South Dakota Corn Celebrates 30 Years

January 11, 2016

It all started over a cup of coffee, 30 years ago, when a group of corn producers wondered what they could do to have a stronger voice, both in South Dakota and nationally.

That was the beginning of the South Dakota Corn Growers Association, and soon thereafter, the South Dakota Corn Utilization Council.

Today, South Dakota Corn is one of the state’s leading ag organizations, with outstanding policy, education and advocacy efforts.

A team from Paulsen was honored to attend South Dakota Corn’s 30th Annual Meeting on January 9 at the Sioux Falls Arena and Convention Center.

Founders and board members were thanked and leaders were recognized. Attendees also viewed a video that Paulsen created for the event, using the This is Farming theme of the current campaign.

Speakers included Senator John Thune, Representative Kristi Noem and General Wesley K. Clark.


General Clark retired as a four-star general after 38 years in the U.S. Army. He commanded at the battalion, brigade and division levels and served in a number of significant staff positions. General Clark finished his career as NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe.

As a co-chairman of Growth Energy, General Clark is a strong proponent of ethanol. His message was that ethanol, and therefore farming, are about national security. By relying on domestically produced fuel, the U.S. can free itself from dependence on oil from the increasingly unstable Middle East, while boosting our own economy.

The evening concluded with entertainment from The Breakfast Club, playing tunes from the 1980s.


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