Nick Jorgensen, who farms near Ideal, represents the council’s largest geographic region, which includes most West River counties as well as four East River counties bordering the Missouri River.
The Winner High School graduate attended South Dakota State University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in agricultural business in 2013 and a master’s degree in economics in 2014.
Jorgensen and his family operate Jorgensen Land and Cattle (JLC). They raise corn, soybeans, wheat, grass and forages (alfalfa and oat/peas), and also have pasture land.
They own 800 purebred Angus females, 200 purebred Angus sale bulls and 3,000 commercial Angus bulls leased as breeding stock. JLC also operates a 40-person hunting lodge with an annual pheasant kill of more than 1,000 birds.
Growing up on the family farm, Jorgensen said he always had a dream of working there. “It has been a passion of mine,” he said. “Never once in my life have I considered another profession.”
When he’s not busy, Jorgensen spends time with his wife, Ashley, and son Hayes. He also enjoys hunting and fishing.