Why join the South Dakota Soybean Association?

June 20, 2022

Membership in the South Dakota Soybean Association (SDSA) has been incredibly invaluable to me from not only a professional standpoint but from a personal one as well. As a director on the SDSA, I have seen firsthand how we can help the farming community. From local county government up to national issues, SDSA has been instrumental in working to help farmers continue to help feed the world.

My time and membership with SDSA have given me newfound leadership opportunities that have helped me grow personally to advocate for the South Dakota farmer effectively. Professional leadership training has molded me to help effectively communicate and act on issues that arise in the political landscape. Before my time with SDSA, I could not imagine myself where I am today. A farmer from the small town of Mt. Vernon, I now have meetings with elected officials from all levels of government, something I did not see myself doing a short time ago.

Now more than ever, our voice needs to be heard with ever-changing issues and policy. SDSA is that voice, and my membership with them ensures that my concerns are listened to and conveyed to the appropriate leaders.

Kevin Deinert, First Vice President of the South Dakota Soybean Association

The South Dakota Soybean Association (SDSA) represents member producers of all sizes, giving them all a strong voice in the formation of legislation and public policy that affects the long-term profitability of soybean produc ers and the industry as a whole.

SDSA is funded in part by voluntary membership dues. SDSA is different from the SD Soybean Checkoff because SDSA has the ability to advocate on behalf of legislation. By law, checkoff dollars cannot be used for advocacy.

SDSA is governed by a board of directors elected by members. Our board includes representatives from seven districts plus at-large representatives. SDSA’s goal is to be highly responsive to our members, advocating for them in all levels of government.

Thinking about becoming a member? Visit sdsoybean.org to find information on member benefits, areas of advocacy, board of directors, industry partners, and more.

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