South Dakota State University named Denny Everson as the 2011 SDSU Friend of the Beef Industry. T
Everson was selected because of his life-long service to the South Dakota beef industry, and his support of SDSU. Everson is the executive vice president and market manager administrator of First Dakota National Bank Yankton, S.D.
In 1984, Everson joined in a concerted effort to organize a rendezvous between West River Cattlemen and East River Cattle feeders in an attempt to mitigate the effects of the 1980s ag depression. In 1993 and 1995, he joined South Dakota Cattle Trade Missions to Mexico to promote South Dakota cattle genetics. In 1999, he spearheaded the establishment of the Beef Bucks Account at First Dakota National Bank. In 2004, he supported the development of the popular Beef Bucks Card.
In 1999, when Everson was chairman of the South Dakota Livestock Expansion Foundation board, he helped establish South Dakota Ag & Rural Leadership (SDARL) organization. SDARL is dedicated to identifying and developing leaders in agriculture and rural communities. This unique program is designed to provide leadership training to rural residents from farming, ranching, agri-industry and agricultural organizations. In 2009, Everson served as the executive director of Class V SDARL. Today, Everson serves as the chairman of the South Dakota Ag and Rural Leadership Board of Directors and the executive director of the SDARL Foundation.
Throughout his career Everson has served on the board of the South Dakota Bankers Association, chairman of the American Bankers Association Agricultural and Rural Bankers Committee, member of the American Bankers Association Federal Home Loan Bank Committee, past chairman of the South Dakota Bankers Association Commercial Lending Committee, three-year chairman of the South Dakota Livestock Foundation, president of SDSU Alumni Association, chairman of the Sacred Heart Development Foundation, board member of Farmer Mac, a publicly-traded Government Sponsored Entity.
Everson has been recognized for his service to South Dakota agriculture. In 2010, he received the South Dakota Corn Growers MVP in Agriculture award. In 1999, he was named a Distinguished Alumnus of South Dakota State University. In 1998, he was named South Dakota Cattlemen's Agri-Businessman of the Year; and he received the South Dakota Pork Producers Dedicated and Distinguished Service Award. In 1995, he received the Featured Alumnus of the SDSU 4-H Clover Classic, and in 1993, Everson was named the South Dakota Cattlemen's Agri-Businessman of the Year.