|University of South Dakota graduate, Dane Conger, may have majored in geology, but farming was always in his blood. His Buffalo Gap ranch was one of the first two original ranches in Fall River County and, in 1983, was recognized as one of South Dakota’s Century Farms. As the third generation Conger, Dane was named South Dakota’s Range Man of the Year in 1975.
As past president of the Hot Springs Development Corporation, Conger was involved in the development of the Fall River Feedlots, rebuilding the Southern Hills Golf Course and developing the Mammoth Site. He is currently on the Board of Directors for Golden West Telecommunications. <p>Conger is a Charter member of the Western S.D. Buckaroos and the Southern Hills Madison Water Users Association. Governor Joe Foss appointed him to the State Athletic Commission in 1955. The commission had control over both amateur and professional boxing and wrestling activities. <p>In 1956, Governor Foss also appointed Conger to the Game, Fish and Parks Commission. He spent seven years with the Commission during a time of land acquisition for public shooting and game production areas. He was a member of the board of directors of the S.D. Stockgrowers and the Federal Land Bank board of directors. <p>Dane Conger is a respected rancher and community member, giving his time and expertise to his friends and community. With his son, he operates a successful cattle ranch of 13,000 acres of deeded and some leased land which includes irrigated, dry farmland and pasture land. They raise commercial Angus cattle, grow alfalfa, and some grain crops. The ranch was originally a horse operation shipping horses to the southeastern United States until World War I.
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