Early spring corn
SD Corn Growers Association

Taylor Sumption

SD Corn Growers Association

• District 5

Taylor Sumption manages his family’s farm in partnership with his four brothers and his parents. They produce corn, soybeans, alfalfa, and oats in combination with operating a cow/calf operation and feedlot.

He said he chose farming as a career after attending SDSU for engineering. “It wasn’t until I moved off the farm that I realized how much I missed both farming and living in a small community,” he said.

Sumption said an important issue facing corn growers is finding ways to add value to our crop. “Ethanol is the perfect example of how adding value to a commodity not only helps the producer but the entire community,” he said. “I believe if the family farmer wants to stay relevant in production agriculture, we have to add value to the commodities we produce.”

Sumption, who graduated from Frederick High School and South Dakota State University, attends several seminars annually on topics that include business management, banking/financial, personal development, succession planning and agronomy. Taylor, with the help of his family, recently started a new company to process and package oats grown on the family’s farm.

He and his wife, Cassandra, have five children: Miranda, Trevor, Marissa, Tristan and Preston. When not working, Sumption enjoys flying airplanes and spending time with his family.