The South Dakota Corn Growers Association offered accolades to Bill Chase of Wolsey, S.D. for his service to the corn industry. The Presidential Recognition Award was presented to Chase during the SDCGA’s 24th Annual Meeting held Jan. 9 in Sioux Falls.
Chase is dedicated to advancing and developing the South Dakota corn industry and creating opportunities for producers as a board member for the SDCGA, of which he has served as president for the past two years.
Chase’s understanding of the legislative process allowed him to be highly effective in shaping farm policy from a producer standpoint and he represents the industry well. Under his leadership, the SDCGA has made a difference for producers throughout the state in important issues such as taxation, transportation and more. While a member of the board, Chase has served on the Farm Bill Committee and as a liaison to the NRCS State Technical Committee.
On the national scene, Chase served as chairman of the Production and Stewardship Action Team for the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA). The team led the direction of the conservation title of the current farm bill. In addition, Chase has affected developments in transportation infrastructure and environmental programs. He currently serves on the Public Policy Action Team for NCGA.
His strong family support has allowed Bill to be an accessible spokesman for the industry, able to dedicate himself to meetings, lobbying efforts and media interviews. His editorial comments and quotes have been published broadly statewide and in national publications. He aggressively pursues opportunities to set the record straight for the industry.
In addition to the Presidential Recognition Award, Chase received an Outstanding Service award from SDCGA as his board term is completed.
Chase and his wife, Kathy, have four sons and operate a diversified farming operation near Wolsey.