota Farmers Union and the South Dakota Farm Bureau.
Key achievements of the Ag Ambassador:
• Provides visionary leadership to South Dakota’s agricultural industry.
• Champions growth and prosperity of the state’s No. 1 industry.
• Advocates for modern agricultural practices and responsible stewardship of livestock and land; highlights the significance of South Dakota agriculture to the global food system.
· Influences decision-makers to develop and implement sound agricultural policies.
“As you evaluate the criteria for this award, it describes Brad. His concern for the environment, his community, food safety and animal well-being is evident in his operation. His quote is that “if I cannot be transparent in my production practices, I need to discontinue using those practices,” Muller said. “The South Dakota Pork Producers Council, the National Pork Board and all agricultural producers are fortunate to have Brad Greenway as a spokesman.”