Austin Hillestad joined the SDCGA board at the start of 2021 and represents the third district, which includes Brookings, Codington, Deuel, Hamlin and Kingsbury counties.
“Farming is something I grew up with and it’s something that I’ve always loved,” Hillestad said. “I pretty much started really farming as soon as I could drive the tractor, probably at 11 or so. I think my first job was raking hay and I’ve only grown from there.”
Hillestad said he looks forward to being involved on a board that’s dedicated to policy issues. “Day-to-day uncertainty on what the government will do next is one of the biggest challenges we face as corn farmers.”
Hillestad’s farming operations near Volga include raising corn, soybeans and custom-fed pigs.
Outside of farming, Hillestad is treasurer of the board for Oslo Township. He also enjoys spending time with his wife and their young children.