DaNita Murray is no stranger to rural life and what farming means for our state. She grew up on her family farm near Milbank where she was able to experience firsthand the incredible advances within the agricultural industry and the impact those make right here at home.
As a graduate of South Dakota State University and Drake University School of Law, she has served as both Chief Counsel and Policy Advisor for the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry and as Senior Counsel for the House Agriculture Committee. She also served as Director of Public Policy for the National Corn Growers Association.
With over 20 years of national ag-policy experience, DaNita began her role as executive director in December 2021. She will be looking out for the interests of corn producers across the state and working on their behalf to advocate and help ensure agriculture-friendly legislation and implementation.
DaNita enjoys scuba diving, downhill skiing and rooting for the Washington Capitals hockey team. She and her husband, who is a native of Rapid City, have managed to bridge the east river/west river divide, in spite of the strong opinions of each party involved.