South Dakota State Fair welcomes new commission member

South Dakota State Fair welcomes new commission member
The South Dakota State Fair welcomes its newest advisory commission member, Dr. Gerald Warmann.

Gov. Rounds appointed Gerald W. Warmann, director of the South Dakota Cooperative Extension Service and associate dean of Agriculture and Biological Sciences at South Dakota State University as the 13th member of the fair's advisory board. Dr. Warmann will be the SDSU representative for the commission.

"I am delighted that Dr. Warmann has accepted this appointment," said Susan Hayward, manager of the South Dakota State Fair.� "He will bring a great deal of experience and energy to our commission. I think he will be especially helpful as we work some important 4-H issues in the coming years."

Hayward stated that the State Fair and 4-H need a better understanding of each other's responsibilities and roles. She made a special request that someone from 4-H be appointed to this position to help develop better communications with the 4-H leaders and families.

In a brief conversation with Dr. Warmann, he stated he was very interested in becoming a commission member.�

"I have always liked fairs, I value what the Cooperative Extension Service and 4-H represent for the State Fair, and I'm excited to offer my enthusiasm and expertise to make the fair the best it can be."

Warmann grew up in Missouri and has worked in the Cooperative Extension Service in several states. He most recently worked in Oklahoma as District Extension Director for the Northwest District.�

He is a trained economist and said he will approach his role on the commission with the background of an economist, with some training in marketing, and in consumer choices. He currently lives in Brookings and travels across the state with his administrative responsibilities.

"We are excited to have Dr. Warmann added to an already effective and valuable advisory board," said Hayward.

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