The South Dakota Corn organizations offered accolades to Reid Jensen of Burbank, S.D. for his service to the corn industry. The Presidential Recognition Award was presented to Jensen during the South Dakota Corn Growers Association’s 23rd Annual Meeting held Jan. 10 in Sioux Falls.
Jensen has dedicated the past 8 years to advancing and developing the South Dakota corn industry and creating opportunities for producers. He has been a board member for both the SDCGA and South Dakota Corn Utilization Council.
As the current president for the SDCUC, Jensen is a tireless advocate for the agricultural industry. During his years on the board, Jensen served as the SDCUC liaison to the U.S. Grains Council working to open international markets for U.S. and South Dakota distillers grains. Jensen has held leadership roles for the U.S. Grains Council and has traveled internationally on numerous occasions to facilitate market access.
He isn’t afraid to tackle tough issues, including serving as a common sense voice in the Food and Fuel debate, and Jensen was instrumental in championing a new Class I railroad in South Dakota last year.
Previous to his SDCUC presidency, Jensen also served the SDCGA organization as president and currently holds the chairman position for the SDCGA. He has been a chosen leader numerous times on the executive boards for both the Council and Grower organizations.
In addition to the Presidential Recognition Award, Jensen also received retiring director awards from both the SDCUC and SDCGA as his board terms are completed.
Jensen and his wife, Marilyn, have four sons and have a diversified farming operation near Burbank.