|For over 27 years, Pat Adrian has served as an ambassador for the cattle industry on the state, national and international levels through her work as Executive Vice President of the South Dakota Beef Industry Council. Through her work and dedication, she has been instrumental in promoting and marketing the beef industry to consumers with priority given to building the check-off system to finance beef promotion programs.
Pat’s work in the agricultural arena has also been felt in the South Dakota Livestock Association (known today as the S.D. Cattleman’s Association) where she served as part-time Executive Director from 1980 to 1985. In 1982, Governor Janklow appointed her as Agriculture Marketing and Development Director for the South Dakota Department of Economic Development. She has served on a number of United States Department of Agriculture and state commissions. Plenty of the positions which Pat has held broke new ground with a woman at the head of the table.
Pat’s awards are numerous to include being recognized by Beef Magazine as one of “25 People Who Made A Difference in the Cattle Industry” in 1989. South Dakota State University recognized her accomplishments with its Friend of the Beef Industry Award and Outstanding South Dakotan Award. This year, she became one of the only two women ever named as Eminent Farmer. The honorarium is the highest agriculture award given by the Colleges of Agriculture and Biological Sciences at SDSU and the Cooperative Extension Service.
Throughout her career, Pat has served South Dakota’s strong agricultural community and beef education, research and promotions. Today, these areas prosper from the work and dedication of Pat Adrian.
Patricia "Pat" Adrian, 73, White River, South Dakota, passed away on Monday, March 26, 2012 at the White River Health Care Center
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