The South Dakota Corn Growers Association board directors and staff gathered at the state capitol on Wednesday and Thursday to meet with legislators to discuss current topics and legislation.
69 legislators joined South Dakota Corn and the American Coalition for Ethanol on Wednesday night at View 34 in Pierre for “An Enchanted Evening with Ag and Energy.” An event sponsored by the two organizations to show their appreciation for the state’s lawmakers.
“We appreciate the commitment, leadership and passion for public service shown by our South Dakota officials,” said Teddi Mueller, SDCGA’s legislative and industry affairs director. “This is a challenging year for the Legislature with the state facing a budget shortfall, and we recognize all the extra work they’re putting in.”
“We have great relationships with a number of South Dakota legislators, but there are many new faces and this event gives our directors an opportunity to meet with them in a relaxed setting,” said SDCGA president, Gary Duffy, a farmer and rancher from Oldham, SD.
Today, the SDCGA directors held their February board meeting in Pierre. Directors also sat in on several committee hearings including the House Ag and Natural Resources, House Taxation and the Senate Ag and Natural Resources.
“Having a presence in Pierre is an important part of the South Dakota Corn Grower’s efforts in best representing our membership,” said Duffy. “We are here as the voice for not only our membership, but all of our state’s producers.”