The farmer-leaders of the South Dakota Soybean Research & Promotion Council and the South Dakota Soybean Association have named Jeremy Freking as their new executive director.
"As we continue our work to develop long-term programs that benefit our state's soybean farmers and industry as a whole, we feel that Jeremy is the right person to lead our organizations at this time," says David Iverson, SDSRPC chairman and soybean farmer from Astoria. "With his industry knowledge and experience, Jeremy brings to the groups the in-depth understanding of creating new value for soybeans."
SDSA President Ervin Krutzfeldt says, "We look forward to Jeremy's leadership in helping our farmer-directors and staff work together to increase membership and coordinate public relations and legislative activities."
Freking comes to the SDSRPC and SDSA with nine years of association management experience. For the last three years he's been the executive director for the South Dakota Biotech Association and the previous six years as the executive director for the South Dakota Pork Producers Council. Freking also spent a combined six years in the Agriculture industry as a Crop Consultant and District Sales Manager for a major seed company.
Freking is a native from Heron Lake, Minn., grew up on a corn and soybean operation where his family still farms today. Freking attended the University of Minnesota, majoring in Agricultural Industries and Marketing with an emphasis in plant/soil science.
"This is the opportunity of a lifetime to work for such a distinguished group of people who are a vital industry to South Dakota's economy," Freking says. "I will use my years of service in South Dakota agriculture as the foundation to benefit our soybean growers. I am grateful for this opportunity with South Dakota's soybean growers due to my lifelong passion for agriculture."
Freking will be replacing Betty Hansen who will be retiring on June 30th after 26 years of service to the soybean industry.
Source: SD Soybean Council