South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard recently appointed Chet Edinger, Mitchell, S.D., to the South Dakota Wheat Commission.
Edinger served as the vice-president and president of South Dakota Wheat Inc. board of directors. South Dakota Wheat, Inc., is a membership-based agriculture association that concentrates on all aspects of agriculture production and rural life.
Edinger also has held several committee positions on the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) Board of Directors.
"It takes some time to acquaint one's self with the details of the South Dakota Wheat Commission's work," says Edinger, 'but the big picture I already understand very well. Making the production of wheat a profitable occupation is very important to me."
Edinger says he especially appreciates the benefits of checkoff dollars invested in research. "The variety development at South Dakota State University has resulted in increased yields," says Edinger. "This dramatic jump in yields would not be possible without strong breeding programs. Breeding programs that cost producers very little compared to the technical fees that for-profit seed companies charge."
While on the NAWF board of directors, Edinger worked to increase the coordination and communication between NAWG and U.S. Wheat Associates, the wheat industry's overseas market development association.
"Over the past eight years, I have seen increased coordination between the two wheat organizations and expect this trend to continue. We need to look at ways of optimize the strengths of both groups so that producers get top-rate return on their investments."
Source: SD Department of Agriculture