SD Corn Utilization Council elects officers

The South Dakota Corn Utilization Council (SDCUC) has elected Chad Blindauer of Mitchell as president.

During its meeting March 25 in Sioux Falls, the board of directors also elected Brian Smith of Montrose as vice president and Frank Kralicek of Yankton as secretary/treasurer. The board also welcomed new member Justin Davis of Ipswich.

Blindauer, who was SDCUC vice president, previously served on the South Dakota Corn Growers Association board. He has served five years on the Biotechnology Action Team for the National Corn Growers Association and is current chairman. He raises corn, soybeans, wheat and cattle on the family farm.

Smith has been on the SDCUC board of directors since 2008. He served as secretary/treasurer and as a member of the research committee and market development committee. He also serves on the Humboldt Farmers Elevator board of directors and is a member of the National Dairy Calf and Heifer Association.

Kralicek joined the SDCUC board in 2009 and serves on the promotion and education committee. He’s also a delegate to the U.S. Grains Council. He’s a member of the National Bison Association and Dakota Territory Buffalo Association.

Davis will represent Edmunds, Faulk, Potter and Spink counties. He served in the South Dakota House of Representatives for six years. As a legislator, he spent two years as vice chairman of the House Agriculture and Natural Resources committee and two years on the House Appropriations committee. He’s currently a member of the Ipswich School Board.

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