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 agriculture industry and the impact those make right here at home.
DaNita is a South Dakota State University and Drake University School of Law graduate and has served as both Chief Counsel and Policy Advisor for the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry and as the Senior Counsel for the House Agriculture Committee. She also served as Director of Public Policy for the National Corn Growers Association.
DaNita began her role as executive director in Dec. 2021 with a focus on looking out for the interest of corn producers across the state. She brings over 20 years of national agriculture policy experience to South Dakota and works on behalf of farmers 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.