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SD Corn Growers Association

Kelsey Geraets

SD Corn Growers Association

• At-Large

Geraets grew up on a family farm outside of Colton, SD. After raising her first batch of bottle calves on the family's feedlot, she knew that a career in animal agriculture was in her future. Geraets continued her education at South Dakota State University after graduating from Chester High School. In the spring of 2020, she graduated from SDSU with a bachelor's degree in Animal Science and Agricultural Science with minors in Ag Business and Ag Marketing.

Soon after, Geraets' “passion project” of raising bottle calves became a career when her parents offered her a job to run the feedlot. She is currently the feedlot manager of a 2,500 head operation, feeding weaned calves to cull cows and everything in between.

Geraets also helps in anyway she can with the row crop and ethanol production sides of the family business. Whether it is trucking fertilizer in the spring or trucking grain in the fall, she is always willing to learn a new skill to allow the farm to run a little smoother.

Geraets is very active in the agriculture community holding a seat on the Beef Industry Council Board, president of the SD Cattlemen’s Auxiliary, and helping out with the local FFA chapter.

When Geraets isn’t working, she enjoys attending concerts, traveling abroad, and watching Jackrabbit football. Fun fact: While attending SDSU, Kelsey worked as a “Hydration Specialist” for the Jackrabbit football team.