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Dakota Digest: Four farmers were elected or appointed to serve on the South Dakota Soybean Research and Promotion Council.

September 28, 2018

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SOYBEAN BOARD: Of the four new board members, two were appointed to fill new positions for the expanded number of districts represented by the board.

South Dakota soybean growers recently elected David Struck, Wolsey, and Todd Hanten, Goodwin, to represent Districts 5 and 6 on the South Dakota Soybean Research and Promotion Council board of directors.

Struck is a fourth-generation soybean, corn and wheat grower who farms with his wife, Brenda, son Brady and dad, Duane.

Hanten grows soybeans, corn, wheat and alfalfa and feeds cattle.

Mike Jaspers, South Dakota secretary of agriculture, appointed Bob Metz, Peever, and Steve Wik, Faulkton, to fill two new board positions that are the result of expanding the number of districts represented on the board from seven to nine.

Metz farms with his wife, Karen; sons, Justin and Josh; and his son-in-law, Steve DeSpiegler. In addition to soybeans, the family also raises corn.

"My grandchildren are the seventh generation to live on the farm that was homesteaded by my mother's family in 1885 — I feel honored to continue the family legacy," says Metz, who has prior experience serving on the SDSRPC board and the United Soybean Board. "I believe in what the checkoff does and why it does it. Every South Dakota farmer pays into it, so we need to ensure that the dollars are wisely invested to best serve the growers we represent. Agriculture is the business I love. It has been good to my family, so any way I can give back, I will."

Wik is a fifth-generation farmer who grew up in Minneapolis, but spent his summers helping his grandfather on the family's Faulk County farm. Shortly after receiving his master's in business administration from the University of Minnesota, his grandfather became ill and needed full-time help on the farm. Wik didn't hesitate.

"I enjoy the independence of farming as well as the challenges. These are exciting times to be in agriculture, with challenges come opportunity," says Wik, who also raises corn and spring wheat.

Source: South Dakota Soybean

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