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South Dakota Agricultural Foundation Appoints Kyle Holt as Inaugural CEO

Pierre, South Dakota – June 13, 2024 – The South Dakota Agricultural Foundation is proud to announce the appointment of Kyle Holt as its first Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Holt, with his extensive background in agriculture, leadership, and advocacy, is poised to lead the Foundation into a new era of growth and impact.

Nate Franzen, President of the Agribusiness Division of First Dakota National Bank and Chairman of the Board for the SD Ag Foundation, expressed his excitement about Holt’s appointment, stating, “Kyle’s proven track record of leadership and his unwavering dedication to agriculture make him the ideal candidate to lead the South Dakota Agricultural Foundation. He has worked for three different South Dakota Secretaries of Agriculture, giving him unique perspective of the needs of our State’s number one industry. His vision and expertise will undoubtedly propel the Foundation forward as we continue to support and strengthen South Dakota’s agricultural industry.”

Throughout his career, Holt has held key leadership positions, including Deputy Secretary at the South Dakota Department of Agriculture, Director at the South Dakota Secretary of State’s office, and Senior Policy Advisor to the Commissioner of School and Public Lands. His roles have involved managing operations, fostering partnerships to advance the goals of the organizations, and coordinating legislative efforts for the organizations he has served.

Commenting on his appointment, Kyle Holt said, “I am deeply honored to join the South Dakota Agricultural Foundation as its first CEO. Agriculture is not just a profession; it’s a way of life for many South Dakotans, and I am committed to ensuring that the Foundation continues to be a driving force in supporting our state’s farmers, ranchers, and rural communities. Together, we will work tirelessly to cultivate a thriving agricultural landscape for generations to come.”

As CEO, Holt will be responsible for providing strategic leadership and overseeing all aspects of the Foundation’s operations, including fundraising, program development, and stakeholder engagement. His appointment comes at a pivotal moment for the Foundation, as it seeks to expand its reach and impact across South Dakota.

The SD Ag Foundation was formed in 2015 as an independent, industry-led nonprofit comprised of South Dakota leaders dedicated to enriching agriculture for generations to come. With more than $3 million in endowed funds, the Foundation has awarded grants to a variety of community organizations throughout the state, as well as youth education and leadership development programs. The Foundation is committed to being the South Dakota ag community’s trusted philanthropic partner as we work to support rural communities and the development of the next generation of agricultural producers, employees, and leaders.

For more information about the South Dakota Agricultural Foundation and its mission, please contact:

Kyle K. Holt
Phone: (605) 412-4008

Website: []

Location: 925 East Sioux Ave, Pierre, SD 57501

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