Seeing the broader perspective
Heather Beaner’s seat on the South Dakota Soybean Checkoff Board is her voice in directing how farmer checkoff funds are spent. The Spink County farmer, a former U.S. Air Force lawyer, says the Soybean Checkoff projects she favors involve the management of pests unique to Northern soybean growers. “The pests that we face, while there is some version of them around the other soybean growing areas in the country, they’re specific to us in this colder, more western climate,” said Beaner, “and so I really appreciate the research that South Dakota State University (SDSU) does.”
Checkoff Board members, including Beaner, meet periodically with SDSU researchers to determine which projects get priority. “And they’ve got some really fascinating pest control – either weed, or bug infestation, or things like white mold – that hit our South Dakota soybeans in a way that other states just don’t have the same problems to the level that we have or the nuances that come with living this far north.”
The 2022 Commodity Classic was an in-person event for the first time in two years. One of those most excited to be in New Orleans was American Soybean Association (ASA) Chairman Kevin Scott. Before being chairman, Scott was elected ASA President during a Zoom meeting a year ago last December. Stopping for a few minutes during the 2022 Commodity Classic Trade Show, Scott said taking the reins virtually at the height of the pandemic was analogous to getting done what needs to be done.
Our name, South Dakota Soybean Research and Promotion Council (SDSRPC), encompasses what we strive to accomplish as soybean checkoff board members. Each of us is committed to helping your family be profitable growing soybeans.
South Dakota soybean farmers were elected to serve on the South Dakota Soybean Association (SDSA) board of directors during the 2018 SDSA Annual Meeting held Dec. 6 following 14th Annual AgOutlook Conference and Trade Show.
Soybean producers from across South Dakota recently elected soybean growers, David Struck of Wolsey and Todd Hanten of Goodwin to represent Districts 5 and 6 on the board of the South Dakota Soybean Research & Promotion Council (SDSRPC). This is the farmer led, organization charged with wisely investing and leveraging checkoff dollars on behalf of South Dakota soybean farmers.