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Nate Franzen, Agri-Business Division Manager at First Dakota National Bank, announces the following appointments to the First Dakota Ag Advisory Board. The Ag Advisory Board is an integral part of assisting First Dakota to remain a leader in the Ag finance industry. One of the primary goals of the board is to serve as ambassadors in the marketplace. The Ag Advisory Board is also a think tank for issues facing various Ag industries and assisting First Dakota in determining strategic direction for the Agri-Business Division. The membership consists of twelve regular members including nine Agricultural producers and three Agri-Business persons. The board also has two ex-officio members who are selected from state government, Farm Service Agency, or an area land grant university.

 

Jim Aden, Gothenburg, NE:

Jim returned to the family farm in Gothenburg in 1991, after pursuing a flying career for a couple of years. When Jim returned, he worked aggressively with his father to build their cattle and crop operation. Their operation grew from 1,100 acres to their current operation of 7,000 acres. They grow mostly yellow and white food grade corn for Frito-Lay, with the remaining acres being hay and soybeans.

Todd Bushong, Tulare, SD:

Todd grew up on the family farm near Tulare. He returned to the family farm, after graduating from South Dakota State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Engineering. Todd loves agriculture and has a solid understanding of grain infrastructure, origination and how the trends in production agriculture affect both. He has commercial hunting interests, and has worked with conservation and wildlife groups.

Dr. Barry H Dunn, ex-officio member, South Dakota State University:

Barry is the South Dakota Corn Utilization Council Dean and Professor of the College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences at South Dakota State University. Barry’s love of agriculture and ranching began on his family’s ranch near Mission, SD. During that time, he worked with the conservation district and Extension Service to start the original “Bootstraps” group. Barry has a PhD in Animal Science from SDSU. He is the first Endowed Dean at SDSU and has been recognized as the SDSU Cooperative Extension Specialist of the Year.

Steve Eichacker, Salem, SD:

Steve grew up in the Salem area and has been involved in production agriculture all his life. He currently lives on the third generation farm, where he has been since 1983. Steve raises beef cattle, focusing on simmental, sim/angus, and red angus cattle. With their beef cattle operation, they have a production sale every spring. He also farms several thousand acres of tillable ground. Steve was involved in dairy production until 1981.

Dan Eisenbraun, Yankton, SD:

Dan is the President of Eisenbraun and Associates, a professional engineering and surveying firm he helped found in Yankton in 1976. A native of Scotland, SD, he has a Civil Engineering degree from the SD School of Mines & Technology and is a licensed Professional Engineer and Land Surveyor in several states throughout the Midwest. Dan is a Past President of the SD Society of Professional Land Surveyors, a Past President of the American Council of Engineering Companies of SD, and recently completed a two-year term on the National Board of Directors of the American Council of Engineering Companies.

Bill Even, Humboldt, SD:

Bill and his family own and operate a fourth-generation diversified crop and livestock operation near Humboldt, raising corn, soybeans, wheat, alfalfa, and cattle. Bill is currently Senior Manager in Government, Community and Industry Relations with Pioneer Hi-Bred International, a DuPont Business. His duties include national industry relations, biofuels business engagement, global agricultural policy and agricultural sustainability policy for Pioneer.

Terri Funk, Neligh, NE:

Terri and her husband Larry farm a highly efficient 4,500 acre operation consisting of corn, popcorn and soybeans. Their farming operation stretches across Antelope, Pierce and Madison counties of Nebraska. Terri and Larry operate with a team approach. Terri is active in day-to-day decision making, bookkeeping, financial management, and spends her fair share of time in the combine or tractor. The Funks’ are consistently recognized as producing in the top teir of quality in their popcorn production.

Pam Geppert, Kimball, SD:

Pam has lived and worked on the family farm her entire life. In 1990, she started DakotaFarmTalk radio program which provides radio media reports for seven ag organizations in South Dakota. Prior to 1990, she worked for WOWO radio in Fort Wayne, Indiana. She is a member of the National Association of Farm Broadcasters. In 2011, she was awarded the media award from the South Dakota Pork Council. She currently serves on the South Dakota State Fair Board.

David Gillen, White Lake, SD:

David is very passionate and involved in the production of corn in the state of South Dakota. He has held several leadership positions since 2000, including current director of the South Dakota Corn Utilization Council, past president of South Dakota Corn Growers, vice chairman of Poet Mitchell Biorefining board, and past chairman of public policy action team for National Corn Growers. He embraces technology and is utilizing GPS and variable rate technologies. David is very involved in wetland issues and is paving the way for other farmers in his area. David makes sure his voice is heard and was a major influence on the last two farm bills.

Chad Heckathorn, Elk Point, SD:

Chad has spent the past 19 years operating a successful family farm operation near Elk Point. In the past eight years, he has also been working on building his Golden Harvest Seed business. Chad has a high level of knowledge in the soil and plant science, along with understanding seed, chemicals and fertilizers.

Cody Jorgensen, Ideal, SD:

Cody is a partner in the family owned farm and ranch operation in south central South Dakota. He has been a partner for the past 11 years. The Jorgensen Land & Cattle Partnership sells and leases over 2,000 Black Angus bulls annually; farms over 10,000 acres producing corn, soybeans, wheat, oats and alfalfa; and operates a commercial pheasant hunting business harvesting over 3,000 wild birds annually.

Larry Klumb, Ethan, SD:

Larry has been an active farmer in the Ethan area for the past 45 years. His hard work and love for agriculture carries on to his three sons, who are part of the operation. Larry and his family run 750 stock cows on 4,000 acres of continuous grass near Plankinton, SD. In addition each year, they finish 1,500 head of cattle, as well as finish 20,000 - 25,000 head of hogs. They also farm 4,000 acres of corn, wheat, soybeans and alfalfa. Larry knows the diversities of farming - he has survived droughts, the farm crisis of the 80’s, wet years and 8 to 10 cent hog prices.

Craig Schaunamann, ex-officio member, South Dakota State Executive Director for the USDA Farm Service Agency:

Craig has been actively involved in agriculture for 30 years. Beginning in 1977, Craig farmed with both his father and brother. For the last 16 years he and his brother have operated a farming partnership near the Aberdeen area. From 1988 - 1998, Craig was elected to five consecutive terms in the South Dakota House of Representatives where he served as the House Minority Leader and House Whip. Craig was recently appointed to serve as South Dakota State Executive Director for the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA).

Jim Woster, Sioux Falls, SD:

Jim knows agriculture. He is one of the most well known advocates for Agriculture in our region. He is a regular Master of Ceremonies, host and guest auctioneer at major events. He is the voice of the South Dakota Corn Growers Association and Avera Health. He is also a strong advocate for SDSU. He grew up on a cow/calf operation in Lyman County. He spent his professional career at the Sioux Falls Stockyards. For 21 years he was co-owner of Olsen-Frankman Livestock. He spent 13 years as a market reporter on radio and television.