A Fort Pierre-area beef rancher has been named executive director of the South Dakota Beef Industry Council.
Suzanne Geppert most recently served as resource development director of the South Dakota 4-H Foundation. She'll take on the new position Nov. 2, replacing Ron Frederick who resigned as executive director effective Sept. 30.
Geppert will be responsible for implementing the state's beef promotion, research and education programs under the guidance of the council's board of directors.
Council President Wayne Tupper says Geppert brings an excellent background and valuable skill set to the position. Tupper says Geppert grew up on a farm and continues to be connected to the beef production business.
Geppert has taught in South Dakota schools and is a co-owner of Geppert Cattle Co. with her husband, Rodney Geppert.