About Us

South Dakota Farm Bureau is a grassroots membership organization established in 1917 when the first county Farm Bureaus banded together to create the state organization and today represents more than 16,000 farm, ranch and rural families.

Mission & Vision: Your Trusted Leader in Agriculture.

Board of Directors

South Dakota Farm Bureau is made up of an 11-member state Board of Directors, all who are farmers and ranchers.

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Scott VanderWal


from Volga, S.D.

Scott VanderWal is a third-generation family farmer from Volga, South Dakota. On their farm, Scott and his wife, Michelle, raise corn soybeans and do custom cattle-feeding and some custom harvesting. Scott also serves as vice-president of American Farm Bureau Federation.

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Jeffery Gatzke

Vice President

from Hitchcock, S.D.

Jeffery and his wife, Sheila, own and operate their family farm and feedlot near Hitchcock, South Dakota. In 2002 they were elected National Young Farmers & Ranchers Chair and held a seat on the American Farm Bureau Federation Board of Directors.

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Reid Jensen

District 1

from Burbank, S.D.

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Ron Krogstad

District 2

from Baltic, S.D.

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Jerry Runia

District 3

from Estelline, S.D.

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Nick Ihnen

District 4

from Tulare, S.D.

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Larry Stomprud

District 5

from Mud Butte, S.D.

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Scot Eisenbraun

District 6

from Wall, S.D.

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Roger Hainy

District 7

from Wessington Springs, S.D.

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Cindy Foster

Women’s Leadership Team

from Fulton, S.D.

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Josh Sybesma

Young Farmers & Ranchers

from Platte, S.D.

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Lin Sybesma

Young Farmers & Ranchers

from Platte, S.D.

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Mark Salvador

Agri-Business Board Member

from Sioux Falls, S.D.

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Nathan Linke

Student Board Member

from Woonsocket, S.D.

Staff Directory

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Krystil Smit

Executive Director

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Lowell Mesman

Western Regional Manager

Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee Coordinator

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Helen Geppert

Eastern Regional Manager

SDSU Collegiate Farm Bureau Coordinator

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Brenda Dreyer

Marketing & Communications Director

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Julie Fritzsche

Office Manager

Administrative Assistant

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Jackie Winegar

Accounting Specialist

HR Coordinator

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Director of Public Policy

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Heather Lentz

Member Engagement Coordinator

WLT Coordinator

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Michael Held


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Wayne Smith

Wetlands Specialist