Our world is going through a renaissance—a new green revolution, and South Dakota is perfectly positioned to lead that revolution. The green revolution of the 1950s and ’60s focused on increasing food production to meet the demands of the world population explosion after World War II. Advanced seed varieties and increased fertilizer use helped meet the need for more food. The new green revolution is different. It has two components that open the door to tremendous opportunity and will provide benefits for many generations.
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.
The SD Soybean Checkoff fiscal year is from July 1 to June 30. Soon after July 1, our board elects officers to serve for a period of one year. Organizing Checkoff board meetings and preparing an agenda takes forward planning and input from the checkoff board members, SD Soybean staff, and soybean farmers. The Chairman calls meetings of the South Dakota Soybean Checkoff Council. Board members vote on available meeting dates guided by staff who manage our events calendar.
Extreme weather and soaring input costs has producers in situations where they may consider extending their crop rotation and/or adding cover crops to their system. Farmers need to weigh their program, insurance, and agronomic options to ensure long term profitability.
There is assistance for producers who are dealing with farm stress. Soybean growers have resources available as close as a click or a social media search. #SoyHelp is available anytime but was given a special push during May, Mental Health Awareness Month.