SD Corn Utilization Council
• District 1
Fourth-generation farmer Nick Fickbohm says the most important issue facing today’s farmers is sustainability. That requires a major commitment to soil health, water conservation, environmental protections and much more. Those factors are all vital to sustain the viability of farm operations for future generations while continuing to meet needs for food, feed, fiber and fuel.
Fickbohm, who joined the SD Corn Utilization Council board in March 2022, farms south of Alcester with his wife and his father. They raise corn, soybeans and hay, and also have a feedlot for finishing cattle. He started farming as a high school student in 1997 when he bought a small cow herd and rented his first farm.
“I enjoy the challenges and rewards of production agriculture,” says Fickbohm, a graduate of Alcester-Hudson High School and Western Iowa Tech.
He says it’s important to keep people informed about the importance of fair markets, ethanol and new technology that is used to grow and market corn and its byproducts.
As a Council director in District 1, Fickbohm represents Clay, Lincoln, Turner, Union and Yankton counties. In addition to his time devoted to the Corn Council, he serves on the Sioux Valley Township board and is an Alcester volunteer firefighter.
In his spare time, he enjoys watching his children participate in sports and plays golf. He and his wife, Dawn, have a son, Adam, and a daughter, Allison.